Day 60 - Hello America

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

A chilly 4 degrees with snow flurries for most of the day.

The car saga continued this morning as they had provided us with the incorrect paperwork to cross the border. So another trip into downtown to correct the situation.  On our way to Vermont by mid-morning.  We passed over the border into the US with no dramas.

Our first stop was the city of Burlington.  We drove down to Lake Champlain to admire the view….it was reeeeealy cold!!!  We took shelter in the ECHO Aquarium….ended up staying for a couple of hours going through it.  It had fantastic interactive activities for the kids.  They absolutely loved it. We had lunch up the road at a little café called the Skinny Pancake, which had a Mexican feel to it.  They made very appealing savoury and sweet crepes.  The kids enjoyed a hot chocolate and a strawberry crepe while we had coffee and a pure and simple crepe with Vermont maple syrup (the Maple Syrup is fantastic nothing like what we get back home).  Just what we needed.  Amazing how even though Burlington is only ˝ hour over the border all signs of French Canada completely stopped.  It was actually quite nice to have some similarities to home.

We drove along one of the scenic Byways (a selection of secondary roads that take you through historic towns and Vermont's covered bridges) called Mad River Byway.  It took us to a little town called Waitsfield where we saw our first covered bridge – Waitsfield Village Bridge, built in 1833.  Lee-Ann walked across it on foot and as a car drove over at the same time, she was reminded of how old the bridge was!!!!

We then headed up to Stowe, passing through Waterbury where we were surprised to see a Ben & Jerry's factory.  Turns out this was the first factory and does tours.  We will definitely come back tomorrow given our infatuation with their ice-cream.  We saw another covered bridge on the way to our hotel. 

Driving through the main street that night on our way to dinner we saw lots of people trick or treating for Halloween night……we were keeping a low profile.  Dinner was at an Italian restaurant at the Firefox Inn.  Very nice.  We met an Australian woman who moved to Stowe in 1973 with her children.  You could still definitely hear the Aussie accent.  She told us that she still celebrates Australia day…but instead of a BBQ they have roast lamb and go snowshoeing.

We had all had a big day so were in bed at 10pm.  That’s when the guest in the room next to us arrived and made a phone call for an hour which we could hear every word of due to the inter-connecting door.  We heard all about his real estate adventures for the day!!!  Even the kids wanted him to be quiet!!  Eventually all was peaceful.
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Marty & Jen on

Hi guys, looks like you're having a ball. We've been off-line for a while with internet problems but all sorted now so am looking forward to reading more of your blogs to see what you've been up to. Will text you our new email. Take care, Jen xxx

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