My buddy Matt took me to the Vermont Mozart Festival Birthday Bash, held in the meadow just beneath the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. The music was beautifully rendered, our picnic foods were very rich, the sunset behind the line of mountains that is Smuggler's Notch was a lovely touch, and they had a raucous little fireworks display after the sky became dark and the music concluded. The drive up was worth it in itself. On the way up, we stopped at the Forget-Me-Not Shop in Johnson, VT - a funky little clothing store that is one of my favorite places to visit while on holiday up in that area, and we detoured through Smuggler's Notch to see the sights. I've not been through "Smuggs" for so long that I forgot how beautiful it was. The road seems to wind through a section of woods which gives the impression of a naturalized zen garden strewn with boulders and trees, which are stunted because of the elevation, but still clinging to life among the rocks (and with the help of mosses and lichens, softening the jagged edges). Yet again, a moment where I would kill to be in posession of a good camera. This was an evening well-spent :) Thanks Matt :)
Corny side-note: One of my coworkers went to Ozfest on the same day... interesting juxtaposition of musical styles and artists... he went to Ozfest, I went to Mozfest... hahaha.