There’s just something about waking up and seeing a different environment outside that makes you feel so good to be living! I woke up this morning to no rain, cold weather, and a tiny bit of snow in some areas! My uncle and I headed out for breakfast before we would be going to meet Jamison for the rest of my trip. I’m hoping by the time we get to snowboard, it won’t be so windy because man it’s pushing me around a little!
Once I met up with Jamison, Jimmy headed back home (we prob won’t be seeing him again 😦 ), and we head to go see the family before heading to Vermont! Jamison’s brothers and sister all work at the same place, so it’s pretty convenient. We stopped at Dunkin to grab some coffee and hot cocoa for everyone and headed on our way!
Shortly after crossing from New Hampshire into Vermont, we stopped at a neat little gas station/grocery store/deli (with a mysterious “hatch door” on the deck out front that I wanted to lift up but was afraid the cashier would see me.. very interesting) and walked to a little open area next to it to see SNOW!! Took some boomerangs, walked around a little, and got back on the road towards our ice cream dream.
Next stop: Ben and Jerry’s *insert drooling emoji* my favorite part of my trip hands down so far. If you understand or know of my love for ice cream (including the tattoo of a cone on my ankle, no joke) you can start to imagine my excitement. The factory was having their Winter Fest today filled with samples of ice creams and maple syrup snow, girl scout cookies, and free factory tours! On our tour we got to see where they make the ice cream and how, where they package it and how, and where the flavor room is! We stood in the very same spots as Ben and Jerry AND where Cherry Garcia was invented (fun fact). After our tour, we walked around the factory towards the Flavor Graveyard – where the old flavors have been laid to rest. Also pretty neat!
Once we got our fill up on ice cream and goodies, we headed to see an art show with glass blown pieces, including some from Jamison’s cousin! One of my favorites included a monster type vibe with a eyeball… the amount of detail in the eye is truly astounding! We looked at all of the artwork and then headed towards our Airbnb for the weekend.
Let me tell you, there are absolutely no street lights anywhere near where we are staying, some parts of the road aren’t even roads and are really more like dirt with lots of raised, bumpy areas, and we found out there’s a rooster house in the front yard, but overall, it’s pretty neat! After driving 30 minutes on the highway, we figured we would stop to grab something to eat once we got off before we got to the house. Well to our surprise, there was nothing when we got off the highway and not really any civilization on our way to the house. Empty stomachs and a little road anxiety led us to the house to which we then called Dominos to see if we could get some pizza delivered. Well…. they don’t deliver to where we’re staying (which is only 20 minutes away…what). So we jumped back into the car and headed toward Dominos. We DID find that in the opposite direction we came from, while we were on our way to pizza, that there ARE actual paved roads and civilization areas! Yay! We got to the store, ordered our pizza (one regular pepperoni and one pepperoni with BBQ sauce instead of Marinara :p ) , and headed back to the house. Once we got home we just hung out, watched some Netflix outside, and enjoyed the nice cool weather and snow view from our mini deck in the back! How peaceful 🙂
Tomorrow we attempt snowboarding… we will see how this goes! I’m a little nervous, but at the same time a little too confident. Stay tuned!