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Sweetest shelter known to trail

Free Vermont hospitality
Free Vermont hospitality

Crazy up and down journey through the Breadloaf Wilderness. The guidebook warns that water on the LT north of Maine junction is scarce and despite all the rain we’ve had, I’m finding it true. Walked past Middlebury’s ski slope and a whole mountain owned by the college. Also did a “run off trail and seek lower ground to avoid lightening” event which involved setting up my tarp and sitting the storm out while I made tea with the little water I had left (totally worth it).

I’m staying the night in Skyline Lodge which is the sweetest shelter known to a trail looking out at a lily covered pond—and I had it all to myself! Oh, also a night lightening storm that rocked the shelter’s roof and flash-boomed right above me. I took solace in the .2 miles I had walked off trail (and downhill) to get to the lodge. Maybe that was the .2 miles that spared me. 4140′ gain

The view from my private cabin
The view from my private cabin

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.