Hiking Sterling Pond Near Smuggler’s Notch In Vermont

Osa (dog), Mari and Andy making heading up…

 

 So, I haven’t posted in a while, but the short of the long of it is this…

As the winter semester ended so did Mari’s job at Bates College in Maine. Fortunately, Mari had lined up a job at Johnson State College in Vermont, so just before Christmas Mari and I packed up our things and headed west four hours and are now living in the Burlington area… more specifically Richmond. Currently, Mari is on break as classes don’t begin until the 12th of this month, and I took a job at Stowe Ski Resort in order to secure season passes for the both of us and with hopes of getting to do a lot of skiing this year and maybe even become a decent skier… maybe. 

Anyway, this past Monday was one of my days off and it also happened to be Mari’s cousin Meg and her boyfriend Andy’s last day of break also. So, we made plans to do a little hike and after meeting for lunch in Jericho we headed over to Smuggler’s Notch to hike the Sterling Pond Trail. To tell you the truth I’m not sure that’s the actual name of the trail, but we hiked on a trail that took us to Sterling Pond… therefore in my mind it’s the Sterling Pond Trail. 

The hike started by parking where the Notch Road ended and hiking up the road a little ways. We eventually moved off the road and into the woods and proceeded to head up towards Spruce Peak and Sterling Pond. At this point in the season it’s probably no surprise that there isn’t a lot of snow here. Actually, you might be surprised that there’s any snow in the photos at all. Truthfully though it was pretty great. There was enough snow to make it an exceptionally scenic hike, while not so much snow to need snowshoes or to make forward and upward progress difficult. 

I have to say… it’s nice to get out and just go for a short hike. I love being outside and being with friends and days like today are really special. Hopefully, there will be more days like this this winter.

 

 

Osa looking very dapper… 

 

 

Mari, Andy and Meg… still going up… 

 

 

Almost there… 

 

 

Up and over and down to the pond… 

 

 

Sterling Pond. To the left, about 50 yards or so away is the top of Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort… cool place for a pond 

 

 

A distant glimpse of the Notch… Vermont is pretty alright

 

 

Mission accomplished… now where did we leave the car..?

 

 

 

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