Ellsworth Moore has an attraction to horses; he always has. But now he is riding something with a little bit more horsepower.
"Yeah, we're heading down to work," he said.
Ellsworth is commuting about a half mile down the road from his house in a backhoe.
"I believe if I was 6 years old, if I wasn't any older, when I learned to drive tractor on the farm," he said.
Reporter Joe Carroll: You excited?
Ellsworth Moore: Oh, yeah, I'm excited. I get excited every day.
And he has a project-- prepping his Swanton property for single-family homes.
"It just keeps you going," he said. "Everybody should have something to do. And if you like what you're doing it makes it a hundred percent better."
When Ellsworth sold his car dealership in St. Albans eight years ago, he lost his focus and his health declined. He had little to do.
"And when I got up in the morning, I didn't have any energy," he said. "I hardly could put one foot in front of another."
Lynn, his wife of two years, got Ellsworth to eat better and encouraged the housing project. She's known him since she was a kid.
Lynn: Squirt and Red... I didn't know his real name.
Ellsworth: I had a bunch of names. Those are the ones that stuck.
Joe Carroll: So you became quite the skier.
Ellsworth Moore: Yes. Yes, actually I did.
Ellsworth might have been short in stature, but he was a giant on the ski slope.
"This picture here was actually taken in Japan," he noted.
He taught skiing techniques all over the world and eventually becoming the head ski instructor at Jay Peak.
Joe Carroll: You with your red hair?
Ellsworth Moore: Red hair.
Joe Carroll: What happened?
Ellsworth Moore: You'll find out.
The Franklin County farm boy didn't just barrel down the slopes, he flew planes and drove race cars. He admits he had a need for speed. Now, the 76-year-old is topping out at 15 mph.
"Just being up and about is exciting," he said.
Ellsworth expects to be working on the housing lots for a few more years. He's got plenty of land and an attitude about life that's has no boundaries.
"You'll live a lot longer if you go out and do something," he said.
That's some healthy advice.
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