As we move from summer to autumn, I find myself mourning summer’s passing. And yet, autumn offers, without a doubt, the most beautiful scenery one can image, such as this photo I took of sunrise over the Green Mountains at 6 a.m. today. What a view! That’s Mount Mansfield on the left and Camel’s Hump on the right. I took the photo from the Lake Champlain Yacht Club, after spending the night on our boat that we keep moored there. Even though initially I’m sad at summer’s end, it’s this sort of unexpected glimpse of Vermont’s beauty that recharges me and reminds me that I love fall, too.
As boating and swimming on Lake Champlain come to an end, hiking, biking, and leaf peeping begin. In the rural towns of Vermont, such as Underhill, Jericho, Richmond, and especially the Pleasant Valley corridor, the scenery is stunning at every turn in the road.
Here I am hiking up the Sterling Pond Trail in Smugglers’ Notch. I call it Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. It’s a mile-and-a-half uphill to Sterling Pond, and the hike provides a great view and an excellent workout. Here is a link to other great hikes in nearby Underhill State Park.
As the leaves fall from the trees and I’m reminded yet again that another season is passing, I’ll mourn the end of this season, too. But then the first snowflakes fall and I’ll be excited all over again.