Our drive wasn't too bad - Vermont is a very lush green state. This was our first time to ever visit Vermont. We tried when we left Seattle 2 years ago and drove across the country but we just weren't able to do it. So now, we can check it off our list of states to visit. Keith only has 2 left. I need to count mine up but I am sure it is quite a lot more.
We arrived at our campground, Alpine Valley Campground in Concord, which wasn't bad but nothing really glamorous about it. No dog park. 🙁 We had to have a 30 amp space as they gave the 50 amp spaces to their seasonal campers. All that means is we can't run both A/C's at the same time. Thankful we bought that adapter at Walmart just a few days ago. This campground has the ONLY restaurant in town and thankfully it was actually good. We ate there a few times.
Vermont, to date, wins with most mosquitoes and worst WiFi/cell signal. I have been freelancing in writing, web design and social media management while on the road and having a signal are vital in being a digital nomad. So, when we opted to head out the next day to visit Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, I took advantage of the fleeting signal I could get on the drive there. I managed to get some work in as best I could at any chance I could.
The resort is an old historical building and sits on a beautiful piece of land. Maybe someday we can stay there - it's pretty spendy! Keith thought he saw Naomi Campbell so I had to go investigate. Spoiler alert, it wasn't her. 🙁
We got to drive over one of the many one-car wooden bridges - I am happy we weren't pulling the RV, we'd never have a fit! The bridge was so cute and I think I got a great picture with the bright green trees, grey skies, and the bridge. What do you think?
I am really enjoying taking photos on this trip and I try to post as many as I can on our Instagram account. I plan to paint a few once we settle a bit more - and by settle I mean just be in one place for a week or longer.
On the following day, we drove to Waterbury to tour the Ben & Jerry's factory. If you should know anything about us, we love doing factory tours. Ok, maybe it's more me and less Keith, but he does enjoy them and is always willing to go along. The free samples don't hurt.
Before the tour, we met with some friends of my folks for lunch. They are also fellow RV travelers and have some really great stories under their belt. It was awesome to meet them and I hope to follow their adventures and hopefully travel as much as they do!
As for the tour, they wouldn't let us take photos inside the actual facilities. I did learn just how great of a company they are. They support equality, fair trade, sustainability, etc. I had no idea just how conscious they were of the world and how they were trying to be a part of making it a better place. I'm all for supporting a company like that! For what it's worth, I love their almond milk ice creams. So delish!!
They gave us a sample of the strawberry cheesecake, which I wasn't a fan of. So in the end, I bought a cup of the cookie dough almond milk ice cream. Keith had a mint chocolate chip milkshake. I don't remember what my folks got but they were quietly enjoying their desserts.
Tomorrow we head to Ithaca, NY and it's our LONGEST drive on this trip. Until then, friends...