To get our appetites ready for the Thanksgiving feast today, me and my boyfriend went for a hike up Merck. Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, VT was founded by George W. Merck. He bought the 2,600 acres in the 1940’s when he saw a need for a vast open land that would be available to the public for hiking and for farming and foresting demonstrations. Hence the Vermont Forest and Farmland Center (it was renamed after his death) was founded. Since then it has remained open to the public, including the farmland at the base and the hiking trails that lead up the mountain to several campsites and cabins. This place means so much to me and my family and I always try and visit when I come home. My older brother, an avid outdoorsman, passed unexpectedly in 2001. A few years after his death our family and friends built a cabin at Merck as a memorial of his passion for the outdoors. It’s the perfect place to hike up to in the fall with the foliage or in the winter when you can take advantage of the 360 degree views. If you find yourself up this way, make sure to pay Merck a visit and if you can, make a reservation to stay at Nenorod. You’ll be happy you took the time to kick back and enjoy this amazing forest and farmland center.