This tree sits at the top of Smuggler's Notch which is a pass through the northern Green Mountains of Vermont. Just down this twisty road from this tree sits Stowe, one of the East Coast's famous ski areas. Further on is the picturesque town of Stowe.
The intriguing name of this mountain pass in northern VT comes from the early 1800s when president Thomas Jefferson tried to prevent U.S. involvement in the Napoleonic wars. Jefferson's Embargo Act of 1807 forbade trade with Britain and Canada. This placed a hardship on Vermonters who devised this route from Montreal to Stowe VT to keep goods moving. (thank you Wikipedia).