Smuggler's Notch and Madonna Peak
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So, I finally arrived in Vermont, also known as the Green Mountain State (taken from the French Mont Vert). One of the four states that used to be sovereign before entering the union as the 14th state to join and currently the 6th smallest state. Three things I almost immediately noticed: the specific dirty green license plates of the cars, the total absence of bill boards (by law), and the nice and friendly rolling hills that have a surprisingly European atmosphere.
I continued along route 108 to Smuggler's Notch. A notch between Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak (yes another one, but I could not hike it today) and the surrounding mountains. The notch gave access to the north, to Canada and was widely used by smugglers. In the 1800s when the US could not trade with Canada, later by the Underground Railroad, that smuggled slaves to freedom, and also during the era of prohibition, when liquor found its way over the mountains. An extra advantage of the Smuggler's Notch is the presence of caves. Great to hide people or liquor, or stay over during the night.
The area around the notch is now a state park Smuggler's Notch State Park. I liked the area so much that I decided to make a small hike. It was listed as a few miles, so I did not bring anything apart from my shoes, camera and GPS.
It felt very odd. I was the only person in the area where in winter thousands are present.
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