There are 11 National Scenic Trails, and the New England Trail (NET) is the shortest. It runs from Guilford, Connecticut – on the ocean – up through the state and northbound through Massachusetts before ending at the New Hampshire border.

A short National Scenic Trail means one thing: thru-hike!

Conveniently, my nephew Ben is getting married in Massachusetts Sept. 16. Conveniently, my sister-in-law and her husband have a beach house in Connecticut on Long Island Sound that we’ve been meaning to check out. Put those two things together, and you get a relaxing, two-day stay on the beach over Labor Day, then a pleasant hike to Ben’s wedding.

Ed and I are quite excited about our upcoming adventure. I have already hauled out my trusty red backpack, now faded from the relentless sunshine earlier this year on the Florida Trail, and affixed the trail patches I’ve been accumulating.

I’m readying some of my trail food, namely the Pop-Tarts and instant mashed potatoes that Hiking Dude, Eagle-Eye and a few others have gotten me addicted to.

I’ve got my maps and my plan – a (hopefully) easy 20 miles/day. We’ll be getting off the trail and staying at motels each night. Because, well, that’s how we do it. I have extra tips for my trekking poles and new running shoes to alternate with my hiking boots.

Now comes the hard part. Waiting one more month!


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