Ralphie and the farm

While hiking yesterday, I ran into my friend Ryan (trail name Ralphie from A Christmas Story) . We both started on March 11, but I had not seen him in months. Really nice to catch up

After passing over Stratton mountain yesterday,  I was met by the Coleman family, friends of my sister and her husband, who took me to this beautiful farm house, where I will spend the weekend. I was very impressed by the vehicle that Beth Coleman drove when we went to the grocery store this morning

The farm house, the barn, and the view to the northeast (from the side of the house)

This morning’s sunrise

From the trail yesterday:

Decaying wood is loved by some

A dragonfly

A garter snake 

A chipmunk

View from prospect rock of Manchester center 

A few others 

This farm life could work well for me.



  1. psrand2013 · July 8, 2016

    Way to go, Kev. Looks like a great trip! I hope you are packing some Dinty Moore beef stew!


  2. Sally · July 8, 2016

    Enjoy your weekend with the Colemans.


  3. J keim · July 8, 2016

    You are making great progress, it’s so fun to read your posts. We love your photos too! Would love to get a brief summary of where and when you get food drops, how much your pack weighs, and what you are most craving for food when on the trail!! All the best, happy trails, stay safe, and all that. Jenny Keim


    • kevinhikes · July 8, 2016

      Jenny, thanks for the nice comments. After resupply (food is heavy), my pack weighs about 35 pounds. My “dry” weight (without food and water) is 23 pounds. I try to resupply every 4 or 5 days. When I get into town, I get fresh fruits, vegetables, and some high calorie comfort food (pizza, ice cream)


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