• Date walked: May 25, 2013
  • Distance: about 2 miles
  • Weather: Showers, 48 degrees
  • Fee: none
  • What I liked about this walk: Beautiful natural wonder, strenuous exercise
  • What I didn't like about this walk: Very busy even on this cold, rainy, holiday weekend.

Planning this Memorial Day weekend trip to Woodstock, Vt., we never expected the temperature to dip to 39 degrees that Saturday night and snow to be falling 20 miles away at Killington. Sunday, a bit warmer at about 50 degrees, we walked the trails at Quechee Gorge, Vermont State Park. A visitors Center is located along Route 4 in Quechee.

Bridge over Quechee Gorge
Bridge over Quechee Gorge
Craig and I walked the trail beginning at the visitors center and leading to the Ottauquechee River. Here we decided to walk along the river to the bottom of the gorge. This means a long uphill climb to return and at that point we were thankful for the cooler weather. We walked to the bridge that spans the gorge and the views were breathtaking. Standing on the bridge I felt my equilibrium go awry and height anxiety filled my stomach as we peered straight down from the bridge, about 165 feet to the bottom, but the views were worth it.


Trail to dam
Trail to dam
We crossed to the other side of the bridge and came back to resume walking along the trail to the dam and Dewey's Mill Pond where we turned back because of rain.

Saturday night we stayed at The Jackson House Inn, a Victorian-style home built in 1890 with a couple of newer additions surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast, prepared by one of the owners, using only locally produced ingredients. The first course was a glass of organic maple yogurt with pumpkin butter, homemade granola and a couple of drops of maple syrup reduction. The second dish was an oatmeal pancake with a baked apple in the center and apple cider reduction drizzled over it. Both dishes were delicious and gave us the energy we needed to visit the artsy shops in Woodstock, walk around the Billings Farm and Museum and hike Quechee Gorge.

From http://blogs.lowellsun.com/walkingjane/.