A few nights ago, we stopped for the night along a deserted country road. no streetlights. No porch lights. No glow in the sky from any nearby city. It was a new moon night. Clouds covered the sky.
We got in bed and turned out the lights. This is what I saw:
Couldn’t see a thing! Black. I’ve never lived in a totally dark place. There are always lights on somewhere nearby. At home, when my eyes adjust, I can make out the furniture in the room and my husband sleeping beside me.
Here, I could see absolutely nothing. Just black. And I loved it! The old saying “Couldn’t see my hand before my face” had meaning here. I was experiencing the night as countless millions had done before me in darker (literally) times. So cool…
Doug and Huntly directed us to some awesome mountain bike trails right in Stowe called the Cady Hill Trails. Not all that long but definitely not for beginners! We had a blast. Here’s a trail map:
Don’t ask me which trails we went on. My usual riding involves desperately keeping up with the group. I just follow where they go! I do remember falling off some low bridges on the Bridgey trail.
We also went to Caroline’s soccer game. They won 4-0! Yay! The game was exciting plus we got to visit with Huntly and Doug some more. Here’s a photo of some team action:
the Stowe Raiders, in dark green
And here’s Caroline in action:
Just kidding, Caroline. You blocked everything that came your way but your team dominated so, not so much for you to do!
David, Jane and Huntly
You never know how you’ll be received whenever you call a relative by surprise. They have their busy schedule, need to work etc. But, you’ll know whether they really want your brief company. Perhaps bringing our own bedroom where ever we go will help? Here we feel welcome.
Jane, Caroline and David at Huntly & Doug’s beautiful home. Mt Mansfield in the background
Huntly, Doug and Caroline help us feel at home in their home. We slept in late (anything after 8 is late for me) and sat around for lots of coffee and pancakes. We ate their home cooked food, had long showers and did laundry. Great hosts, eh?!
Jane, Huntly, David and Amber, our host dog cousin.
Later we rode into Stowe and up/down the “Rec Trail”. A beautiful 5 1/2 mile paved ribbon between Downtown Stowe’s Blinking Red Light and the Top Knotch Racquet Club along the river all the way. Idylllic, safe and peaceful, but we yearn for single track. Won’t be long.
– David & Jane