Vermont Part III

When we checked in to our campsite for our second stay in The Green Mountain State, I was asked by kind, silver-haired Shirley behind the desk if we were planning on visiting The Shelburne Museum while in the area. When I hesitated, the woman informed me she had a discount on the admission fees. Discount? Well sure. We absolutely were going to visit!

After we settled in, I started to do some research (Let's be honest here. I Googled). I realized that The Shelburne Museum was A Thing. Like, a Really Big Thing. The Museum is so big your admission to the museum allows you to return on the next day to complete your visit!

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Vermont Part II

Our previous visit in Maine with the grown-up half of The Wandering Nation crew was great fun, but learning about Matt's hobbies have since created a huge dent in our wallet. For example, Matt has a Davy Crockett Green Mountain Grill. Because Velma doesn't have an external propane hook-up and has limited external storage, we have gone without outdoor cooking options since we've started full-timing. Jeremy had been eyeing the Davy Crockett for a couple of months but we were not certain we should committ. Matt gave Jeremy a hands-on tour of the grill, his set-up process, and his break-down process.  Turns out, this grill is perfect for our needs.  Jeremy was sold.  Oh, and did we mention this grill can be operated by wifi?! Lastly, Green Mountain Grills has amazing customer service.  Matt shared a few stories about how awesome this company has been to full-timers in sending parts out on the road.  Jeremy has already experienced this amazing service with a part upgrade that was sent first-class at no cost.  If you are in the market for a pellet smoker, definitely give Green Mountain Grills a look.

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Vermont Part I

From Maine, Velma the Viper and her crew continued exploring New England by heading west to Vermont. Jeremy and I both wanted to visit Burlington.  Neither of us had ever had the chance to see this amazing city on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Vermont is a state known for its food culture and local focus.  If, when you think of Vermont and food, the first image that pops in your head is a pair of tie-dye clad hippie guys with a pint of ice cream between them, that's ok. You are not alone.  It was ours, too. We kicked off our Burlington area stay with a trip to Ben & Jerry's for a factory tour!

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Acadia National Park

Our first National Park visit in Velma is going to be hard to top. Acadia National Park is absolutely breathtaking in the fall. Words won't do justice to what we experienced, but I'm going to do my best to try and share with you how we spent our time in the park. 

Since this was our first National Park visit, we made sure to stop by the Visitor's Center at Acadia and pick up a Passport! The Passport program is an awesome way for travelers to track their visits to National Parks across the country. Each park's visitor's center offers a cancelled stamp station for you to use to document the date of your visit that particular park. Often, depending on the size of the park, there will be several cancellation stations throughout the park at noted landmarks. The Passport is organized by region and, along with space for your stamps, has a list of all of the national parks, forests, seashores and landmarks by state. My hope is that we visit so many and use the Passport so much that we end up having to buy an expansion pack!

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Portland (East)

Portlandia(s).  I don't know if it is a coincidence, but Jeremy and I have soft spots for both PDX and Portland (East). Waterfront city?  Check.  Known for their food scene?  Check.  Penchant for craft brews, pup-friendliness and focus on sustainability. Check, check, checkity-check. We didn't have nearly as much time as we wanted to explore Portland (East), but we know we will come back for more adventuring.

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