Hunkered down near the base of the mountain, waiting to see if the predicted storm will dump any snow on Stowe. Drove up to Smugglers Notch, took a short hike down a trail to a huge rock strewn, roaring mountain stream, recollected all the recent damage wrought by hurricane Irene. Witnessed a lot of that yesterday en route north on VT 100 from Ludlow. Powerful force of water, some 12 inches of rain, caused innocent streams to become raging torrents, strewn with rocks and trees knocking down anything in their path including houses, barns, lodges, highways, bridges and vehicles. Evidence of rebuilding was plenty but residue of damage simply astounding. Heavy equipment and workers everywhere still repairing devastation.
Now enjoying peace, quiet and a day of rest, planning a return route to NM. Would like something different, interesting and scenic, might consider part of Canada. Need to be back in Abiquiu by Thursday.
Will see long time friends B&B Sanders this evening for dinner party here at the Wagners on Billings Hill Road. Great views of the mountains! More soon.