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Ahhh…the sun.  I’d almost forgotten what that was like.  I had to spend a few minutes hunting for my sunglasses! I spent the day driving south along the east side of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  My first stop was in Burlington.  As I wandered the pedestrian-only streets and browsed in a few booths at the farmers market while I was bundled up in jeans, a fleece, and windbreaker, I kept thinking of my niece and nephew, Mollie and Sam.  They, being from Steamboat Springs, would be walking around in shorts and a T-shirt without shoes in 46 degree weather.  After about an hour, I headed back to VANilla’s heater with my next destination being Shelburne.

I went to Shelburne Farms.  Shelburne Farms was the country estate of William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb.  Built in 1886, it included a Farm Barn, Breeding Barn, Coach Barn, and Shelburne House on 3,800 acres.  Today it is known for its cheeses, thus I decided as long as I was in Vermont, I should see how cheese is made. I took a tractor ride along with other visitors up to the cheese making factory for a quick view and tasting of cheese processing.  After a short stop to see the barnyard animals, I took a hike up Lone Tree trail to the highest point on the property.  I picked an apple off the apple tree and took in the panoramic view of Lake Champlain.

While I was at the Farm, I met Dan and Kate.  Dan was visiting Kate for parents weekend at University of Vermont, where she is a first year student majoring in Environmental Science.  Dan was a corporate lawyer for the NYSE and for the last few years has been acting in plays, commercials, and the like.  He is currently working on a TV pilot called B Sharp…it’s about music.  It would be cool if it became a hit.  I’m glad they took a detour from the University activities because it was really fun to meet them.

On my way to Mt. Philo State Park, I saw my first cherry tree (no picture).  Scout, Petey, and I took a mile hike up to the top of the mountain.  It was a little steep and rocky, but the summit afforded magnificent views of the lake and surrounding mountains in New York.  The hike was extremely popular and is supposed to be especially nice at sunset.

After the hike, we passed through Vergennes, Vermont’s smallest chartered city to Button Bay State Park for our night’s stay.  Here I met Kord.  He, also an owner of a Eurovan, is from Georgia and has been traveling for 6 weeks.  He is camping with his kids for his birthday weekend.  He has a nice fire going, so I plan on going over there to watch the sunset. ETB

Websites: http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/buttonbay.htm, http://www.shelburnefarms.org/

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