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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 07:03 PM

Artist Hikes Length of Vermont, Painting Along the Way: Autumn Splendor



- Artist Rob Mullen walks down Long Trail, the country's oldest long distance trail, in Manchester, Vt., Tues., Oct. 13, 2020. Mullen was nearing the end of his 272-mile month-long hike down the length of Vermont, painting along the way.

- 'Artist Hikes Length of Vermont, Painting Along the Way,' by Lisa Rathke, AP News, Oct. 17, 2020.

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — After hiking over 200 miles (320 kilometers) on the country’s oldest long-distance trail, Rob Mullen had just 3 miles (5 kilometers) to go in the rain to meet up with his wife and father for a break. He kept dry with his foul weather gear as he walked down the trail with a backdrop of trees sprouting fall’s orange and yellow leaves and carrying trekking poles and a big stuffed blue pack on his back that held his precious painting kit.

Mullen, a 64-year-old wildlife and wilderness artist, is hiking the 272-mile (440-kilometer) Long Trail that runs the length of Vermont and over its highest mountains from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts state line and painting sights along the way. He was nearing the end of his monthlong journey and planned to finish as soon as Saturday afternoon with half a dozen paintings and several thousand photos from which to paint. He’s also coming away with sense of hope about the country from the people he’s met along the trail.

“I’ll be painting from this trip for a long time,” he said during his break off the trail in Manchester on a Tuesday.

Mullen, who has done a number of wilderness canoe trips in Alaska and Canada, had planned to paddle in the Northwest territories of Canada this year with three others. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit. He decided to do the entire Long Trail as a painting trip and to raise money with his art for the Vermont Wildlife Coalition, of which he is a board member, and the Green Mountain Club, which maintains the Long Trail.

..Along the way, Mullen has seen black bears and in a special sighting, a gray fox. And he’s met many hikers who are either hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine or, like himself, Vermont’s Long Trail, sharing shelters with them for the night or meeting up on the trail. “You get these ephemeral friendships,” he said, of the bonds he made with strangers along the way...

More, https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-mountains-vermont-hiking-painting-87a14c6d91f1f2ce088b7caa33bc58ed



- Rob Mullen shows a painting he did during his month-long hike on Vermont's Long Trail. A wildlife & wilderness artist, Mullen was nearing the end of his 272-mile journey down the length of Vt., painting sights along the way.

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Reply Artist Hikes Length of Vermont, Painting Along the Way: Autumn Splendor (Original post)
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:13 PM

1. Beautiful!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:47 PM

2. The other day I told someone who has property in both states -

that I'd rather live in a shack in Vermont than a palace in Florida. It's a fantastic state. -And- lowest rate of COVID-19 infections.

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Response to heckles65 (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:49 PM

3. When I visted twice it was nice, Putney & NH border area.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Oct 17, 2020, 09:38 PM

4. What a great post

I'm in awe of this man. Wow. Truely inspiring.

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Response to Star-Thrower (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 18, 2020, 04:50 PM

5. Quite inspiring, the 200+ mile hike, his art and associations.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 18, 2020, 06:44 PM

6. His painting is gorgeous.

My b.i.l. hiked the length of the AT when he was in his 30s. Hiking it in one's 60s is a real feat.
Congratulations to Rob!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 19, 2020, 07:02 AM

7. I've always liked the Bob Ross style of paintings...

... I see them and I just want to walk right in and enjoy the scenery and peacefulness.

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