Monday, August 27, 2007
Vermont in August
What a great thing, to get away to Vermont for a few days during the heat of summer on Long Island. As is often the case, it was cooler, breezier, and oh-so enticing in it's green mountain-loveliness. This pic above, (you can click on it to view it full size), was taken just outside of Johnson, VT, which is well north into the state, perhaps only about 20 miles or so from the Canadian border.
As you may know from previous posts, I travel up to Vermont pretty regularly. I do hope to relocate there someday in the hopefully not-too-distant future. For now, I've been traveling to various parts of the state, to get more familiar with the various regions, (yes, there are a number of distinct regions of Vermont, despite the fact that it is a relatively small state). I've focused a lot of attention on northern Vermont, especially around Burlington. Though I wouldn't want to live right in Burlington, it's a super-cool city, and a great place to live nearby, to have access to all of the culture it is brimming with.
However, after this most recent trip, I'm thinking that I need to start focusing on southern Vermont on my next few trips. Specifically, the southwestern region, which is a particularly gorgeous, mountain-filled area. So many times over the past few years, Ive blown through southwestern Vermont on my way up to Burlington. I usually stop for a quick break around Arlington, (former home of Norman Rockwell, one of my artistic heroes!), and this time, I was absolutely floored by the beauty of the area. I suppose I have avoided actually staying there on any of my trips because of the notorious nearby Manchester Center, which is well-known as "shopping outlet center", and crawling with tourists. But I have to say, that is one very tiny part of the whole area, and to write off greater Manchester, Arlington and the surrounding area seems like a big mistake. So, I plan to correct that! Next time I go to Vermont, it'll be for the SW VT experience!
By the way, I'm wondering what the gay population is like in that area. Again, Burlington seems to have the largest concentration of gay people in the state, from what I've seen so far. But I can't imagine southwestern Vermont doesn't have it's own gay contingent, what with the various art galleries, B&Bs, and general Vermont loveliness in the air. So.... if you're from that area of Vermont, or know someone who is, please write & tell me all about it. I'd love to hear your story!