Vermont Hospitality

Trip Start May 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 27, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Vermont
Friday, May 29, 2009

Last year while Jo and I visited a maple syrup factory we
met a very nice guy called David Carpenter, and coincidently he recently sent
us an email reminding us that we should pay him and northern Vermont a visit.
So after we had the vehicle insurance confirmed for another year we headed in
his direction. He lives in rural Vermont near Cabot. Once there we set up in
his front yard, enjoyed his hospitality immensely.

Next day he led us on a 100-mile journey that treated us
with interesting and historical facts that can only be gathers from a local.
One of the sight was a Library in a town called Derby line, the really
interesting thing about this building is that it straddles the USA/Canada
border... literally, and infact the town itself his proving quite a head ache for
"Homeland Security" who apparently are looking to "Berlinise" the town with a

Further south we came upon a General store that sold
absolutely everything, but it would appear that the local folk are very keen
hunters or alternatively the local taxidermist closed down, as the store was
full of stuffed animals.

That evening we had a great evening meal with David and his
"ex-mother-in-law" Barbara who he assists with the daily milking of her cows.

The really interesting part of the dinner occurred over a
discussion regarding Captain Cook and it would appear that these two Vermonters
new more about him than we did, especially pertaining to Cooks demise, it
appears that they had recently read a book about him!!!! Jo and I were humbled
by their generosity and knowledge of New Zealand's history.
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