July 3

Start: West Fulton, NY
End: Vroman's Nose
Mileage: 9

My dad and brother helped me with a bunch of errands in the morning - laundry, grocery shopping, etc. It was a nice and relaxing day. We just bummed around in Cobleskill, the drove to Middleburgh and walked around there. Middleburgh is a cute little town.

We had a late lunch in Middleburgh and then around 4 they dropped me back at the trail. They're off to India tomorrow, and I'm continuing on to finish the Long Path and head to the Adirondacks. It was so nice to see them, even if only for a day.

I had originally expected to be dropped off shortly before dark and just hike a couple miles today. But I had the time so I decided to get to Vroman's Nose. Vroman's Nose is a hill with a rock formation that looks like a big nose from below. It's right outside Middleburgh, a popular spot for a short day hikes, and there are camping sites at the summit.

It was well worth staying here. The view is so amazing. Directly below are farms, and off in the distance are rolling hills. I can also look down on Middleburgh at the edge of town. I sat on the ledge for a while just taking it all in. Then when it got dark, I could see some fireworks. It was a very nice night.

It's weird to think that I started hiking nearly four weeks ago. I just have three more days until I finish the Long Path in Altamont. That's the current official end of the Long Path. But the Long Path remains a work-in-progress, and I think there ar blazes further north from there. In 1987, it was first completed as a continuous hiking path, but only went as far north as the Catskills. Over the years it's continued to be blazed farther north, and although the official end is now in Altamont (according to the 2005 guidebook), routes have been scouted (and I think parts have even been blazed already) to continue north to the Mohawk River and Adirondack Park. So, I'll see what awaits me in Altamont. From there I have three days of road walking to get to Northville, in the Adirondacks, where I begin the second part of my trip (the Northville-Placid Trail).

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