Date completed: 11/28/2021
Home base: Collinsville, CT
Miles: I hiked 100 miles along many sections of the NET in CT and MA. I hiked 50 of those miles with my cat Dixon and the rest on solo hikes or when leading group backpacking trips.
Describe the NET: Unique, challenging, awe-inspiring, special, fun.
What do you love about the NET? I love having a shorter long-distance trail close by. As someone who now has a busy schedule managing and owning a business, I don’t have multiple months available at the moment like I used, to do a longer thru-hike. I’m grateful for those experiences I had in the past and the trail is always calling after those experiences so I’m happy that trails like the NET exist where I can still get out and thru-hike for a few weeks while still being able to balance with work and life.
Advice for NET Hikers: Get out there and enjoy it! Purchase the map set and CFPA Walk Book. Use the interactive map on their website, get out on a guided trip on the trail with a professional guide/NET hiker like myself or with a group of your own and experience the trail.
It always feels great to be out hiking on this trail. The NET holds a special place in my heart.