We were fascinated by the intricate patterns of tree roots that clung to the boulders among the cliffs at Smugglers’ Notch Pass in Stowe, Vermont. These trees are just as tenacious as the notorious Champlain pirates who long ago used the treacherous narrow pass and series of caves to smuggle cattle and other illegal goods across the Canadian border and into New England.
As soon as you cross the border you notice the change. Its like stepping back in time to traveling when we were kids. There weren’t expressways and interstates everywhere, instead you traveled two-lane roads through farmlands and charming little towns each with a town square, tiny shops and a local grocery store with chairs on the front porch for you to sit and visit a spell. Its a photographers feast of unlimited subject matter. We spent so many days traversing this state that our map fell apart, but we were able to get some great scenic Vermont photographs, as well as eat several maple creamies along the way.