This 2010 Vermont foliage vacation, my longest yet in duration, was totally satisfying. Much to my amazement, I drove home on 89 and then 91 with nary a tear in my eye. Instead, that glow of contentment that normally accompanies my journey “into” Vermont surfaced and won out. (Come on, you know that smile that is supposed to unfold when you cross the border, not leave it? ).
This musing comes to you not as one of melancholy but as an affirmation of personal fulfillment. The proverbial “big picture”came into fruition for me this year. Let me explain. I’ve often returned from Vermont fall vacations feeling slightly lost for a period of time. Like I haven’t finished a job to it’s entirety. But this year my soul feels nourished, something has changed. You may ask, “So, what happened?”
The answer is in the culmination of some incredible road trips, exciting new adventures and activities, beautiful foliage and scenery, and last but not least, the very, very special bonding with SOV friends, old and new. My heart flutters thinking of the dear friends with whom I have met on this forum. It’s all about the total Vermont experience.
At this stage in my life, I want to finally embrace each season that Mother Nature has to offer. There is no sense in rushing the days ahead just to lie in wait for autumn to appear. Every day, no matter what time of year, is to be held sacred and precious. Embrace each and every one of them. And don’t forget to count your blessings.
Yes, winter is long, cold, dark and snowy. No doubt about that. It’s often hard to get through it here in New England. But think of that first snowfall, the cozy fireplace by the inn, the clear, crisp nights with those sparkling highlights on the snow from the moon and the stars, the exhilarating ice skate on a frozen pond.
Soon spring will renew us. Summer will warm us. And fall is not far behind. Once again, Mother Nature will open the flood gates for her finest hour. In my opinion, it is the most sensual season of them all.
And once again, I, will succumb to fall foliage fever in Vermont. See you next Autumn.
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
Like a great meal it is full of many different flavors, never too much of any one, leaving you contented for what passed but not anxious to have ended it sooner, and with a true desire to return soon to see what old favorites and new treats the menu holds.
Congrats on such a great trip. I am planning to bring a group of six up for next year and will be acting as tour guide to them. If that ends up not happening or perhaps for the 2012 trip, I certainly would love to experience a little bit of the fall with you fine folks.
What a pleasant analogy you have made! Confirms what I have thought all along, Vermont is not only a "feast" for the eyes, but so much more than that as well. A smorgasbord of delight perhaps? Once you get a taste of it, you keep going back for more!
The most important ingredients are the SOV Vermonters and flatlander members of course! Hope you eventually meet up with the foliage gang!