As is often the case, my friend and colleague Paul was not only totally up for going, he had some great ideas to make the whole excursion better. For one, we decided that we should definitely visit another Jericho institution, the Village Cup, for some brunch beforehand. If I'd been thinking, when I was setting up my challenges for the year, I should have put "try every breakfast/brunch place in Vermont" for one of them. But that would hardly have been a challenge because I LOVE going out to breakfast, so that would be cheating, really. Nevertheless, anytime I can sneak a new breakfast place into a Challenge or New Thing, you know I'm going to. The Village Cup is a great space, with terrific food (at least the baked goods, because that's as far as I went before setting on a delightful brown sugar maple scone), and as you can see from the unfortunately dark picture of Paul, great views of the river outside.
|Clearly, another challenge I'd better take on sooner than later is learning to work with my photos to lighten them up. But even with such a dark image, you can see what an awesome view we had inside the Village Cup.|
|Outside shot of the Village Cup. The day before it had been so warm (50s) that my ski plans with Alexsis got cancelled because it was raining (raining!) at Smugg's. But the next day, it was just as cold as it looks in this pic outside.|
|In his lifetime, Snowflake Bentley produced more than 5000 microphotographs of snow crystals like the five here, and they were widely published in National Geographic and many other magazines and publications.|
|The Museum and Gift Shop are housed in a converted mill -- definitely worth a visit!|
|The Bryan Memorial Gallery was created in 1984 by Alden Bryan as a memorial to his wife, Mary. If you think Vermont is a beautiful place, you must check out the landscapes featured in this gallery.|
|Paul standing in front of the rapids of the falls. In the summer he says you can hike upstream for all kinds of great swimming and picnicking spots.|
|Some of the rapids in winter.|