This past Tuesday was in Stowe area, camping at Smugglers Notch State Park with my wife and kids. We parked the car at the Long Trail and walked up 108 to hike/climb Hell's Brook Trail, up over the Adam's Apple up to the chin of Mt Mansfield.
Was coming back down the Chin trail to pick up Long Trail back to the car when we passed a couple guys and a couple girls on their way up. Stopped to chat for a minute, with my wife talking with one of the guys in particular who said even though he was a local/transplant that it was only his second time (I think) up to the summit in the summer....that he mostly came up in the winter to ski down, taking Hell's Brook to descend. My wife told the group we were from NY (by which she meant state, not city! - upstate near Binghamton), and we all kept going on our way.
So I get a little farther along and I got to thinking about what this youngster looked like, talked like, and a couple of the things he said made me think maybe I'd just had a brush with Epicski celebrity and didn't even realize it.
I told the kids and my wife, they thought it was kind of funny.
So - BWPA - was that you? My wife and kids had on their recently earned Cayuga Lake Triathlon shirts. I had on a black visor and some dorky round sunglasses because I forgot to bring extra contacts with me on the trip.