Our quest to couple that quintessential Vermont foliage scene with the fresh perspective of Stand Up Paddling took us to Milton, Vt., of all places this October. There’s a dam there on the Lamoille River that creates Arrowhead Lake — typically a duck hunters' paradise, but we opened it up to SUP this year (dodging bird decoys, camouflaged boats and dudes with guns hiding in the brush — and fortunately no bullets).
|The Mist of Milton Falls|
Yep, hunting season on the lake coincides with the color changes. Only slightly daunted, we took a handful of trips to these backwaters and found some sweet glassy water to lay down a foundation for the Tai Chi S.U.P. discipline we are developing (why should Yogis have all the mindfulness paddleboarding fun?) as well as various skies of blue, gray and mist.
|TAI CHI S.U.P. (it rhymes, and is awesome)|
We missed the height of a brilliant foliage season for various reasons, but nonetheless had some great late-season outings — both pre-peak and post-peak.
|In the foreground there, that's where the hunters hang out|
So the peak SUPFoliage quest will continue for another cycle. Meantime, we’ll see you during mandatory wetsuit season, or when we pick it up again in the spring.