Continuing on our leaf peeping quest, we headed to central Vermont. Our plan was to “follow the fall south”. The Lake Champagne campground in Randolph Center had beautifully manicured grounds and a lovely view of the mountains.
The conditions needed in order for the most intense colors to be revealed include: rain in the spring and summer (which she says they almost got too much of), then a series of clear, sunny days and cooler temperatures (night and/or day) in the fall. This fall there has been quite a mix of cloudy and sunny days, and the weather has been warmer than usual.
While Hector was photographing yet one more covered bridge, a bunch of cows appeared. They are rotated from one field to another to maintain the fields and so the cows can always get some fresh grass. The guy that was herding them called out to each cow (there were about 30) by their individual name!
Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Maple syrup is considered Vermont’s first agricultural harvest of the year and is considered “seed money” for many farmers who use the sale of their maple products to purchase seeds to plant when the weather warms up and help keep their farms going.
The production of maple syrup is a sustainable activity and one that keeps the beautiful maple trees in the state – approximately 25% of the trees in Vermont are sugar maples. Lucky for us since they are so beautiful in autumn.
It takes four maple trees, at least 40 years old, to yield enough sap in six weeks (40 gallons) to produce one gallon of maple syrup. No wonder it’s expensive!
Then on to another ski town, Killington.
One more stop along the way was the town of Woodstock, which had some cute little shops. Here we discovered the Vermont Flannel Co., which had nice quality flannel clothing. I bought a robe to prepare for the colder weather we’re about to experience the next few weeks. Very warm and furry.
Killington was getting ready for the Killington Hay Festival to be held that weekend, yet another fall festival. People from various businesses construct animals out of bales of hay to display in front of their storefronts. There were some pretty elaborate ones.
While driving around we stumbled upon a wedding inside of a covered bridge! There were people on both sides directing traffic and asking cars to drive by as slowly and quietly as possible. What a romantic idea to have a wedding in a covered bridge.
Next, Southern Vermont.
At this time, we’re in Kentucky headed towards Denver via Kansas City, and catching up on blog posts.