CAMEL'S HUMP

When I first moved to Vermont, I started a running list of all the things we wanted to do while we lived there. Most of them included must see bars and restaurants, days at the lake, general adventuring and finally mountains we'd eventually hike. For 2.5 years, we stared out at Camel's Hump. Every time I'd drive on rt. 89 it would be there just staring back at me and every time I'd say, "I really need to get up there". This weekend, I finally "got up there".

Saturday morning I laced up my boots, packed essentials and headed for the mountain. The weather was absolutely perfect. I took the Monroe trail up which was a little over 6 miles and provided ample views of Mt. Mansfield, Lake Champlain, the green mountains and beyond. The hike itself was the ideal amount of challenging and pretty covered most of the way. Once at the top, I cracked a beer, taking in the 360 degree mountain views.

After our hike I made my way to the Von Trapp brewery at Trapp family lodge. Chicken schnitzel, a salted radish salad and a side of spƤtzle filled my famished belly as I rested post hike. What a meal. Seriously, I nearly licked the plates clean.