05/07/2014 Betsy

June 28, 2012 – Getting settled at Mt Ascutney We took our time coming up from Florida meandering through Georgia, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Niagara NY, Fingerlakes Region NY, Thousand Islands, NY and Lake Placid NY to take the ferry across Lake Champlain to Burlington, VT.  After spending a few days in Burlington, we made our way down to Windsor, VT to begin our summer Campground Hosting job.   (This trip can be viewed on www.boatdogbilly.blogspot.com.)   Mt Ascutney State park is where we will be spending the summer and the drive over from Burlington was fantastic.  Just…

05/07/2014 Betsy

June 30, 2012 –       It’s hot up here…..but cools down at night so shouldn’t complain!  Not that anyone would be sympathetic, I’m sure.  Spent the afternoon learning the computer in the Ranger’s Hut where I’ll spend the summer meeting and greeting everyone. We had lots of cyclists coming through.  This mountain is used as a conditioning/training mountain for the Mt Washington (NH) bike race.  It also has its own bike races, car races and foot races held here. There were several guys looked to be in their mid-to-late 50’s cycling here.  It’s a great environment to be…

05/06/2014 Betsy

LEAVING ISN’T THAT EASY   Our final day at Mt Ascutney was spent running around getting in everything we wanted to do before leaving this wonderful area.  Originally we  planned on leaving Monday but pushed it off to Tuesday so that we could visit Stella’s one last time for lunch.   I started the morning off by washing the remaining items one last time before we left and Ed came over with Cooper, his four month old Golden Retriever that he had gotten when we first arrived.  Cooper was a little butterball of fur when we first met him at 8…

05/06/2014 Betsy

OUR LAST WEEKEND Vermont Version of – Death by Exercise 9/30/12 It’s about 48 degrees and raining this weekend but we are at full occupancy Saturday night for the Sunday Vermont 50 Mountain Bike and Run.  This is half of the Vermont 100 Endurance Race and yet another opportunity to see if you can survive another year. The Vermont 50 Ultra Ride or Run is one of the premiere mountain bike and running races in the US with 650 riders and 500 runners challenging themselves on the mountain.  The proceeds benefit the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports organization which is…

05/06/2014 Betsy

VERMONT MARBLE COMPANY 9/28/12   As our time of leaving draws closer, I had one last trip to make to walk in my family’s steps.  As I’ve written, throughout the summer, Vermont is where my history began.  It’s a funny story, a family story. My mother is a Vermonter.  She was born in West Rutland, Vermont.  My grandmother was French Canadian whose parents were born in Quebec Province.  My grandfather came from a long line of Vermonters who settled in the state in the 1600’s.   When I was twelve, my mother took me to a cemetery where I was able…

05/06/2014 Betsy

CRYSTAL CASCADE FALLS 9/25/12 Last night the temperatures dipped into the 30’s and our furnace hardly shut off all night.  Another beautiful brisk autumn day.   Sun is out and we are ready to climb the mountain. We headed over to the Weathersfield Trail to hike to Little Cascade Falls and Crystal Cascade Falls 1.1 miles up the mountain. Vermont has been extremely dry this summer and both of these falls are seasonal so we do not have high expectations of great waters cascading down.  However, by “Land of the Waterfalls” standards, it would be listed as a “waterfall” as any…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Monday, September 24, 2012 FALL, HIKERS & CHEESE – ALL THAT IS VERMONT It is 10:09AM and 48 degrees outside and 58 degrees in the MH! When the curtain drops on summer, it really drops here.  We are now getting consistently low to mid 60 days and hi 40- hi 30 nights.  When the sun is out, it is beautiful yet brisk. It’s as though summer is a distant memory with those 90 degree days. I’m not complaining …. I’m juss sayin’ Vermont is settling in for the winter; gliding to the start with sunny, cool autumn days.  Colors are…

05/06/2014 Betsy

BEAUTIFUL VERMONT MOUNTAINS September 22, 2012 VIEWS FROM THE TOP! DEATH MARCH RETURNS! Not really!  Well….maybe! We were having another beautiful autumn day that screamed GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING!  So……we decided to hike up the Futures Trail to the Steam Donkey. The hike was deceivingly moderate, in the beginning.  This part of the trail was the last half of the 4.6 mile trail from our campsite to the summit.  The trail followed a skid road that became progressively steeper until it seemed I could reach out in front of me and touch the trail! Need to climb down alongside these…

05/06/2014 Betsy

SAGA OF THE RODENTS Now that we are back, so are the critters!  I guess because of the warm and dry summer, the mice abound and everyone is having issues with these little rodents.  No more issues, however, than Billy who doesn’t know whether to stand his ground or hide behind the bed in the MH! While on the trip to Maine, we discovered handfuls of Billy’s little Milkbone biscuits under the sink.  Then when Dave used a sewer hose he hadn’t used all summer, the hose was full of these little biscuits!  Guess we’d been feeding the rodents quite…

05/06/2014 Betsy

Friday, September 21, 2012 BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN DAYS IN VERMONT   DEATH OF A DEATH MARCH Like a switch, the days have turned to autumn.  No hint of hot and muggy.  Beautiful days of blue, blue skies , soft winds and temperatures in the low-60’s. The colors are starting to come out with Columbus Day being peak color up here. My kind of weather! We decided it was a perfect day to take an afternoon hike so drove up to the parking lot of Mt Ascutney to prowl around the summit.  We set off on the Slab Trail to find Brownsville Rock. …