Friday, December 28, 2007

North of East-West

After our Christmas visit to Scotia, C and I headed home. The most direct route takes us north from Rutland through the heart of Vermont to Montpelier and then east on Route 2 to Dixfield. I've been traveling that stretch of Route 2 since college days in Burlington and it is one of my favorite drives. Often treacherous this time of year, but always beautiful. On this trip, we took a turn north off Route 2 in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom to visit a friend. The countryside that lies north of Route 2 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is a vast hidden kingdom of remote and untouched beauty. In Vermont, it is termed the Northeast Kingdom; in New Hampshire they say The North Country; in Maine it is the Western Mountains until it becomes The County.

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