Who We Are

mapEnter the realm of the contemporary Musketeers…

Introducing Cara Nelson, the granddaughter of Catherine Robbins Clifford, a legendary member of the illustrious trio known as the Three Musketeers. In 1927,
these intrepid women etched their names in history by becoming the first to conquer the entirety of Vermont’s renowned Long Trail. Inspired by her family’s heritage, Cara and her adventurous 10-year-old son Carl embarked on a remarkable summer escapade in 2013. Their goal? To retrace the footsteps of their ancestors by conquering as much of the trail’s 270 miles as possible.

Now, join them as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, venturing north from the Massachusetts border with their sights set on the grand finale: reaching Canada along Vermont’s remarkable Long Trail.

Along the way, they will regale you with captivating tales of their family’s historical exploits, share their hiking aspirations, and offer invaluable advice for families and individuals seeking to savor the wonders of hiking in the untamed wilderness.

Cara, Carl, and their beloved husband and father, Jonathan Nelson, live amongst the mountains of Vermont in an area blessed with awe-inspiring views. Each day, they awaken to behold the breathtaking majesty of the Long Trail as it weaves its way over the mighty Camel’s Hump, the third tallest peak in the entire state of Vermont.

Musketeers, Too looking where they've been on Vermont's Long Trail


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