The day began with a 3-hour drive from the Wildflower Farm down to Bennington. This was spectacular, with the bright reds, oranges, and yellows of the Green Mountain National Forest all the way down the state. Driving on Rt 7, through the rural areas and small towns was an absolute delight. This was one of those times when the journey is even more delightful than the destination. It was enough to make you philosophical, for crying out loud. Again – sorry – no pix because I was fully engaged in the responsibility of driving and looking.
This drive was a great warm-up and preparation for what was coming up next. We spent some time at the Bennington Museum where there is a tremendous collection of Grandma Moses paintings. Our appetite for her art had been whetted a couple of days earlier at the Shelburne Museum, but now we were able to feast on her work. I was struck by how she was able to portray life in America in an earlier era and actually project a feel for the scenes that she painted. Most remarkably, she had no formal art training; she was completely self-taught. That’s an inspiration for me in a lot of ways, because I tend to launch into many things without training, just to see if I can do them.
Next to the Bennington Museum is the cemetery at the Old First Church, where Robert Frost is buried. My wife spent her career as an English teacher, and she wanted to pay her respects at his grave.
The church itself was also open for tours, and that was another unexpected learning experience. The church is extremely old (1806), but has been beautifully restored and maintained. In spite of its obvious historical importance and value, it is fully in use as a church today: the First Congregational Church of Bennington.
For tonight’s camping we would again use a “regular” campground instead of a Harvest Host location. We opted for the Greenwood Lodge and Campsites, seven miles east of downtown Bennington. It was high on a mountain, and the foliage was gorgeous. This place gets great reviews on rvparkreviews.com, and for good reason. The owners run an excellent campground.
The sunshine had warmed things up nicely by the time we arrived in the late afternoon, and we selected a campsite that would allow us to enjoy the sun, and later the stars. This was a wonderful place to spend our last night of the trip.