Goodbye VT, ‘Til We Meet Again…

Summer Hut

Sweet Spot in my big backyard

Time flies when you’re having fun! After three fast weeks in Vermont, I’m hitting the road again tomorrow. Between looming deadlines, short daylight hours and frequent snow days, I didn’t get to do as much exploring around northern Vermont as I had hoped. I made it up Camel’s Hump, but Mount Mansfield and Mount Hunger both got snowed out, as did my jaunt down to Middlebury.

The Summer Hut. I'm not sure what the story is with this little  backcountry hut. It's right on the snowmobile trail, but there's no way to heat it, which makes me think it's somebody's little summer getaway place. Sweet spot!

I’m not sure what the story is with this little backcountry hut. It’s right on a snowmobile trail, but there’s no way to heat it, which makes me think it’s somebody’s little summer getaway place.

There's even a cute little creek!

A cute little cabin on a cute little creek. Very Vermont!

First Snow!

First Snow

I may not have driven many miles in Vermont, but I did cover quite a bit of ground. No matter how busy I was or how snowy the weather, I went out for a walk every day on the old logging roads and snowmobile tracks in the woods behind my house. Nothing beats being able to walk out the door and onto a trail. These logging roads, cut half a century ago, diverge in all directions, leading upslope and down, to the river, to wooded dead ends, to town, to Ben & Jerry’s.

This time of year, the woods aren’t yellow, nor are they quite yet filled with snow, but as I walked, I often recalled the poems of Robert Frost, who lived in and loved Vermont and likely wrote many of his works while walking old logging roads like these. I think Frost would agree that you do not have to travel far from home to see more of the world.

The snowmobile trail off my driveway, into the woods

The snowmobile trail off my driveway, into the woods

Snowy woods, Camel's Hump through the trees on the left.

Snowy woods, Camel’s Hump through the trees on the left.

Frozen puddles on the old logging road. Almost solid enough to walk across!

Frozen puddles on the old logging road. Almost solid enough to walk across!

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Rocks & Trees, Roots & Snow

Bowie & the Big Rock

Bowie & the Big Rock. In the past three weeks, I’ve visited this rock a dozen times.

Stay tuned to hear about how I blazed a route through the maze of trails in these backyard woods to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! Now that was a deliciously rewarding walk!

Wish me luck in towing the Teardrop out of here! First time towing in the snow!

Wish me luck in towing the Teardrop out of here! First time towing in the snow!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in Big Sky, Montana. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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13 Responses to Goodbye VT, ‘Til We Meet Again…

  1. Dan Beideck says:

    Glad you Bowie and Dio could pay us a visit. Hope you can make it back sometime and get those other trips off of your bucket list. Meanwhile, I’ll let you know if I find anything out about the hut owner.

  2. Alice says:

    Maybe put some skis on that teardrop.

  3. Vicki says:

    Good Luck towing in the snow. I’m sure you will be fine.

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  5. Glad to hear you made it out okay with the snow. Trust you are headed in a less snowy direction with the Teardrop. Good travels to you.

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