So, my thoughts have squeaked past this wimpy winter - and - it's never too late to start planning autumn in Vermont!
Hope you are thinking on occasion, of traveling to Vermont this fall. What a wonderful way to celebrate Vermont's recovery from Irene: Vermonters and flatlanders alike!
Vermont is beautiful in all seasons and with sugaring season fast approaching, it sure is one special way to enjoy the great state of Vermont. However, I do hope that the state receives some substantial snowfalls so that the ski resorts and those depending on snow for their livelihoods, are not without this beneficial income.
When Phil returns from Florida in April so he can get his taxes done on time , we hope to get a meetup going in June, July or August, for anyone who is interested. Last year, for the first time, we just couldn't get it together for a meetup as we had planned on boating on the Somerset or Harriman Reservoirs. Maybe this summer, we can do just that!
I will be back again for 10 days in Waitsfield as I booked my inn when I left last fall. I want to discover new parts of VT such as the NW section and go back to NH (gasp!).
Anyways, we are only 9 months away from 2012 Autumn in Vermont! So who's counting?
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
On a more exciting note (for me, anyway), I am almost finished with my eBook on Photographing Vermont. My first foray will be available on Blurb, sometime this spring, and will include a surprise "Forward" author.
If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .
Phil: Guess route 107 is on our list for the fall! Are you making it back to VT for sugarin' season????? You mentioned getting back for sugar on snow.
Carol: I realllllly hope our plans to get together in September/October work out! I don't mind driving up to the NEK for 1/2 day the last weekend in September to watch all you photographers go at it! (Although......you know me, it would probably be late morning!) I remember how much you loved Waitsfield two years ago when Thelma and Louise hit the back roads so let's keep our fingers crossed for this year too! I would looooooooooove to get you on that Mad River Glen Single Chair Lift!!!!
mmvt: I can't wait to see you folks this year again. I am hoping Carol will be able to join in with us as we once again try to take the Killington Gondola ride! Last year the weather was definately not cooperative. I know Phil is up for another meetup in Killington. (He's probably thinking of that incredible feast you prepared for Phil, bm and me!!!! )
Andy: I hope someday we can all get together again as we did two years ago. Or was it three???? You certainly have a lot of traveling in store for you in the next few months! Looking forward to hearing more about this "ebook" of yours! Congratulations!
Anyways, this weekend was in the 50's and no snow in sight for another 10 days. Sigh. Feels like Spring.
I desperately want to hit some of your awesome NoVer spots but cannot miss out on my usual SoVer haunts so sleep be darned!
Ideally I also want to do the Catskills one fall but that may have to wait as I find it impossible to not be in VT at least a day or two each year.
I've promised Carol that we'll get to Vermont for the 5 year meet and greet anniversary but I don't think that is until 2015.
Carol: ahhhhh, you know me well. I'm pretty much non-functional before 8 a.m. and for me to give up a four-course, picture-perfect fit for a magazine cover, Vermont country breakfast at the inn is a HUGE SACRIFICE! I can't seem to get moving until about 9-9:30 so yes, I guess I will have to meet up with you and your photog group around lunch time!!!! I guess my life as a budding photographer ain't happenin' anytime soon. I really hope someday I can get up early enough to at least see a sunrise!
Anyways, whereever you may end up, in Barton or in Waitsfield, you must come to Killington with Phil, bm and I to cruise around with mmvt!
Al: my dear Al! Nice to see you pop in here and I hope to see you in 2015. Why does that seem so far away? Because it is! I figured you were going to say something sarcastic to me about rushing the seasons as usual. Retirement must have taken your edge off????
P.S. No snow forecast here for another 10 days. The silver maple in front of my house is pushing buds, the tulips and crocuses are emerging and some grass is greening and growing. It is simply the strangest winter ever! I really feel bad for those who depend on the snow for income! Yesterday was in the 60's! Life in New England.
I agree that the chefs in Vermont make it very hard to pass up a breakfast to instead go and twist ankles stumbling in the pre-dawn darkness looking for the perfect shot on a empty and grumbling stomach. And I say that having had my previous all-time favorite breakfast spot (Up For Breakfast in Manchester) surpassed by a godess of a chef who works her magic in the small cafe attached to the main gallery at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (she only works from May through early October so, if in the area during those months - get in there!). I have a woefully overdue Manchester culinary review that I need to post in the other forum but my brunch at SVAC will be the center piece as it was the center piece of my 2011 dining tour.
That being said, I have discovered that breakfast/brunch tastes that much better with a few miles worn off of your soles, some melted frost clinging about your laces and a few "keeper" images safely nestled on a memory card of your choosing. Just my experience but, as I have gotten older, it keeps getting harder and harder to tow my French toast up the trail with me. I also find that age has bestowed upon me my father's proclivity for post-meal napping...
Whether this year or next, very much looking forward to meeting up with you all!
Thanks for the headsup on the SVAC. I'll put that on my list to stop at as I am so close to Vermont for day trips. Is this brunch on Sunday only?
On another note, when Carol and I vacationed for a week in Waitsfield two years ago (while her poor hubby had to work), she was up at the crack of dawn towing cameras on Bragg Hill and/or Common Road every day. I was leisurely eating breakfast, actually finishing up, and she would trek in at the last minute to be served. So funny! She sure got some amazing photos that year! I guess getting up early for her hospital job makes it easier for her.
We look forward to meeting you this year or next. I will check out the SVAC website. Thanks again!
So you snow lovers, find those shovels hidden in the garage! Yahoo! (Next week we are back to 40's and 50's so enjoy it while we can!)
That's the day before I leave and I plan on staying around town so as the time gets closer we can touch base! Sunday the 7th is the last day of my ten day trip to VT so I hope we can meet up finally!
Let's hope for good weather and keep our plans on the back burner! I'm sure bm will come in from the Champlain Valley and perhaps her hubby can watch her toddler as well!