Vermont wild things

My brother Andrew and I went nordic skiing together yesterday at Bolton Valley — not much has changed.

We also saw a dromedary and a donkey on the way from our house in Essex to Bolton, on Route 2. Camels–which have two humps, short limbs and long hair–evolved in North America 50 million years ago and crossed the land bridge into Siberia 3 million years ago. Dromedaries (one hump, long legs, short hair) originally come from the deserts and steppes of Arabia. I wonder if this one likes Vermont. Can you see the donkey?

Andrew found this old Halloween costume in his closet. There is a rat under the nose. Years ago, he was playing in his closet when our mother came into the room. She used to keep some of her clothes in that closet, and she opened the door to pick something out. Little Andrew put on the mask, jumped out at her and gave her the scare of a lifetime. Luckily, she recovered, and we all skied together last week at Sugarbush:

Ever wonder what the animals do in the house when you’re gone? This “automatic timer” caught Andrew and Caroline’s beasts just in time for a holiday card.


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About Emily Stifler

I grew up in Vermont and live in Bozeman, Montana. I love topography: mountains, rocks, weather and people.
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