I'll admit that we only realized two days ago what "AT" on the sign meant, however embarrassing that might be to anyone else but me to have to admit. Another sign said, in effect, "Go this way to head towards Georgia" (i.e., it said "AT SOUTH").
Which meant, apparently, that the handicapped-accessible boardwalk we'd taken to get to Thundering Falls the previous day (Saturday),
|My youthful trekking companion cavorting for the camera|
[According to Wikipedia, it's 2,181 miles long, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, or vice versa. But my wife read somewhere this morning that you shouldn't start in Maine, because the trail is so rough there (and in New Hampshire) that even experienced hikers need to be extra careful. Maybe that's why Wikipedia says from Georgia to Maine. But at least one blind man has walked the whole trail (with his guide dog). I read his book a dozen or so years ago and recommend it: Blind Courage, by Bill Irwin (with David McCasland), 1992.]
[August 2. My friend Ralph commented that "the reason people start the Appalachian trail in Georgia is that it's a 6-month, March-to-September trek, and you wouldn't want to hike it in Maine in March or in North Carolina in August."]
The boardwalk was just up River Road from the Killington city building and the Sherburne Public Library (Killington was originally named Sherburne).
Photographic opportunities along the boardwalk:
|Bog at beginning of boardwalk to Thundering Falls|
|Cranberries, we thought|
|And more flowers|
|Shadow portrait of my hiking companion|
|Just a few more feet to Thundering Falls|
|Literally To Thundering Falls|
|Dark blue berries just before Thundering Falls|
|Flowers along the boardwalk back from Thundering Falls|
|Baby crab apples, we thought|
Anyway, the next day (Sunday) we took a road above the falls. According to the map, there was a trail down to it. Immediately off the road, a creek sped down the hill toward the falls.
|Hand-held (no tripod) for about 1/8 of a second|
(as well as I can remember)
I was preceded down the trail:
|Definitely no boardwalk|
After we viewed the falls again, I walked back up the Appalachian Trail to the car while my companion walked down it, along the boardwalk, to River Road.