July 14, 2000

Dalton, MA 21  Miles Hiked Today 1549 of 2167 Miles Hiked Total

The streak continues. Got up and the cabin overseer-of-the-week had made coffee and pancakes. I ate heartily and headed out. The terrain was flat and I was moving fast so decided to come all the way here. I want to be atop Greylock for sunset tomorrow as it is a pretty big mountain with a tower at the peak.

It were as well to be educated in the shadow of a mountain as in more classic shade.  Some will remember no doubt, not only that they went to college, but that they went to the mountain. - Henry David ThoreauI am staying on the porch of a Trail Angel, Tom, who allows hikers to use his yard and spigot. I arrived about 4:00 to find several hikers and Tom sitting and eating. I turned to talk to someone and a minute later, there was an ice cream sundae behind me. Oh so sweet!

The trail is more rugged again. A lot of ups and downs. It is also quite swampy in between the hills. Not like swamps you would think of in Texas or Louisiana. Obviously there are fewer snakes and no 'gators. These are more like beaver ponds with rotting trees and weeds. The ground around them is this thick, black mud that often reeks.

One cool thing I've learned on the trail is to identify sounds in the forest with out looking. I can tell the difference between a bear, deer, squirrel, chipmunk, snake, and toad. They all make their own sound when they move in the brush. Birds are hard because sometimes they run and other times fly, screwing up the ease with which I identify the animals.


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