We woke to the sound of a rooster at 5:15. It was 15 minutes before we wanted to get up, but there was no point in trying to go back to sleep with all the noise it was making. After packing up our gear, we hit the trail, which was going along the road for the first half mile. The plan was for Dad to hike with us until lunch, and then he would hike back to where he parked his car. It was not the most beautiful section of the trail, as it turned out to be a good amount hiking through towns on the road.
The weather was cloudy and looked like It was about to rain all morning. But with my Dad and brother with me, it was very nice. We talked mostly about what has been going on at home while I have been hiking.
The trail went through historic Norwich, Vermont and continued on the road across the Vermont - New Hampshire border to Hanover. Dartmouth College is in Hanover. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant called the Skinny Pancake. Max and I got burgers, and dad got a dish called the Noah's Ark - 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon , and 2 crepes. After lunch dad hiked with us until we got onto an actual trail and not roads.
An hour and a half after parting ways, I was adjusting my pack and all of a sudden I heard a pop and my shoulder strap came off at the base of my pack. I took my pack off and tried to see if there was a way to reattach. I could not, but luckily my dad had a pack that I could use for the remainder of the expedition. So I gave him a call. It turned out he was about to get back on the actual trail on the other side of Norwich. He turned around and hiked north and I turned around and headed south. We met in the middle, and switched packs.
There was a big storm coming, so as soon as I could, I started hiking again. It rained hard for a good hour. And was drizzly for the rest of the day.
Smith Family's Side Yard to Stealth Camp Site
Location: Latitude: 43.70296, Longitude: -72.21115