Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pikes Falls


We had planned on going to the swimming hole it Jamaica State Park today, but Karen at the general store (D&K's) tipped us off to a different one abot 5 miles away at Pikes Falls. It's down an unmarked trail off a mostly dirt road and is a hidden gem :)

We manged to get Grandma down the steep trail and had a great time! Holly was in absolute heaven- especially when a little girl from another family who showed up fell in love with her and spent nearly half an hour throwing a stick for her.

We all came back happily tired out and after a nap here and there we are looking forward to the lasagne that Jackie put together earlier today, and then some silly games :)

Lots more pictures here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quechee Gorge, more hiking, and lobster...

We headed over to Quechee this morning to do some antiquing and a spot of cheese tasting- and Crisp and I hiked down to the bottom of the gorge :)





After lunch in Quechee we headed home, and while everyone else hung out at the house Holly and I headed over to Jamaica State Park to do the Overlook Trail. This was a little more than I was expecting, but was a really nice hike- 2.5 miles that begins behind the campsites and initially climbs 400' in the first mile to the top of Little Ball Mountain, and then descends all the way back down in the next 1/2 mile before joining the West River Trail we were on yesterday for the last mile back to the start. The view from the top was quite spectacular, and it was quite a workout as we did the whole loop in about 45 minutes :)




Then it was off to Stratton for dinner at Mulligan's where it was lobster night :)



Jackie, Grandpa & I had two each (they were small), and Grandma had her first ever lobster (Crisp had a fancy turkey sandwich).

Back to the house for coffee and pie, and then an early night- tomorrow we plan on spending most of the day at the swimming hole as it's supposed to be quite warm :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ball Mountain Hike

We set off this morning to take the gondola up to the top of Stratton and hike down (well, not all of us- Jake and Grandma planned to take the gondola in both directions), but as it turns out, it only runs on weekends (which is not at all clear on their website!). So instead Grandpa, Crisp, Holly and I were dropped off on the West River Trail to climb Ball Mountain Dam and then hike down the length of Jamaica State Park to be picked up at the entrance. We had a lovely 2 hour hike, which included awesome views of the river and the slightly gruesome spectacle of watching a snake Holly spotted eating a toad!

Facebook album here...

Holly is nicely tired out-


And tonight we shall feast on the last of Josh Findlay's shark :)

Vermont, day 2

After a bit of a grey day yesterday, and torrential rain overnight, today has dawned bright, cool and beautiful. Looks like it might be a good day to check out the summit of Stratton :)

Anyhow, here are a couple of goofy pictures from the Vermont Country Store yesterday, and the house in the sunshine this morning...










Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jamaica State Park


A bit grey today, so we did the supermarket and a bit of outlet shopping on Manchester this morning, and the Vermont Country Store this afternoon.

And then we did a bit of a recce of Jamaica State Park to check out the trails and the swimming holes for later in the week when the weather picks up... Holly approves of this too :)

Vermont Sunday morning coffee...

... Holly approves of the venue :)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Boarded up

The window is finally boarded up, I especially appreciate that they have taken some inspiration from the existing windows in the way they've done it :)

Crazy day!


To quote Dante Hicks, "I'm not even supposed to be here today".

After getting Jackie's car inspected bright and early this morning and dropping it off at work for her I had a whole list of other things to do today (clean the house, take my car for an oil change, walk the dog, fold the laundry), - but no.

What with the sewer guys needing to shut down the water and all the bathrooms while they finally fixed the pipe, and the gardeners breaking a huge window, and all that both of those events entailed, I have not really sat down, let alone gotten anything else done!


The glass company finally showed up to board up the window (no-one keeps glass that size in stock- it has to be special ordered), so I'm just taking Holly for a quick walk around the block while they work as there won't be time to get to the woods when they've finished before the thunderstorms heading our way get started- though with a heat index of 104F I think she'll be happy enough with that.

The good news is: it looks like they'll get the window boarded up before the rain; my new smart-watch tracks my steps each day, and before leaving for my walk around the block with the dog I was already up to nearly 14,000; the sewer is fixed enough to use and the water's back on so I can take a shower soon; and we've decided to be really lazy and get dinner from McDonalds ;)

Oops!

The gardeners managed to break a window this morning- and these ones ain't cheap!