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Vermont's fifth season - MUD!
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Colin in WI    Posted 03-11-2004 at 23:22:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Seeing some other mud pix reminded me of an adventure I had back in a previous life in Vermont in 1984. Here are a couple of shots of an adventure I had in my driveway. The Ford didn't move the car two inches but lost its bumper trying. Ended up using a big green tractor to pull out the 4WD Suburu wagon. Ayuh.

scotty    Posted 03-12-2004 at 07:24:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its mud season in East Wells,Vt!


Colin in WI    Posted 03-12-2004 at 06:40:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
By the way...for a little history lesson...that mud in the photos is part of Morrill Mountain in Strafford and Sharon Vermont. It's named after Justin Smith Morrill, a United States Senator in the second half of the 1800's who sponsored the Land Grant College Act which helped create many of the state colleges and universities across the country. While I live in Wisconsin now, I still own about 66 acres (but not that driveway!) of the top of the mountain and take a little pleasure out of the connection between my education and my Vermont property.

Dave 2N    Posted 03-12-2004 at 05:52:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The great Vermont poet Robert Frost called it "mud time." ("Two Tramps In Mud Time") However, it's not limited to just Vermont; you oughta see my place down here on the NY/PA border!

bob ny    Posted 03-12-2004 at 05:03:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
by big green tractors do you mean olivers

Michael M    Posted 03-12-2004 at 03:33:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I hear that they say up in that neck of the woods...."A-yup."
I told my wife when she married me and moved out here to the hills that we only have three seasons. Dusty,frozen, and muddy, and they can change from one to the other in a matter of hours.
I am in the process of taking down a lot of trees along my driveway, about a half mile long, and grading out the ruts, cleaning out the existing drainage, adding a new 18 inch conduit and bringing in about 4 tri-ax loads of big stone that I will grade out, before I cover the whole mess in a good layer of creek gravel.This is about the only way to make it passable to anything but a 4x4, especially in the muddy season. I might post a pick of the goat path later today. It got cold here again, and I am not sure how tough I am going to feel later. Highs are only supposed to be in the 30's, which sure puts a crimp on my motivation towards working outside. Besides, I just came in from feeding the horse, and it went from muddy to frozen over night. That's going to make it hard to do some of the work I need to on the ground before getting the horse shed/barn up.
Hmmm, maybe I'll go back to bed until it thaws out again....'course, I did just wash and stash my winter jumpsuit, thought I was done with it for the season.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-12-2004 at 02:02:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
If ever this was a drive that neded some big stone, this was it.
Our road was impassable about 20yrs ago & back, It couldn't hold up a flae wearing waterwings. When county dumped in three/four inch graded stone, we finally got a yr round rd. Been blacktop paved now about five yrs. Holding up real well since.
I can stone that part of the up=front barnyard for driving, but the back? Can't grow grass on rocks. Just have to keep a secong big green tractor type handy.
I still hate's mud!

At least...    Posted 03-12-2004 at 02:00:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
You had sense enough to try and pull downhill..



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