by Philip Greenspun; created 1993-1996

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Vermont has a lot of backroads. Most of them aren't on maps, unless you count the moby Delorme book. This is where you'll encounter the authentic farmers, the deserted cemeteries, and the decidedly odd.

Backroads near Woodstock

Department of "Just like my house" ...

You've got to have cows if anyone is to believe that you went to Vermont...

Big winners in the Philip Greenspun School of Art Criticism (0 points for a picture with no dog, 7 points for a Golden Retriever, 10 points for each Samoyed).

Backroads among the Peachams

The national headquarters of the American Society of Dowsers (in Vermont)

Backroads near Hanover, New Hampshire

The Hanover (New Hamsphire) Green Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College ("a small college but there are those who love it" -- Daniel Webster arguing before the Supreme Court to preserve Dartmouth's independence from the state) is situated beautifully along the Connecticut River. In fact, if you are looking for a place to stay, the Hanover Inn is a very nice hotel with a good restaurant. It is less thoroughly touristed than Woodstock, Vermont (15 miles west), and there is more to do in the evening.


Wait for a cloudy day. Pictures taken deep in the woods on sunny days are invariably ugly.

The pictures above were taken in quasi-direct sunlight. They show the woods, I guess, but don't have much mystery to them. Certainly I won't be spending $100 on an Ilfochrome and $200 for a frame so that I can have one of these on my wall. Look below, though, for some sugar maples near Peacham, Vermont. There were clouds high overhead, I stopped the Canon EOS 70-200/2.8 lens way down and exposed for maybe 1/4 second (Fuji Sensia).

Maple trees near Peacham, Vermont

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