Vermont Rocks

Day 150 / Mile 17,000

It's going to be a long time until I see the ocean again, so I said my goodbyes to Maine and started my way Westerly.

 Northern New Hampshire was quick to cross. Them and Virginia have my favorite sayings.

Northern New Hampshire was quick to cross. Them and Virginia have my favorite sayings.

 Vermont, home of the best maple syrup in the world.

Vermont, home of the best maple syrup in the world.

I was excited about Vermont, for my good friend, Mike Paddock, lived there and we hadn't hung out in years (a high-five at a tradeshow doesn't count). He's currently the art director at Rome Snowboards, but previously a globally established photographer who worked with us for a few years during the Neoproto shred films. I crashed out at his place, where he made us one of his famous meals and also opened a couple bottles of really fancy craft beer. Good times, thanks Mike!

 In the backwoods of the Dorset area is an abandoned rock quarry. I tried driving back to it, but around this corner was a muddy road that my camper van couldn't climb. I hoofed it from here.

In the backwoods of the Dorset area is an abandoned rock quarry. I tried driving back to it, but around this corner was a muddy road that my camper van couldn't climb. I hoofed it from here.

 The Freedlyville Quarry was Vermont's 1st marble quarry, now just a hole in the mountain. Walking up to it was real spooky, being it tunneled back a couple hundred feet and was pitch black.

The Freedlyville Quarry was Vermont's 1st marble quarry, now just a hole in the mountain. Walking up to it was real spooky, being it tunneled back a couple hundred feet and was pitch black.

 Once you get inside the caves, your eyes adjust to see a few rooms mined out. My headlamp helped only so much since it was so large inside.

Once you get inside the caves, your eyes adjust to see a few rooms mined out. My headlamp helped only so much since it was so large inside.

 This grand pit (~200' x 600') is covered in ice, but had melted a little bit and potentially dangerous. It was best to photograph it from the edge here anyhow.

This grand pit (~200' x 600') is covered in ice, but had melted a little bit and potentially dangerous. It was best to photograph it from the edge here anyhow.

 One end of the tunnel had a view of the grey sky. A lot of rock was removed from here to make your countertops and marble floors.

One end of the tunnel had a view of the grey sky. A lot of rock was removed from here to make your countertops and marble floors.

 This open shaft is about 150' to the top, and a dead end.

This open shaft is about 150' to the top, and a dead end.

 Speaking of dead ends... The Hope Cemetery is one of the most interesting graveyards I've seen so far. I bet all the rock is from local quarries too.

Speaking of dead ends... The Hope Cemetery is one of the most interesting graveyards I've seen so far. I bet all the rock is from local quarries too.

 It's full of beautifully carved tombstones with really unique designs. Bettini must have loved to sit.

It's full of beautifully carved tombstones with really unique designs. Bettini must have loved to sit.

 This dude was either a race car driver, or a NASCAR super-fan.

This dude was either a race car driver, or a NASCAR super-fan.

 Davis loved nothing more than soccer.

Davis loved nothing more than soccer.

 This one is funny. I'm sure the story behind it is good. 

This one is funny. I'm sure the story behind it is good. 

  "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."    -Ferris B  ueller

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

-Ferris Bueller

I'll be crossing New York again, rolling through Upstate to visit some great waterfalls and explore an abandoned train station.