Waterfalls and Art Museums around Stowe, VT

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

We awoke to a beautiful morning of sunshine and temps in the upper 30s. Like a smart Floridian, I thought sunshine meant u can wear shorts. Never stop learning...

Travis had to spend the day w/ his family and Francine had to work on some real estate deals, so Eric took us on a tour of local waterfalls and art museums. First stop was Moss Glen Falls, only abouty a 5 minute drive from downtown and 5 minute hike up into the woods. Next we went on to Bingham Falls which was off the road up Mount Mansfield. Then we stopped at a local art gallery to meet a friend of his. I don't remember the woman's name, but she owned several galleries in the area and also had an amazing sculpture garden on the property around her house. Eric got her permission to take us up there and show us around. There were some really cool sculptures made out of iron, including this one of a mother bird feeding a worm to her babies. I'm not sure what that TX-clad animal is looking for scraps...

Later, Eric took us up to Lake Mansfield just before sunset. There was a large rock out in the water about 4 feet off shore. Eric suggested we jump out on it and get Roxy to come out w/ us for some pictures. Was very cool.

On the drive down from the lake back to their house, I got a very important phone call from my friend Bubble. He alerted me that TX was losing at halftime to OU 10-7. I hadn't even realized that they were playing today!!!! I insisted that Eric rush home ASAP so we could try to catch the 2nd half. We made it home just in time. A few minutes after I turned on the tv early in the 3rd, the Longhorns went on a rampage, reeling off 3 straight touchdowns to go up 28-10 by the end of the 3rd. It was beautiful. Calls started coming in non-stop from Tim, Bubble, Eli- all my brethren from back in my UT days (ok, so it was only freshman year, but what a year!). Needless to say, TX won emphatically.

After the game we had a pizza and headed back for the ferry, hoping to catch the last one at 9pm so we could get up early the next day and attempt our first big hike of the trip- up Giant Mountain at 4627 feet.
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