Basswood Pond and Salo’s Farm

By Carol at 2:20 am on Friday, September 26, 2008

This week the ADK outing took us up near the town of Burlington for a walk to Basswood Pond.

old man of the woods

We started on the yellow trail, walking on roads recently scarred by logging vehicles. This tree spirit rose up near the pathway.

Basswood Pond

At the yellow trail’s end, we took to the road and found the blue trail that led us to Basswood Pond. This view provided the setting for lunch.

wild flowers

Fall wildflowers were at their peak.


Salo's Farm

Our last stop was Tom Salo’s farm, where a unique root cellar and new ponds have been installed.

Tom's pond

The existing, but deepened pond.

New pond with dog, Abby, in foreground.

Abby surveys the new ponds, full of lilies, minnows and sometimes green frogs.

hikers and birdhouses

Hikers prepare to leave the farm, after picking quarts of sweet, sun-warmed blueberries.

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Stratton Pond and Lowell Lake

By Carol at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Once again, Kay’s hikers, twenty-four ladies age 15 to 70-something, took to the woods of Vermont for some challenging and beautiful hikes. The first day took us to a beautiful shelter in the woods, and then to Stratton Pond. The entire hike was about eight miles with gentle elevation but rough trails full of roots and rocks. Our hiking poles were helpful in preventing spills and twisted joints. We were a little early for more than a touch of color to the foliage, but the weather, in the 70’s, brought out the best in everyone.

Blue Gentian Lodge

Our weekend accommodations were at Blue Gentian Lodge in Londonderry, VT. The proprietors serve up marvelous meals, prepared from their garden out back.

misty morning

The morning was misty when we started out on Saturday.

hikers starting out on trail

Hikers on the trail, including twins from NYC, Danielle and Samantha.

Kay at the shelter

Kay, our leader, at the shelter which was our lunch destination.

along the trail

Along the trail we encountered mossy vignettes like this one.

dog and hiker

A local day hiker and her dog at Stratton Pond.

Stratton Pond

Stratton Pond.

another view of the pond

Stratton Pond through the trees.

end of the hike

At the end of our eight miles, we could look back through the forest at where we had been.

Vermont Country Store

A short trip from Stratton to Weston took us to the Vermont Country Store where you can buy a remedy for every complaint.

front of Vermont country Store

Main Street in Weston,VT.

inside the lodge

After a meal in the lodge dining room, we pay rapt attention to Kay’s description of the next day’s hike.

Lowell Lake

From the trail at Lowell Lake.

gorp break at Lowell lake

Mother and daughter share a trail snack during a break on Lowell Lake.

mossy rocks at Lowell Lake

Mossy rocks near Lowell Lake.

dam of Lowell Lake

Looking north from the dam at Lowell Lake, the end of our 3.7 mile trail walk.

Bev and Monica at trail's end

Bev and my roommate, Monica, pose on the dam.

carving of lion

A Vermont woodcarver’s rendition of a lion and a lamb.

field carvings

Cartoon carvings.

emergent bear

A bear emerges from a tree stump.

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Butano State Park

By Carol at 5:55 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In August we had our last hike of the summer at Butano State Park, near Pescadero. Our grandson, Alex, came along, for the walk through the redwoods and lunch afterwards at Duarte’s Restaurant in Pescadero. There we enjoyed their specialties: cream of artichoke and cream of green chili soup, oyster and calamari sandwiches, and olallie berry pie.

crossing a footbridge

hikers on the road

fallen tree

Larry, Paula, Alex and Virginia

ancient stump

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