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Subject: i'm in Heaven
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:23 PM ET
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wow! we drove from Boston area to Vermont today and i couldn't believe the beauty around us. Being from FL i expected a little shock at the foliage changes but wow! is all i can say. We went into the cutest town Quechee, Vermont and stuffed ourselves at a Cabot tasting center. I am envious of those on PBS that live there. Rolling hills, mountains, streams that are ice cold......Has anyone ever been somewhere and had their socks blown off like mine today?

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:28 PM ET
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Yes.  The Planzee (sp? can't remember) Lake in Austria.  I pushed my bike up a mountain and when I reached the top the view was breathtaking.  A big lake with the reflection of the alps in it.  Snow caps and all.  Woods around the lake.  I always said I will come back some day.  I couldn't stop staring at the beauty.  Very magical.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:33 PM ET
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Quechee!  Oh, that is one of our favorite Vermont places!  There are a bunch of great towns like that, Waterbury for Ben and Jerry's; Cabot where I think there is that big cider mill, and the chocolate shop and Cabot...

Have fun!

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:22 PM ET
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South Dakota always does that for me.  It's beautiful up there!

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 9:39 PM ET
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Waterbury!!! we didn't make it there, we couldn't remember the name! dang it, oh well. i will be coming back Vermont i promise :0p

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:47 AM ET
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I've felt that sense of awe and a sense of sincere thankfulness (due to the beauty of nature) four times that I can remember, but I'm twice as old as you, Megan.  The first time I can remember was in high school when I was on a mission trip in Konnarock, Virginia (or maybe it was West Virginia?  sorry!) and was walking on the Appalachian Trail.  I was looking out at the mountains with the mist and acres of trees and was just in awe at the sight.  The second was the same year when my family went backpacking in the Maroon Bells wilderness area in Colorado.  We had planned to go to New Mexico, but because of the gas shortage (back in the early 70's) we didn't get that far.  It was the most beautiful place I've seen to this day.  Fields of wildflowers surrounded by mountains and a small lake like a mirror reflecting the whole thing.  Another was almost 10 years later when I saw the ocean for the first time.  I live near Chicago and had never gotten to an ocean until I was almost 30.  I was walking on the beach in Oregon, early in the morning, and could do nothing but thank God for the beauty and power.  A similar experience was just a couple of years ago in February on one of the islands of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  I was walking on the beach, again in the morning, and it started to snow.  I had never really even thought about snow on a beach.  (Remember that I live in the midwest - I just thought of ocean beaches as warm places, I guess!)  I was so excited about seeing snow on the sand and because it was a spur of the moment trip (which is extremely unusual for me!) I was still surprised that I was there myself.  Again, just a feeling of awe.  Contrary to what these experiences suggest, I travel very little and have been to few places, so I really appreciate what I have seen.

Thanks for bringing up the good memories!

Cindy

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 7:46 PM ET
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Seeing snow on a beach is a dream of mine. I have always lived near the beach and can not imagine anything but hot sand!

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 3:07 PM ET
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I expect to experience that in about three weeks:  on my way to Oahu and the Big Island.........to see not only beaches, but the volcanos, rainforests, beautiful gardens, etc..........

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 10:08 PM ET
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Highway 1 north of San Francisco was breathtaking for me when my daughter and I spent 3 weeks on our way to Vancouver and back.  But I count myself lucky to live in Michigan...the Great Lake State, which has FOUR beautiful seasons.  Right now the leaves in my area (north of Detroit) are starting to turn...this is a glorious time of year.  Many people take our peninsula for granted but as I get older I know how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful state (though we are nearing crisis due to high unemployment and now the state legislature can't come to an agree on the budget .   Gov. Granholm is threatening to shut down  or severely limit MANY state services (like the State Police) come Monday.

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 11:17 AM ET
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I know exactly what you mean.  I attended a  writer's workshop in Vermont.  The mountains were so incredibly beautiful that I felt like they were the backdrop of a set in a play...they looked that crisp and perfect.  Hard to explain. Impossible to forget.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 1:05 AM ET
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I have lived a mile from the ocean for 33 years and the beauty of it still catchs me at times and takes my breath away!!   After being in southern CA for so many years, the green, green hills of TN and NC really blew me away.  All those miles and miles and miles of beautiful green trees!   The starkness of some parts of Utah are so beautiful in a very different way.  All these arches and cathadrals carved by the wind and standing for generations - I was just awestuck!   WHAT a beautiful world we live in.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 9:19 AM ET
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Vermont does that to me every time!  I was staying at my aunt's house once when she lived there.  I was just about to go to bed when I looked out the window... it was a full moon on 3 feet of snow, and several deer walked by and it just caught my breath.  It was so beautiful it was almost surreal.  New Hampshire during foliage will take your breath away, no matter how many times I've seen it, I don't understand people who are not in awe of it!     I'd  always lived a mile from the beach as well, but never been there when the snow fell.  Now that I live inland, the first thing I do when I go home is straight for the beach, and just stand there and marvel.  I don't care if it's summer or winter, I just want to see it.    Okay, getting misty for home now..... thank goodness I'll be there for Thanksgiving.

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 6:13 AM ET
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Hey!  I should have waved!  I've lived in NH for most of my life and now no place else looks right. (And when you're in little twin states this small, VT counts as home too!)  Queechee is such a neat little place!  I drive through it a lot -- RT 4 is pretty much the only way across VT from here.

Scotland took my breath away.  I spent some time at the University of Edinburgh, and had such a fantastic time!  I just loved it, but driving up into the highlands was like a spellbinding sort of second homecoming.  I get chills just remembering it!

I'd love to visit somewhere tropical someday.  Anywhere tropical -- preferably in February or March when winter here won't budge!  Something about St. Petersburg, Russia has always intrigued me -- I'd love to see that too!  I've seen some pictures of the coastline off Oregon and Washington state that make me want to head out that way sometime....

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 8:33 AM ET
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I grew up in New Hampshire and one of the things I miss is the flaming colors of fall.  

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 7:39 PM ET
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It is so funny to hear everyone talk about Vermont like this. I live in Vermont, right outside of Burlington (our biggest city!). Around this time of year I always get reminded of how lucky I am and that so many people would give a lot to wake up and see the things that I see every single day!

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 10:24 PM ET
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There's a good reason they call West Virginia "Almost Heaven" ! It's beautiful!

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 9:24 PM ET
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I lived in Plattsburgh NY for 3 years and miss the fall colors and the crisp fresh McIntosh apples and cider so much!  I certainly do not miss the snow.  It's not fun dressing up for Halloween while having to wear a heavy winter coat but it was FUN!!

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 9:30 PM ET
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Last year my family and I went to Indiana. I fell in love with all the farms and especially the farm houses. The morning we got up to return home they had a forcast of snow flurries. It was the best "road" trip that we have ever taken. My next place that I would love to visit is Montana and the Dakota's.

Date Posted: 10/7/2007 11:57 PM ET
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Fall is my favorite season and it's not hard to tell why - this year's autumn weather has been GORGEOUS up here in Vermont.

Come back anytime, PBSers!  Anyone traveling to Vermont that's looking for any travel tips, PM me, I've lived here all my life.  :-)

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 11:39 PM ET
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We just spent 2 weeks in Virginia, driving each way. The trees are beautiful. Living where we are in Texas, we don't get to see many trees, and I just loved the way everything is so green, and starting to turn into the Fall colors.

We also spent the day at the Occoquan craft fair. That is a wonderful little town.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 10:23 PM ET
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Megan -

One of my sisters lived in Waterbury for the longest time! Now she's in Berlin, right outside Montpelier; but teaches in Burlington. It is gorgeous.

The fall foliage is gorgeous where I live; looking at the Shawangunk Mountains. Best time of the year.

I have a daughter in New Hampshire, a son in Rhode Island and relatives scattered all over, but I don't think you can beat the Northeast in the fall.



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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 11:32 PM ET
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I spent several months in Vermont 20+ years ago, and have never forgotten teh incredible winters.  Undisturbed snow, the pine trees and mountains - it was like living in a postcard.

My brother and I drove through Wyoming this past spring.  Absolutly amazing!  The colors in the mountains, and even in the fields and hills - who knew there were so many different shades of green?!

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 12:51 AM ET
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Hi ,

Newport Rhode Island. A small quaint  town by the sea. It has a deep water harbor and is filled with ships--Huge Yachts, Americas cups sloops an, tall ships, even The QE2, one day. Then there the cobblestone streets and the ornate mansions and the Cliff Walk, a ledge/trail over the sea and benind the historic homes

WOW

 

We try to go every year

Jill

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 3:56 PM ET
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When I was younger the Grand Canyon blew me away. This summer we went to see Niagra Falls. We did both sides and just loved it. I didn't want to leave.
Date Posted: 10/13/2007 5:49 PM ET
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I've been military all my life and move about every 3 years have seen beauty every where. I was suprized no one even mentioned Alaska. Which by the way has it all from the artic to the rain forests.

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