Road Trip Part VI: Vermont




(Top to bottom: Middlebury, Middlebury, Middlebury, Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock)

We spent the night in Woodstock, Vermont. A charming and seemingly rather rich town that closes down quite early. My fantasy world is one where things are open all the time. So it was a bit disappointing that everything seemed to lock up tighter than a drum by 5:30. On the way we stopped in Middlebury taking a quick turn around the Middlebury College campus (home of tghe Break Loaf Writer’s Conference) and a walk through downtown. There we found yummy ice cream, a good used bookstore, a bespoke shoe/sandal/boot maker, a raging river, and a Ben Franklin. I don’t think I have seen a Ben Franklin since the mid-80s when the one in my hometown of Elk River, Minnesota went belly up. Who knew they still existed.

We also popped over into New Hampshire so I could say that I have been there. It was a state I needed to cross off my list. We ended up checking out the Dartmouth campus in Hanover. Took a look at Quechee Gorge back in Vermont, and had a very nice dinner at Simon Pearce. Perched right next to the Quechee River to take advantage of hydro-power, Simon Pearce makes beautiful blown glass and ceramics.

RoadTrip Part I: The Itinerary

I am too lazy to figure out a good way to keep this all in chronological order without having one giant post that includes everything. So I will stick with my previous method which is to post them in chron order realizing that readers will have to go back and follow the part numbers (or read them in reverse chron order, but that way you might miss something)…

We had a fabulous time taking 17 days to make our way through some of the prettiest countryside in the Northeast. There was a time earlier this year when I felt like a road trip was kind of a boring vacation. Not that I didn’t want to do it, but at work I was planning trips to Italy, Japan, Tahiti, and a hundred other places for other people. A road trip just seemed a bit of a let down. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The whole trip was amazing and we both wish we were still on the road.

So this was the path we took:

1 Aug: DC to Ithaca, New York
2 Aug: Ithaca
3 Aug: Ithaca
4 Aug: Ithaca to Elk Lake in the Adirondacks
5 Aug: Elk Lake
6 Aug: Elk Lake
7 Aug: Elk Lake to Woodstock, Vermont (with a dip into New Hampshire)
8 Aug: Woodstock to Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the Berkshires
9 Aug: Great Barrington
10 Aug: Great Barrington
11 Aug: Great Barrington to Hudson, New York
12 Aug: Hudson to Hyde Park via Connecticut
13 Aug: Hyde Park to Tarrytown, New York
14 Aug: Tarrytown
15 Aug: Tarrytown to Philadelphia
16 Aug: Philadelphia
17 Aug: Philadelphia to DC

It turned out to be about 2,000 miles when all was said and done.