September 9, 2012

Connecticut and Vermont

We actually spent time in two states after leaving Lavern and Bob's place. 

Scenery was beautiful.

We passed by Hartford on our way to one of Connecticut's overnight parking rest stops along the highway after driving for three hours.

Taken out of the window as we passed by Hartford, CT.
(Shan and I were last here in the 70s.)

Parked at the rest stop in Connecticut

The rest stop park was huge. Here we saw the longest truck we had ever seen. It was hauling a transformer for an electric plant. It had 70 tires and was close to 200 feet long. There actually was a truck at the end of it to push it along down the highway (not shown on the picture below). They can only move it at night.

Jerry standing by the huge truck.

The next day, we continued on our way to a small town called White River Junction, Vermont. From what we have seen of Vermont, we love this state. Soooo many trees! We are actually parked deep in the woods at a KOA campground. We had a heavy downpour of rain last night with tornado warnings all around us. But, we didn't feel the wind because we are so protected by the trees.

The person at the check in desk told us we had to see Vermont's version of the Grand Canyon. So that is what we did yesterday. It is just a gorge as far as we are concerned.

The Quechee Gorge

We walked along the Quechee Gorge to see a dam.

We also drove into Woodstock, Vermont -- about 11 miles away from where we are staying. They were having an art festival which we visited.

 Art festival in Woodstock, Vermont

From there we visited a maple farm. We saw how they tap the maple trees and connect the tap to plastic tubes which, through gravity, transport the syrup downhill to their farm for processing. Each tree gives off about 7% of its maple syrup and it takes 40 to 50 gallons of syrup from a tree to make one gallon of maple syrup. Of course, we have been purchasing everything maple, from candy to maple-pepper spices and also cheese for Jerry (as Vermont is also known for its cheese).

Maple trees with tubes collecting the maple syrup which runs downhill by gravity.

There was even a little chapel on the maple farm.

One of  Vermont's covered bridges

An antique mall that Jerry loved visiting.

Taken this morning in the park where we are located right now.

Tomorrow, we head on out for New Hampshire. But, our plan is to go out of our way to take a tour of the Ben and Jerry's ice cream place. Should be fun -- and I may even take a break from my vegan program.

Have a great week ahead, everyone!

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