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Mount Ascutney, Vermont September 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.

I’ve never skied Mt. Ascutney (no big surprise, right?), but I’ve hiked it in the summer.

Many times.

Here’s how the town of Windsor (next town over from where Dad grew up), saved the mountain’s accessibility for the community.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Kate Crimmins - September 23, 2020

It shows what you can do when people pull together.

nrhatch - September 23, 2020

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead

Kate Crimmins - September 23, 2020

We need one these days!

nrhatch - September 23, 2020

I can think of a few folks who should be committed. πŸ˜›

roughwighting - October 2, 2020

Excellent Margaret Mead quote and she is so right (and she should know!) Did you read the book Euphoria by Lily King? A fictional account (well researched) about part of Mead’s life, and it’s fascinating.

nrhatch - October 2, 2020

I don’t think I’ve come across Euphoria . . . but I’ve read some interesting accounts of Margaret Mead’s life. Fascinating.

2. Jill Weatherholt - September 23, 2020

How beautiful! What a great setting for a book. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - September 23, 2020

And you’re looking for a change of scenery from the Shenandoah Valley for your next series, right?

You could do the four seasons in Vermont ~ Mud, Summer, Fall Colors and Apple Picking, and SNOW!

Jill Weatherholt - September 23, 2020


nrhatch - September 24, 2020

Vermont is also the state that managed to keep the pandemic at bay with the lowest per capita number of cases. πŸ˜€

3. Rivergirl - September 23, 2020

We have a timeshare in Brownsville and visited Ascutney 2 years ago. We love Vermont!

nrhatch - September 23, 2020

Cool! Have you also visited Woodstock VT? I hear that it’s been voted the most picturesque town in America (or something like that). Have you hiked down Quechee Gorge? That burns off a few calories too!

Rivergirl - September 23, 2020

We’ve done both. I love Woodstock, we visit every time we’re in the area.

nrhatch - September 24, 2020

I’ve got another one for you ~ Weston. It’s a bit farther south but it’s got one of the VT Country Stores, a bowl works with gorgeous wooden bowls, and a gazebo on the green.

4. Kellie - September 24, 2020

Thanks for sharing this, great to read about the good that people can do together 😊

nrhatch - September 24, 2020

It’s nice when people and things come together in a win-win.

5. Val Boyko - September 24, 2020

Wonderful story. Thanks for the uplift Nancy ❣️

nrhatch - September 24, 2020

That’s what ski lifts do best ~> provide uplift! :mrgreen:

Val Boyko - September 25, 2020

smiling … thanks Nancy ❣️

nrhatch - September 25, 2020

I couldn’t resist.

6. Ally Bean - September 24, 2020

What an interesting story. Once in a while it all comes together and good things happen. I am not a skier so for me the biggest surprise was that people ride bikes on snow trails? Huh.

nrhatch - September 24, 2020

I found out about this story when the Trust for Public Land sent me an e-mail with summaries of 4 stories. This one mentioned Vermont in the synopsis so I decided to check it out . . . and found that it centered on my favorite part of Vermont.

My uncle taught at Windsor HS. My dad attended Windsor HS. And we used to climb Mount Ascutney every summer during our visits to the Green Mountain States.

Like you, not a skier! πŸ˜€

7. L. Marie - September 25, 2020

Wow! I went to school in Vermont but never visited this place! Would love to!

nrhatch - September 25, 2020

I hope you get the chance to do some more exploring in Vermont, LM. I love Windsor, Woodstock, and Weston . . . as well as Mount Ascutney. It’s a gem of an area.

8. Behind the Story - September 25, 2020

Like L. Marie, I also went to school in Montpelier, Vermont. It’s such a beautiful town.

With climate change, the big ski resorts near Seattle sometimes have a later starting date than they used to, but they’re high enough up in the mountains that they always end up getting plenty of snow.

nrhatch - September 26, 2020

My grandfather served in the State Legislature there in the late 50’s & early 60’s. He was NOT a career politician. πŸ˜›

Vermont is a gorgeous state!

9. Erica/Erika - September 29, 2020

Hi Nancy, I get it on the hiking versus the skiing. An example, I have hiked Whistler in the Summer, yet not skied the areas. Very interesting and gorgeous video. I can feel the emotion in the voices. Real people and real stories. The winters warmer and seasons shorter makes me wonder. Thank you for sharing. ❀️

nrhatch - September 29, 2020

I’m not much of a snow bunny ~ spring, summer, and fall temps are more my speed if I want to be outside in nature.

That said, I’m not a fan of global warming and climate change. Let’s hope we can stem that tide soon.

10. roughwighting - October 2, 2020

Great story – and what a beautiful place!

nrhatch - October 2, 2020

Vermont is my favorite land-locked state! πŸ˜€

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