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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.


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