Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Temperatures are dropping just a bit as we head into this new month. There's a crispness in the air, and the leaves are just beginning to change color. In honor of the arrival of October here in the Northeast, (and the cooler weather & foliage changes that it brings), I thought I'd post a few pics of one of my trips to Vermont, (from last October, 2006). With all of these, you can click on them to see them at a larger size.
The first pic, (above), is from a lovely little town called Danby in southwestern Vermont, just a bit north of Manchester. This area is particularly gorgeous in the way that the farms are squeezed into the narrow, rolling valleys between the mountains.
The second pic is also from Danby, just a bit further south down the same road as the last pic. I wonder if the cows notice the gorgeous fall foliage blazing on the mountains behind them?
This next pic, (above), is from East Dorset area, just a bit south of Danby, along the famed Route 7.
Finally, I think I saved the best one for last. You really need to see this large, (click on it), to fully appreciate the gorgeous Fall colors. This one's actually from October, 2004, taken along Route 100, in the Waitsfield/Warren area, (also known as the Mad River Valley). When you see these Fall colors in real life, it's so gorgeous that these pics can't even do it justice. But enjoy, anyway.... and maybe make a trip to Vermont yourself this Fall!
Monday, August 27, 2007
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!