At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo we saw paintings by many famous artists including Monet (Waterlillies is my favorite but it wasn’t here). One of the artworks above is called a “relief”. The artist made it all off-white, but it was still interesting because it had circles, and rectangles at different heights leaving negative space. I am going to try to do this at home when I have tools. My favorite was the yellow flowers above. They are by Joan Linder for the Operation Sunshine exhibit.
We’re signing off from Vermont, USA! We saw apples, and trees, and birds, and chickens, and water, and boats, and mountains, and ice cream and Teddy Bears! Also blacksmithing! We finally found a MOE’s so we ate there 3 times! We also realized that they actually HIDE Walmart signage and trash cans! Also, we FINALLY found a Barnes and Noble so Sparkle Kitten is back into reading material. We really miss our library! We’re moving on to Massachusetts and will report back soon. Bye!
13,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, Quechee was covered by a glacier. Melting water from the glacier cut into rock that created what Vermont calls it’s “little Grand Canyon”. It is about 170 feet deep and the Ottaquechee River runs through it. We hiked back in the woods and saw the gorge from inside the forest. If you want you can go all the way down. This photo was taken from the State Park on the bridge. It is a very pretty view.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream started in Vermont. It is now owned by the Unilever Corporation. (Can you believe they sold the company?!!)
Ben and Jerry met during high school gym class. They turned an abandoned gas station into an ice cream store.
Ice cream has to go through a lot of stages before it gets to the stores: Milk, sugar and cream are stored in large tanks (photo above), the ingredients are combined, the flavors are added, they put big chunks of stuff in their ice cream, it’s put in special freezers and they add a little air so it doesn’t turn into a hard ice cube, it’s poured into the containers, someone checks to make sure everything is perfect and composts anything that isn’t.
We got to taste the flavor “Milk and Cookies”! It was really good. You can see above we are eating out of little paper cups. Ben and Jerry’s doesn’t use plastic spoons because they are environmentally conscious. They even have special, blue toilet water that is reused to save water.
Ben and Jerrys has a flavor Grave Yard for the flavors that don’t make it! (photos above) You can see that Georgia peaches take too long to get to Vermont, so they had to retire that flavor.
It was a yummy and good morning.
We were just driving around in Stowe, Vermont on our way to the hotel and found all of these people racing sail boats. They were very serious. There was a course with markers they had to turn around but not touch. The controls looked like video game controllers.
Our last night in New Hampshire we spent in the North Country. We went to Milan Hills State Park (you’ll have to check your NH map – it’s north of Berlin). We were WAY out in the quiet and beautiful part of New Hampshire. This camp is great because it doesn’t allow 4-Wheelers so it’s quiet. We stayed in a YURT for the first time. In case you haven’t heard of one, they have been around for over 3,000 years and are popular with nomadic people in Asia. They are some of the first homes written about in history, and were used by the Huns during the time of the Romans. They have a lightweight frame, and are covered with tent material. We thought the yurt was great! We learned how to build a fire, and that you shouldn’t bring wood into a camp that isn’t native because of bugs. We cooked hotdogs and marshmallows. We also found wild blackberries to pick, and climbed a fire tower for a great view. Fire towers are used to help park rangers spot fires. When it got dark, we could hear animals munching on nuts. We could also see stars because there was no light pollution. We used a dry outhouse which wasn’t too bad. It’s basically just a toilet seat over a hole. When we left, we drove past a sign that read the town we were passing was from 1774! There was also a covered bridge. We had a great time, even though we kept hearing about bears. We plan to do it again soon. (We would have had more photos but brother lost his camera in the woods, we think)! Poor Einstein07!