I found a link to a book that would be wonderful to have in the library. It's called Reading the Mountains of Home by John Elder. I haven't read the whole book, only an excerpt, found here. The thing that caught my attention is that the author, John Elder, who is a writer and professor, demonstrates through a series of hikes in the Green Mountains how Robert Frost's poem "Directive" can be just as much a part of our natural experience as a Forest Service Guide. You can find out more about John Elder here and here.
The lush setting of Vermont is literally inspiring. In fact, you could say it has a renewing affect on many people who seek out the small trails and streams, or the granite peaks to find a spiritual solace. It is part of the tradition of Vermont to protect it's land from the chaos of the 21st Century, sometimes to the frustration of residents, but most of the time, all who are able to look out onto Lake Runnemeade in Windsor and not see a flashing electronic billboard or convenience store sign are grateful.
If you have an interest in Vermont literature, John Elder may be an author you would enjoy. Or better yet, find your favorite poem about the world around us and head outdoors to begin truly appreciating the connection and inspiration that comes from capturing the beauty around us in the written word.