Stratton Mountain and Spectacular Stratton Pond

This morning as we left from Strory Spring shelter, AT thru-hiker “Bison” commented that the AT is the “least flattest trail ever” and was therefore to blame for my blisters. We all agreed in laughter and left separately to begin another day.

After a long and hot climb up Stratton Mountain (a note left by/for other thru-hikers above), I was greeted by three Green Mountain Club caretakers. Jean and Hugh were instrumental in the club’s survival and had been involved in its operations for nearly 40 years. They also both lived in New York City at one point and Hugh spoke a bit of Russian! Steve, a Connecticut native had spent half his adult life in Colorado and the rest in Vermont. The crew offered me some delicious orzo salad – the herbs had been grown right at the top of the mountain! After some time at the top of the fire tower, I began descending and caught up with Steve who was doing some trail maintenance. We talked and I discovered that he had attended some of the most legendary shows by some of my favorite artists.

08-11-09 View from Stratton Firetower

Suddenly the trail unveiled Stratton Pond. It was absolutely mystical! I hid from the late afternoon sun in its cool, deep waters and was moved by the beauty of it all. After setting up my tent I went about to simply look, feel and listen. The beavers, loons, dragon flies, trout and later the stars all shared the evening with me. As I watched the sun set, I thought about Groom and Boofer and wished them a good night.

08-11-09 Stratton Mt from Stratton Pond

One response to “Stratton Mountain and Spectacular Stratton Pond

  1. This is all too beautiful. Loved the video of Floater.

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