|Oh boy! Pre-check time.|
|It was the most beautiful day. Apparently the glider folk thought so too.|
|There are SO many barns in Vermont. All sorts of barns.|
You'll see a few more.
|There is the Valley and there are the mountains.|
They mix and match and mix again.
|Even with a drought, Vermont stays green.|
When I first moved to the islands the idea of mountains (ok, hills but I grew up in Florida and Turtle Mound was about the biggest elevation I knew) and oceans was a siren song. Around this part of the country, you've got mountains and lakes and islands oh my! When the lake is Lake Champlain, you've got quite the lake indeed. Add farms and estates? It gets pretty heady.
|The docks come out in the Spring and get pulled in the fall. Always. Ever.|
This is the land of winter and freezing cold.
(pssst, I don't believe it; the weather was perfectly amazing my entire visit)
|Can you imagine a farm in this setting? |
I saw it and can barely wrap my head around it.
|Always looking for a ship|
|Just part of a very large family compound.|
Shelbourne? She...I forget the name. Oops.
|Burlington from the sky and waterside|
|This is a cut only two feet deep at low tide,|
maybe high tide too. No red or green buoys.
SERIOUS shoals. Looked scary as hell to me.
|This ferry goes year round from one side of Lake Champlain to the other.|
It runs so often it keeps a channel clear through the ice.
No, I'm not going to make a comparison...
|Paul was in front, a most excellent tour guide|
|I mean, really?????|
|Red stands out!|
|A little bit of everything|
Away from the shoreline the mountains rise up. Ski runs are everywhere, including Stowe, which most of us have heard about, even a non-skier like me. Not being higher than tree line, the mountains are literally covered with trees, making for a very gentle landscape.
|Intentionally heart shaped? Who knows? It's there!|
|It's not just farms out there.|
Estates r Us exist side by (many acres away) side.
|A very bucolic scene|
|This is called the Round Barn for obvious reasons.|
|Coming in for the landing|
|The prettiest plane fuel pump setting I've ever seen|
And then it was home again home again, my face feeling a bit stiff from smiling. Amazing gazing; thanks Paul!
The following has nothing to do with flying, but I thought maybe your eyes could take a rest from verdant green to sapphire, azure and teal blue. This series of pools is very close to Barb and Paul's house. It's incredible beauty is, naturally, bringing a LOT of visitors, local and tourist alike. Beside how gorgeous it is, I also enjoyed the lack of trash. Anywhere. No cigarette butts, no plastic bottles. Hoards of people had been through there all day and...nothing was there but the beauty. I'm not sure how they do that but if I find out, I'm bringing that magic home with me to pass around.
Have a soaring Saturday! Do something simply sublime.
*it wasn't yesterday but that's when I started to write this!