Saturday, July 10, 2010

What We Almost Missed

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

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down I-87 to the little town of Quechee.  Here, we found the

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Visitor Center.  After getting a little information, we walked down the street to the

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pedestrian walkway overlooking the

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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.

From the

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bridge, we took

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the walking trail down to

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the bottom of the gorge.


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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

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About half way up, we decided to take the

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scenic trail.  No bread crumbs, but there were these nice blue marks on the trees marking the way.

Soon, we reached

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the back side of the Visitor Center.  I was in awe of all the

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flowers that were blooming and glistening after the morning rains.


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Quechee, we traveled on to the town of

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Taftsville.  Through the bridge and down a

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back road, we found the

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Sugar Bush Farm.  We visited with one of the

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locals who directed us to the

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sugar house where the

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maple syrup is made.

Here are a few

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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

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great directions posted on the barn at the fork in the road.

As we approached Woodstock we saw yet another

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great covered bridge.

Our purpose in Woodstock was to find the

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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

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carriage house and

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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

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Woodstock Farmer's Market.  We got some great

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fruits and veggies.  However, it took lots of will power

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to leave the pie at the market.

Since we had to go back through Taftsville, I wanted to make a stop at

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Simon Pearce Glass to watch the

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glass blowers.  What a

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talent these two young men have.

The pieces were all beautiful, but I didn't see a single

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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

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covered bridge and waterfall we had driven over to get to the shop.

We also made a stop at the

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Country Store where we took a

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quick look around.

Again, another great day in Vermont...and just think what we would have

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missed if we had stayed home today.


  1. You are so right...look what all you would have missed if you had just stayed at home!! Good lesson for us all!!

    Have fun and stay safe!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. Great post and photos. Glad you were able to get out and have such a great day.

  3. We finally just gave up on our Sirius radio. It did the same thing you wrote about...all the time.

    Great pics today. My favorite was the view inside the country store. So nice.

  4. You got me drooling, we'll be there in August with our grand daughter,