We woke this morning to a steady rain. Mark messed around for a little while with our Sirius Radio, which has decided to work or not. Some times is works just fine and other times, it prompts...antenna error. Of course, we all know that is driving him nuts.
In the meantime, I had just about decided that today we would stay in. In fact, I even posted on Facebook that I thought we would just hang out at the motor home today.
However, by 11:30 or so, he was frustrated with the radio, I was frustrated with him, and the rain had stopped. So, we decided to head out and take a trip South
down I-87 to the little town of Quechee. Here, we found the
Visitor Center. After getting a little information, we walked down the street to the
pedestrian walkway overlooking the
Quechee Gorge. The Ottauquechee River is a river, about 40 miles long in eastern Vermont. It is a tributary of the Connecticut River, which flows to Long Island Sound.
bridge, we took
the walking trail down to
the bottom of the gorge.
rock formation at the bottom of the gorge floor was very jagged and tricky to walk on.
The walk back to the top reminded me of the
About half way up, we decided to take the
scenic trail. No bread crumbs, but there were these nice blue marks on the trees marking the way.
Soon, we reached
the back side of the Visitor Center. I was in awe of all the
flowers that were blooming and glistening after the morning rains.
Quechee, we traveled on to the town of
Taftsville. Through the bridge and down a
back road, we found the
Sugar Bush Farm. We visited with one of the
locals who directed us to the
sugar house where the
maple syrup is made.
Here are a few
facts about the farm.
We also visited the farm store where we purchased some sugar free strawberry/rhubarb jelly.
With our purchases in hand, we headed on to the next destination. We would have never made it without the
great directions posted on the barn at the fork in the road.
As we approached Woodstock we saw yet another
great covered bridge.
Our purpose in Woodstock was to find the
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park, which by the way is Vermont's only National Park. I got my park stamp and we walked around the grounds admiring the
carriage house and
home. There is quite a bit of Vermont history in this park. Also, to note, the Appalachian Trail runs through here as well. We were too late to get to do any hiking in the park today.
Back down the road, we stopped at the
Woodstock Farmer's Market. We got some great
fruits and veggies. However, it took lots of will power
to leave the pie at the market.
Since we had to go back through Taftsville, I wanted to make a stop at
Simon Pearce Glass to watch the
glass blowers. What a
talent these two young men have.
The pieces were all beautiful, but I didn't see a single
piece that I thought would survive life in the motor home.
We also walked out on the back deck of store to get one last look at the
covered bridge and waterfall we had driven over to get to the shop.
We also made a stop at the
Country Store where we took a
quick look around.
Again, another great day in Vermont...and just think what we would have
missed if we had stayed home today.