Longtrail 100 BlogBy Steve Zind
There are many memories I could share from late August -- early September 2007, when my father and I hiked the Long Trail from North Adams to Appalachian Gap - for starters, I hiked (quite comfortably and happily) barefoot the entire time, and he carried his original frame backpack from the 1970s when he first hiked the LT -- but here's just a little snippet that VPR folks might enjoy.One of our pastimes on the trail was singing. It helped keep spirits up when they threatened to sink, helped the miles go by, and was a way to share the exuberant and silly moments, too. Both my dad and I have always had a penchant for making up new words to songs, especially ludicrous or timely ones, and so somewhere along past Bromley, I wrote some new verses to the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Long Trail SongCHORUS:
Shared by Dana Dwinell-Yardley, Montpelier VT
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.