As we approach the fall foliage season,
I know that everyone who lives in Vermont is thinking the same thing:
|E Trail up Killington Peak|
|Lilipads on Lake Ninevah|
Vermont can change people.
|Trail E up Killington Peak|
|Sherburne Trail up Pico Mountai|
|A Sunny Paddle on Chittenden Reservoir paddling toward Pico|
For my sister, Killington in the summer was weird at first. But then, she got the hang of it. Hikes through muddy pathways up Deer Leap and Pico Mountain were not expected at first, but the thick canopy protected us from the sun and keep us cool. She'd never paddled through lily pads so thick as were on Lake Ninevah, but she saw the beauty in the lily pad flowers. The sun beat down on us on our way up Killington, but the views and the final ascent made everything worth it. She didn't believe she could get a sunburn in Vermont, but a few hours paddling Chittenden Reservoir while distracted by views of Pico Mountain on a hot day will leave tan lines for the rest of the summer.
|Belly Laughs on Lake Amherst|
When tourists come here, they will slowly see that. They will begin to notice what we notice, to see what we see, and to enjoy the life that we enjoy. I welcome the tourists, I cannot wait for them to see my home and to find the spirit of the mountains that I can feel, every day, because I have the privilege to live in this great state. To be surrounded by greenery, foliage, snow and the most amazing people. I cannot wait to have they open their minds, if only for a few days, to something outside of the rat race of the rest of the world.
And maybe they will take just a little bit of that Vermont life home with them to wherever they may have come from. Something called them here, to our little state. Let us show them how wonderful life could be.
Let us share the beauty of the Vermont Life.
Thanks for coming to Vermont
... and may you find the spirit of the Green Mountains in your soul,