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Folkcat & Gryphon on the Road: Day One, Sun and Clouds, Ups and Downs

Filed under: Knitting — folkcat at 11:08 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Saturday morning around 11 a.m., we set off from home along Rte. 101, headed west.

A Sunny Start to the Day, Rte. 101, Peterborough, NH
Passing Through Peterborough

The sun shone brightly for much of the distance through New Hampshire, then it started clouding up as we approached Vermont.

We like to travel through Vermont along Route 9 when the weather’s not too bad. It’s lots of curvy roads that go up and down mountains, so if it is snowing, we prefer to go down to Massachusetts and take Route 2 over to New York.

Hogback Mountain Gift Shop & Scenic Outlook
Hogback Mountain Gift Shop and Scenic Overlook

A favorite stop for us is always the Hogback Moutain Gift Shop and Scenic Overlook. This is a very high spot along Route 9, with a clear view over a long valley to the south. They have those Pay-to-see binoculars, with cards that tell you where to look to see different mountains.

Binocular Key to the Sites

The numbers correspond to a dial on the base. You can rotate the binoculars to match points on the dial.

Here’s the view of the scene at #95, Holyoke Mountain Range.

Holyoke Range in Massachusetts - View from Hogback Mt., VT
Holyoke Mountain Range, Massachusetts, as seen from Hogback Mountain, VT.

Even though things were pretty cloudy and hazy by then, the view was spectacular.

We stopped in the gift shop long enough to get some genuine Vermont cheddar cheese and maple sugar candy for my folks, then we headed out again.

Our next stop came in Bennington, Vermont, near the New York state border.

You Are Here - Bennington, VT

Where I had spotted this place as we drove by on Main St.

The Naked Sheep, Bennington VT

Gryphon was swift enough to realize that a stop was necessary, so we parked and walked back. Sadly, this was what we found when we got to the door at around 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Signs in the door of The Naked Sheep

Disappointing, but not entirely surprising, I suppose. We’ve made note of their location, however, so we can remember to try for them again.

Around 15 minutes later, we crossed over into New York State. Before very long, we had made our way past Troy and Schenectady, and were on the New York State Thruway.

I really knew I was nearing home when I started noticing the drumlins.

South End of a Drumlin Along the NYS Thruway
South end of a Drumlin

Drumlins are a common feature of the terrain in New York State. Much of New York’s geographical features were formed in the Ice Ages, and drumlins are uniquely-shaped hills that are formed by debris carried along and then dumped by glaciers.

Drumlins Along the Mohawk
Drumlins along the Mohawk

I grew up with drumlins everywhere around me in Syracuse. You forget how much you get accustomed to seeing certain shapes in the landscape around you. New Hampshire doesn’t have anything like the low, curved-top drumlins. In New Hampshire, either you’re a mountain, or you’re a lumpy field between mountains. There’s nothing in between, and there are seldom spaces open enough that you can get long views of anything like I did these drumlins.

We arrived in Syracuse around 6 p.m., right on schedule. Mom had a nice meatloaf dinner waiting. That was a strange experience for everyone involved, my parents included – none of the four of us really ever get to sit down to a family meal anymore.

Mom Knits a Sock
Folkcat’s Mom, Knitting

Just so you know that I come by the crafty thing honestly, here’s my mom, knitting a sock. the table in front of her has stacks of knitting magazines and books on the shelf, and she’s got baskets of supplies nearby.

Next Time (Whenever that is): Christmas Day

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