with the sound of "leaf peepers", their tour buses and clicking cameras. We joined them. A highlight of our trip to New England was a two night stay at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in beautiful Stowe Vermont. Come on along we'll take a walk.
It's very early in the morning and many tours are in the works for today including Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory and the Old Cider Mill in Stowe. I look out the window of our room and decide to take a hike up one of the many trails behind the lodge.
It's very quiet as I take a last look over the valley and slip outside.
The lawn is wet as I find the path to the trails. There are signs and many choices. "Chapel Trail" sounds intriguing so I follow it uphill.
It seems very quiet at first. Just me and a nature at its best.
Then I hear an owl and see small birds flitting among the bushes and conifers. Without my binoculars, which I left back in Minnesota, I am helpless to identify anything. I find a bench, sit down and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Hiking further up the trail I come to a small rock chapel. There was a bolt on the door. I slid it open and looked inside
Arriving back at our room I step out onto the balcony for one last look over the valley before our bus arrives for the days's outing.