SMUGGLER'S NOTCH

VERMONT SAW IT'S FIRST SNOW THIS WEEKEND AND IT WAS GLORIOUS. SEEING TWO VERY COLOR OPPOSITE SEASONS COLLIDE WAS AN ABSOLUTE TREAT. NATURALLY, NEW ENGLAND IN THE FALL IS FILLED WITH SOME OF THE MOST SATURATED COLORS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. BUT ONCE YOU DUST THE TOPS OF THE MOUNTAINS AND TREES WITH A BIT OF STARK WHITE SNOW, IT'S BEYOND MAGICAL. WE TOOK A DRIVE THROUGH SMUGGLER'S NOTCH YESTERDAY TO WITNESS THIS KILLER COLLABORATION. AS YOU GOT CLOSER TO THE MOUNTAINS, THE WHITER IT BECAME, THE MIX OF COLORS SLOWLY MUTED AS WE CLIMBED HIGHER AND HIGHER. SMUGGLER'S NOTCH IS LOCATED BETWEEN STERLING MOUNTAIN/SPRUCE PEAK RIDGE AND MOUNT MANSFIELD. THE ROAD IS ACTUALLY CLOSED TO VEHICLES NOVEMBER-APRIL, SO WE'RE LUCKY IT SNOWED WHEN IT DID. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE THINGS I'VE SEEN YET. I COULD HAVE STOOD THERE FOR HOURS, ADMIRING THE MARIGOLD COLORED LEAVES PEEPING THROUGH THE BRIGHT FALLING SNOW.

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