The view from the top

Posted on July 20, 2022


nancy at owls head

The top of a beautiful mountain range that is. So Mr. Ken and I are back in Vermont. The first day of our vacation, we decided to take a hike at the Owl’s Head Trailhead in Dorset, Vermont. This trail takes you up to the Gettysburg Quarry, where marble blocks were cut for gravestones for the Civil War casualties at Gettysburg. How cool is that?

Since Mr. Ken is still dealing with the healing of his broken wrist and I am dealing with being careful of the shoulder that was operated on, I was very careful in choosing our hikes. The reviews for this trail said, “An easy hike, suitable for families with small children and for dogs.” This looked like just the thing. . .

Except this trail, while very scenic, was more moderate and we had to climb over lots of rocks and it was quite the uphill climb. Now, you are probably thinking, well we were hiking up a hill, so of course it would be uphill. But this was really uphill. It was doable, but quite challenging.

Thinking back on the trail reviews, I bet most of them were written by avid hikers, who have hiked the Appalachian Trail several times. For them, this hike would be a piece of cake. Not so much for us weekend hikers.

The view from the top was so worth it though! I could have stayed up there all day, looking at the breathtaking view.

We didn’t have to worry about any wild animals since we were wearing our very stylish bug head nets. They are enough to scare anything away. They sure look dorky, but they are life savers when it comes to keeping all the bugs away. And there were a lot of bugs in the woods.

What unexpected adventures have you had recently?