Recent Events… – The Juskuz Experience

Recent Events…

So, I haven’t posted in a little while, but don’t worry… I’ve still been getting outside. A couple of weekends ago Mari and I went and paddled out to a campsite at the Green River Reservoir. It was nice… it’s no Lake Superior, but nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many photos so I don’t have anything to share here. 

That next week marked my first full week of working at the Outdoor Gear Exchange here in Burlington. It’s a pretty cool place so far. The people seem really good and the clientele is much more up my alley. And, as luck would have it, that Wednesday was the company retreat. The plan was to shut down the shop for the day and have everyone hike up to a cabin called the Stark’s Nest that sits on top of Mad River Glen along the Long Trail. A few of us parked where the Long Trail intersects the Appalachian Gap and hiked up the Long Trail to the cabin. When we arrived there was a keg ready and waiting and eventually most of the 86 or so employees arrived and they did their thing discussing what’s happened over the last 6 months and what the plans were for the next 6 months. 

It was a pretty cool event. However, even with all of the people in the cabin, it took a little while to warm up. The wind was blowing pretty hard and it was less than warm out. We had initially planned on camping out overnight, but due to a couple of people needing to be to work early in the morning and someone else needing a ride we decided to hike out that night so everyone could enjoy their own beds and have an easier time getting to work the next day. 


That gathering at the Stark’s Nest 



Hank, Ben and Kristin cruising through a tunnel of light on our hike out 



Descending some of the more treacherous ice-covered ledges… my micro-spikes again make life much easier 


Then this past weekend I had Sunday off and planned to meet up with some friends from City Sports to do some hiking. My other friends Ben and Crissa were supposed to meet us, but due to an unfortunate miscommunication that did not end up happening. So, Alex Jacob and myself ended up heading up without them. 

The conditions ended up being incredibly warm which made for a very comfortable hiking temps, but meant very wet trails due to all of the snowmelt… and when I say wet, I mean river-like. In the end there was no way to not end up in the water. Fortunately my boots are waterproof and my feet stayed dry, but Alex was not so lucky. He showed up with trail runners and as much as I love hiking in trail runners, they ended up being less than appropriate this day. 


Alex just before making the decision to give up and just get wet 



Jake nearing the top and drier terrain 



Definitely couldn’t have asked for a better day 



One of the few dry sections of the hike



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