January 5, 2019 – Thundering Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Thundering Falls in Killington, Vermont.  Thundering Falls is approximately 125 feet in length, and is estimated to be the sixth tallest waterfall in Vermont.  As expected this waterfall is sourced from the Thundering Brook.  The waterfall is located on the Appalachian Trail and is a less then a mile walk, most of which occurs on a boardwalk.

We had a spectacular Adventure to Thundering Falls.  The waterfall was located on River Road, a kiosk marking the parking lot.  Quite pleased to be the only visitors we parked and began our journey.  I was instantly exciting seeing the snow covered boardwalk heading into the marsh, surrounded by mountain views.  It was distinctly gorgeous.  The boardwalk trail weaved back and forth and we could soon hear the roaring waterfall, increasing our anticipation.

After the boardwalk ended we veered to the right and quickly located a sign for the Falls. The trail led us to a viewing deck providing a magnificent view of Thundering Falls.  The Falls was scattered with snow and ice creating a unique and picturesque scene.  I enjoyed standing in front of the falls taking in the full sensory experience.  Of course many photographs and several videos were snapped to capture the encounter.  I was initially thinking of walking up above the Falls but was a bit unclear if there was a trail (due to the snow) and even with my ice cleats the slope with snow was very icy.  I therefore found it a bit dangerous and after scratching my hand on a brief slide down, I decided otherwise.  We then began our walk back to the car, appreciating each and every part of the Trail.

Thundering Falls was absolutely lovely, and definitely one of the nicest waterfalls that we have viewed.  We might just have to return to see the waterfall in different seasons (Rating:  4.5).

PS-I decided to organize my photographs in a larger format so let me know what you think.  Not sure yet if I find it better, or too many to scroll through (as I often have them in a collage).

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October 20, 2019 – The Long Trail – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  This will be my last post from our fabulous weekend away…(blogs from the weekend were posted in no particular order).

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, My Parents, and I Adventured to the Long Trail in Stowe, Vermont.  The Long Trail runs the entire state of Vermont, crossing many peaks.  It is the oldest long-distant trail in the Country.  The Trail consists of a 272 footpath, and many additional miles of side trails.  The Trail has remote camping site and is good for all skills levels, as it provides a variety of terrain locations.  The Long Trail was created by the Green Mountain Club who currently maintain and preserve the Trail.

We had an awe-inspiring Adventure to the Long Trail in Stowe, Vermont.  The Long Trail was not a planned stop on our weekend Adventures, but instead an accidental find.  I was quite excited to discover the picturesque boardwalk as we drove toward Mount Mansfield.  We began on this path, excited to explore.  The Mountain views were absolutely spectacular, highlighted by the fall foliage.  We trotted along the boardwalk and snapped away.  The boardwalk hung high above what appeared to be above a wetlands.  There were few visitors, bringing us into the peace, and tranquility of nature.  Along the boardwalk we found several information kiosks.

After completing the boardwalk trail we ended up at a path that would weave through the orange foliage, highlighted by white birch trees.  Shadow, Wilma, and I walked down the trail, soon becoming a walk of “normal” scenery.  I was disappointed to hear sounds of cars in the distance, but yet still pleased to entail on an energetic walk on yet another perfect Fall day.  We are not sure where this trail might have lead but sauntered through the woods for some time, before turning back to join My Parents.

Upon completing our Adventure we began reading more about the Long Trail, and My Dad located an amazing map.  I could not believe the immense size of this trail, and have been even more curious since we returned home.  I definitely will be reading further, viewing some videos and will surely visit the Long Trail again in the future.  Quite an amazing trail system in the beautiful state of Vermont.  So glad My Parents could join us on the gorgeous Long Trail (Rating:  4.5).

 

 

October 19 & 20 & 21, 2019 – Stowe Recreation Path – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

Several times this past weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Stowe Recreation Path in Stowe, Vermont, while my Mom also joined us on one visit.  The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.3 mile paved trail that was built in several phases.  It crosses the West River, provides mountain views, and winds throughout the restaurant and shopping districts.

We had leg-stretching Adventures to the Stowe Recreation Path.  We stopped many times on the Recreation Path in attempt to view various terrain along the trail.  I also had located several bridges on the map, so was driven to explore every one I could find.  The Stowe Recreation Path was simple, but lovely.  The bridges were a perfect touch, the views gorgeous, and you can never go wrong with a walk on a spectacular Fall day.  I kept my eye out for details, appreciating the fall foliage, birch trees, and variety of landscape.  We even observed what appeared to be a beaver swimming in the River.  There were bikers, walkers, tourists, and locals.  I would definitely traverse his trail often if I lived locally.  So glad we could stroll along this popular Path on our visit to Stowe (Rating:  4)

 

 

October 21, 2019 – Vermont State House – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Vermont State House in Montpelier, Vermont.  This was the second visit for Shadow and I.  The Vermont State House was designed in 1857, and later renovated in the 1980s.  It is home for government functions, and contains famous artwork.  It is also known for the gold leaf dome, and the picturesque mountain setting.

We had a lovely Adventure to the Vermont State House on a gorgeous afternoon.  Upon arrival I was quite pleased to see the State House highlighted by bright orange, yellow, and red foliage.  This helped to mask some construction, and orange fencing within eyesight.  We made our way around the property attempting not to miss any detail.  There were paved pathways winding throughout the grounds, and several canons, and statues.  The landscaping was prestine, although somewhat past season for full bloom.  The State House was gorgeous, the distinctive gold sphere adorning the top.  The sun was shining, and the temperature just right.  I took photographs of Shadow and Wilma from various angles, and was quite delighted when a passer-bye offered to take a family photograph.  Wild Wilma decided to roll around on the cement, but posed just in time.  It was great to visit such an integral landmark.  Shadow and I had a wonderful visit in the winter of 2017, however it was extra-dark and cloudy, making the scenery on this Adventure extra striking.  So glad we could Adventure to the Vermont State House (Rating:  4).

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October 20, 2019 – Bingham Falls – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will begin our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Bingham Falls located in the Mount Mansfield State Forest in Stowe Vermont.  Bingham Falls is a cascade falls of approximately twenty five feet in height.  It is sourced from the Waterbury River.  The hike to Bingham Falls is only about a half mile round trip.  It is a popular swimming hole in summer months.

We had a stunning Adventure to Bingham Falls.  Shadow, Wilma, and I headed out early in search of this waterfall.  It was challenging finding the Falls, although in hindsight I am not sure why I found it so difficult.  However, we drove by the parking area numerous times before finding the green sign for the Falls (heading toward Mt. Mansfield from Stowe), tucked under the leaves to the right.  I was quite relieved to find this trailhead at Bingham Falls was high on my list of “must-see” Adventures on our weekend away in Stowe.

We began along the trail on yet another perfect Fall day.  The orange leaves covered the trail in abundance.  Our anticipation was high, an enthused bounce in our step.  The  trail shortly landed at a gorge-like area, a perfect geological feature far below the landing.  The rocks were carved out magically by the water, uniquely shaped.  I was careful not to get too close to the edge, as it appeared as if danger was not far.  From the lookout spot  we headed to the right following a sign indicating a “steep trail” to the Falls.  There was a vertical decline of rock steps, some slippery and wet, while others a bit unbalanced.  I am sure it was quite the scene watching my rock jumping, bouncing Wilma, with my balancing self in between, followed by Shadow’s cautious rock-climbing moves.  We journeyed at Shadow’s speed and somehow managed not to fall, slip, or crash.  There were several streams coming down the rocks, adding quite the picturesque water features.  Unquestionably a true trail for an Adventure.

Upon arrival at the bottom of the trail I was pleased to see Bingham Falls.  The bottom location of the steps was a bit treacherous, but yet I was able to peer over to see the full view of the Falls, a deluge of water cascading down into a massive pool.  It was dramatic, and of course cheerfully singing the sounds of nature.  Due to the footing, and steep and rocky edges I decided it best not to pose Shadow, and Wilma, which I of course had hoped to accomplish, but instead we stood for awhile admiring the Falls, truly picturesque.

After viewing the Falls we trudged back up the stairs back to the gorge, and from there headed to the opposite side following the River trail, just slightly above the water’s banks.  We strolled along the River’s edge, Shadow and Wilma wading into the water for some sips.  Although I was not sure if we were actually on a trail I knew the River would be our guide.  Our walk was peaceful, and tranquil at one with nature.  Our journey ended when I thought I saw a bear ahead and we quickly turned around heading back to the car.  We could not have a better Adventure to the Bingham Falls.  Not only was there an impressive Falls, it included a remarkable gorge, and a scenic walk along the River.  So hard to capture a waterfall, and the rush of water on camera, but I assure you that Bingham Falls is a “must see” waterfall in Vermont (Rating:  4).

 

 

October 13, 2019 – Quechee Covered Bridge -Vermont

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, my Friend, and I Adventured to the Quechee Covered Bridge in Quechee, Vermont.  The Quechee Covered Bridge was originally built in 1970 and spans the Ottauquechee River.  It has views of an old mill dam, gorge, and contains a pedestrian walk across.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge.  Shadow, Buster, and I had been to the bridge on one occasion, and I was glad to be back.  We were thrilled to have one of our friends visiting from Tampa, and could not have chosen a better covered bridge to represent these wonderful structures.  We parked and took some posed photographs on the gorge side before crossing the front of the bridge to the waterfall.  The waterfall was gigantic, and just spectacular, the sunset framing the background of the falls.  We sauntered down to the Quechee Falls Park, a cemented, landscaped area with benches to relax and take-in the view.  We spent some time photographing and just gazed at the spectacular scene, the falls singing from all directions, and the bridge towering from above.  Such beauty!

From there we wandered back up the stairs and headed to the bridge to see the view from atop the bridge.  The bridge was lined with colorful flower boxes, and provided continued lovely views.  After peering out at the panorama, we strolled all the way across, and found an additional viewing spot.  Another perfect scene from a new angle.

I have written about this bridge previously in a blog about Quechee, but decided to discuss the bridge in depth today.  We were so glad to Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge, definitely a must-see new England bridge.  I have included photographs, and videos from our visit today, and two photographs of our first visit.  A little dark on this New England evening, but hopefully you can still imagine this picturesque location (Rating:  5).

 

Throwback Adventure – Jamaica State Park – Vermont

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. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In September of 2015 Shadow, Buster, My Aunt, My Uncle, and I Adventured to Jamaica State Park in Jamaica, Vermont.  Jamaica State Park is an almost 800 acre state park, that encompasses the West River. Jamaica State Park is popular for fishing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and winter sports. It also includes Hamilton Falls which is approximately 125 feet tall and sourced from the Cobb River.

We had a wonderful Adventure to Jamaica State Park.  We were so excited to meet my Aunt and Uncle for this day of hiking, and exploring.  Upon arrival we found the Park to be packed full of visitors, soon to realize that there was an official white water event.  Apparently several times a year the dam is opened for this popular event.  This added some excitement to our day with this bonus attraction. 

We began our hike on the trail looking down on the West River.  We were able to see the kayakers from high above, on quite the rapid filled river.  It was really a fun scene we were able to take-in while catching up and enjoying this mid-September day.  Every so often we had to move off the trail to allow for the eager truck full of boaters heading out to the beginning of the dam.  Quite a special environment of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

We were on the trail along the River for a bit before veering off on a slope to our right.  This was a tiring trail, mostly uphill so we took or time traversing this mountain-like path.  I am trying to pull-out my long term memory and believe I knew there was a waterfall and was hopeful, and driven by the desire to locate this natural feature.  I was quite pleased to finally spot the Hamilton Falls and we traversed down another trail to get to the Falls edge.  I found the Hamilton Falls somewhat humorous as there was little water-flow, although I guess September is really not the ideal time for waterfalls.  However the Falls was quite unique, gorge-like with two separate spouts.  We took some photographs before continuing up the trail.  We arrived at the top of the Falls, finding a large pool.  We actually spotted a latter entering the pool, apparently needed for those who might fall in to this pothole feature.  Nearby we found a perfect area for a picnic, relaxing from a strenuous hike.  Jamaica State Park is definitely a unique location.  We were so glad to enjoy his special Adventure with wonderful company (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

July 29, 2019 – Kingsbury Covered Bridge/Hyde Covered Bridge – Vermont

I am a little behind on my blog from our daytrip to Vermont this past Monday.  However, I still wanted to share, so here is another one of our Adventures.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Kingsbury Covered Bridge in Randolph, Vermont, also referred to is the Hyde Covered Bridge.  The Bridge was built in 1904.  It is a wooden bridge that traverses the White River.

We had a pungent Adventure to the Kingsbury/Hyde Covered Bridge.  Immediately upon arrival we noted a horrid stench, fecal matter scattered throughout the bridge and immediately proceeding it.  We therefore did not venture too close, or across, as we prefer on our “normal” covered bridge Adventures.  We viewed the River from the side, noting it was almost completely dry.  There were pretty wildflowers throughout, as well as a tree framing the front.  The sky was dramatic, changing rapidly during our visit.  To the right side there was a farm, with lovely pink flowers adding to the picturesque scene.  When avoiding looking down, and breathing, it was quite a lovely scene (haha).  Even through it all I could not be happier in visiting yet another historic covered Bridge, it will always be a memorable one, that is for sure (Rating:  3).

 

 

July 29, 2019 – Rock of Ages Quarry – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Rock of Ages Quarry in Graniteville, Vermont.  Rock of Ages is the deepest Quarry in the world, and has been around since 1885.  It is currently a working Quarry.  Rock of Ages has a gift shop, and offers tours including a drive to the Quarry overlook and an information video.  The cost of the official tour is $6 per person.

We had a unique Adventure to the Rock of Ages Quarry.  I am always excited to find an Adventure that is one that you would not expect to be dog-friendly.  I had contacted the Quarry before our visit to ensure dogs were on the guest list.  Except for not permitting dogs in the official tour van, the site was incredibly dog-friendly.  We began our Adventure purchasing tickets to the tour, immediately discovering the gift shop, warehouse, and all buildings were also welcoming of dogs.  I was quite impressed with these details, adding an increased bounce to my step!

We decided to first explore the warehouse, walking down the hall and watching the hard-working employees actively designing granite materials.  I did not expect Shadow or Wilma to be concerned with this experience, and was pleased that my expectations were accurate.  We walked down the hall, both Shadow and Wilma appearing quite curious of their new environment.  The warehouse was gigantic, and had little windows below where the pups could peer through to check-out the scene.  It was an unusual, and fun experience being a witness to this eccentric work.

From there we headed on the Quarry tour.  We followed the official van by car so Shadow and Wilma could join us.  The drive was only about five minutes before we arrived at the Quarry look-out.  There was a high-fence ensuring no accidental slips.  The Quarry was absolutely gorgeous, misty green in some spots.  Our tour-guide taught us about this special Quarry, showed samples, and answered visitors’ questions.  Shadow was not thrilled at the warm afternoon so we soon found a shady spot to get some water, while continuing to listen to the presentation.  It was amazing to see the granite Quarry from high above.  I had high expectations from my research online, and the site definitely did not disappoint.

Our last stop was to explore the grounds, including:  memorial stones, the granite bowling lane, and to search through granite samples to find the perfect souvenir.  Wilma was especially excited to see large bowling balls being rolled down the lane, her sweet little tail wagging joyously .  She enjoyed meeting all the other tourists, savoring all of the attention.  We did not stay too long as Shadow appeared eager for the next swim.  So glad we could explore the spectacular Rock of Ages Granite Quarry today (Rating:  4).

 

July 29, 2019 – Waits River Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to Waits River Falls in Bradford, Vermont.  Waits River Falls has an open and lower falls. and totals approximately forty five feet in length.  It is sourced from the Waits River.

We had a misty Adventure to the Waits River Falls.  We were quite pleased to find the Falls effortlessly, located directly on Route 5.  There was a park located in front of the Falls, which notified us of our arrival.  The park had benches, was scattered with wildflowers and provided a great view of the Falls.  We got as near as we could, careful not to get too close to an immediate drop-off.  Although the Falls was quite far from us,the scene was spectacular.  It was fun to feel the mist, adding the perfect touch to the moment.

After enjoying the Falls, we followed a short trail up a hill to a shaded area.  There was some rushing water, a bench to sit, and a rock-like wall.  Shadow was quite thrilled to find some water, and soon was adorably lying down in the water.  So cute, I really just could not get enough (see video below).  Wilma preferred to pose on the rocks, often checking on My Mom, our protective girl.  We enjoyed this cool oasis while until Shadow finished his cool-down in the water.

From there we then headed over to the bridge from above the River to take some more photographs before heading off to our next Adventure.  So glad we could visit the Waits Falls River today (Rating:  3).