Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mother's Day at Jay Peak, Vermont

On Mother's Day, I was with a group of folks traveling by motorcoach to Jay Peak Resort in northern Vermont ( ) , just a few miles from the Canadian border. Although the snow ski operation had officially closed several days earlier because of an unseasonably warm April----on May 9, those of us who had never seen Vermont with a covering of snow were treated to a rare sight---a snow storm on Mother's Day!

Because the ground was warm from previously high temperatures, the snow was not sticking to the highway. Of course, we were all thankful for this, as the thought of being in a motorcoach on a steep, slippery or icy slope, is not something one would enjoy!

The snow may have covered these Adirondack-style lawn chairs, but it did not impair the Jay Peak Resort chefs who had prepared a sumptuous Mother's Day Brunch for the hundreds of people who had chosen the Alice's Table Restaurant at the resort, as the perfect location to treat the "mom" in the family to a day-off from cooking.

However, the blizzard-condition winds did impair our group's plan to load into the aerial tram for a ride to the top of the mountain, to take in the view. We were told that on a clear day, one can easily see into Canada, as well as other familiar landmarks, located in the far off distance. Before we knew that the tram expedition had been cancelled, I had recalled a time in 1988 when my son and I rode a similar device to a mountain-top in Banff, Canada. Before we boarded the "hanging box", the operator warned us that the cable automatically stopped when the winds exceeded a certain miles per hour. Well, sure enough, our little "hanging box" stopped mid-air, and we sat there suspended over the mountain for what seemed like hours, before the cable started moving again. It must not have traumatized my son too much, however, since he has gone on to do extensive "big wall" rock climbing, and has slept in a hammock-like device hundreds of feet above the ground, whenever he is on a multi-day rock climbing expedition of a "big wall" like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Because of the Banff experience, I was not surprised that the part of our trip itinerary (which was carefully thought out weeks ahead of time) calling for the aerial tram ride had to be cancelled. In fact, the incident reminded me of this "Disclaimer" I write each year on the title page of my Daytimer calendar. I came across it in the book of James, verses 4:13-15. The author was talking about how people made all their plans about what they were going to do on certain days, and he offered this advice: "....instead, you ought to say 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that'. " That goes right along with a saying we have in the Ozarks: I'll do such and such "Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise"! Tonight there are flood warnings out for much of the Ozarks, so I'll sign off by wishing you miles of smiles---Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise!! Tricia--------------------------------------------> Note: For additional information on dozens of intriguing Vermont experiences, click on
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