Fall Foliage, Day 28 - Smuggler’s Notch State Park and Stowe, Vermont
Today we spent most of the day at Stowe Mountain Resort doing AWESOME activities (for a package deal). In the morning it was raining pretty steadily as we swung, climbed, and clambered our way through the Treetop Adventure course.
We got suited up and met Kiki, our Treetop Adventure guide.
It had four different courses in increasing levels of difficulty, and as the only two people out there (besides the rangers spotting us) we were able to take our time for about two and a half hours.
Then after eating our prepared sandwiches in the lodge and a quick trip back to the RV (5 minutes away from the park) for dry clothes, it was time for our Ziptour! This was three different zip spans (with 2 side-by-side lines at each) making their way down the mountain. Also, along with our harnesses, we were equipped with a braking system built into the zip trolley to allow us to control our own speeds, which was great for slowing down to take in the view.
We started with a ride up in the gondola, going into the clouds at the top of the Mt. Mansfield (the tallest peak in Vermont) for the Nosedive zip line (4,462 feet long)! It was hard to get good video on the way down, but we went through the clouds and had an amazing view of the fall foliage in the valley and a rainbow.
The next span was shorter but steeper, giving us a chance to practice our speed form and technique before the last line. One of our guides said he clocked a top speed of 93 miles per hour on the final span! I don’t think I went quite that quickly but it sure felt like it.
We would definitely recommend the combo package - this season was a good time since it wasn’t too busy and we got to see the foliage, but I definitely wish I had worn warmer gloves/socks by the end of the zip lines.
We went back in to Stowe to grab a quick bite at the Harvest Market, including cheese, pate, fresh baked bread, and maple water.
Then we drove through Smuggler’s Notch, named for the smuggling of goods between Vermont and Canada during the Embargo Act of 1807 (livestock and goods to Canada) and Prohibition (alcohol from Canada).
Finally we headed back to the campground for work time.