We had to bushwhack-hike up a steep mountain slope 0.3 mile from the nearest foot hiking trail. The bushwhack took more time and energy to accomplish than the other 4 miles of the round-trip Remote Spot hike. We could hear a train as well as the nearest highway while standing on the CT Remote Spot in the mid afternoon.
The Boundary Waters is a large and magnificent functioning northern ecosystem filled with mosaic forests perpetuated by fire and numerous lakes sculpted by past glacial activity. This natural region, shared by Canada and the U.S., has inspired and spawned generations of people who care about wilderness.
Excitement builds as we reach that point in the Northville-Placid trail along the north side of Cold River where we must set out on a bushwhack northward to “Go Remote,” as we call it…It turns out that our bushwhack is extrememly short, and after winding around a bit dealing with a sluggish GPS unit, we land onto the NY Remote Spot.
We begin our day-hiking foray to the remotest location in the entire state of Vermont within Green Mountain National Forest…starting at the Bourne Pond trailhead. This will be an out-and-back hike featuring what appears to be our longest off-trail bushwhack (through intact forest) on Project Remote to date.
The remotest location in the entire state of Virginia happens to be 9 miles off the mainland on a distant barrier island. Spirits are high with the prospects of a marine and beach adventure. As we embark to the Virginia Remote Spot, We wonder, “Will there be big waves? Can our flat-bottomed, low-sided aluminum jon boat make it all the way there and back?”