A friend suggested I stop by Mount Philo just outside of Burlington. It’s the only mountaintop that is accessible by car, and I wasn’t going to have time to hike it – so driving suited me perfectly.
Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State, and that’s because it has these huge mountain ranges – covered in trees. It’s really spectacular and I’ve heard that the fall foliage is even more so mid-September.
When I started up the mountainside, there were several people walking up the road. I’ve been up a few mountains, Mission Peak in California – Kennesaw Mountain, and climbed Amicalola Falls, a huge waterfall in Northern Georgia (the stairs just about killed me), so I applauded these folks as my Chevy climbed the mountain for me…YES!!!
When I arrived at the summit, I was greeted by a Vermont Park Ranger (I’m not actually sure that is what they are called, but that’s what I’m going with for now) whose name was John…I say John because I wrote his name down on a piece of paper that has long since disappeared. Sigh…I swear that’s his name…but I’m probably wrong.
Anyway, he greeted me and said I was a long ways from Connecticut (that’s where the rental car license plate was registered) and I said, actually I’m a long way from Georgia. We talked for a brief spell and he encouraged me to go past the initial look point, 20 yards away into the woods to get an amazing view of the valley and Lake Champlain, as well as the NY Mountain range.
So that’s what I did 🙂
It’s not hard to see why Vermont is considered to be beautiful. I fell in love with Burlington the minute I drove through it and stood in the rain taking pictures of trains…so standing on Philo’s peak looking out to the valley stole my heart just a wee bit more.
Enjoy the view 🙂