AtoZ Challenge V

I grew up in Vermont. It is a unique spot located in the northeast of the US. It was one of the original 13
colonies and became a state in 1791.
Samuel de Champlain, who entered the state with the Huron war party in 1609 after beginning the colonization of Quebec discovered it.

9616 square miles of green hills, forests, lakes, quaint villages, and a few larger cities.

Part of the New England region, it’s also known for being home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and as a major producer of maple syrup. Thousands of acres of mountain terrain arecrossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes.

Now much more efficient systems are used for huge production, not really pretty, but this is how we did it when I grew up. We used to sneak cups of the tapped syrup which was not allowed. We were kids, we did it anyway! The maple scented steam from the “sugaring down” boiling process was wonderful.

The Vermont state flag is beautiful:

Motto: Vermont, Freedom and Unity

Nickname: Green Mountain State

Origin of name: From the French “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain”

State symbols:

Bird: Hermit Thrush

Flower: Red Clover

Tree: Sugar Maple

Animal: Morgan Horse

Insect: Honeybee

Capital: Montpelier

Vermont is bordered by New York state on the west, Massachusetts on the south, New Hampshire on the east and Canada on the north. The red circle is where I lived until 18 years of age.

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