We stayed for a week at Meadowcrest, a small independent campground in Marshfield, Vermont. I read that the State Parks in Vermont don’t have electrical hookups, and we aren’t ready to try to rough it for a week without electricity. We used our leveling blocks for the first time, I feel more and more like a real RVer!
The fall colors in Vermont are unreal. We planned the first month of this trip to try to follow fall colors, knowing it’s unpredictable. Looks like we got lucky with the colors in Vermont. We spent a lot of time on scenic drives, which is pretty much everywhere.
Apparently we weren’t the only ones with the idea to go to Vermont in October. On Sunday we went to Smuggler’s Notch State Park and the traffic was ridiculous. Part of the drive through the most scenic part of the park is a narrow road that should have two lanes of traffic, but no shoulders. With all the parking lots full, people staring parking in the middle of the road everywhere! It was outrageous.
We went on an incredible hike in Smuggler’s Notch State Park. We only covered about 3 miles in 3 hours because it was straight up, followed by straight down, over rocks and roots. It was described as “difficult” on the hiking map, and we may not have been ready for that, but we are stubborn. The trails and views were worth it though.
I eventually had to cut Brian off of photographing every mushroom he found.
We visited Ben and Jerry’s and took the factory tour and visited the flavor graveyard. The “scoop” is that it was fun, but crowded (again, on a Tuesday morning).
We also visited the Cabot Creamery and three different maple syrup makers (Goodrich’s, Bragg, and Morse). I enjoyed sticking my head in stuff for pictures.
We’ve been eating a lot of tasty things! We are big fans of Maple Creemees, which are basically maple soft serve.
One day we drove to New Hampshire and through Franconia Notch State Park. (A “notch” is a mountain pass). At the north end of the park there is a bridge (Sunset Bridge at the Governor Hallen Memorial) where the views were incredible, and the trees were so yellow!
We explored the park, but didn’t do much hiking because it was cold! Low 40’s that day.
After the State Park, we drove the Kancamagus scenic byway. I was a little skeptical, because everything is so scenic, but this road did not disappoint. The overlooks in the White Mountains National Forest were amazing.
We also heard that Vermont makes some good, super-hoppy beer. We visited the Alchemist and Magic Hat, and stocked up.
There is a lot to see and do in Vermont, though it included a lot of driving. That’s probably partly because we were staying in the middle of farmland. We also learned that a lot of cities here have the city, the “town of”, and also a “east”, “north”, “center”, etc. version which confused the heck out of our GPS (and therefore us). It’s hilly in Vermont, our ears were popping constantly.
We did a lot the first few days of our stay, so we took a day for Brian to fly fish in the Winooski river, and I stayed around the campsite and did some laundry, cleaned, and knit. Turns out Brian was being more productive than me though, because he caught dinner! A delicious rainbow trout, which he cooked up with bay leaves and onions.
The last night in Vermont Brian cooked the veal chops we bought at Schrader’s butcher in NY over a fire, and made squash casserole (with maple syrup and Cabot cheddar cheese), apple onion compote, and brussel sprouts. It tasted delicious.
We had a couple days of rainy weather, a couple chilly days in the 40s or 50s, and a couple lovely days in the 60s. That was a nice thing about staying a week, we had time to do what we wanted to, even when the weather didn’t always cooperate.
By the end of the week, the fall colors were starting to fade, and there were a lot of crunchy leaves on the ground, but it was still scenic. Driving around on our last day I crossed “covered bridge” and “cow” off my photo list.
Day 15 | Mile 1,888