October 2016 – Vermont – Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday.  These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing.

In October 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock, Vermont.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!  This National Park was named for George Perkins Marsh, and Frederick Billings.  George Perkins Marsh was one of the nation’s first global thinkers, while Frederick Billings, was an early conservationist.  The park includes:  trails, horseback carriage rides, a victorian mansion, and a museum.  It is also a popular location for cross-country skiing in the winter.

We choose a gorgeous, cool, fall day to visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  I did not conduct a lot of research before this adventure, so we decided to let our eyes (and snouts 🙂 ) guide us.  We wandered around the trails, and enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the mansion, and the gorgeous gardens.  There were luscious fields, landscaped gardens, and even some Robert Frost postings along the trails.  We also spent some time relaxing in front of the Victorian mansion.  It was a beautiful stop, and I do plan to visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park again in the future (Rating:  4).

 

 

 

 

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June 2, 2018 – Vermont – The town of Wilmington, Woodford State Park, and our second visit to the Creamery Covered Bridge

Today we visited many different places, while on our adventure in Vermont.  I will highlight our three main stops in my blog today.

The Town of Wilmington, Vermont

On our first stop we wandered around the charming downtown section of Wilmington, Vermont.  Wilmington is located in the Deerfield Valley of the Green Mountains.

We enjoyed walking around the town, which appeared to have many unique shopping opportunities, and restaurants.  In this area we found Reardon’s Crossing, a green pedestrian bridge, which crosses over the Deerfield River.  We walked along the River, and wandered along some of the Hoot, Toot and Whistle trail, before turning back toward town.  On our return route, Shadow was eager to find a path to the River to cool down.  We finally found a little overgrown path down to the water.  Shadow enjoyed walking around in the shallow river, sipping a drink, and even just lying in the water (adorable video below).  Wilma enjoyed some digging, and really just seemed content taking in the moment.  (Rating:  3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

After exploring the downtown area, local trails, and River, we drove to Harriman’s Reservoir to check out the view, and of course for another Shadow swim.  This is a very picturesque Reservoir, which I believe is also referred to as Wilmington Lake.  It was not easy to figure out how to access the Reservoir, but we were lucky to find this boat launch to snap a couple shots.  (Rating:   3)

 

 

 

Woodford State Park

Our second stop was Woodford State Park in Woodford, Vermont.  This park is a 398 acre park, located at 2400 feet elevation.  It is on a mountain plateau surrounding the Adams Reservoir.  The park has camping sites, cabins, and lean-tos.  One of their cabins is even dog friendly, and while I definitely contemplated that option, but decided to just make it a day of adventures.

Initially my plan was to hike the loop trail around the Adams Reservoir, however, we arrived later than expected, and it was quite humid.  In addition the trail was very overgrown at spots, and quite buggy, which likely swayed my decision to complete the full loop.  Instead we walked part of the trail, taking a loop that headed closer to the Reservoir.  The Reservoir was beautiful, and scenic, and the water quite inviting.  As you might guess Shadow enjoyed swimming, and rolling in the grass.  Wilma enjoyed scouting out the new trail, and greeting guests.  After our little walk, we wandered around the “day use” area, enjoyed some more swimming, and sat for a bit near the Reservoir.  There were several people fishing nearby, and many young families on the sandy beach.  There seemed to be some biting flies, which shortened our stay, but yet really a truly beautiful Reservoir.  (Rating:  3)

 

 

 

 

 

Creamery Covered Bridge – Brattleboro

Our last stop of the day was at the Creamery Covered Bridge in Brattleboro.  This was the second time we visited this bridge, as Shadow, Buster, and I also visited this spot in July of 2016.  It fills my heart remembering our adventures with Buster, and knowing that I can still include these memories in my blog.

The Creamery Covered Bridge was built in 1879 and is now closed to traffic.  It is a lattice truss bridge, which is approximately 80 feet long.  It crosses the Whetstone Brook, and is located right next to Route 9.

We parked near the bridge, and wandered over, sauntering back and forth through the beautiful lattice.  Shadow and Wilma were quite tired, (being our last stop of a busy day), providing me a good opportunity to catch a side-by-side pose!  Definitely not an easy task with an energetic puppy.  It was fun finding a bridge with no cars rushing through, allowing us time to relax and enjoy (Rating:  3).

 

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Throwback Adventure – Quechee Gorge , Vermont – October 2016

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Flashback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday.  These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing.

Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Quechee Gorge in October 2016.  We have been there other times, but this trip we thoroughly explored the Park.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!

The Quechee Gorge is located in the Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont.  It is the deepest gorge in Vermont, plunging 165 feet.  The Ottauquechee River flows through the bottom of the Gorge.  The Gorge can be viewed from the bridge above, located directly on Route 4.  This scenic view really cannot be missed as it is plastered with tourists peering over the bridge for a view, and snapping photographs.  There are also trails along the Gorge, which allow for varied views of the River, and Gorge.

We choose a beautiful Fall day for this visit to the Gorge.  We climbed to the bottom trail to view the Gorge, which revealed the bridge from afar.  From there we hiked the opposite direction finding more trails, and even a little area for the dogs to swim.  It was nice to get good some good exercise, and enjoy the colorful Fall foliage.  The most beautiful spot really was the view of the Gorge directly off the bridge.  The pictures I took really could not capture the beauty of this location.  (Rating:  4)

Also, while in the area we stopped at the Quechee Covered Bridge, which spans the Ottauquechee River.  The bridge was rebuilt after being severely damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  (Rating:  3)

The many adventures we had in October 2016 are especially precious in my heart as it was the last month of adventures we would have before losing Buster.  We are so grateful that he was able to live life to the fullest.