August 10, 2012: New York, NY to Montpelier, VT
|On the subway in the morning.|
|Me at Harpoon Brewery.|
August 11, 2012: Montpelier, VT
|View from the Hubbard Park Tower.|
We walked around Montpelier some more, passing the government buildings where Emily works, and walking through Hubbard Park and up the tower there. I was pretty amazed at how quickly we went from town to nature, and that was around the moment when I decided I should probably move to Vermont.
|On the way to the lake.|
We went back to the house after that, because Emily had to go to a meeting in New York. The rest of us picked up supplies for a picnic at Hunger Mountain, a really lovely coop, and headed to a local park for lunch and some swimming. We talked about renting one of the kayaks there, but ended up just hanging around for a while before heading back to Montpelier for drinks at the Three Penny Taproom. It had a really nice, quiet vibe (Roger was especially excited to see people working on laptops there), and the beer selection was great. That evening, we grilled sausages for dinner and played board games until 2am. That's about when I decided I should definitely move to Vermont.
Sunday, August 12, 2012: Montpelier, VT to New York, NY
We ended our weekend with a final meal together at the Skinny Pancake, which I loved, even though some of my travel companions didn't. I had the Noah's Ark, and the highlight was definitely the frumple cakes, which they describe as "a sweet crêpe cooked briefly, then twisted into a light pile of pancake, topped with powdered and cinnamon sugar." They were light and delicious, and perfect with the local eggs and bacon. One of my favorite things about the weekend was how focused every place we went seemed to be on supporting local farms and people in the town. It felt friendlier and happier than anyone I'd been in a while, and I loved that.
|Emily, Roger, and Rob outside of Rivendell Books.|
So, of course, another trip up to see our friends is in the works for the fall! Can't wait!