Goodbye New York and hello Connecticut!
Today was about a 21 mile hike with Professor. Mojave and Cave Dave were doing a similar hike as was Sauerkraut.
I am camped out at the 10 Mile River. Today was a good day, but tiring. Just like most days, but so rewarding and worth the effort and wear and tear.
I passed by the largest tree on the AT today in NY. It is over 300 years old.
Went to Nuclear Lake. It was very scenic. But back in 1972 there was a government lab here and there was a fire and an undisclosed amount of weapons grade plutonium was released into the lake and surrounding area. They say it is safe, but I passed on drinking water from the lake.
Passed through a lot of nice wetland and swamp areas today and open fields, in addition to mountain terrain.
After lunch I went by an old wooden water tower.
Just before lunch, I passed by a dead raccoon. Except it was not dead, it was just laying in the grass. It was breathing and alive. We got away from it so fast, not sure if it was rabid or what.
Everyone I mentioned above all stopped for lunch at this food truck out in the middle of nowhere. Great burgers, pasta salad, ice cream shakes and more. It was right by this native plants landscaping company, which loves hikers and even designed an gazebo area for us to relax, way cool.
There was a map at the NY CT state line of the trail. Just a handful of States left to hike through. Also some of the toughest/most rewarding parts of trail lie ahead.