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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