Day 1 – Lake Champlain to Weybridge Hill

Nature’s first green is gold….* October 1, 2019 Well, the first day turned out to be quite all right. I arrived early at the rendezvous location, the Weybridge Hill Church, unloaded my bike and began packing my backpack with the necessities that I would need for the three legs of the days tour. John Derick arrived in his pickup and … Continue Reading →

Champlain Valley Reconnaissance

Out through the fields and the woods…* September 23, 2019 Last Saturday, I completed another reconnaissance for my upcoming adventure to traverse the Vermont section of the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail – the North Country Trail (NCT) on October 1 through the 4. It is never a trip wasted to visit one of the most interesting parts of Vermont, … Continue Reading →

Moosalamoo Reconnaissance

Yet knowing how way leads on to way….* September 16, 2019 Today, I made my first visit to the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Vermont. This is the gateway to the Long Trail (LT) as designated by the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). Perhaps you recall the story of my discovery of the NCT in western Pennsylvania while on … Continue Reading →

Fruits of My Labor, Fruits of the Valley

August 31, 2019 As I am in my sixty-fifth year, I have begun to enjoy the fruits of my labor and have semi-retired. In Vermont, that means I only have seven sources of income this year. Of course, I am not really idle, managing one remaining sidewalk project as Municipal Project Manager. I also teach skiing in the winter, coach … Continue Reading →

Back Along the Mill Brook

Two days of traveling home to Vermont on Sunday morning following DCI World Championships and a myriad of other things have kept me from keeping you posted. In other words, I have been slacking in the writing department again. I did take some time to amend previous posts with more depth and interest, and I finally posted my write-up on … Continue Reading →

Finals Day Anticipation

August 10, 2019 Today will be the final competition for DCI this season. Yesterday’s Semi Finals competition has resulted in a close race within the ranks of the top 12 corps. The top scoring corps was once again the Blue Devils from Concord, CA, the perennial champions having won eighteen since their founding in 1957, the most of any corps. … Continue Reading →

Day One Preliminary Finals

August 9, 2019 Well, yesterday was a whirlwind day of final travel leg to Indianapolis, restocking the cooler and checking into the hotel directly across from Lucas Oil Stadium the location three days of marching music’s major league world series. I decamped (such as it was sleeping in the car) from the Mounds State Park and streamed into the city … Continue Reading →

Onward to Indianapolis

August 7, 2019 Last night I opted out of post rehearsal merriment at Buffton University and drove the Silver Bullet to the well-secluded nature preserve parking lot owned by the university and spent another night of blissful sleep within her inner sanctum. The bug screens for the back windows that I purchased worked their magic providing ventilation without the bugs. … Continue Reading →

Finals Week Begins

August 6, 2019 I am on the campus of Bluffton University in Buffton, Ohio. This campus is under siege by the Boston Crusaders whose ranks are spread out among the many fine campus halls under the welcome shade trees. The sopranos are in one quad, the baritone in another. Tubas are in a field behind the stadium and the mellophones … Continue Reading →