hiking trails

  • A Journey in the Path of Life Garden
    A Journey in the Path of Life Garden

    The Path of Life Garden in Windsor is unlike any other place I've seen in Vermont. The garden, created in 1997 by Norwich therapist Terry McDonnell,  focuses on the circle of life and the decisions we make.  The 14-acre meadow, set along the Connecticut River,...

  • Stowe Bike Path: Exploring the Great Outdoors
    Stowe Bike Path: Exploring the Great Outdoors

    The Stowe Recreation Path is at the top of my to-do list for anyone visiting or living in Vermont.  Whether you're biking, running, walking your dog or pushing a stroller, the five-mile path is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Mostly flat and level, the...

  • Finally, Motherhood
    Finally, Motherhood

    In July, Dave and I welcomed our daughter Phoebe into the world. We are so delighted to have her here with us, and we feel incredibly blessed. As many of you know, being able to have a child was a challenge for us. Needless to...

  • Shelburne Farms in Winter
    Shelburne Farms in Winter

    I've visited Shelburne Farms quite a few times over the past several years. But last week was the first time I've ever been to the 1,400-acre working farm and national historic landmark in winter. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms was established in...

  • Winter Wonderland in Vermont
    Winter Wonderland in Vermont

    It's been snowing on and off in northern Vermont since Sunday night. As of yesterday, 27 inches of snow fell in the town of Fletcher. Not far behind was the town of Underhill, our former home, which reported about 22 inches of snow. Now that we...

  • Tales of Vermont Haunted Forests
    Tales of Vermont Haunted Forests

    Alien abductions and alternate dimensions? The Green Mountains are filled with intriguing legends and ghost tales, including some that have been told for more than a century. Now, just in time for Halloween, a new book explores  Vermont haunted forests. "Haunted Hikes of Vermont" by Tim...

  • A Peek Inside Smugglers Cave
    A Peek Inside Smugglers Cave

    I have been through Smugglers' Notch on Route 108 dozens of times, but until last weekend I had never noticed the small cave just beyond the parking area. The cave is located about 60-feet from the scenic road (known as the Notch) that winds through Cambridge...

  • Hapgood Pond in Peru
    Hapgood Pond in Peru

    I was 14 when I first visited Hapgood Pond in Peru on a hot summer day in June 1985. My friend Katie invited me to spend the afternoon at this beautiful spot in the Green Mountain National Forest. Like typical young teenagers, we spent hours gossiping,...

  • Hiking to Lye Brook Falls
    Hiking to Lye Brook Falls

    It takes a little bit of time and effort to see Lye Brook Falls in Manchester. While visiting southern Vermont over the weekend, Dave and I took an impromptu hike to the 125-foot waterfall located deep in woods of the Green Mountain National Forest. Even though...

  • Hubbard Park in Montpelier
    Hubbard Park in Montpelier

     Montpelier is one of those cities with interesting bits of trivia. The Vermont state capital is the smallest in the nation and the only one without a McDonald's. But one notable fact about the city tends to get overlooked: Montpelier is home to one of the best...