Thank You Dan!

Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont, peaks at 4395 feet above sea level.

The east side of the mountain, which towers more than three-quarters of a mile over the “skyline” of Stowe, Vermont, earns the postcard New England town its nickname.

THE ski capital of the East!

During winter’s skiing season it will cost you $150 for daily lift ticket to ride the mountain’s gondola to the top. The 15-minute one-way ride up the face of Mount Mansfield is a skiers only option for reaching the peak! And a chance to snowplow down the black diamond or blue rated ski trails which the mountain is known for.

In August, that same ticket is just $32.

And of course, it’s round trip!

If $32 strikes you as too high a price to pay to enjoy one of Vermont’s best scenic views, you can always hike up the mountain which despite its size, does not even rank as one of the highest 300 peaks in the United States.

Completing the three to five-hour trek up Mount Mansfield earns the hiker a free gondola ride down.

Foot massage not included.

Because every idiot who carries a backpack thinks he’s a professional hiker, I gave the hike up the mountain some consideration. Earlier that day my fianceeic Gaetana and I had spoken about getting some exercise, after several days of vacation’s soft living. Maybe this was our chance to add a few steps to our daily tally?

But this is a blog about an idiot who climbed up a mountain.

Pulling my credit from my wallet I paid the $64, painter-price for a gallon of Aura, and bought tickets for me, Guy and my 58-year-old four-times surgically repaired knees to ride up the mountain in style.