Wednesday, June 21st
Its Summer Solstice today! The longest day of the year happens today as the sun is not due to set until 8:40pm this evening. That means that this evening will give the after-work crowd plenty of time to take advantage of long day light this evening. Get out for a hike, bike, swim or just a casual walk on your street or back road, the Stowe Recreation Path or Lamoille Valley Rail trail.
All of that rain that we had over the weekend has been absorbed nicely by the ground, which was very dry prior to any rainfall that we have recently had. The dirt has now turned tacky and offers great grip for all of your mountain bike, gravel riding, hiking and running pursuits whether you are on trail or a dirt road. The cattle corn fields are also starting to show some growth, and with the 4th of July only being a few weeks away, we will see if the corn reaches “Knee high by the 4th of July” height, a good sign for a nice summer to come for crop growers.
With many Vermont schools now out and southern schools soon to follow, we will start to see an uptick in visitors to Stowe, along with traffic and congestion that happens in and around town. As with any tourist town, be patient and keep your tempers even keeled, as the town of Stowe sees more visitors in the summer time than we do during the winter months. Many local businesses like ourselves count on summer dollars, so be a good citizen of stoke by making all of our visitors feel at right home in our quintessential mountain town. Make a restaurant recommendation, suggest a favorite trail or swimming hole spot, or just be welcoming by saying hello. Remember, treat those on how you would like to be treated when you are visiting a foreign land.
So, get out there today (and tonight) and enjoy all that summer has to offer and be a good steward of this place that we call home.
Location: Weissner Woods Meadow View
Hiker: Emilie Manchester