Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Central Vermont

After Delaware, we made our way north a bit, staying a few days in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania.  Not much to report from there, just the normal relaxing time in the country.  We stayed a place called Secluded Acres, probably a mile down a gravel road after a couple hours of over hill and dale driving.  I had to drive out of the campground 15 minutes just to find good enough cell signal to check into my classroom.  Plenty of room for Missy to run around, though, and folks were having a great weekend away from the daily grind of work.  After that, we spent 2 full weeks at one of our favorite campgrounds, Lake Champagne in Randolph, VT.  Vermont is quiet and sparsely populated to begin with, so saying we had a nice, relaxing time in the hills is a little redundant.  That's apparently what one does in Vermont.  The scenery is something like out of The Sound of Music, rolling hills and farm country with lots and lots of trees.  Lake Champagne is just a great place to hang out and avoid the heat, for the most part.  Even New England has been in somewhat of a heatwave and drought this summer.  However, we got a lot of days with no air conditioning, either hanging out at the rig, visiting friends in the area, or just driving through the country to see what we could see.  Our friends Mark and Amy that we've known for over 20 years live near by, and we got to visit with the Paddocks, friends from Tampa.  Bob and I worked and traveled together in the Middle East several times, and he was a great mentor of regional dynamics for a newbie Air Force computer nerd trying to learn security cooperation.  Bob's recently retired and was in the area visiting family.  It was such a nice two weeks that we're going to circle back and stay another couple weeks the last half of August before we start to slowly work our way south in September.  Slowly.....

Right now we're just outside Montreal, Canada.  We had a smooth, quick border crossing and are looking forward to practicing our French for a couple days.  Pardonnez-moi, avez-vous un poupon gris?  Just two pictures from the last couple weeks, good grief.
We went out for a country drive in the Poconos and happened upon a Blue Grass band performing at a restaurant.  Of course, we had to stop

Lovely view for lunch one day.  Growing up, I had trout stream envy.

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