Hiking and Robert Frost
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Yesterday I glanced around Route 125 between Hancock and Middlebury and today I explored it a little more thoroughly (more thoroughly than my poor Honda probably wanted...). I started off on 100A, taking it from Bridgewater to Plymouth Union. I wanted to peek at Plymouth Notch (Windsor County) since I hadn't been there in forever, plus I was debating the merits of visiting the Calvin Coolidge Homestead. For anyone unfamiliar with American history, Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States, and the second of the two Presidents born in Vermont. The first was the 21st President Chester Arthur- born in Fairfield (up north in Franklin County). I drove by it, but didn't stop.
I turned onto 125 and went up over Middlebury Gap to the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. It was a really nice and easy trail that's 1.2 miles long. On the way, there are snippets of Frost's poems, beautiful views, and a blueberry & huckleberry field. There's also a wooden bridge over a creek and a nice sitting area. There is a bathroom at the Trail's parking area, but it's the typical port-o-potty type.
From there I went to the Robert Frost Wayside to snap a pic of the Robert Frost Historical Marker, then I went back up 125 and turned off toward Breadloaf. It was a 4x4 ride for the half mile I went in, but when I started seeing signs for 'washed out road' ahead, I managed a U-turn! My little Honda Accord is no off-roading vehicle. So at the Middlebury Gap, I parked and hiked in the northern direction of the Long Trail into the Breadloaf Wilderness. I managed to eat my sandwich on a rock (and yes, I carried out what I carried in). It was a nice hike too, though I didn't manage to go far enough in for any good views, all I got was...wilderness. But I like wilderness, so it was fine.
From Breadloaf, it was down through Hancock and Ripton into Middlebury, where I took 7 home.