Monday, September 28, 2015

On Our Way to Vermont!

Well, today we will be in Vermont and it is our 1st time camping in this State - another state to put on our map!!!! We were up by 7 and the 4 of us were in the front of the CG hooking up our tow cars by 8:30.  We left the CG at 8:45 on our way to Colchester, VT, just north of Burlington.

We took some back country roads to get to Lone Pine Campsites and it really was a very scenic drive.  We did notice some beautifully colored trees as we drove and enjoyed all the lakes we passed.  

We took back roads and avoided taking a ferry into Vermont.
We went across the Champlain Bridge!

A nice view!

A lake view with the beginnings of some leaf change!

There goes Chucky!!!!!

Crossing the Champlain Bridge!

A unique lighthouse!

I just liked the rays from the sun and the reflection on the water!

Finally we get to camp in Vermont!!!!

We arrived at the CG at 11:15 and were on our pull thru sites and all set-up in a very short time.  We are getting good at this!  The 4 of us enjoyed lunch on the picnic table outside of Waldo.  It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the low 70's and lots of sunshine.  We left around 1:45 to drive into Biurlington and South Burlington.  

Our 1st stop was the Visitors Bureau where an older lady loved telling us about the area and the things she thought we would enjoy seeing.  She was very helpful and so friendly.  We walked around Burlington, but only for a short time because it started to rain lightly.  So, we drove to Shelburne Farms where they make cheese and give a tractor driven wagon tour of the sprawling farm. We didn't take the tour but we did enjoy the movie talking about the history of the farm and showing lots of pictures of the property!

1st is the house, then the picturesque land, and the unbelievable barn!  I can't imagine that all this was built in 1886.  

Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward Webb and Eliza Osgood Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate, using money inherited from railroad magnate William Henry Vanderbilt. They commissioned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to guide the layout of 3,800 acres of farm, field and forest, and New York architect Robert Henderson Robertson, to design the buildings. The estate was created by purchasing a large number of mostly agricultural properties, and then adapting the existing roads and lanes (some of which were public ways the Webbs petitioned to have closed) to fulfil the Webbs' vision for the estate. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2001.

Shelburne Farms was incorporated as a nonprofit educational organization in 1972 by descendants of the Webbs. The farm's grass-based dairy supports a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows. Their milk is made into farmhouse cheddar cheese The farm serves as an educational resource by practicing rural land use that is environmentally, economically and culturallysustainable. Visitors may enjoy the walking trails, children’s farmyard, inn, restaurant, property tours and special events.  (I was able to get the info and photos from their website!)

From there we went to Dakin Farm where they also make cheese, smoked meats, and maple syrup.  After trying many different cheeses, mustard, and jams, we were rather "full" when we returned to the CG around 6.  Ken grilled some salmon and I just had a muselix toaster roll - too full!  While grilling, he took photos of the "pink" sky and our campsites.  We couldn't get beside each other, but there is no one in the camper that is between us!

There's Waldo!

We love traveling with Chuck and Melissa and sharing
all of these wonderful adventures!!!

There is so much to see in this area and we will have so little time!  We are here for 1 week, but that time will fly.  But, we certainly aren't complaining, for we are so excited to spend 2 1/2 of those days in Canada visiting Ernie and Noela and visiting their area and meeting their family.

After dinner, the 4 of us got together in Waldo for game playing.  Men won 5 Crowns, but the women won Pinochle.  It is about time the ladies won a game!!!!

Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so we are planning to drive north and take some factories tours, go to a few stores, etc.  Ben and Jerry's, here we come!

1 comment:

  1. The Shelburne Museum is a really good one. We spent all day there viewing all the houses and barns. They have some of the best wood carvings we have seen.