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Frederick

Continuing to travel south in order to avoid the inevitable looming freeze on the horizon, we said goodbye to Alexandra's family in New Jersey and made a short trip down to Frederick, Maryland, where we would stay for a couple of nights.

Frederick is an interesting place. It is in commuting distance to Washington, DC as well as Baltimore, but doesn't have that generic, cookie-cutter suburbia feel. The driveway where we moochdocked was in a community literally nestled in between rolling green hills. There are nine state and national parks in the area, offering residents many different ways to be active and get outside. We spent part of a day wandering downtown Frederick's streets and were charmed by the architecture, history and diversity of shops on every corner. We were equally envious of the large Wegmans market that recently opened as the variety of independent restaurants offering dining opportunities with genuine, local flair.

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Sweetwater Forest

Nights in Vermont were only getting colder, forcing us south. We decided to point Velma towards the sun, but we got distracted by siren call of the cape to the East. Cape Cod, to be exact.

We decided to change things up and, on our way to Brewster, MA, we did our first overnight at a Cracker Barrel. Up until this time in our vagabonding, we'd spent maybe a weeks-worth of nights in Wal Mart parking lots. We are grateful that businesses like Wal*Mart welcome motorhomes in transit to overnight in their lots. In part to show our gratitude, but mostly to entertain ourselves, we often find ourselves wandering the aisles once we've parked and double checked with the manager. This time, with no aisles to wander, we ended up having both dinner and breakfast at the Londonderry, NH Cracker Barrel before getting back on our merry way. I have to say - I'd much rather spend our dollars on hash brown casserole and pancakes than rolls of toilet paper or laundry detergent.

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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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