I am a native-born Vermonter, who has never not lived in Vermont. Didn’t plan it that way, but nothing ever lured me away from the Green Mountains. My Green Mountains. They were always there, providing a pleasant backdrop to our pastoral landscape. I live in the shadows of the Green Mountains, and I have a view of Spruce Peak and Bromley Mountain as they beckon me to join them from my back yard, as the Long Trail navigates its way over them. The Long Trail is aptly referred to as a 272-mile footpath in the wilderness. In the words of John Muir, The mountains are calling and I must go. Just go out into the woods and it will find you. For many of us the woods are spiritual. Nature has a way of doing that. Trees invented solitude. As I meander along out in the forest, consuming the natural environment, all is well. I belong in the woods. All who wander are not lost."
About the Author
David Quesnel was born at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, VT, on September 15, 1945. He spent his early childhood living on a dirt road in Whiting, Vermont, where he attended a one-room school. David is a true Vermonter who has lived his entire life in Vermont. He has hiked the length of Vermont, biked the length of Vermont, and has visited every town in Vermont. As he approaches his mid 70s, he has no plans to leave now. When asked, Have you lived your whole life in Vermont? He answers, Not yet. Typical of Vermonters, he has made a living performing a variety of jobs. He has been a baker, a builder and a bartender, he has made maple syrup, milked cows, and put up hay to name a few. David has spent much of his life out in the Vermont woods, hiking, hunting, fishing, trapping, snow shoeing and his attempts at golf had him in the woods more than the fairways. It was while growing up on a dirt road in rural Vermont, and spending his days in the nearby woods, that he developed his unabashed love affair for Vermont and its people.
With vivid prose Dave Quesnel navigates the Long Trail with heart and humor. These stories will appeal to history buff and nature lovers.Sit back, relax, and let Dave's appreciation of Vermont's beauty shine through. —Cheryl Stillson, Collections Resource Librarian, Manchester Community Library
'Short Stories from the Long Trail,' weaves a rich tapestry encompassing Vermont’s landscape, history, and people. In reading it you join not only the author but generations of wanderers, thru-hikers, and Woodchucks on a journey through the Green Mountains—all guided by David’s unique voice and storytelling style. —Cherise Madigan, Writer and Long Trail Hiker
A walk in the woods- Vermont style! Dave’s proud status as a native Vermonter shines through in this engaging account of his adventures on the famous Long Trail. Offering a well-balanced blend of history, wit, and lived experience, Short Stories From The Long Trail is a must read for anyone looking for insider knowledge of the Long Trail. —Ed Swanson, Author