A beautiful stillness outside – not a whisper of wind. Narrow ribbons of pink and gray-blue cloud cover this morning, on the heels of a string of pearly blue sky days. Last week, a drive west on Route 9 to Bennington, and a surprise blizzard along the high elevation stretch past Wilmington. On the return trip east, the skies and roads were clear and a small window of time allowed for a brief pit-stop in Woodford, a small town in Bennington County with a population of just over 400. Bisected by the Molly Stark Byway and many miles of snow-mobile trails, Woodford sits at the highest elevation (2,215 feet) of any village in Vermont. A forested, mostly mountainous landscape of spruce, fir, and birch, the area is a mecca for outdoors activity. A state park provides hiking, fishing and woodsy camping along the shores of clean reservoir waters. A former downhill ski area now offers cross-country trails and a 14,000 acre section of the Green Mountain National Forest offers vast stretches of serene, natural beauty. The flash snow storm, a reminder of winter weather and skiing soon to come.