Wednesday, September 26, 2007

More Folk Art

A few weeks ago, I posted some photos of roadside art I'd run into recently. Well, last week, I ran in the Sodom Pond Run in Adamant and came across this beauty along Center Rd.. I guess the owner wanted to make the side of their house look like a barn. So, they painted a horse scene on the left and an old firetruck on the right. I like the fact that they even painted a faux opening at the other end of their faux barn with a small woodlands scene. Nice.

By the way, if you are looking for a nice place to run, the road around Sodom Pond is beautiful. If you start at the Adamant Food Co-Op and go counter-clockwise around the pond, the first mile is uphill but then the second mile is downhill with gorgeous views of a farm and mountains in the background. The last two miles are then fairly flat. Four miles total.

The only downside is the bugs. The back third of that pond is swamp and the mosquitos took a few chunks out of me.

One historical tidbit I learned while killing time for the race: Adamant used to be called Sodom. However, in the late 1800's some prudes took offense to receiving mail addresses to Sodom and petitioned the post office to change the name of their town. in 1905, the post office allowed them to change the town's name as long as it was distinct from other Vermont towns. So, they chose Adamant after the type of granite that was being pulled from the local quarries. The pond retained its name though.

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