A Long Trail Story

My wife took a year off of college (SIU  C) to walk the Appalachian Trail . She started at Springer Mt. in Georgia on May 13th 1979. She walked most of it, skipping urban areas around NY City and did not complete the last leg from Monson ME to Katahdin. She went back to walk the Long Trail portion in VT in the fall of 1980. She and her friend got off near Johnson, VT. She decided she liked the state and mountains so much that she would complete her college at JSC. She looked on a bulletin board at a local store for a place to live. I had posted a trailer I had for rent since I had graduated JSC and was living in Shelburne teaching school. The long and short of this Long Trail Story had a happy ending. Lisa called me about renting and now 29 years later and three children and one granddaughter on the way this August we are very happy, still living in West Burke so we can climb the Mts. and enjoy the outdoors.

Ron and Lisa Paquette


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Longtrail 100

VPR is marking the 100th anniversary of The Long Trail with a month-long series of reports and essays. Through this series, we'll explore the history and future of The Long Trail and introduce listeners to the people who built, maintain and hike it today.