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Hiking with Christmas on the Appalachian Trail

Bunchberry

One particular thing I remember about Maine.  While all my senses were affected during my backpacking expedition, the continual smell of the evergreens in the 100-MileWilderness is something which stays with me to this day.  A powerful and marvelous recollection.  I remember thinking, “This is like hiking through a forest of Christmas trees!”  What enchantment!  Bunchberries at my feet, their intense green punctuated by the stark rubies of the berries only served to ornament the forest floor, which made the entire trail a holiday wonderland.  Nothing before or since has compared.  Only the snow was missing.  Just another reminiscence I keep and use to reconnect with the deep woods along the Appalachian Trail when I cannot be there in person.

Balsam fir sun needles

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Daniel and Kooper hike the Appalachian Trail

I enjoyed sitting back, enjoying my morning coffee, and “hiking along” with Daniel and Kooper on their Appalachian Trail journey.  Maybe you will too!

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