31 Days of A Sense of Place :: Day 32 ~ Field Trip to Middlebury VT

A sense of place(2)Welcome to Day 32 of 31 Days of A Sense of Place. The month is over, but since I’m having such a good time in Middlebury, VT, I thought I’d make today’s post another field trip.

Middlebury has a definite sense of place, derived from its central town green criss-crossed by walkways, a thriving downtown (art galleries, restaurants and cafes, indie bookstore, stationery/art supply store, old-fashioned 5&10, public library, cinema, community arts center, several churches, clothing and gift shops, etc.), a liberal arts college on the edge of town, attempts to make the town pedestrian- and bike-friendly, Otter Creek (a river that runs through town), and The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), an 18-mile trail through woods, fields (some with cows), and on roads that encircles the town — and which I thoroughly enjoy.

First, the town:

Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe and other shops (on a Sunday)
Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe and other shops (on a Sunday)
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Ben Franklins, Marquis cinema
Ben Franklins, Marquis cinema
Middlebury Inn
Middlebury Inn
Thai food truck
Thai food truck
Otter Creek falls
Otter Creek falls
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
red vine on Marble Works
red vine on Marble Works
fountain, yellow foliage, St. Stephen's
fountain, yellow foliage, St. Stephen’s
hydrangeas at Vermont Folklife Center
hydrangeas at Vermont Folklife Center
Dia de Muertos altar , VT Folklife Center
Dia de Muertos altar , VT Folklife Center

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And the trails:

Battell Woods

Battell Woods Trail kiosk (TAM)
Battell Woods Trail kiosk (TAM)
pink granite (?), Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
pink granite (?), Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
red osier dogwood shrub, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
red osier dogwood shrub, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
white berries in red osier dogwood, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
white berries in red osier dogwood, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
nest in red osier dogwood, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
nest in red osier dogwood, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
forbidden love, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
forbidden love, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
shagbark hickory tree, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
shagbark hickory tree, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
landscape, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)
landscape, Battell Woods Trail (TAM)

 

Jackson Trail

TAM train sign
TAM train sign
grasses, Jackson Trail (TAM)
grasses, Jackson Trail (TAM)
small pond, Jackson Trail (TAM)
small pond, Jackson Trail (TAM)
chippie, Jackson Trail (TAM)
chippie, Jackson Trail (TAM)
crossed limbs and fall colour, Jackson Trail (TAM)
crossed limbs and fall colour, Jackson Trail (TAM)
mullein, Jackson Trail (TAM)
mullein, Jackson Trail (TAM)
slate-like rocks along Jackson Trail (TAM)
slate-like rocks along Jackson Trail (TAM)
wet, grassy part of Jackson Trail (TAM)
wet, grassy part of Jackson Trail (TAM)
equisetum, milkweed, goldenrod - Jackson Trail (TAM)
equisetum, milkweed, goldenrod – Jackson Trail (TAM)
black lichen and moss on log, Jackson Trail (TAM)
black lichen and moss on log, Jackson Trail (TAM)
raised boardwalk with traction, Jackson Trail (TAM)
raised boardwalk with traction, Jackson Trail (TAM)
yellow beeches, Jackson Trail (TAM)
yellow beeches, Jackson Trail (TAM)
snake along Jackson Trail (TAM)
snake along Jackson Trail (TAM)
trail with fall leaves, Jackson Trail (TAM)
trail with fall leaves, Jackson Trail (TAM)

 

Murdock Preserve

cave rocks, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
cave rocks, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
mossy bird nest, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
mossy bird nest, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
twiggy bird nest Murdock Preserve (TAM)
twiggy bird nest Murdock Preserve (TAM)
rock, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
rock, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
large dark red rock, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
large dark red rock, Murdock Preserve (TAM)
weeping willow at parking area for Johnson Trail and Murdock Preserve (TAM)
weeping willow at parking area for Johnson Trail and Murdock Preserve (TAM)

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And finally, some amazing landscapes this afternoon:

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Thanks again for joining me in reliving my weekend in Middlebury.

One Comment on “31 Days of A Sense of Place :: Day 32 ~ Field Trip to Middlebury VT

  1. Pingback: 31 Days of A Sense of Place :: Introduction | A Moveable Garden

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