Over Memorial Day Weekend, my Dad and I drove up to Salisbury, Connecticut to do a two day/one night section hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Not too far into our hike, we passed a sign telling us how far we were from the Southern and Northern points of the AT. It’s crazy to think that thru-hikers would have already hiked 1,500 miles from the start in Georgia to reach where we were in Connecticut!
The section we hiked was EXTREMELY difficult. It was essentially all straight up hill…with barely any flat sections to recover. I was definitely struggling and stopped for quite a few breaks to catch my breath! (Naturally, my Dad made it look super easy and just coasted along haha). P.S. I tracked our hike on my FitBit and we burned just over 2,000 calories in about 4 hours of hiking and took 27,700 steps. O. M. G.
A couple miles in though, we were rewarded with this a m a z i n g view.
Another mile or so brought us to our campsite for the night – the Brassie Brook AT Shelter! We didn’t end up sleeping in the shelter itself (there were too many flies buzzing around for my liking lol) and instead chose to set up our one-person tents in a flat area designated for camping.
We stopped for a quick snack – split a Clif Bar and had some rice cakes with PB – then we dropped our packs and went back on the trail for a ~4 mile roundtrip hike to the Massachusetts border.
This was yet another incredibly difficult section – with so many steep rocks to go up and down. I think there was a point where I was basically ROCK CLIMBING. Thankfully, we had ditched our packs, because I’m pretty sure I would’ve toppled over!
By the time we got back, we were starving, so we quickly set up and made dinner. If I was camping for longer than one night, I would definitely bring food that is easier to pack/takes up less space. But since it was only one dinner, we brought these quick cooking Asian noodle packages. I love my cute little stove kit! The bowls, cups, and utensils all fit nicely inside the pot for convenient packing.
I’m definitely getting faster at putting my tent together – it’s nice and light weight in my pack and the perfect size for me to sleep in by myself.
In the morning, we had a quick breakfast (oatmeal and granola) and got right back on the trail. I was really looking forward to all the downhill hiking we would be doing!
Obviously I had to stop for another picture at the Lion’s Head overlook. 🙂 In total we hiked about 12 miles, but it definitely felt like a lot more because of how difficult it was.
To find out more about the AT 14 State Challenge, click HERE.