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Monday, June 7, 2010

Vermont Travelogue

Last week we spent a few days in the beautiful state of Vermont.  I'm sure many of you have been there to ski, but if you've not been there this time of year, put it on your list of things to do.

The best word to describe Vermont in spring is...green!  The mountains are just covered with deep green trees as far as you can see.  Really quite incredible. 

Admittedly, we were a little worried about this trip the way things started out.  We left later than we wanted to and thus, hit some major traffic.  Then, somewhere in Connecticut, MB realized that we forgot Jake's sneakers.  The same sneakers that we bought last weekend specifically so he had some good ones for the trip.  So, now he has 2 pairs of new sneakers.  Oh well.

Sorry to say, to save some time, we hit the fast food drive-thru on the way up.  McDonald's.  Haven't been to one them in a long time--years.  I have to say, though, I got some sort of chicken ranch sandwich that--dare I say it--tasted pretty good!  MB got a burger that she enjoyed, but she made the mistake of reading the "nutrition" information on the side of the box.  Something like 760 calories and 30-some grams of fat.  Yikes!  Suddenly, more hiking was on our itinerary.

We stopped at Simon Pearce Glass in Quechee, VT and saw the glassblowers working.  Fascinating--almost hypnotic.  In fact, we asked the guy we were watching how he got into glassblowing.  He said, he was visiting, watched the artists working and decided that he wanted to do that, too.  So he did.  (That's him behind Jake in the picture making the candlestick 2nd from the right.)

One of the things that Jake was looking forward to most was seeing the Vermont Yak Company farm.  Yaks are raised in VT mostly because they can handle the rough winters.  The meat is said to be sweet and healthier than beef.  We looked, but just couldn't find it.  I was disappointed, too.  I was really interested in tasting some yak jerky or something like that.

Well, that's where I'll stop for today.  Keep reading in the coming days for more!

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