Through the burbs and suburbs and exurbs we go until we get to North Adams where we spend the night. North Adams in Massachusetts, I believe, is the location of the southern terminus of the Long Trail, the oldest long distance hiking trail in the U S of A. It was completed in 1930, seven years before the Appalachian Trail. The footpath runs 272 miles from just south of the bottom of Vermont to the Canadian border at the top. They call the Long Trail “Vermont’s footpath in the wilderness.” I’ve known that the forests of Vermont, the Green Mountain State, are as good as it gets for wilderness, but over the years, a few backpacking trips on the Long Trail showed me even more than I already appreciated about this natural state.