Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Staying Close to Home for a Far-Out trip...to Vermont

Well this has not been the easiest summer. But it did contain some intervals of peace and joy, and things seem to be on a better track now. After a stressful July, Florian and I rewarded ourselves with a summer road trip to Vermont, which we knew would be an amazing and slightly cooler place to take the dogs. 

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. 

It was a bit challenging to do city and shopping visits since we had the dogs and it was hot. But we did check out Burlington, and even there found attractions for everyone to enjoy




My favorite camping spot was one that we got to well after dark, after the one we wanted to stay in, Smuggler's Notch Campground near Stowe, was full. We drove around looking for another place, checked out a couple of overpriced, kind of smarmy private campgrounds, almost ran out of gas, 


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




Magical! But we were there in the morning, so it wasn't hot enough yet to swim...

at least not for the humans
Fortunately, later we came upon our own private lake where there was no one, and we got to have an amazing swim 

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. 

7 comments:

  1. What an amazing trip! Love the inter-faith trail. Love to you and the dogs!

    -Lisa and Otto

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  2. So beautiful and relaxing. It looks like you guys found your own watering hole
    Lily & Edward

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  3. I was thinking about going to Vermont on vacation next year. Now I know Reggie would have plenty of activities to enjoy! :)

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  4. I'm stopping by a little late but that looks like an amazing trip! I like the photo of Fozzie and Dahlia behind the grass in the ski area (looks like they get along great!) and you holding both leashes in the water fountain (haha! You're such a good dog Mom, Kirsten). Very glad you had that nice holiday!

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