The much anticipated day arrived to head to the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro, Vermont. Nine of us traveled from Pond Mountain Inn just over an hour though picturesque historic Vermont towns to witness competitors as young as twelve years old launching themselves more than 300 feet at speeds up to 60 mph! Top jumpers from around the world competed on New England’s only Olympic-size 90-meter hill.
The crowds, just large enough to still be intimate, the parking, just far enough to be invigorating, the day, sunny blue skies and cold, but not too cold made the day perfect for both competitors and spectators alike. Warmly dressed and well-prepared for anything a Vermont winter could throw at us, we cheered on each competitor with as much enthusiasm as any Olympic Winter Game audience – the distant ringing cow bells made it seem like we were in Austria for the day! The tournament was exciting and well organized with the only disappointment coming when the competition ended. But there was still more – before our journey home we stopped at Grafton Cheese, at the bottom of the hill, to further enrich ourselves by sampling award-winning artisanal cheeses that we all indulged in over the next several days!
Our expedition home took us back through Manchester Village where we stopped for 4:00PM cocktails only waiting an hour before dining early at Mystic Café. There’s nothing like celebrating such a wonderful day with great friends talking about how fortunate we are having this hometown Olympic experience here in Vermont. The conversation quickly turned to where our next Vermont excursion will take us. And, with all that we experienced we still returned home before 8:00PM, which, for me, made for the perfect day!
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