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Mud Season in Vermont

Visit Vermont in its "undiscovered season". It's a time of great introspection for there is not much to do. The countryside is in limbo, ready for a sudden rebirth (which comes surprisingly quickly), the trees are bare and there is this drizzle that hangs and then drips from everything. People are grumpy, sick and tired of winter with its slush, snow and freezing pipes The skiing is over, the frost is out of the ground, and buildings, cars and even garish gas stations are looking tired and ravaged by winter. If they could afford it, most Vermonters would go south in mid March, early April, and yes, even in May, but they can't, so they stick it out in the mud, which tracks into their vehicles, homes and offices. Sometimes referred to mirthlessly as "beef stew", mud's dampness permeates everything including boots and shoes that, due to the ravages of winter, have lost their sealant ability

muddy bootsCity types should beware -- especially those of you with GUCCI footwear or spiked, bird-like heels. You may easily forfeit your expensive acquisitions in the mud if you should dare to venture off paved highways onto the many unpaved ones that abound the Green Mountain state. The mud has a great habit of splattering your nylons. And, oh yes, this is definitely not for tendy Saabs and other low slung conveyances. This expensive and trendy vehicle has a rather low undercarriage which is apt to get caught in the ridges of the rutts. But, don't worry, if you have one of these vehicles and get stuck, you can always flag down a "Mud Bogger".

Mud season is also an auto mechanics delight. Around this time of year garages are flooded with complaints about front ends that are "shimmying" so badly that it seems one's wheels are about to come off. The problem is caused by mud building up in the inside of wheel rims. The mud "unbalances" the wheels. Spraying the inside of the wheels at a car wash makes things worse because one never gets all the mud and the "unbalanced" situation becomes more pronounced. No, the only solution is a trip to the garage, a hoist and a mechanics time to scrape it all off!