May 2, 2020 – Texas Falls Recreation Area – Vermont

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Texas Falls Recreation Area in Hancock, Vermont.  The Texas Falls Recreation Area is part of the Green Mountain National Forest. The Recreation Area has a 1.2 mile trail highlighted by the Texas Falls. Texas Falls is a series of cascading Falls that are approximately thirty five feet in height. The location also contains a picnic areas, pavilions, and restrooms.

We had a spectacular Adventure to the Texas Falls Recreation Area.  I had been wanting to visit this Falls for some time, and finally decided to take the long drive.  I thought of Shadow often on this Adventure, as it was my first waterfall visit since loosing our Shadow.  So glad he has numerous waterfall Adventures.

We arrived at the Texas Falls Recreation Area following my GPS and clearly marked signs.  There were some cars in the parking lot, but not overly busy.  With great anticipation we crossed the street searching for the direct path to the Falls.  I soon located a lovely bridge across the Texas Brook.  While traversing this bridge we located the Falls to the left, and to the right the Brook continued, rushing through the gorge.  We relished the sites, and planned to return again after our walk.

Our journey continued across the bridge where we immediately found the sign for the “Nature Trail”.  We turned right and began on our hike, soon spotting a sign for the Lower viewing area, which provided an additional view of the waterfall, and close-up views of the gorge.  So beautiful, roaring thunderously!  After spending time on this landing we then returned back to our hike.

The “Nature Trail” ran high above and parallel to the brook before winding up into the woods.  Part of the trail was a slight work-out as it slowly ascended up.  The trail crossed a variety of bridges, little cascades down the rocks, and varied in trees, and natural landscaping.  There were few others on the trail, and through much of the walk we could hear the sounds of running water.  I really loved this trail, flashing me back to my many special Adventures with Shadow to the White Mountains.

Upon completion of the Trail we strolled over to check out the picnic areas, and a new aspect of the river from the bridge on the road.  I then decided to grabbed my lunch and we headed to a huge boulder as I ate and Wilma watched everyone who sauntered within her sight.  So peaceful!  After eating we spent time revisiting the various views of the Falls and locating rocks in quiet areas to sit and soak in the entire sensory experience.  We spent almost three hours at the Recreation Area, and did not want to leave.  The Texas Falls Recreation Area is definitely a special place that I would highly recommend to all my friends, and followers.  Please see below for many photographs, and videos (Rating:  5).

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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 21, 2019 – Moss Glen 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 continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, Vermont.  Moss Glenn Falls is approximately 125 feet in height,  making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Vermont.  The Falls is sourced from Moss Glen Brook.  It is located next to the Putnam State Forest.

We had a breathtaking Adventure to Moss Glen Falls.  I was beyond thrilled to visit the Moss Glen Falls, a Falls I had read about for some time.  We started out on an early foggy morning, locating the Falls on Moss Glen Falls Road.  The walk started on a narrow trail, which soon had some pieces of uneven boards, crossing through the mud.  Immediately the sound of the Brook was upon us, babbling in song, and increasing our anticipation of this waterfall.  The trail was short, and we soon arrived at the Brook.  We sauntered alongside the water taking in the smells of fall, and the harmony of nature.  We soon arrived at a more open area where there were some small cascades, and the entrance to the gorge.  There were colorful leaves floating in the water, and large boulders.  So serene and, simple, yet quite beautiful.

We began our ascent up the gorge, following the sounds of the Falls.  The hike was steep, and footing often uneven from numerous roots, and rocks.  We took our time, and attempted to peak over the edge, whenever possible, before locating the one spot with the glorious view of Moss Glenn Falls.  The Falls was absolutely stunning, more spectacular then I could have ever imagined.  The water was rushing, crashing through the gorge.  We stayed at this spot for some time, taking photographs, and just staring in awe at this find.  From there we hiked up further being very careful at the dangerous, and abrupt cliffside.  The Falls overall was hard to view as there were many rocks, and hazardous spots.  We hiked as far as we felt we could go, hoping to see additional views of the Falls, but soon realized we had already found the best view.  Both Shadow and Wilma appeared overly attentive, likely sensing my cautiousness of this cliffside trail.

From there we headed back slowly down the mountainous trail.  As per our usual Adventure we took or time at this location.  Moss Glen Falls is definitely one of the most amazing Falls I have ever seen, unquestionably in the top five.  Besides being a dark day, I can promise you that my photographs of this Falls do not give it the justice it deserves.  I therefore hope you too can Adventure to the Falls (Rating:  5)

 

 

October 20, 2019 – Red Covered Bridge – 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 past weekend Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Red Covered Bridge in Morristown, Vermont.  The Red Covered Bridge was built in 1896 and crosses the Sterling Brook.  It is approximately 64 feet in length, and is located in a rural section of town.

We had a lovely visit to the Red Covered Bridge.  I was so excited to find a “Red” Bridge although little did I know there would be two red colored bridges on our adventures.  I had located this bridge on our tourist map, and although the map was not quite as detailed as I would have hoped, we still were able to locate this bridge.  We discovered the Red Covered Bridge on a quiet dirt road, away from the hustle and bustle of town.  As expected it was bright red in color, and crossed high above a gorge, encompassing the Sterling Brook River.  We romped around for a bit making sure to view each perspective.  The surrounding landscaping was a bit dull, although there were some autumnal orange foliage nearby.  We were so glad to visit the official Red Covered Bridge (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 – West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park – 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, My Parents, and I Adventured to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park in Stowe, Vermont.  The West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park is located along the West Branch River.  It has an indoor gallery with a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures, while the outdoor grounds displays a variety of sculptures.  The Gallery also provides art services, and is available for private events.

We had an entertaining Adventure to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park.  Shadow and Wilma were not allowed indoors, as expected, so we just explored the outdoor sculpture park.  The grounds were quite small, but had an interesting, and creative variety of sculptures.  The sculptures created good conversation, some laughs, and of course lots of posing.  I think my favorite sculpture was the feline, while I also appreciated the face sculpture, and numerous other symbolic sculptures.

Though I generally do not consider myself one with the arts, I have really grown to love outdoor sculpture gardens, allowing my two best friends to join me.  It was just perfect to have my parents on our Adventure to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, another fun memory from our fabulous getaway (Rating:  3.5)

 

 

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 – Middle Covered Bridge – 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 February of 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock, Vermont. The Middle Covered Bridge was built in 1969, replacing a previous bridge.  It crosses the Ottaquechee River.

We had a dark, winter Adventure to the Middle Covered Bridge. We found the Bridge near the shops and restaurants, in the middle of a busy street. Shadow posed, as I snapped this memory from this Adventure. Our visit to the Bridge was brief and I only took a photo or two.  Although a dreary day for photographs I still love this photograph of Shadow, taken in one of my favorite Vermont towns. We definitely will be back to the Middle Covered Bridge in the future (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

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Throwback Adventure – Waterfront 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 October 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont. Waterfront Park is a local, waterfront park on the shorelines of Lake Champlain. It includes a boardwalk and is popular for biking, and walking. There are also boat rentals available.

We had a picturesque, sunset Adventure to the Waterfront Park. I remember strolling down the boardwalk, enjoying the spectacular sunset, and appreciating the waterfront scene.  There were many many boats parked along the docks, a lovely scene.  You really cannot go wrong with a sunset along the shore.  We were so glad we could visit the Waterfront Park (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

 

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).