We had a beautiful sunny day today and got out of our hotel this morning, determined to make the most of it. Originally, we came to Rutland because it lies close to the Green Mountains. However, as we drove through the southern part of the Green Mountains yesterday and had to realize that most of the leafs are down already, we decided to go somewhere else today. We read about this very nice area called Half Moon Pond State Park and that’s where we went today.
It was a bit tricky to find, though. We drove to West Castleton first and stood in front of the closed gates of Bomoseen State Park. We knew that it is off-season already, but that they close down everything, even the parking, surprised us. However, this was not the Park we were looking for anyway, so we asked a man who walked his dog for directions. He explained to us that we had to turn around and take the unpaved road next to the brown house and follow it until we reach the gate of Half Moon Pond State Park.
Seriously, how on earth do they think you find this area when there are no nice man walking there dogs around??? There are NO signs! For everybody who wants to go there one day, the road leading to the Park is called Moscow Road.
The Half Moon Pond State Park was also closed, but there was a sign saying hiking is still allowed. We began with a one hour hike to the High Pond on the Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail.
The good thing about the fact that we are here after the season is, that we were on our own the whole day.
Completely on our own? Well, apart from that beaver doing a cannon ball into the pond when we arrived (at least I think that’s what he did, according to the loud SPLASH we heard! 🙂 )
It was a really peaceful place and it was easy to imagine Moose coming here at Twilight to drink and rest.
When we came back from the High Pond, we decided to circle the Half Moon Pond. Here, we found some last colourful trees and enjoyed this Indian Summer feeling.
There is a campground by the lake and I can imagine how beautiful it must be, putting up your tent close to the water!
The next hike on our list was the Glen Lake Trail. It started at a boat launch and lead along the eastern side of the lake. I liked this trail the most because I found Glen Lake particularly beautiful with its smooth, reflecting water.
We found a spot in the sun, overlooking the lake, where we had a little picnic. The water underneath us was so clear, we could see the fish swimming by. I would have loved to sit there for much longer, enjoying the peaceful silence and the warm sunshine.
The last hike we did was the one hour Bomoseen Hiking Loop which leads through a wildlife preserve. However, this trail was not really interesting and the only wildlife we saw was this little feller:
On the way back to our hotel (the Red Roof Inn Rutland) we passed this nicely decorated general store – Booohoooo!
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