Our intention was to camp, explore the extensive national forests and parks, and discover a lot of trails and swimming holes. Of which there were no shortage!
The first place we stopped was this gorgeous creek in the southern part of the Green Mountain National Forest.
Amazing white rocks and heaven for the dogs as although Vermont was cooler than Maryland, it was still pretty hot.
Our entire week-long vacation consisted of driving around the state and stopping wherever we saw a cool trail, stream, or ski area worthy of exploring, some interesting rocks, a public campground, or a nifty little town with a General Store that sold maple syrup and local beers.
There were a few great surprises, like this Spirit in Nature Interfaith Path Sanctuary in the Green Mountains. We happened upon it when driving out the dirt road from our campground our first night in Vermont, and took some time to walk on the Buddhist, Pagan, Interfaith, and Druid paths
which were beautifully laid out through a magical forest
and each of which had signs to remind you of the gifts of inner peace and reflection brought by each of the great spiritual traditions.
It is amazing how seeing such things, and especially being reminded of them in such a beautiful setting, can instantly bring about a state of well-being and joy. I think even the dogs felt it.
When we passed a ski area,
Florian insisted we check t out and it was a good thing! It turned out to be a great place for the dogs to run around.
Of course in the summer it was totally empty, and there were some amazing views
and even a stream at the bottom where everyone could cool off.
and finally, on a dirt road in the middle of the forest, saw a clearing and a place to pull off.
We woke up to a display of flowers and a stream to freshen up in,
and a nice picnic table where we could eat breakfast and relax.
Absolutely loved that place.
Also loved Warren Falls, another gorgeous creek where the water had carved out these deep potholes
at least not for the humans
As you might imagine, after about 6 days of this we were satisfied and a bit tired. Fortunately Florian bought a queen-size inflatable mattress about halfway through our trip so we could rest in comfort, and the dogs could too.