Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Roadtrip to Vermont - Part 1

What a summer this has been.  As far as summers go, this one is pretty perfect with just the right balance of adventure and relaxing at home. Over the 4th of July long weekend, we found ourselves with a few free days and our daughter (who is in an accelerated Masters in Nursing Program year round) was going to be home due to broken air-conditioning at her school. She would be taking class online, doing homework and studying so she wasn't going anywhere. This was the perfect time to leave her with the dogs and take off for a few days. We found an AirBnb with a vacancy and headed to Vermont.  There is nothing I love more than taking the backroads through New England and discovering new places. We took our time and took the road less traveled. We stopped whenever we wanted and wandered through small villages along the way. We stopped at an Independence Day festival in a small town in New Hampshire and had lunch and shopped the vintage yardsale they were having. I picked up several old items; a red metal pail, a rusty metal container, and a heavy, old orange thermos. We continued on and finally crossed into Vermont. The first thing you notice about Vermont is the lack of fast food establishments. The second thing you might notice is the lack of public restrooms.  This bucolic state is pristine. There are rolling hills, wildflowers, farms, barns, and cows at every turn. While most of Vermont is rural, there are also many charming small towns. But the farms and barns and cows and horses and wildflowers, and just all of it is so enchanting! Summer in Vermont is like going back to a simpler time and place.

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