My backpacking buddy, Alecia, and I are hanging out at the intersection of Kelley Stand Road and the trail, where we parked our car. This road has some history. In 1840, the great orator and senator Daniel Webster delivered the Kelley Stand Speech in this very spot. Fifteen thousand and two citizens gathered to hear this famous speech, one of the largest crowds in Vermont history. Funny though, that the only text of the speech that anyone knows is the opening line: “Fellow citizens, we meet today among the clouds.” It is believed he also said, “When I see so many gathered here today from the banks of the Hudson even to the Connecticut, I know there is something wrong in the affairs of the Government,” but no one knows for sure if he said that. Either way, not much has changed on that account.