Category Archives: 12-hr Treks

12-hour Treks are profiles of short, day-long journeys you can take around Southern Vermont and nearby.

What I love about Rutland

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH For this edition of 12-Hour Treks, I’m breaking tradition to discuss a place that I will now be visiting every work day: Rutland. Those…

Bellows Falls

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH A good movie theater is worth a long drive. I’m a big fan of taking a day trip to see a flick at the…

Craftsbury

12-HOUR TREKS | KRIS SMITH I rounded a bend and emerged from the woods, skiing through an open field with spectacular views of the setting sun over snowy hills and…

Best of 2014 hikes, rambles and adventures

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH For me, 2014 was a year of big transitions and all the stress and gratification that comes with that sort of description. Despite the…

Maine Attraction: Kittery

12-HOUR TREKS | KRIS SMITH Shoulder season is a beautiful thing in Maine: cooler weather accompanies a relief from crowds and hotel prices. Every fall, Joe and I try to…

The Long Trail goodbye

12-HOUR TREKS  |  By KRIS SMITH Towards noon, it hit me: this was the best way to say goodbye to a friend in a way that will get her to…

SHOREHAM

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH How many Vermont stereotypes can I fulfill in one day? That was the thought running through my head as I picked another apple off…

Hubbardton

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH I bailed. I couldn’t figure out the parking-lot situation, so I bailed. It began with a whisper of an “off the beaten path” hike…

Plattsburg

12-HOUR TREKS | By KRIS SMITH When is it actually worth stopping at a roadside tourist trap? When it’s a legit natural wonder! Ausable Chasm in upstate New York is…

Québec

12-HOUR TREKS  |  By KRIS SMITH Croissants and café au laits, narrow winding neighborhoods and a sense of history so thick it engulfs you like fog. You might think that…