Middlebury is a great town to wander around. We stayed one night, and for once I wasn't tired/wet from running in the mountains so I could focus on seeing what was there.
This reminded Mom and Phyllis of Laugh-In, and it certainly made us laugh!
View from the chair:
A more unobstructed view of the pretty waterfall:
From the top of the waterfall, such a lovely river running through town:
A reference to the phrase "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle":
An early female educator:
Fun sign in a store window:
A rather unusual dog sculpture:
John Deere worked around here, not surprising. Phyllis said he has a lot of influence in Wisconsin too.
Phyllis is super artistic - she takes photos and turns them into amazing paintings.
The next morning I got to see some of the Middlebury College campus while running around the streets and paths - very pretty (but no camera). Middlebury was an excellent place for a first stop.
Next stop = the Morgan Horse Farm, yay!
Just as we arrived, this happened (videos and a couple photos courtesy of Phyllis):
That was Zephyr, hello Zephyr! He is being raffled off, so Mom might win a horse (?!).
One of the other recently-born foals:
A statue of Figure, the very first Morgan Horse:
A horse getting ready for some harness practice:
We were lucky to get to watch this - happily there were so many things going on at the farm today:
Outside watching the horse with its high-stepping hooves:
Another one getting a workout in the barn:
Lots of brushing and grooming (lots of work for the interns and people working there!):
Next we drove up the hill to take a walk on the Robert Frost trail, always a wonderful, peaceful place:
Fitting poems along the way:
"The Road Not Taken", posted where the trail splits, of course:
Ah, it's good to be back in the Green Mountains:
Texas Falls, a neat little waterfall, although not nearly large enough to live up to its name:
Checking out the interesting rock formations and narrow gorge:
Quite the stairway that stops at the edge of a cliff (I think there used to be a bridge):
Our stop for the night is one of my favorites - the Inn at Long Trail, thank you Mom!
Scrabble version of the Long Trail:
A fitting close to this post - a shamrock on Phyllis's Guinness (thank you to the fun bartender who showed us later how he did that):