Webster defines quirky as characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits. Urban Dictionary indicates quirky is weird in a good way. Our favorite is Cambridge’s “unusual in an attractive & interesting way.”
We have really enjoyed camping here & are not sure why Vermonters think of themselves as quirky. The local folks have been outgoing & interesting (quirky?). We have felt like we had much in common.
Everyone seems to love the outdoors, great & unusual food entrepreneurs spring up everywhere & there are a lot of great artists. Every community we have been in has several local organic farms & at least one big co-op. Independence & self-sufficiency are valued. The only thing not to love, in our opinion, is the long snowy winter. But lots of folks live here for the winter sports!
Once again we took the auto road, this time up Mt Ascutney. We hiked the last half mile to the summit where we found beautiful views of Mt Washington, the highest peak in New Hampshire. I also fell in love with a Portuguese Water pup whose person had lived on Middle Sound Loop Rd in Wilmington! Quirky? But definitely a small world.
All that climbing created a great appetite & thirst so we headed to Artisans Park in nearby Windsor. First stop, Harpoon Brewery, where Edward sampled the IPA & we had a nice lunch outdoors.
We meandered around the rest of the shops, sampling cheeses, jams, & sauces. Really fun Saturday scene, families & dogs everywhere playing while they enjoyed their food & beer.
The Tree Farm Campground has been a great spot, a good combination of woods and privacy, coupled with all the hookups a camper could desire. VT’s newest state park adjoins our campground and we enjoyed our final hike out to the Edgar May homestead. Edgar May donated his property to the state in a desire to help local disadvantage youth get outside and enjoy the Vermont outdoor beauty.
We are eager to return next summer. Does that make us quirky?