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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One of the maple trees20160630_183122 20160630_182951Roy and I enjoyed a maple ice cream and chocolate ice cream swirl while rocking on their front porch!  Lots of ice cream for one day! 20160630_181556

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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The video room where we learned all about their history  20160630_143302

The stairway down to the sampling room20160630_145237

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

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Their new flavors on display20160630_145056

 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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07.01.16 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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