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Trip Report Middlebury vt quickie

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I know this is a somewhat suggestive title and a little misleading. I drove up yesterday to pick up DS#2 from college. Tomorrow we drive home. Quick trip.

Staying at Sugarland Motel. $69 but no new towels or room makeover the second day. Pine paneling, bottle opener on bathroom doorframe. Big ugly lamp on the table between the beds. if the room had kitchen appliances they would be harvest gold. I love this place.

I just retired and DW still works. So this trip was mine.

I brought up an old metal canoe we dont use any more (since we got kayaks) on the roof of our van as a present for a nice couple who run a B&B. I wanted to clean the canoe because it had gotten all moldy. So I went to Shaws Supermarket and bought tilex and McDonalds and bought an egg McMuffin and one of those hash brown fry thingies. Quite tasty (not the tylex). Cleaned canoe. Tilex did not seem to damage van.

Visited Sheldon History Museum in Middlebury. they had an interesting exhibit on milk. Making butter, delivering milk (remember getting milk delivered?). Then I drove to Inn on the Creek. Carried canoe to creek for testing. No leaks. Will stay at inn later in summer when DS comes back to work in library.

Walked through park next to inn which has a pretty boardwalk through marsh. Decided to drive to Fort Ticanderoga, which involves a six minute ferry over a narrow part of Lake Champlain. Did so. Fort Ticonderoga closed but I got bike out of van (honestly, having a bike in your van for this kind of emergency is just too cool) and slipped around the gate and rode the bike to the fort, which was deserted except for some workers doing repairs. Nobody cared about me wandering around. Fort Ticanderoga is very pretty and changed hands a number of times amongst the French, Bitish, and United Statisians. This is something fun to do if you're in Middlebury.

Then I ate some apple and cheese from Shaws. You gotta have fiber when you travel. You can get plastic bags at the grocery here for free which is quite nice but surprising as Environmentalism is Serious Serious up here. They don't like pipelines, for example.

Then a visit to the middlebury college art center. Great exhibit on quarries (Burtynsky) and an exquisite building.

Tonight we go to Bobcat Cafe in Bristol and tomorrow we put all DS's stuff in the van and drive home.

It's been a nice quickie visit.

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