Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ascent Of Mount Washington

I'd always wanted to climb Mt. Washington. It is one of the more notable walk-ups--great views, history, good trails, lots of company--although not very high. My desire to climb it has waned with age, so on this day, October 15th, we took the cog railway up to the top and back. The cog railway itself is notable, being the first such railway in the world. I have ridden several in Europe, and never imagined it was an American invention!
Great day for the mountain...one of its few clear
days


Summit from train station

Going up

Angle of ascent


Views

Summit area

Summit views

Vicki taking it in



The parking lot below


Historical matters
Old-time roughing it


Me on the summit

More history

More views

All down-hill from here



End of the line


Friday, October 28, 2016

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Daughter Rachel is a beer aficionado and wanted us to look for a couple special craft IPAs while in Vermont. We found Heady Topper in Richmond, not far from Burlington. The Hill Farmstead Brewery was a little farther afield, near Greensboro Bend. Worth the trip, as they say. But our little RV fridge has been loaded with beer for a couple weeks now! (We turn it over to Rachel tomorrow).
I'm not an IPA fan, but if I were, I'd really like
this stuff; can be bought in select stores and eateries
near Burlington














Hill Farmstead is a different matter, available
generally only at the brewery; in the parking lot
were cars from all over the northeast and as far
away as Ohio and Virginia; midweek; reminded
us a little of Westvleteren and the Abbey of St.
Sixtus...a little
















The brewery complex













Closer up













The brewery












This where you go to a) take a number, and then b)
buy or c) have your 750ml bottles or 2 liter
growlers filled with the six or so different varieties
available; while waiting, I had a Susan, the closest
thing to the super hoppy Abner (which is not sold
by the glass); people who like this sort of thing will
find this just the sort of thing they like; I think
Rachel will like it a lot




















Leafy Vermont

Our travels for a couple days took us all over northern Vermont...Burlington, Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Newport, Lake Memphramegog, Peacham, and the Hill Farmstead Brewery near Greenboro Bend. Lots of autumn color, at or just past peak.













The Trapp Family Lodge/Resort













Those Trapps
















The hills indeed were alive

Ben And Jerry's

A visit to Ben and Jerry's is obligatory when touring Vermont.
Basic ingredients



Corporate history























Corporate philosophy



Free sample part of the tour; the
humor never let up

Subtle political statements everywhere

They only use free range monkeys


We had a small cone each; others didn't























Big solar farm

Graveyard of dead flavors




They should have waited for the Coen brothers