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Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Cascade Trail - North Adams, Mass.

Falls at the End of the Cascade Trail
We recently hiked the short (approximately 1-1/2 hours round-trip) Cascade Trail in North Adams, Massachusetts. Surprisingly, this little gem's trailhead is just off Marion Avenue, a residential street that connects with Route 2 on the western side of North Adams, very close to Williamstown.  There is a small parking area at the end of the street.  The hike proceeds through a very wooded hollow, alongside a creek leading to the cascading waterfall.

The trail is well-maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  Click here for a map locator of their reservations in Western Massachusetts.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Park-McCullough House and Trails

Park-McCullough House - North Bennington, VT
On a gorgeous sunny afternoon several days ago, we decided to take a drive to the village of North Bennington, Vermont.  We parked the car, started walking aimlessly through the village and stopped in our tracks when we caught sight of the Park McCullough House.  This is an extraordinarily beautiful Victorian House with an interesting history.  Though the house was closed at the time, the grounds were open to the public. Click here for information on when the house is open for tours.

Plaque on the front lawn of the Park-McCullough House
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Entrance to Park-McCullough House "Mile Around Woods"
We took the "Mile Around Woods" walk through the Park-McCullough House.  It's a beautiful walk through woods surrounded by bucolic meadows.

Map of the Park-McCullough Estate and Trails

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oldcastle Theatre Company

Constant Companion and I attended a production of The Lion in Winter at the Oldcastle Theatre Company right in downtown Bennington.  I'm going to make this quick and simple: you have until October 11th to see this fabulous final show of the season at Oldcastle.  We were blown away by these professional actors and the production.  This is a truly first class, intimate performance venue.  We will become frequent patrons going forward.

Click here for Oldcastle's website

Click here for a review of Oldcastle's production of The Lion in Winter

Don't miss it!  

Oldcastle is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SVC Hikes

View from Carpenter Road just south of SVC
It felt like a blue highway day yesterday, so I motored across route 346, connecting North Petersburgh to Pownal and then wound my way up the back roads to the Fall Fest going on at Sourthern Vermont College (SVC).  SVC is my favorite small, private college.  This little known, funky school is a gem.  Click here for a previous post on it.

While taking a tour of SVC's Everett Mansion, (This mansion is supposedly haunted and will be featured on the October 28th episode of Ghost Hunters on the Syfy channel), I picked up a copy of SVC hiking trails they make available for free in their Campus Bookstore.  I've scanned it, though the resolution isn't the best, so you may want to stop at the Campus Bookstore and pick up a good copy if you decide to go there and hike their trails, one of which leads to the peak of Mt. Anthony.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Mt. Equinox

View from the peak of Mt. Equinox

Yesterday, a good friend of mine and I took the 5.2 mile drive up Mt. Euinox, the highest mountain (3,848 ft. above sea level) in the Taconic Mountain Range.  The Skyline Drive Toll House is located on Vermont Historic Route 7A between Manchester and Arlington, Vermont.  Click here for their website.

The mountain is entirely owned by the Carthusian order of monks.  Their Charterhouse of the Transfiguration monastery, is located on the mountain, though it cannot be visited.  However, there is a pull-over spot, "Monastery Overlook," about halfway up the mountain where you can get a good glimpse of this monastery.

Joseph George Davidson donated the mountain to the Carthusians.  Click here to read about this very interesting individual.

View of the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration from "Monastery Overlook"

The only Carthusian monastery in the U.S.

The St. Bruno Scenic Viewing Center was built in 2012
St. Bruno started the Carthusian order in 1084!
The Carthusian monks created a beautiful viewing center.

Plaque inside the Meditation/Prayer Room
I didn't photograph the Meditation/Prayer Room, but it is quite beautiful and peaceful.  You will feel God up here -- even if you think you're not religious!

Oh, and yes, Chartreuse liquer is made by the Carthosian monks in France.  Click here for more on that.

If you decide to take a drive to Mt. Equinox, and you're a book lover, I suggest a post-Mt. Equinox visit to the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, just a tad to the north.  This is a wonderful independent bookstore.