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Tonight, we're doing something a little different. I'm going to share some photos of my weekend on a section of the Long Trail in beautiful Vermont. This of course will be accompanied by our usual eco-diary roundup.

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This wasn't a particularly long hike. Just 18 miles over a couple of days. However, it did include a summit of the highest peak in the state, with plenty of elevation changes and a number of scrambles.

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The first day was a little cloudy, but fortunately there wasn't any precipitation. We got to the trailhead in the afternoon, and it was only a couple of miles to the first lodge. I was expecting more of an open shelter, but apparently the Green Mountain Club has some nice facilities available for only 5 bucks a night, and we had them all to ourselves.

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The next day the sky cleared up nicely, and we left the frosty morning behind on our ascent up Bolton Mt. Along the way, we got a nice look from Harrington's View, at an elevation of about 2500 ft.

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We encountered a couple of streams in the coniferous forests with the distinctive color of tannins (think tea and coffee).

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We proceeded over Bolton Mt. (3725 ft) and Mt. Mayo (3160 ft), and then descended into Nebraska Notch, where we ate lunch next to a photogenic pond.

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We also got a look at where we had been:

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(At least, I'm fairly certain that's Mayo and Bolton).

From the notch, we still had a few miles and about a thousand feet to go to get to Butler lodge. This lodge was even nicer than the first one, and had an excellent view.

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After settling in, we got to witness a gorgeous sunset.

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The next morning we continued our ascent up Mt. Mansfield. Again, the weather was beautiful.

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The climb got a little bit trickier the further we went, and I didn't take any more photos until we had made it most of the way up to the Forehead of Mt. Mansfield.

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Mansfield has quite a ridgeline, including the Forehead, the Nose, and the summit at the Chin.

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(From the forehead, the Nose (towers) and the Chin in the distance.)

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The trail along the ridge was a lot of fun. The area is well protected because of the sensitivity of the alpine plants, and so the trail was clearly marked on either side where necessary.

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The gondola for the ski area was in operation, and if my legs had a vote, they probably would have gone for it. But of course I wasn't going to miss the best part!

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(looking back toward the Nose and the Forehead.)

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(I'm certain there is an interesting story behind the name for this trail...)

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(Apparently there is flora up on Mansfield that is found nowhere else in the state of Vermont.)

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The view from the Chin was amazing. We could see New York (the Adirondacks), Canada, and New Hampshire.

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The USGS marker was pretty easy to find:

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And of course I had to have my picture taken at the very tippy-top:

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After that, it was seemingly straight down (not really, but it was a bit steep for a while there). It's not as impressive in the photos, but a couple of us looked back up and said something like, 'wow, we just came down from there!'

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One last view before coming down into the valley:

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