Green and White Mountains

If you ever have a trivia question on what Vermont means, your answer should be “Green Mountain.” The French word “Ver” means green and “mont” means mount or mountain, thus “Green Mountain.”  This tidbit of information came to us while aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain…but more on that part of our trip later.

We left Canada about 9 am and thankfully got through customs with no trouble at all and we did take the Rainbow Bridge back to Niagara Falls, NY.  We entered the Niagara Falls State Park and drove around Goat Island.  All of the State Parks are free, but it is a lot of walking and on the American side you can be right next to the Falls and really feel their power!  After that little detour we drove through Grand Isle and got on the I-90 toll road.  I know I have mentioned it before, but the rest areas on the New York toll roads are the best!!

We finally arrived in Vermont, but we entered around Rutland and that road was a rough road for pulling a trailer behind you…a lot of steep parts and just rough from snow and ice, I think.  Next time we go up, we will take Highway 91 up to Sugar Ridge RV Park in Danville, VT.  The road was much better and we would be able to stay on the New York Tollway for a longer distance.  We pulled into our campsite and set up by 8 pm and we headed over to see my Sister, Debbie, her husband, Todd and my nieces, Kayla and Krista.  We were about a 15 – 20 minute drive over to their house from the campground, but it was really the closest we could get to them.  We stayed late visiting.

I did not realize it, but the girls still had school on Friday and Kayla had Graduation practice, so they were gone when we went back the next morning.  I had to complete my gift for Kayla, because as Jeff always tells everyone, “She never has anything finished on time.”  Unfortunately, that is mostly true, but not always.  Here is a picture of the completed gift:

DSCF8298  I think it turned out pretty good, since I made up the pattern as I was making it!   In the afternoon, the girls were doing the decorating for Kayla’s plus several other graduating friends Graduation Party, so they stayed busy.  I made my family famous enchiladas for supper, here is the recipe plus another one that I have together in my recipe files:  Duo – Enchiliadas, Pan Burritos  (A note: if you do not have the chili mix from Fiesta, you can use Taco seasoning).

The next day was busy with Kayla’s graduation in the morning and her Graduation Party in the afternoon.  This was the last day we stayed around the Greensboro Bend area, though in Vermont, like Texas, you have to drive a while to get anywhere.

On Sunday, we visited the Quechee Gorge, which is truly beautiful.

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You may not can tell it, but it was a long way down from the bridge to the gorge!!  We also stopped at the Quechee Gorge Village to purchase some delicious Vermont Maple Syrup, do some shopping and have a photo with the bear!

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After all of the walking and shopping, we all felt it was time for some supper at Big Fatty’s BBQ.

DSCF8363 After eating, Jeff and I managed to find a train engine to check out!

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After that, we drove around until we were able to find a covered bridge, near Danville.

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Monday was very busy, we went back and forth all over the place!!  First we went to Ben & Jerry’s and toured the factory.

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Yummy!!  After the sweet, everyone wanted coffee, so we headed to Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center which is in a cool Train Depot!  Our next stop was the Cabot Cheese Annex, where I stocked up on some wonderful cheese.  Then it was on to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where everyone, but me, had some cider.  Our last stop of the day was House of Tang for supper to celebrate my Mom’s birthday.

Our next adventure began the next day when we drove over to Littleton, New Hampshire and went to Chutters, home of the longest candy counter!!  If you get to Littleton, you have to stop at Chutters, no question about it!!  You will not believe how much we spent on candy there!! We then walked over the covered bridge that spans the creek.

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Next stop was back into Vermont and drive to Montpelier to see the Capitol and check out Cool Jewels just down from it.

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That night I made Chicken Spaghetti for everyone with garlic bread.  Debbie had never had this, so she has a new recipe to add to her repertoire.  Here is the recipe for that and Chicken and Dumplings: Duo – Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Spaghetti.

Jeff and I went out on our own on Wednesday, I wanted him to ride the Cog Train on Mount Washington (the White Mountains) in New Hampshire.  We did not think it would be any trouble to catch the 10:30 train up the mountain, but we were wrong…it was sold out, so we had to take the 1:30 train and it sold out before lunch.  We had lunch, bought souvenirs and then toured the Museum about the Cog Train so the time was not wasted.

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We finished the day by driving to Littleton and having supper at the Littleton Diner.  It was delicious and way too much food!

Thursday was our last full day in Vermont.  We went with Debbie and the girls to Burlington and we boarded the Spirit of Ethan Allen and had a tour of Lake Champlain.  It was a beautiful ride and they gave a lot of information about the lake.

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While we were enjoying the day and heading back to their home, Todd cooked steak and potatoes for us.  Another yummy meal!

On Friday, we headed out to our next destination.  I really enjoy visiting my family and hated to leave,but Krista graduates in 3 years, so I know we will be back then if not sooner!!

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