July 15 - 20, 2016:
We decided to take a little break here and stay a little bit longer. We will be here in Vermont for the next 5 days. This gives us some down time to relax and to catch up of some domestic chores like grocery shopping and laundry. With the quick moves of just a few miles and the constant touring, it starts to feel like a whirlwind or more like a vacation instead of like life! This will be a small slow down for us.
The trip from Littleton MA to our new site in Brattleboro Vermont was just 80 miles through some very pretty country settings. Our new site was just a few miles into Vermont at the Brattleboro North KOA. This is a very small campground of maybe 40 sites. We had great end of a row site that had loads of room. We also can’t say enough about the friendliness of the campground hosts here. We would stay here again too!
|Bridge going from New Hampshire to Vermont|
|The Vermont - New Hampshire line.|
|Our nice site at the KOA.|
Besides getting the laundry done and restocking our food supply we managed to get a couple other fun things done too. On one day we did a six mile bike ride round trip on a trail along the West River. The trail is a Rails to Trails trail that was once the old West River Railroad track bed. This trail was mostly hard packed sand, weeds, and some gravel. It wasn’t a difficult trail at all but it was challenging since we didn’t know the trail.
|Went through a covered bridge to get to the trailhead.|
|Then we crossed this old green iron bridge. Actually that is how the directions read too, go through the covered bridge and then make a turn on to the old green bridge.|
|A man and his dog on the river next to the trail.|
On another day we took a short 1.5 mile hike on the Putney Mountain Trail. The trick with this trail was getting to and then finding the trailhead. This area is definitely where people retire who don’t like people. The houses out here are far apart and difficult to get to. We were on roads marked as not maintained by the state or county and are only seasonal. The hike was a fun little walk in the remote woods to get a feel for the real Vermont.
|This was a trip! We had to use GPS coordinates to get to the trailhead as we didn't have cell phone service here. These roads are only used in the summer months.|
|We found loads of maple sap pipe lines running in the woods.|
|The trailhead was not marked very well.|
|Once we got to the actual trailhead it was marked then.|
|View from the summit|
|The town had sheep on the summit to eat away the weeds|
After the forest mountain hike we had dinner out in Brattleboro. We went to the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery that overlooked the Connecticut River. There was a long wait to get a table outside in the main dining room so we took a table on the top floor that was mainly a bar. We sat and had couple local beers and ate some pretty good bar food with a great view. This was a perfect ending to our visit in Vermont.
|The bar area|
|Over looking the Connecticut River|
That's about it for Vermont for us. We were just barely into Vermont and there is so much more to Vermont than what we are reporting here.
On to New England # 5 - New Hampshire