In and around the green mountains of perfect Vermont.

Patrick walsh

Active member
Forgive my posting to the “parked in paradise” thread. I’m kinda slow to come up to speed sometimes. But on on some things.

Anyway..

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Patrick walsh

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When I was a child they were much more scarce. Still only see one or two a year at most. This one is ragged but still worth the picture.

The other flower is a lily. Not sure the cultivar, but oh man they grew along the far side of the lake. The smell was both sweet and perfume like at the same. Subtle but once you caught the smell it was actually quite powerful but in a the most subtle but almost addictive way. Like pancakes cooking almost.

The woods are my church and nature a deity. Everywhere one looks there is a deep but obvious explanation for the seasons of our lives. This simplicity of nature at least for me soothes my soul and offers hope and encouragement along with faith in humanity and goodness.

Thank god for these wonderful flowers, the beauty they offer along with amazement if we slow down enough to not just rush by.


Interesting plant in #4. Know what it is?
 

autostaretx

Erratic Member
A fun drive in Vermont (if you're not towing a trailer) is Smuggler's Notch on V hwy 108, just west of Stowe.

Quoting a guidebook: "Former route for smuggling contraband during War of 1812's Embargo Act, when trade with Canada was prohibited.
Narrow rugged pass between Mt Mansfield and Spruce Peak features spectacular towering cliffs and ledges harboring rare arctic plants. "

(one of those spots where a 118" wheelbase really helps)
--dick
 

Patrick walsh

Active member
Funny you should mention Smugs I was actually up there about a month ago.

We actually got away with sleeping in Smuglers notch ski areas parking lot.

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A fun drive in Vermont (if you're not towing a trailer) is Smuggler's Notch on V hwy 108, just west of Stowe.

Quoting a guidebook: "Former route for smuggling contraband during War of 1812's Embargo Act, when trade with Canada was prohibited.
Narrow rugged pass between Mt Mansfield and Spruce Peak features spectacular towering cliffs and ledges harboring rare arctic plants. "

(one of those spots where a 118" wheelbase really helps)
--dick
 

Patrick walsh

Active member
Stowe Vermont same weekend. Climbed Mount Mansfield. You are right I’m so happy to have not gotten the 177 or whatever. I wa dead set on gettting the longer van when I got mine but none where available and I needed a van for work as my previous vehicle pooped the bed.

I got lucky as the the stuff I do the long van would be a pita!

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autostaretx

Erratic Member
A semi-similar driving experience is the McKenzie Highway west of Sisters, Oregon. Oregon 242.
Another road where the S-curves through the sidewalls of granite "define" the road (and limit vehicle length to 25 feet ... longer would have to actively bend in the middle). Those are located to the east of the pass, just before the summit.
At the top is the Dee Wright Volcano Observatory:
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with views
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Other members have been there: This was from asimba2:



... and on the west side of the pass is a 3300 foot drop "Dead Horse Grade".
Pop the Sprinter into 2nd gear and coast for over 5 miles...
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--dick
 

Patrick walsh

Active member
I hope to start making at least one trip west a year now with the van.

So much to explore. I refuse to do a trip of less than a month though being clear across the country.

Logistically With work it will be hard but I gotta figure a way as life’s to short to waste.

A semi-similar driving experience is the McKenzie Highway west of Sisters, Oregon. Oregon 242.
Another road where the S-curves through the sidewalls of granite "define" the road (and limit vehicle length to 25 feet ... longer would have to actively bend in the middle). Those are located to the east of the pass, just before the summit.
At the top is the Dee Wright Volcano Observatory:
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with views
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Other members have been there: This was from asimba2:



... and on the west side of the pass is a 3300 foot drop "Dead Horse Grade".
Pop the Sprinter into 2nd gear and coast for over 5 miles...
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--dick
 

Massabusa

Sprinter Enthusiast!
Interesting plant in #4. Know what it is?
I think you mean the flower in the 4th picture from the top?
That is a “Lady Slipper’
They are a protected species, quite a few along the mountain bike trails through the woods around me this year.


Oops- sorry Patrick- I missed your response.
You’re right - life is short- travel now while you can!
 

Patrick walsh

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I’ve always for the most part just done what I want with life. Not like full on looser style but close at times lol.

More like I’ll never be actually wealthy and I’ll work till I die. So if I want something bad enough like say to live out of a vsn for a few years I’m inclined to find a way to make it happen.

Right now it’s 2-3 days a week every week for the most part. I’m convincing myself it’s called balance ;)

I think you mean the flower in the 4th picture from the top?
That is a “Lady Slipper’
They are a protected species, quite a few along the mountain bike trails through the woods around me this year.


Oops- sorry Patrick- I missed your response.
You’re right - life is short- travel now while you can!
 

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