07.05.16 Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Braggs Farm Sugarhouse

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – After touring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory we drove over to Cold Hollow Cider Mill.  The mill was not in operation that day but we got to taste their apple cider which was delicious.  Other than the mill there is a large shop where they sell all things made from apples and from maple syrup including bakery items, jellies, etc.

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They make cider donuts there and we enjoyed a half dozen of them!20160630_152853 20160630_152905

While this wasn’t a tour it was a cool place to visit!  From there we went to Bragg Farm’s Sugarhouse.

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Their manufacturing season is in the Spring so they were not collecting and processing the maple when we visited.  We watched a video about how they do it.  These are some of the 2500 pails they collect the syrup from the trees in.

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Our wonderful Boondocker’s Welcome hosts in Orange, Vermont, Marj and Lee treated us to a delicious dinner Friday evening.  We had a wonderful time visiting with them and getting to know them better.  We left their house fatter and quite happy!

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Saturday morning we left their home and drove to Twin Ells RV Park in West Chazy, New York. It’s in upstate New York near Lake Champlain.

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07.04.16 Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury, Vermont

imagesMonday, July 4, 2016 –  Ben & Jerry’s factory is located at 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676.  It is a very cool place to visit, to tour and to enjoy their ice cream.  The cost was $3.50 for Seniors.

We visited there last Thursday.  We have ever eaten Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and we found we liked it, especially the chunks of things in it.  Blue Bell is still the best but this was a cool tour and we loved that they gave us samples.

They do not allow photographs to be taken of the actual factory but I took photos when I could in the public areas.  Here they are!

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You can buy these for only $13.  Cool ice cream spills!!20160630_141307

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Here we enjoyed their generous samples, Roy got two of them!!20160630_145013

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 This is their Phish Food flavor which of course sounds like Fish Food when you say it.  We bought some of this at the grocery today(Monday) for Roy to try and a pint of Cherry Garcia for me to try20160630_145407

 When we finished the tour we went on to see Cold Hollow Cider Mill and then to see Braggs Farm Sugarhouse where they make maple syrup. More on those places next!

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07.02.16 Robbins Nest Covered Bridge and Ladder 1 Grill in Barre, Vermont

things you want to do go do themSaturday, July 2, 2016  – We don’t have covered bridges in Louisiana that I know of so seeing them up here in New England is a special treat.  I looked up some information about them and specifically the one we saw this week.

A covered bridge is a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding which, in most covered bridges, create an almost complete enclosure. The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a lifespan of only 10 to 15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. Bridges having covers for reasons other than protecting wood trusses, such as for protecting pedestrians and keeping horses from shying away from water, are also sometimes called covered bridges.

The Robbins Nest Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that crosses the Jail Branch of the Winooski River off US Route 302 in Barre, Vermont. Even though not historic, the bridge was built as a replica to one that stood just downstream and was swept away in the Vermont Flood of 1927, and is of authentic design and construction. It is on private property and in 1990 the owners installed steel beams to reinforce the deck.

The first photo is of the river flowing underneath the bridge.

20160629_122805 The rest are from outside and within the bridge.  It may be on private property but I wanted photos so I got them!!

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I love the plaque inside that shows the various fees for crossing the bridge.  It says at the bottom that church goers could cross Free!

20160629_122828We enjoyed delicious Lobster Salad Rolls and French Fries at Ladder 1 Grill.  Had to have lobster one last time while we’re still in lobster land!   Ladder 1 Grill is an old firehouse restored as a restaurant.  Very cool memorabilia and other decorations and the food and service was great.

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This wrapped up a very full day of exploring the Barre, Vermont area!  By the time I write about the next days adventures we’ll be on our way out of Vermont headed to upstate New York for a week.

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07.01.16 Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont

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Friday, July 1, 2016 – Located in Barre, Vermont, the “Granite Capital of the World,” Hope Cemetery serves not only as a place to remember those who work outside the craft and are buried there, but also as a tribute to the stone cutters and artisans interred among the sculptures they created while they lived. Now about 65 acres in size, Hope Cemetery holds more than 10,000 tombstones and memorials. A common tourist destination, Hope Cemetery is known as the museum of granite sculpture or the gallery of granite artistry.

Each year visitors from all over the world tour Hope Cemetery to see some of the finest examples of memorial design and granite craftsmanship ever produced. We saw20160629_154101 some of the most unusual tombstones as we walked through this huge and amazing cemetery.

As we were walking around I’d see large monuments with just last names on them.  I figured that this was such a popular cemetery that people erected their 20160629_154108big statues before anyone died.  Soon we started noticing plaques in the ground near the larger tombstone with the information about the deceased.  Guess that’s how they do it here.

Being raised in New Orleans where large monuments and mausoleums are numerous it wasn’t that aspect that got our curiosity.  Normally I’m interested in the dates on the tombstones since I find really old ones to be intriguing.  This time we were looking for the most unique designs.  Here are some that we found:

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Nothing special about this one except how he lost his life.20160629_155256

A couple who died decades apart20160629_155619 20160629_155737

This one reminded me of something you’d see in a New Orleans cemetery20160629_155842While Roy doesn’t usually join me as I walk around cemeteries he did today and he enjoyed it!

Guess what,  I applied for Social Security, yes I’m that old!!!!!

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06.30.16 – Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, Vermont

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPAAAAAJGM4Yzc3ZWFlLTc2NjgtNDk0ZC05MGEzLWE0NWUzN2QwN2IyNgThursday, June 30, 2016 – On Wednesday we ventured out to see Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, Hope Cemetery, Robbins Nest Covered Bridge and to eat at Ladder 1 Grill all in or around Barre, Vermont.

I am working hard not to have my blog posts be so picture heavy (I’ve gotten carried away in the past!) and not covering so much in each one.  I’ll be writing about Rock of Ages Granite Quarry today.  I image10patch-4e5d0d099a6731-457x260hope these changes please ya’ll! I’m also going to stop saying when I add photos from the internet.  Just assume that I have to do it from time to time when mine don’t come out too hot!

The photo to the right is the Visitors Center where we paid $3.50 each for the tour.  They have amazing granite things there for sale.

For the caravan tour, we followed in our own truck, a guide truck up a bumpy road to the quarry site, which can be viewed from behind a gate. What was once an operation requiring the hard manual labor of a few hundred men is today manned by just a few people, with the help of some impressive machinery.

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The caravan ride up passes piles and piles of granite blocks – since 1885, quarry workers have simply dumped pieces of granite with fractures or cracks in these piles. These piles are all over the town.  The company now grinds up the piles of rocks into usable small pieces for adding to concrete, asphalt, and other things.  A very knowledgeable man was our guide, Johan and we really enjoyed learning about ways of mining granite from the past and current ways.

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Near the middle of this picture running horizontally are a bunch of chunks they mined out previously.20160629_134233 20160629_134137 20160629_134111

The quarry itself is the world’s largest deep-hole dimension granite quarry, and though 600 feet of its depths are under a well of milky-green water, the quarry is astoundingly huge.  The color of the water is a result of the grinding needed to separate chunks of the granite from the bigger mass.  The milkier green/blue water is the newest water.  The emerald clearer water over to the left is from previous years mining.

Our tour group and wonderful guide

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After the tour of the quarry, we took a self-guided tour of the granite plant, which was fascinating. Huge blocks of granite are moved around, cut, polished, and engraved for gravestones. Most of America’s granite headstones come from right here. We saw many gravestones being worked on while we were there.  If possible, ask for a Rock of Ages stone for your loved one!

Rock of Ages has quarrys in several states  These are some of the different colors that come out of the various quarrys.

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Some of the amazing work they do and some they were working on while there.

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We saw a video in the Visitors Center about the whole process from quarry mining the granite to the finished product marking someone’s grave, city monuments, national monuments, etc.

One of the statues they created now stands in the townsquare in Barre, Vermont.

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One thing we forgot to do was to see the outdoor granite bowling alley they have there.  Don’t miss it ifyou go there!

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06.29.16 Seaport RV Resort in Connecticut, Saddleback Campground in New Hampshire, and a lovely home in Vermont

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 –  Seaport RV Resort in Connecticut and Saddleback Campground in New Hampshire couldn’t be more different but we really liked them both.  When I like a park I take pictures.  I took too many of both places not to share them so here goes!

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Most of the time, when I remember to do it, the photographs in our blog posts are all clickable so that you can see them in their full size if you would like to.  If you want to see something larger and I didn’t do the thing that causes this let me know and I’ll add it!  It use to be an automatic thing in WordPress but recently they made it into a manual two step process that has to be done to each photo.  Go figure, that doesn’t sound like progress to me but it is what it is!!

Seaport RV Resort is in Old Mystic, Connecticut.  It is a Coast to Coast resort under their category of Good Neighbor Parks. They had a Laser Tag area, community campfire area, beautiful Mini Golf area and swimming pool. Here are some of our photos.

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20160629_19572520160629_195945 20160629_195936  20160629_195637 20160629_195352 20160629_195338I hope this gives RVing Dreams (what we call those who haven’t started RVing yet!) an idea of the various types of parking places we encounter.  We may not travel like everyone else but this seems to work for us both budget wise and accommodation wise.   Also, we love for our friends and family to get to see where we are living while on the road.  It’s not always all about the things we see or do, it’s also about the places we stay!

We’ve already visited some cool places here in Vermont and are leaving in a bit to see more today.  Friday will be a day of rest for us before we get back on the road Saturday headed for northern New York state for a week.

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