[4/50] Vermont

I have only been to Vermont once, in June 2011 Les and I spent a long weekend in a cabin on Lake Champlain owned by my most generous friend, Mary. While there we did our best to get the entire Vermont experience. The cabin was on Lake Champlain, it had quite a view (and in true good vacation experience, it rained the entire time we were in the state).

The view from Mary's cabin on Lake Champlain.
The view from Mary’s cabin on Lake Champlain.

On our way home we decided to take the longer, scenic route and we plotted several covered bridges to get the full Vermont experience.

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Kingsley covered bridge in Clarendon, Vermont
Kingsley covered bridge in Clarendon, Vermont

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Cooley bridge in Pittsford, Vermont
Cooley bridge in Pittsford, Vermont
Gorham covered bridge in Proctor, Vermont
Gorham covered bridge in Proctor, Vermont

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Hammond covered bridge in Pittsford, Vermont
Hammond covered bridge in Pittsford, Vermont

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We also visited the most famous food related thing in Vermont, the Ben & Jerry’s factory.  We also visited the Cabot Creamery which is the equivalent to Tillamook on the East Coast.

Cabot Creamery, a co-op that makes the most wonderful cheese.
Cabot Creamery, a co-op that makes the most wonderful cheese.
Itty-bitty little calf we saw on the way to the creamery.
Itty-bitty little calf we saw on the way to the creamery.
Tanks at the Ben & Jerry's factory.
Tanks at the Ben & Jerry’s factory.
Van at the Ben & Jerry's factory.
Van at the Ben & Jerry’s factory.

Perhaps I overestimated Ben and Jerry’s as the most famous food from Vermont, there is also maple syrup. And, luckily for us, there is a museum for it! A really, REALLY, full museum that had real historic equipment, murals, taxidermied animals mixed with plush, interactive exhibits, a movie, syrup tasting and a massive gift shop. It was equal parts cool and creepy. The entry to the museum portion starts with a startling animatronic farmer on a ladder ,who moves and tells a whole story about sugaring, as soon as you set off the motion sensor underneath him.

The first thing you see when you walk into the museum part (after the gift shop) is this animatronic farmer sitting in a replica of a hay loft in a barn. He is on a motion sensor and, as soon as you walk in the room, he moves and tells a story about syrup in a creepy old man voice. The tap pours syrup into his bucket. He's about 5 feet above your head and there are all kind of animals up there with him in the loft.
The first thing you see when you walk into the museum part (after the gift shop) is this animatronic farmer sitting in a replica of a hay loft in a barn. He is on a motion sensor and, as soon as you walk in the room, he moves and tells a story about syrup in a creepy old man voice. The tap pours syrup into his bucket. He’s about 5 feet above your head and there are all kind of animals up there with him in the loft.
The creepy factor.
The creepy factor.
The taxidermied animals were in the same exhibits as the plush.
The taxidermied animals were in the same exhibits as the plush.
There were several mannequins mixed with historical tools.
There were several mannequins mixed with historical tools.
One example of historical exhibit and paintings at the museum.
One example of historical exhibit and paintings at the museum.
Syrup tasting exhibit at the end of the tour at the New England Museum of Maple Syrup.
Syrup tasting exhibit at the end of the tour at the New England Museum of Maple Syrup.

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