Living in New England has its advantages from time to time. The beginning of fall brings out the abundant apples, cider, and the wonderful colorful changing of the leaves. Normally peak season arrives later in October, but I was surprised to find out on Saturday that it had already arrived in most parts of Vermont. So I set off on Sunday for my annual foliage trip driving through New Hampshire and Vermont with stops in Hanover, Quechee, Woodstock, and Killington. My first stop is always Hanover, NH for its fabulous restaurants surrounding Dartmouth College's beautiful campus. On this particular day I had lunch at Molly's Restaurant. I'm addicted to the mac and cheese here as well as the free warm out of the oven bread. Also, the $2 margarita deal is one of my favorite reasons to stop here.
After lunch, I headed toward Woodstock, VT which was filled with out of state older tourists. There are a lot of quaint shops in Woodstock as well a historic covered wooden bridge. I played with some dachshund puppies on the main square and gawked at a Aston Martin Rapide from California before I headed onward to Killington, VT.
Killington is known for its excellent ski resort and the town has an interesting display of hay animals in front of business establishments. Here I am below on a birdlike creature with a fish in its mouth.
|Me on some kind of bird, pelican or turkey maybe|
After driving through Killington, I noticed some signs for scenic gondola rides. I don't know if this is the first year that Killington resort has opened up the gondola lift during the fall, but it was the first time I noticed it. So I paid my $15 and made my way to the summit on the gondola. When I exited the gondola at the summit, the first thing I saw was a sign for the trail to the summit which was called "CATWALK" LOL.
It was a rocky 5-10 minute climb to the summit, but wow the views were amazing.
While I was admiring the colorful view I met a new friend from Israel, Liran, who had been hiking the Appalachian Trial with his Grover-like buddy. Unfortunately, his camera died from the rain humidity during his hike so I offered to take a couple of photos and email them to him.
Back on the bottom of the mountain I took this last photo during golden hour.
|Top of Mt. Killington 4235'|
|with my new friend from Israel|