Fiddlerjoebob, sounds like a fun trip. I've backpacked often with my fiddle, and sometimes my mates will bring an instrument, too, but here's what I'm wondering. How are the bugs there in Vermont? Out here we get no bugs until about two weeks after the snow melts, and then they come out in thick clouds and remain bothersome for about a month whereupon they all die; they all die because we have the driest climate on the planet in summer--from Wikipedia:
Sacramento has been noted as being the sunniest location on the planet for three months of the year, from July through September. It holds the distinction as the sunniest month, in terms of percent possible sunshine, of anywhere in the world; July in Sacramento averages 14 hours and 12 minutes of sunshine per day, amounting to approximately 98% of possible sunshine.
And as Sacramento is just thirty miles (or so) away, the mountains share this dry, hot summer to a large extent. What I'm saying is this--after about the end of August, we are able to pick and bow and sing without swatting our arms and necks and cursing the d--ned bas---d mosquitoes! Without spreading gallons of DEET on our bodies. But if we try and hike/backpack around July 4th, we will be amongst the skeeters dusk and dawn most assuredly. It must be better in Vermont?
Also, how's your "weather?" Do you get summer storms lasting long?
Oh, and another thing I just thought about--when I used to ride mountain bikes, I hated this plant which grows out here on the trails, one called puncture vine or caltrops. It has a spiked nutlet which will puncture anything, and this plant is often everywhere. My son and I have often simultaneously gotten flattened tires and have pulled twenty spikes each out of our tires. This @#$%^& plant is the reason I quit mountain biking and am now resigned to walking. I hope you don't have this demonic vegetation anywhere near you.