Great Barrington, MA

Hey everyone! Here’s a quick update.

The trail family is missing Rabbi, and Web MD is leaving the trail to go back to school pretty soon.

Day 54- 7/24
Upper Goose Pond Cabin
Robin was picked up by some friends early in the morning to hang out with them in his hometown. He’s planning to come back to the trail where he left off after the weekend, but I’m sure he’ll be able to catch up with us soon enough. After he said goodbye, we stopped at Warner Hill to pick wild blueberries. We talked to a huge group of little girls and their leaders from a summer camp. They hiked up there from a nearby road. They were pretty interested in our thru-hike, and asked a lot of funny questions while we picked berries with them. Also, a nice lady gave us free cookies.

Day 55- 7/25
Shaker Campsite
In the morning, the Upper Goose Pond Cabin’s caretakers made us blueberry pancakes using the blueberries we picked the day before. Web, Magic and I rested and relaxed for the whole morning. Dad was working in eastern Massachusetts this week, so he drove to a nearby road that crosses the trail, and then hiked about 1.5 miles up to the cabin to meet me at about 11am. Dad and I took one of the cabin’s canoes out on the lake next to the cabin, and paddled out to a cool little island in the middle. After we canoed back to the cabin, Magic and Web said goodbye and went on ahead down the trail. (They needed to do a decent amount of miles for the day because they were running a bit low on food.) Dad and I hiked, enjoyed the nice weather, and took plenty of breaks to take in the scenery. We stopped at the top of one hill that overlooked a small town and called I called Mom to catch up; the three of us talked with her on speakerphone and it was like she was there with us. It rained that night but waited to come down hard until we were both inside the tent.

Day 56- 7/26
Great Barrington, MA
In the morning, Dad and I made a plan to hike different directions, with me continuing south, and him hiking back north to his car, but to meet up later in the day. I hiked to a road that leads to Great Barrington, and he drove to meet me there after finishing his hike. I made it to the road just in time to avoid hiking in a huge rain and hail storm. That hike was my first full day of hiking without seeing a single soul going the same direction as me, that is until I met up with Magic and Web MD in town that evening. Dad took me out to eat at a local pizza place that was pretty OK. We traded sleeping bags when he left so that I could have one better suited to the current climate instead of the 20 degree one I started the trip with, and we traded shoes because mine were completely destroyed by the rocky northern states. I know the fresh gear is going to be a huge help, thanks Dad! I wish you could’ve stayed on for the remainder of the trip.

3 thoughts on “Great Barrington, MA”

  1. Thanks for the great weekend, Jared–and for taking it easy on your old man. I was glad to be able to swap the gear. I really hope the shoes work out for you.

    I, too, would love to continue on, though I’d be sure to slow you down. Right now I need a zero day to recover.

    Love ya!

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