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North America » United States » Vermont » Stowe September 23rd 2023

Today we had a leisurely morning. Terry has been having trouble sleeping. Ed has a cold. Karen has had a cold and is having trouble with her ear. I fixed scrambled eggs with peppers, onions, ham, and cheese. We had muffins or bagels, juice and coffee. Following breakfast Ed, Karen, and I drove up to the Von Trapp Family Lodge. We just wanted to look around at the gift shops, see the Highland Cows, and just revisit the place. If you go to the Von Trapps, you are asked to get a day pass for guests. Since we were only going to be there for a short time we didn’t get the pass We got some great pictures particularly of the cows and flowers. We even got to see Christina Von Trapp in the gift shop. ... read more
View of the Little River
Von Trapp Lodge
Von Trapp Lodge

North America » United States » Vermont » Manchester September 21st 2023

We leave Jackson today and guess what……’s pouring down again, although, to be fair, most of the rain that we’ve had on this trip (since we left Boston) has been while we have been on the road and so far, hasn’t stopped us doing what we planned to do. But would that change today, I wonder?! Today we leave New Hampshire and head 200 miles south west to Vermont, known as the 'Green Mountain State', (although the official motto is 'Freedom and Unity', similar to that of New Hampshire, but actually adopted long before that of NH). As you have probably guessed the name 'Vermont' is actually derived from the French for 'Green Mountain', and it is those mountains that we are heading for today. Vermont is bordered by New Hampshire to the east, New York ... read more
Palmer House Resort 2
Palmer House Resort 3
Palmer House Resort 4

North America » United States » Vermont June 28th 2023

My lovely wife is on her way back to I'm hitting the road to the North of New York for 6 days. This is one of the area in the World that is missing on my wish-list. I visited years ago the fun city of Boston. I also drove all the way and return from New York to Montreal as well as New York to Buffalo. So yes, the North-East of the States is missing big time for me. The few States of the North-East are known as New England! This is one of the oldest settled area in North America. The first settlers were Puritan pilgrims coming from England in 1620. The result of it is an amazing architecture. You obviously cannot visit Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in 6 ... read more
That's a fun one! In Jackson, New Hampshire...
When in Maine...

North America » United States » Vermont » Manchester May 28th 2023

We arrived in Manchester Vermont for the week. There are really two Manchesters, Manchester and Manchester Village. Manchester Village is home to Equinox Resort, Ekwonak CC and the beautiful drive called River Rd. We are staying in a restored barn that reminds us of a smaller version of our place we had in Napa with its loft sleeping area and exposed beams. It is on 6 acres and with a visit of white tail deer each morning. Had two fantastic dinners at the Silver Fork and the Reluctant Panther. Leona's birthday at the Reluctant Panther included lobster claws poached in butter. Yummy! Played golf at Fox Run in Ludlow and at Equinox in Manchester. Both courses are much different from the courses in Florida. Bent grass and elevation changes are significantly different from the bermuda grass ... read more
Inside of Restored Barn
Robert Lincoln Summer home
1st Hole of Equinox

North America » United States » Vermont May 23rd 2023

After a few head fakes from Jetblue, we made it to Albany NY. Woke up Sunday to find out our flight was cancelled. Then found out a replacement plane had been found and was on schedule. Got to the airport, and reticketed only to find at the gate it had been rescheduled. After a few more delays, we finally took off 5 hours later. Spent the night in Albany and drove up to Woodstock. What a different landscape! This isn't Florida or Northern California. The Green Mountains and the restored homes from the 1800s are distinctive of this region. We stayed at Woodstock Inn. If you are interested , they have a tennis program as well as a golf course. As they are available at home as well as we are only staying three days, we ... read more
Woodstock Inn
Woodstock Library

North America » United States » Vermont May 22nd 2023

The passenger window rolled down about 3 inches. I pulled the little silver button up. The rain was beating down, the roads were creating those puddles that would throw your vehicle around a bit when you were driving. The passenger window went down again. This time about 4 inches, I rolled it up and told Scout to quit messing with me. I was struggling more with the ability to see out my side window with a clear view of the passenger mirror. As soon as I got the window back up, my driver’s window started to go up and down, and up and down. Seriously! Then it just went down, and I was immediately drenched because now the weather was in my vehicle, coming in sideways and stinging my face by the drops of rain attacking ... read more
Ad Astra
Blinded by dust

North America » United States » Vermont May 21st 2023

In our travels, we have not spent much time in New England. We thought why not spend some time in Vermont? It will be a significant change from Florida in June. We should enjoy mountains, hardwood trees and small towns. We are flying to Albany and renting a car for the trip. Will spend one night in Albany, three nights in Woodstock Vermont and seven nights in Manchester.... read more

North America » United States » Vermont » Burlington October 12th 2022

It’s now been 4 weeks since we’ve been away which is hard to digest and I don’t fancy jumping on the scales anytime soon. Alarm was set for 8.00 am so we could have breakfast downstairs and be on the road by 9.00 am for the 60km drive to the ski resort town of Stowe. No traffic issues encountered so it was an easy drive to the Von Trapp Family Lodge. You may find that name familiar and you would be right. It was made famous by the movie Sound Of Music starring Julie Andrews. Well what I did not know until quite recently is that the movie is actually based on a real story and there is a real Captain Von Trapp from Austria who had 7 children who were taught how to sing by ... read more
The picture says it all really !
The headstones of Georg Van Trapp and Maria Von Trapp

North America » United States » Vermont » Burlington October 10th 2022

Up around 8am for a quick bite for breakfast and we said farewell to the Holiday Inn Express at North Conway and hit the road yet again. One thing about our Chrysler 300S is that it vibrates so badly at speeds of 40 mph, 55 mph and over 65 mph so I’m guessing it needs a wheel alignment or something and is so annoying I have just adjusted to drive at a speed where it is not so annoying but it’s always there and it’s not just the steering wheel where you feel it as we have a dozen water bottles on the floor of the back seat and they just shake rattle and roll all day long ! We just did not have any time in our schedule to consider going to Avis to swap ... read more
We’ve made it to all 50 States. Yippee !!!
Mt Washington Hotel
18 of these babies. Ummmmmm.

North America » United States » Vermont September 26th 2022

Monday 26th We left Woodsville in Vermont after stopping at a Walmart to get a couple of supplies and then a diner breakfast. We have noticed that although temperatures are cool in the mornings & evenings but getting 18 and 19 occasionally during the day. Riding out of Woodsville we saw the 2 young guys we had met yesterday riding the other way? After a few more miles we then linked up with these guys riding the same way but they come onto the road we were on from a different direction. Situations like this make you question who is doing the right thing and who is doing the wrong. The route turned us off the road we were on and we opted to stop at another Country store for morning tea. After a coffee in ... read more
Ian changing tyre
Plenty of life left
View from Mt Washington

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