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Archive for October, 2015

Signs of Fall

9.Oct.2015 by Caitlin Patterson

It’s unmistakably fall, and there’s no way you could miss it (or miss appreciating the changes) if you’re in Vermont right now! From multicolored bright leaves to tractors in the fields, morning frost on the grasses to geese making their presence known on the air currents, the signs are everywhere.  Here are a collection of photos I’ve taken over the past few weeks, since the GRP skiers returned from Austria, that exemplify the autumn season at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and for the GRP.

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Many types of winter squash, stored away for fall and winter eating

Heather brings an armful of acorn squash into storage

Heather brings an armful of acorn squash into storage

Rowers Maggie and Liz transporting squash

Rowers Maggie and Liz transporting squash

A little mouse, looking for a warm spot to curl up. Not in our squash! (Luckily this was outside before we moved the squash in, but mice have been sighted fleeing indoors too!)

A little mouse, looking for a warm spot to curl up. Not in our squash! (Luckily this was outside before we moved the squash in, but mice have been sighted fleeing indoors in our house too!)

Frosty mornings!

Frosty mornings!

Campfire gathering to watch the eclipse

Campfire gathering to watch the eclipse late in September

It's hard to take a photo that captures how big and strangely red the moon seems, and yet also what a tiny part of the sky it takes up. If you look closely you can see the silhouette of the roof and trees, and just a tiny speck of the moon above.

It’s hard to take a photo that captures how big and strangely-red the moon seems, and yet also what a tiny part of the sky it takes up. If you look closely you can see the silhouette of the roof and trees down near the bottom of the photo, and just a tiny speck of the moon in the starry sky above.

Supermoon eclipse, a photo I took from outside our house in Craftsbury

Supermoon eclipse, a photo I took from outside our house in Craftsbury

Emily helps during a shooting clinic

Emily helps during a shooting clinic prior to the Oktoberfest biathlon Singletrack Shootout race. Some of the GRP organized or helped out at the race, while others of us competed – check the Outdoor Center website at www.craftsbury.com for results from the races.

Gordon and NIls (both former GRP) on the range, with Ethan and Hannah (current GRP) on the scopes watching

Gordon and NIls (both former GRP) on the range, with Ethan and Hannah (current GRP) on the scopes watching

Checkpoint Challenge - a crazy adventure/challenge/orienteering race that GRP skiers enjoy hosting every year - knot tie station

GRP rowers Maddie, Maggie and Liz and junior coach Anna during the knot tying station of the Checkpoint Challenge – a crazy adventure/challenge/orienteering race that GRP skiers enjoy hosting every year.  See the GRP Facebook page for photo albums with more photos from the Singletrack Shootout and Checkpoint Challenge.

Checkpoint Challenge log crossing/water carry station

Checkpoint Challenge log crossing/water carry station

Checkpoint Challenge winning team, with Gordon, Nils, Hannah, Sarah, returning to the finish

Checkpoint Challenge winning team of Gordon, Sarah, Hannah, and Nils returning to the finish

Ethan, Mike and Alex went goose hunting and came back with four. A few days ago we ate the geese for dinner at Elinor's, in the form of a very tasty goose schnitzel!

Ethan, Mike and Alex went goose hunting and came back with four. A few days ago we ate the geese for dinner at Elinor’s, in the form of a very tasty goose schnitzel!

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Seed-pods sowing

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So briefly bright and then on to decay

Kait rollerskiing through the colors of Jericho

Kait rollerskiing through the colors of Jericho

Late afternoon light makes the colors seem even more intense

Late afternoon light makes the colors seem even more intense – the GRP skier girls out for a dirt road cruise

Through a golden tunnel on our ride

Through a golden tunnel on our ride

Susan cruising up the hill

Susan heading back up the hill

A late afternoon all-girls dirt road bike ride

All smiles, enjoying the view (and waiting patiently for me to take a picture or two or a dozen…). Left to right, Liz, Susan, Hallie, Heather, Kait.

We finished riding through the sunset, and it got dark very quickly after that...

We finished riding through the sunset, and it got dark very quickly after that…

The rowers are off in Boston for Head of the Kevin now and preparing for Head of the Charles next weekend. Early next week the biathletes will be off to Lake Placid, NY for a training camp and the skiers fly to Park City, Utah for a fall training camp with the US Ski Team and many other club athletes.  Until next time, thanks for reading!