I got out again, and repeated previous pleasures albeit things are not always the same. Bascom Lodge atop Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, built in the 1930s by the CCC, closes this week for the season, as does the road soon climbing to 3,194 feet in elevation. I planned a favorite circle route – south to Greenfield, MA, cross the Mohawk Trail, climb the mountain, descend to my favorite US Route 7, north to Bennington, and back across Vermont on Route 9 to Brattleboro and home.
I have included this sign before, maybe not in the fall, and I guarantee that you will see it again. The image below is looking west on the Mohawk Trail (MA Route 2) at this point. The route is one of my favorites from this point west, and was extremely colorful. That is GiGi patiently waiting while I took these images. Put this route on your list.
It was overcast when I arrived, but I wanted to climb to the top of the Memorial Tower. The image below (taken in sun upon my departure the next morning) is the tower as you see it from the lodge. I wanted to share images from atop the tower in all directions, but it was overcast, and much to my surprise not colorful as I imagined.
It is quite a climb. This is the beginning before three sets of spiral stairs begin. And, then the view looking down and west towards the lodge.
how can you not enjoy 1930s Arts and Crafts architecture and furnishings?
and, dinner is served at 7 PM – and amazing. I choose the chicken over a medley of vegetables – and the flavors I hope I can experience again – loved it. And, I had to sit close to the fire.
But, looking west with Albany off to the right of the images — THE SUNSET !!! The first at 6:08 PM, and the intense color at 6:29 PM.
Looking out my window when I awoke, GiGi was covered with ice and maybe crystalized snow. But, for sure in descending down the road, it was obvious I was “above the clouds.”
North (Betty, that is in front of you) on US Route 7, my destination was Old Bennington, Vermont, to visit the Bennington Museum and two temporary exhibits. How can you not love looking up at the Bennington Monument any time of the year
Having passed the Walloomsac Inn for at least four decades, and going inside once in the mid-1980s, the plan was to see the exhibit at the museum on the Inn, now vacant with decisions under discussion as to how to hopefully save it. First across the small Common in Old Bennington, and then a close-up of the Inn.
You had better learn about the North American Reciprocal Museum Association NARM, and its benefits. My membership through Old Sturbridge Village allows me free admission to over 1200 museums and galleries. Thus, if you have limited time, or focused interest, you do not mind stopping in for a short time, and that is what I did to see two exhibits. Remember you can click my galleries for larger, readable views of the galleries.
Early Vermont history is a tad confusing, but I found the information below very succinct to put it all in place.
You may know that I am now spending time learning about early cemeteries and funeral and burial practices. Thus, my sharing this gallery you may click to enlarge.
A small exhibit showed “Gilded Age Vermont”
Featured in this exhibit is this c1924 Martin-Wasp Touring Car. The Martin-Wasp automobile was the only car manufactured in Vermont. It was designed as a high-end luxury car, and only about 16 were ever made. This car was being built (but never completed) to be sold for $10,000, when a Model T Ford was priced at $265 in 1924. Martin drove the uncompleted car around Bennington until 1953, when he sold it to a collector who restored it as seen here today.
The other temporary exhibit I wanted to see was Vermont’s Parks and Recreation focused on the development of Tourism in the state.
I will just share these information panels, saved here for my future explorations, and maybe to tempt you as well. There are spots LADYRABIII and I may experience together. I am pretty certain (but do not have the receipt as I have with other camp grounds) that I camped at Hapgood Pond in 1963 while touring Vermont in my 1929 Model A Ford Roadster, traveling up from Wilton, Connecticut.
BONUS – DUTTON FARMHOUSE
You know that I have enjoyed my experiences at the LANDMARK TRUST USA properties in Vermont. Now in just two weeks shy of two years I have had eight stays at these wonderful properties, and Gary has joined me on six of those stays, the last this February/March. A few months ago as we were chatting we said, time to experience the Dutton Farmhouse, and I made a booking. Gary and Ilana, along with Scott and Betty (who “came with” Cathy, 27 years ago) joined me for a relaxing time 24-27 October. It was conversation, some reading, laughter, meals, along with ANIMAL HOUSE (a tradition), TRUE LIES (now to be a new tradition) along with some documentaries. And, much laughter and research on “blow-molds” – a new interest to study and collect. Below is the farmhouse, looking east to New Hampshire, and down the drive to (YEAH!) the dirt road.
Overcast, gloomy and a tad rainy Monday and Tuesday, it is alright because you are warm and toasty enjoying life with friends. Wednesday cleared a tad, and I wanted to loop a tour on roads I enjoy showing the group Dummerston Center, West Dummerston, and the route of the West River Railroad (and quarries) on the west side of Black Mountain along the river. I showed them Jelly Mill Falls, and we all jumped out. I discovered and wrote about this area July of 2021.
West Dummerston Covered Bridge over the West River. Ray’s “prize winning” image from this post.
and the gang – Betty, Scott, the Patriarch, Gary, and Ilana (in part).
decoration at the front door of the Dutton Farmhouse — second place “award winner”
I thought that would be it for this memory post, but waking on Thursday, for the first time this stay there was no overcast, and the sun could be seen rising from the east. Below were taken at: 7:20 AM; 7:23 AM, and then I turned around and saw the wall at 7:25 AM, lasting only a moment.
1 – Take a break, one, two or three overnights, with or without plans and two hours or twenty-five minutes from home. It is rejuvenating and worth every moment.
2 – Discover Landmark Trust USA properties. But as Gary reminded me, “Dad, we are not finding dates we wanted because your posts have made them more popular.” Well I see there was a Wall Street Journal article, and COVID enabled people to find safer get-aways.
3 – Even if not “on the road,” I am an “armchair traveler” browsing brochures and websites and planning. Hey, you know me and books. Recently I found, bought, and is in one of my many “reading piles,” TRAVELING IN PLACE: A HISTORY OF ARMCHAIR TRAVEL by Bernd Stiegler. Too Much Fun!
Stay safe and well. Back to you soon, I hope — luv, RAY