|During a very recent visit to Vermont I had the chance to revisit some of my old favorite places, sample the terrific beer, hang out in the coffee shops and visit new places.
I always look forward reaching the Gilford Visitors Center, right across the state line with Massachusetts. Driving from the Washington Metro Area on I-95 and the NJ parkways, the rest stops along the way on these busy arteries are a reflection of what happens on the roads: rushed, tense, congested, a beehive of humanity. By the time one passes by Springfield, MA, the scenery and the driving experience changes and it becomes more relaxed, less frantic and the Gilford Visitors Center only an hour away. Here visitors find a barn-like structured where artisan show their products, clean facilities and a meadow around the building where one can walk among the display of old farming equipment, and during the warm months, tall grass and wild flowers. It is a welcome respite from the hard drive up to this point.
Later during the week, I revisited both Montpelier and Burlington. There is a ton of work being done on the waterfront in Burlington, with a beautiful biking and hiking trail around Lake Champlain, and the lake itself silver in color, reflecting the dense clouds above it.
A new experience for me this time were the Lake Champlain Islands on the northwest section of Vermont with their unique geography. Lunch from the general store at the town of North Hero – the life center of the town – and overlooking Lake Champlain was alone worth the trip because of the unique experience.
The Isle La Motte has this amazing site – the Goodsell Ridge Preserve – on which one can walk on fossils that are over 480 million years old, some of the oldest in the world, a time when this area was part of the Atlantic Ocean. Some fossils show in great detail the life form of the marine animals that lived there. Sadly, some people have liked them so much that they have literally sawed them off the rocks.
On the northeast of Vermont is the Northeast Kingdom and I had the chance to hike about 4 miles along the Long Trail which according to Wikipedia, “is a hiking trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States”.
And of course, there are numerous covered bridges that date back to the 1800s.
Here are some pictures: http://www.austral-lights-photography.com/Other/n-GGFF4/Whats-New/
|I had the good fortune of traveling to Vermont two weeks ago at peak time for the sensational colors of the fall season. It is one thing to see pictures of Vermont; it is another think altogether when you spend time there in the fall when the leaves are turning. Add the rivers and the streams and the charming little towns along Vermont country roads and you get the experience of a lifetime.There is a lot to see from the highway as it traverses among the mountains but the real show is in the country roads where one can linger and savor the experience. I traveled on VT-14 from Barre just south of Montpelier all the way to White River Junction to the south. VT-14 runs roughly parallel to the White River in a north-south course and every so often the road passes through the middle of little towns that have been home to Vermonters for generations.
In addition to the colors of autumn, there are so many interesting things to see and do: beautiful covered bridges; old historic cemeteries in the mountains; sugaring houses; chocolate and cheese; and the Ben and Jerry ice-cream factory! And by accident, I stumbled upon the birthplace of Joseph Smith, he of the Mormon Church, where today, nestled among majestic trees and well landscaped grounds, sits a monument in his honor.
Great photographers have taken great pictures of Vermont but these are mine, as I remember it.
|I had planned a trip to Vermont this coming week but I had to make the trip ahead of time, which turned to be very positive because the temperatures here have been on the warmer side. And besides the fog during the first 150 miles or so and the relentless rain pretty much the entire drive, there was no road snow or ice to deal with.
I had a chance to go out this morning and then again as the sun was setting this afternoon to shoot some pictures and the results speak to the quality of the light. During the morning the sky was still overcast and I love how the clouds blend with the snow on the ground while during the late afternoon there was nothing but a clear, cold blue sky and the sun, low in the horizon, casted a beautiful golden light over the snow and specially over the birch trees which are in abundance here.
Besides the picture above which is one of my favorites of the day, here is a representative sample of my day in this beautiful place.
I went to Vermont for a quick visit this past weekend and my son and I went for a hike along the many hiking trails in green Vermont. As we were about to turn a bend in the trail, my son spotted through the trees a moose right on the other side of the bend. I had never seen one of these animals and let me tell you, they are big, even though the one we spotted wasn’t a big one at all compared to others, according to my son.
They are not very impressed by people either! He just stood his ground and stayed there blocking the way and although they are not aggressive, I understand it is not a good idea to disturb them. So we waited for a while behind some trees and eventually it moved right in front of me, passing by about 20 feet from where I was, allowing me to take some pictures. Now I can say I have seen a moose and I have the picture to prove it.