Brina Rood (EJHS '75)
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Hi Guys, Even though I've known for years that you guys go to Beaver Meadow Lodge, I never got around to telling you how close that place is in my VT family history.
I finally found something online (the Green Mountain Club Sterling Section) that tells about my great-grandfather Fred Mould and his long history with Beaver Meadow, Mould's Lodge, and Beaver Meadow Lodge. I really hope you enjoy this history. Now with Tim's passing it sort of means even more to me as I keep thinking about how we are all connected...anyway here's the link, please read it and post your thoughts when you can! I always remember the family story of how Great-Grampa Mould wanted to die hiking in the woods, and he did, just as he wanted, and while I knew that the lodge was important in our family, I never realized how much he had to do with the Trail and the building of this lodge. His son, my great-uncle Henry Mould, and Henry's son Fred, have also kept the family history going there over the generations. Really really cool that you guys love it too! http://www.gmcsterling.org/htm/au_hist.htm And a P.S. When my mom, Joanna Goddard, died in 2001, we had a Vermont memorial service for her at the Lincoln Inn, where I read aloud an essay she had written as a young teen about the family's hike to Beaver Meadow, just an account of what felt to her like a perfect day.
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And a correction to the information on the link, just note that the handwritten note from 2005 is a note written by Fred W. Mould's grandson (not son), Fred Mould, who now lives in Nampa, Idaho.
Fred Mould's son was Henry (my grandmother Mary Louise Mould Goddard's brother), and Henry's only son is my cousin Fred Mould of Idaho. He's the one who wrote the 2005 note. Got that? Love the history!
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Excellent article...I love Whiteface Shelter.It's a great place to spend the night with views to the southeast. That whole ridge line from Chilcoot to the Whiteface summit iis really cool and I once hiked the Whiteface ridge line that runs west to east with no clear trail. I remember getting on my hands and knees and hacking my way through thick vegetation. It's an easy place to fall in love with as it offers a wide variety of terrain to play in. Beaver Meadow Lodge is still very popular even in winter. I'm glad Fred got his wish...mountain men long to die in the mountains as it is their true home.
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38 years of repeated visits kinda says it all for me. The place is really timeless and still we find new things each time we go. Tim made it in there back in the late 70's. We used to ski at Smuggs and then ski down to the cabin late in the day. The hike out was a bitch then and it still is. It has a special difficulty when its covered with 6 feet of snow.
I would love to know the history of Burling cabin. That place seems to only be listed off this site. It looks like the GMC doesn't want anyone to know about it.
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Bob, I want to know about Burling cabin too. I think I will email Fred Mould in Idaho to ask him what he knows. It's been in the back of my mind for years to mention this connection to you guys, 'cause every time I read "Beaver Meadow" I think about the stories and history. You guys have your own history there!
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My grampa Marvin was also a big woodsman, hiker, fisherman, hunter (he grew up in Albany, Vermont) and he had a saying: "The beaver will do what the beaver will do" (no off-color joke intended here, guys). He had a deer camp at Slayton Pond near Woodbury, VT and there was an ongoing cycle with the beaver at the pond. At least one of his deer camp buddies used to want to move the beavers' dam, because he didn't like where it was, but Grampa would just repeat that saying. I grew up hearing it and sometimes I say it now just to continue the family history. Giggle!
Another of his phrases was "The bear is more afraid of you than you are of him." (not that comforting to me because I used to believe that a bear lived in back of the outhouse at camp)
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Great stuff Brina! Like Bob and Shane said, Beaver Meadow and the surrounding area has been a special place for us for years......Like 40 years! I really enjoyed reading the write up you linked to. Your Great Grandfather would of fit in with our group......Did he like to blow things up?....Well maybe he wouldn't of fit in. Anyhow, seems like a decent fellow. What's cool about Beaver Meadow lodge, and Burling camp is, they're the only hiking cabins left in Vermont that have a wood stove.
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I see my dog Gummy Bear in that photo. We had to put him down on Monday. He was a wonderful friend for the past 12 years. He made it into Beaver Meadow a few times. Now I bring Lucy with me,she has become the most excellent camp dog.
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Sorry to hear about gum bear. He was so gentle.....Yet looked so fkn scary. I so recall all the times when hiking with him. We'd come across folks, and they'd (including their dogs) freak. You always had the line "he's a big baby"....."he won't hurt you". Now with Lucy....She's as gentle as she looks. Must get petted by strangers more in one day than gummy did in his life time. RIP gummy.
Brina, your Great Grand Father must of fished the pond in front of BM lodge more than a few times. Back in the early-mid seventies it was teaming with native brookies. Bob, DP, and I fished it a few times, and it was the best. Now it's all but dried up. The beavers moved on I guess.
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As a 50th b-day meditation, September 27, 1966, I wish to ascend upon my greatest home sensation; Beaver Meadow Lodge. 15+ visits since 1989- all as telemark infused stimulation. The ski frenzy was always steeped in the awesome sterling silence, blanketing my senses with a bowed head to its future years to continue giving us its bounty. Here it is 2017. My minds eye still captures those ear marks that make it easy to green up at an opportunity. Piling so much into so little a written grace never paints the full picture, but I raise a glass to all those adding prayers to a peaceful tree hugging circle, that raises the unconscious levels around us, to our inspired thoughtful fellowship that thrives on simple loving lifestyles. Thakyou Beaver Meadow Lodge. May I see you in a future visit.
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We camped up there on 2/10-12, Cold but there was snow. What a great great place. I am 58, I first went into that valley when I was 15. Its not changed much in all those years.