Trail Angels and River Crossings

Today was a magical day. 

We got rained on last night, packed our tents up wet and set out for New Hampshire. I’m traveling with Retainer and Romani these days.

As we left Vermont we saw some great mushrooms (thanks to the additional rain)

Indian pipe

We approached the White River (Norwich VT) 

Romani jumped off the bridge into the water, an AT tradition, which I opted out of.

After we crossed the bridge, we visited Linda’s (she’s a trail angel who hosted 1600 hikers last year)

She served us coffee , fruit, and eggs.

Then we mosied on down to Dan and Whit’s, s famous Norwich grocery store. Standing in the ice cream window line was Jodi Wenger – a physician colleague of mine from 15 years ago (Chinle). What a very small world!!!

Then we rolled into Hanover NH by crossing the Connecticut River

We ran into Hat Lady (a trail angel seen here with Romani)

She drove us to our hotel, to several stores, gave us advice on where to go and what to do, and kindly joined us for dinner. Then she drove 40 miles home. 

These trail Angels are among the most generous people I have ever met.

Now we’re at the sunset lodge in Lebanon NH, getting ready to explore Hanover tomorrow. I went to Dartmouth college here 40 years ago.

What a crazy day….

Vermont is going to be tough to beat,



  1. Marti Rand · July 18, 2016

    I love this blog. Mother Nature has so much to teach us.


    • kevinhikes · July 18, 2016

      Thanks, Marti. Got some rest today and I’m ready to dive into New Hampshire tomorrow.


  2. Kris Campbell · July 18, 2016

    How wonderful to see both Kevin and Jodi pop up on my computer this morning! Along with quite a collection of fungi. Thanks for the daily photos.


    • Jodi Wenger · July 18, 2016

      We see AT hikers most summer days in VT but this hiker was different, though I didn’t know why at first. I scanned the various chapters I call life without a match. What a terrific surprise on a hot day especially since we’ve moved away and are just in VT for the summer.


  3. Sally · July 18, 2016

    It’s basically fate that you are on this beautiful journey. There are way too many signs to ignore.

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