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Hidden Art

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Can you see the face? Many people visit the Notch to view the rock formations. Even our youngest guests have no problems discovering fantastic creatures in the towering cliffs above. The dual mile long thousand foot cliffs which line Smugglers’ Notch are richly decorated with famous formations and provide ample opportunity to find new ones on your own. An imaginative person can discover new formations in the cliffs at the Notch just as someone gazing in the sky can make out different formations with the clouds. Some of the rock formations found in the Notch take a bit more imagination to piece together, but a few well known and more obvious formations in the Notch are: Smugglers’ Face, Elephants Head, Hunter and his Dog, The Shark’s Tooth, and The Singing Bird. The beautiful scenery sweeps up those who wonder into the Notch and gives them an unforgettable adventure full of cliffs, wildlife, and the undiscovered formations of rock. If you’re willing to explore you should come visit and…

June at Seyon Lodge State Park

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As spring turns toward summer, Seyon Lodge has seen a variety of guests, weather, wildlife and cuisine. During the last weekend of May, deep into the green drake hatch, the weather became finicky. Sunday morning brought rain showers, and then it cleared with temperatures in the sunshine reaching over 60 degrees. Suddenly wind gusts of 50 mpg drastically decreased the temperature The subsequent precipitation fell in the form of snow. By the end of the evening, temperatures dropped into the high twenties.

During a recent civil union, a dragonfly hatch blessed the party with its amazing transformation. Dragonflies are not the least of the wildlife sightings at Seyon Lodge State Park.

Square-tail brook trout, garter snakes, beaver, white-tailed deer, frogs, toads, mink, woodcock, flickers, robins, great blue heron and ruby-throated hummingbirds are among some of the animals that have been spotted in the park. The flora is also taking off as summer approaches. All the leaves on the trees hav…

Rain Gear: There is No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Just Inappropriate Clothing

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Rain gear. What’s right for you?

Well, you’ve finally made it. You took the week off, collected all of your camping gear, and found the perfect tent site (or maybe a lean-to if your plans include one of Vermont’s spectacular State Parks.) The fire is crackling softly and then you hear the disconcerting roll of thunder in the distance. What to do? What to wear?

Rubberized rain gear has been around for a very long time. Soldiers in the American Civil War were issued rubber ponchos to wear in the inclement weather. It kept the water off of them (as it does now) but the design and construction was uncomfortable and not very functional under battle conditions.

The modern camper has a large variety of rain gear to choose from in the 21st century. There are rain suits made from thin plastic, treated rubber and nylon, Gore-Tex coats and pants, and just about everything in between. Heck, I have personally used a garbage bag with hole in it once or twice in my lifetime because I forgot to pack a r…

Check Out the Parks’ lets you borrow a day outside

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Parks, libraries partner to get Vermonters outdoors this summer

Under "Check Out the Parks", each public library will get a one day pass that can be checked out for free admission to a state park. The passes are good at any of the state’s day-use parks and admit up to eight people traveling together in the same vehicle. Each library will determine the how long each pass may be checked out. Some libraries are choosing to purchase additional passes.
“Vermont State Parks are a perfect affordable getaway for families and friends,” the Governor said. “There’s a state park with something for everyone within a half-hour of every community. By checking out a park pass at their local library, folks can enjoy the best Vermont has to offer – our magnificent outdoors.”

“Check Out the Parks” partners people with favorite places, the Governor added.

“Libraries unlock the greater world through books, magazines, newspapers, audio-visual resources, the Internet and now the great outdoors and the…