When I was a little kid, my parents used to hike the Long Trail, which runs from one end of Vermont to the other. One of their favorite hikes was to climb what they called Velvet Ear Mountain, overlooking Velvet Ear Pond. I remember thinking that was such a lovely name. It wasn't until I was in college and my now husband mentioned climbing something called Belvedere Mountain, overlooking Belvedere Pond. I started to get a sinking feeling, and I asked him if that mountain was on the Long Trail. When he said it was, I realized that I had heard my parents wrong, and Velvet Ear Mountain and Velvet Ear Pond existed only in my own mind.
But they are as lovely as I imagined they were. To me, this will always be Velvet Ear Pond.