More bridges,trees and ice cream

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
Trip End Nov 18, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Vermont
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

We wake to a sunny but cool day in North Conway. Its a big drive today...a total of 232km if we don't take detours or get lost...even with the GPS!

Our route takes us along the Kancamagus Highway, reputed to be one of the best New England drives. But before we did that, we thought we should drop into another outlet mall. As New Hampshire has no sales tax or GST, we thought we should check it out and have a look. We came away with only a T shirt for Gabe...phew!

It was a bit overcast as we started our drive. We spotted more covered bridges...I guess once you've seen one, you've seen them all but it was still nice to look out for them. The landscape was all New England. The scenery was different from Australia and the colours of nature were breathtaking. I can't wax lyrical so I won't. Photos or videos just can't do it justice.

From Lincoln we kept heading west and crossed over into the state of Vermont. We want to get to Burlington, in time for dinnner. Not for a special meal or anything, really just to get there.

On the way through we stop at Waterbury and visit the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory. Some would say this was the only reason we came to Vermont....that would be incorrect. It would be more accurate to say that Waterbury was on the way to we stopped in...who wouldn't?

Lets just say we had a lovely time and despite forgetting that the tour was a waste of money...we forgot....see what happens when you mix up tours and do too much planning??! If we could have tasted a few different flavours...that would have made it worthwhile. but no...

The best bit was visiting the flavour cemetery which wasn't part of the tour. Very 'tastefully' done with headstones for each flavour that had ceased production. On each headstone was the name, a picture, a poem about the flavour and dates of availability.

We get to Burlington's without incident and have dinner at IHOP....finally and we gleefully report same to our girls who just love the chain when in the US.

Tomorrow we head into Canada and catch up with Youngest...Hannah. The reason we are here...oh and of course...maple syrup, poutine, and ice hockey.

By the way, did you know that Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the US? As to whether Canadian or Vermont maple syrup is better....another research activity....
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