It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, so I am sharing a few pics from the Green Mountain State- Vermont. Last week Coach and I joined some dear friends for a few days of R & R in Stowe, Vermont. Although we made a couple of antique and junk shop stops, this trip was meant to be a relaxing and non-working fun time-really?!
No blogging, no painting, pickin’ and hauling cupboards and deer home in my CRV. We headed to Stow, a three hour drive from home, viewing not much along the way except brilliant blue skies and many, many miles of timber lining both sides of the highways.
We made a few stops along the way, including the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury.
This consisted of a brief movie detailing the beginnings of Ben & Jerry (yup, that’s their names, for real) and a short tour through the processing plant where they produce and package 250,000 pints per day!! After that came the free sample-Strawberry Cheesecake with chunks of graham cracker crust-yum.
We made the requisite stop at Quechee Gorge, which was quite low, not much water rushing through here!
The support struts were pretty impressive, however.
Here are a few pics of some highlights of our little vaca, including the gardens at the Woodstock Inn,
some sweet yellow wildflowers in Stow
and this cute little cub carved from a log.
(BTW, I have added chain-saw carving to my DIY bucket list, so does anyone have one I can borrow?) On our final morning, we took a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in the Green Mountains.
As we were waiting to board, this sign came into view-seriously!?
The only life saving equipment I spotted were some rubber mats wrapped around the bases of the gondola poles. Fat chance that’s gonna stop a runaway car plummeting down 4,393 feet! The view, however, was well worth it : )
And, even better news, I had cell phone service thanks to the mountain top cell towers!!
What’s up with the no service again, AT&T? The “Around Me” App doesn’t really do much good if I don’t have any service!
First Maine, now Vermont and even 30 miles outside of Concord NH, I had no service while my friend sitting right beside me was happily playing Candy Crush with her Verizon iPhone! AT&T, are you not aware that New England is part of your “Fastest 4g Network?!?” Despite the cell snafu, we had a great time with some great friends. We ate out, sunned by the pool, shopped, saw some wildlife,
did a little trivia, at out some more, and just kicked back and relaxed. And, since Ben & Jerry have asked, we will come back again soon : )
Have a terrific Thursday everyone! One more day til the long weekend-yippee!! Susan