Yesterday, an eerie quiet before the storm, this morning a soft drizzle falling. Leaves on the ground, tawny and rusty, tree limbs mostly bare. A tropical storm raging to the south of us, predicted to circle the northeast, bringing high winds and flooding. Last week, family visiting and a string of clear blue sky days, a perfect excuse to take a tour. A short drive north to White River Junction in Vermont, where rivers, highways and rail-lines cross. Late autumn, the river valley still lush with fall foliage colors. Along the Connecticut River, a lazy train ride in a vintage rail-car, views of back-yards and river-life. A stroll through the historic district, a rich mixture of architectural styles, former industrial, residential and commercial spaces now housing studios, galleries, shops and cafes – and a Center for Cartoon Studies. A vibrant town center just off the highway, good food and shops to lure travelers off the highway, rooted in the history of rail and baking, revitalized by the arts.
Riding the Rails