Archive for November, 2018

October’s newsletter

November 1, 2018

2018 Season Wrap Up

The 2018 hiking season has come to an end after a quick but spectacular season of fall foliage. Viewing the fall foliage in New England should be on your bucket list; as a matter of fact, Appalachian Trail Adventures is the only hiking spa open in Killington during the peak time for fall colors, the first and second week in October. Come experience foliage next October! We are currently taking reservations for the 2019 season.
ATA could not be more pleased with our new partnerships with the North Star Inn, McGrath’s Irish Pub and Killington Delicatessen, which have been Killington landmarks for over 30 years. This collaboration provides comfortable accommodations, delicious cuisine and experienced guides to lead you on an unparalleled Vermont hiking vacation. We repeatedly heard from guests this season “this was the most fun I ever had on a vacation and I never had my check’s hurts so much form laughing!”
We are very excited that after a few months of delays, ATA’s new webpage is finally live. There is still a lot of work needed, so I will be very busy over the next month uploading pictures, updating the text and tweaking things.
Aeolus’s Adventures

ATA’s Beagle Mascot

Aelous has kept hikers quite entertained this past month with a number of incidents, besides just being a cute, friendly, energetic beagle.
Waiting for hikers to come out of the inn, Aelous is usually staring at the front entrance door, wagging his tail, waiting to greet everyone. However, one morning his tail wasn’t wagging; it was hanging very low and looked a little larger just a few inches from the base. I touched it and he let out a large yelp. The veterinarian believes that since I didn’t recall an incident, such as his tail being shut in a door, and since we kayaked the day before, he must have “swimmer’s tail.” That is when a dog’s tail breaks or gets sprained while swimming. He has had a full recovery—and that tail is back to wagging nonstop.
While hiking one day, I noticed Aelous slowing down; he’s usually out in front or doing circles around us, running nonstop. He also was licking his paw. My past experience told me he might have a cut. Checking it out, I found a porcupine quill that he must have stepped on while hiking. I broke out the Leatherman tool’s tweezers, but had the hardest time pulling it out. Aelous was yelping very loudly and trying to escape—but eventually the quill came out and he was back to normal, running nonstop.
That same week while having lunch at a pond’s shoreline, we had some free entertainment. Aelous gave a good tug, breaking free from the leash in my hand, and proceeded to jump right in the water, swimming after some geese. (My poor beagle can’t swim fast enough and has no chance of catching the geese, but he thinks he can.) After a few screams for him to come back, Aelous eventually listened, turning around toward the shoreline.
Later that month while hiking I heard a yelp, then noticed Aelous limping. Something was wrong with his paw again, but I had trouble seeing it until a guest pointed out a very small thorn. I broke out my glasses and surgical tools, a.k.a. my Leatherman, and removed the thorn easily.