Vermont/Massachusetts AT Backpacking
Day One - Stratton Pond Parking Lot, Vermont to Goddard Shelter, Vermont
Day Two - Goddard Shelter to Melville Naunheim Shelter
Day Three - Melville Naunheim Shelter, VT to Sherman Brook Campsites, MA
Day Four - Top of Mount Greylock
'Trees and Bees': Backpacking in Massachusetts 2014
By: Sherveer P.
Our journey begins on August 3, 2014 in Mohawk State Park. The backpackers woke up at 6 a.m. because we had to leave our camp by 7 a.m. None of us want to get up on the first day, but when Mike shakes your tent and says, "Packs up one hour," you have to. But right before we left Jeremy asked me if I wanted I walking stick. I said yes, then he handed me a golf club. We each carried one on the whole trail. By the time everyone was ready, it was 7:05 a.m. It was a long car ride to our drop off point, but I slept for half of it. "The first day is always the worst," as the Troop 48 saying goes, and it is. We had to walk 13 miles that day but it felt like 30. We passed by a beautiful swamp which had a large beaver dam. On the way there we stopped at a shelter which had an amazing view. At the end of the day we were climbing up a mountain to get to a fire tower. The fire tower had the top part opened which gave a full 360 view of valley and mountains. We ate our diner there but we had to move further to our shelter. There wasn't much space at the Goddard shelter area so half of us slept there and the other half stayed by the fire tower.
The next day we woke up at 6 a.m. This day was probably the hardest. The beginning was fairly easy. We crossed a bridge where we filled up our water bottles, but then the hard part came when we went straight down the hill which was half a mile but then the incline was a 45 degree angle but felt as though it was straight up. There were many loose rocks and a lot of mud which made us lose our balance a couple of times. At the bottom was a large river with a bridge which we had to cross, but the difficult part didn't end because then we had to climb uphill again. This took us nearly an hour and a half but we took a break at the top. While walking Jeremy took out the Book of Questions. The book contains many odd questions and we asked few thru hikers some random ones and laugh out of it. After that we hiked to a view point which had raspberries bushes loaded with fruit everywhere, which we ate. Our camp for the night was at the Mellville Naunheim Shelter.
The third day was the easiest. We stopped at river and right next to it was a nice view of a marsh. We hoped we would see bears but we didn't. We then hiked up a mountain and at the top we practiced our golf shots. Later on we reached the Vermont/Massachusetts border. That was where we took our day three picture. It was mainly flat after that but then we had a huge drop. I thought I was going to slip on the rocks but we made it to the bottom safe and sound. We finished at the Sherman Brook campsite.
The last day was probably as hard as the second one. We started off going flat. Then we hit the trail and passed right though a tiny town. We walked through it and we got to the bottom of Mt. Grey lock. We did around 8 miles in total. We had already done 2 plus miles when we got to the bottom. So the rest of it was all uphill. The first part was three to four miles to a viewpoint. We decided to use Mr. Purcell’s binoculars to look down at the view of the valley. The second part was 2 plus miles and the final part was a steep uphill of 500 feet. But it was all worth it.We had an amazing view at the top. I wish the tower at the top was open but it wasn't. It felt good finishing the trip. We then went and got Domino’s pizza which we devoured in seconds. Nothing had ever tasted so good.
This backpacking trip was a lot of fun. There were a many grand vistas to see. Backpacking takes you to places inaccessible by car. If you always think of that while backpacking you will have good time. There were a lot of things that I didn't put in this story. But for that you would have to come on one our awesome backpacking trips.