I make the drive from Upstate New York to Maine and back at least once a year. I've been doing that since 2000, believe it or not, as my family/friends maintain a steady orbit around Portland. I've become a little tired of taking the Mass Pike out and back. So last year we started a new plan to make the return route back to Ithaca a little more scenic. Slower. This marks the second time we've spent a night in Brattleboro, Vermont, which is always fun. And the drive from there over to Troy/Upstate NY is beautiful and takes us conveniently through some nice terrain. This photo set is from a relatively quick and easy hike up Haystack mountain, a very family friendly, gentle, climb through a lush green landscape.
We had the mountain to ourselves. The trailhead is located at a weird spot through a surreal hilly neighborhood. Coming off the path felt like stumbling into someone's backyard, very different from the hiking I've done in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York. That said, I had a great time and recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing time. Also, every minute I spend in Vermont makes me wonder why I didn't move to Vermont. Maybe some day.