Stay Safe In The Woods

 

Most of the hunting in Vermont happens during deer season each Fall. Bow hunting has been underway for three weeks already, but the largest numbers of hunters are out in the woods during the 16-day rifle season in November. Nicole Meier is an education specialist with Fish and Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. She gives these tips to hikers, cyclists and other non-hunters to stay safe in the woods: http://digital.vpr.net/post/hiker-safety-tips-hunting-season

Ski Season 2018 Starts Today

Killington ski resort announced it will open to season passholders Friday and to the general public on Saturday.

Season Pass and Express Card holders will be treated to a free lunch at either the K-1 Lodge, Peak Lodge or Dog Sled on Friday. Additionally, pass holders will be offered a complimentary opening day gift while supplies last.

https://www.killington.com/the-mountain/conditions-weather/current-conditions-weather

Slapstick – Sea Life Edition

 

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Wrong place, right time. 😂 Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right. Here’s the story. Last weekend I was out testing the new #GoProHero7 with @kaikourakayaks and my mate @taiyomasuda. After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew it the fight came to us and well the rest is slap to the face 😂 I’m not sure who got more of a surprise the seal, the octopus or me. Either way the octopus held onto the bottom of kayak for some time before our guide was able to get it off with his paddle then it swam away to fight another day. True story. #GoPro #Kaikoura #Hero7Black #GoProANZ

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/world/asia/seal-octopus-slap-gopro.html

How Many Skips

Stone-skippers to compete this weekend
NORTH BENNINGTON — “It’s shocking how far they can throw them, and how many skips.”That’s how Karen Schroeder describes the sight of champion stone-skippers competing at Lake Paran, part of a stone-skipping festival the lake’s board has held for about four years, for amateur and high-level stone-skippers alike.

The event will also feature live music, rock painting for children and barbecue food for purchase, with hot dogs, salads and chips.
https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/stone-skippers-to-compete-this-weekend,550812

Point to Point Festival 2018

The Point to Point, powered by VSECU, is a cycling and running event that was created in 2002 to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Help a neighbor in need and have fun doing it!

Every dollar that is raised through the Point to Point goes directly to the Vermont Foodbank.

17th Annual Point to Point – August 11, 2018.
Online registration closes August 8, 2018 at noon.

In addition to participating in the Point to Point, riders, runners, and family members are invited to join the fun at the P2P Festival. Event day will be packed with activities for all ages, including food trucks, live music, Family Fun Zone, and ample opportunities to meander the Ascutney Trails system.

Rides: 25, 50, and 100-mile road distances and 10 and 20-mile trail distances.

Be a pioneer by being one of the first to participate in the NEW Point to Point half marathon trail run.

Event Schedule

Strolling Department

May the FARMS be with you! Strolling of the Heifers Parade and weekend of events is almost here! Don’t miss the fun June 1-2-3 !

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend 2018 is June 1-2-3, and this year’s theme is “May the FARMS be With You”!

The parade kicks off at 10 am sharp with scores of lovable heifer calves, groomed, decorated and led by future farmers. The heifers are followed by farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and surprises.

Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The seventh annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 3, 2018!

The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with minimal pavement.

Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.

New 60-mile route for 2018 :
The new route is 61 miles, with 7119 feet of climbing. This is about 200 more feet than previous years. The ride is entirely in Vermont this year.