27 Sep – 3 Oct, 2016; Loved Maine, Headed Back to Vermont

Greetings all…I finished the last post on the morning of the 27th listening to the rain, and enjoying a quiet day.  With two more days left in Maine, we decided to get to know a few folks in the campground, and got a couple of shots of the “Pumpkin Patch” RV Park:

Cloudy, rainy day, but very nice and relaxing. Nice sites here, and a lot of room. it was a bit challenging to get level on this site, but our Coaches leveling system did real well. It did re-adjust several times over the week we were here, but all in all, it worked out just fine.

Cloudy, rainy day, but very nice and relaxing. Nice sites here, and a lot of room. It was a bit challenging to get level on this site, but our Coaches leveling system did real well. It did re-adjust several times over the week we were here, but all in all, it worked out just fine.

Quite a bit of room between sites for an independent park.

Quite a bit of room between sites for an independent park.

We headed over to Mike and Paula’s later in the afternoon for a great meal and another round of fantastic conversation with they and their family mostly continuing to catch up on life.  Mike and I spent a lot of time at their fire pit shooting the breeze.

Paula suggested we meet her and Laura at the apple orchard that all of their kids work at the next morning, and see where that takes us.  Well, we had another fantastic day!

We met Paula and Laura at the Treworgy Family Orchards late in the morning. What a great place! U Pick apples, Cider, sandwiches, petting zoo, corn maze, etc., etc. What a great family place!

We met Paula and Laura at the Treworgy Family Orchards late in the morning. What a great place! U Pick apples, Cider, sandwiches, petting zoo, corn maze, etc., etc. What a great family place!

Pumpkins too! Mike and I drove past here on Sunday and the place was PACKED! Glad we came on an off day, and even so, it was still very busy with young families and school groups.

Pumpkins too! Mike and I drove past here on Sunday and the place was PACKED! Glad we came on an off day, and even so, it was still very busy with young families and school groups.

In the corn maze. They change the theme each year. This year it is a Knight and a Dragon. You have 6 stations you have to find and answer questions at each one. After you are done...you turn in your card and get free ice cream!

In the corn maze. They change the theme each year. This year it is a Knight and a Dragon. You have 6 stations you have to find and answer questions at each one. After you are done…you turn in your card and get free ice cream!

This is the exit where you compare your answers to those on the board.

This is the exit where you compare your answers to those on the board.

The girls found their way out!

The girls found their way out!

They have a very nice property here. As I've mentioned before, a camera does not do this country any justice at all.

They have a very nice property here. As I’ve mentioned before, a camera does not do this country any justice at all.

After we were done at the orchard, we popped across the street to the DMV so Laura could pick up the plates for her SUV. Paula mentioned that she and the kids got Mike a memorial brick at the Veterans Memorial in Levant. What an awesome idea! There is his brick!

After we were done at the orchard, we popped across the street to the DMV so Laura could pick up the plates for her SUV. Paula mentioned that she and the kids got Mike a memorial brick at the Veterans Memorial in Levant. What an awesome idea! There is his brick!  We are so proud of this whole family…

Small town America, doing it up right!!

Small town America, doing it up right!!

We headed down the road a ways, and hit up a really nice and quite large antique store.  We spent quite a bit of time there.  It is always neat checking out antique stores that carry merchandise from the local area.  It is like a walking history book.  After that fun, we headed to a family seafood market to get lobsters and steamers for the evening meal.

You pick 'em, they bag 'em. These came of the family boat and arrived at the store the afternoon before.

You pick ’em, they bag ’em. These came of the family boat and arrived at the store the afternoon before.

Fresh and feisty they were!

Fresh and feisty they were!

We got back to Mike and Paula's with enough time for me to get a few more shots of their property before we started the feast. Love their little piece of Heaven. I got to let the chickens out...the love to roam, but everyone is aware of the eagles, hawks, coyotes, bear, and all other lovely creatures that share this space.

We got back to Mike and Paula’s with enough time for me to get a few more shots of their property before we started the feast. Love their little piece of Heaven. I got to let the chickens out…they love to roam, but everyone is aware of the eagles, hawks, coyotes, bear, and all other lovely creatures that share this space.

A better shot of the coop that Mike and Paula built from a tree they cut down on their property. Mike had the log milled, and did an they did an awesome job on this insulated casa!!

A better shot of the coop that Mike and Paula built from a tree they cut down on their property. Mike had the log milled, and did and they did an awesome job on this insulated casa!!

Rabbits down low, right and left, and chickens up high for the most part.

Rabbits down low, right and left, and chickens up high for the most part.

We did sweet corn on the grill, and Terri took some of the husks out. The chickens loved her for it...I don't know if the chickens or Terri enjoyed this more!

We did sweet corn on the grill, and Terri took some of the husks out. The chickens loved her for it…I don’t know if the chickens or Terri enjoyed this more!

A better shot of Mike and Paula's bees with the bear fence around it.

A better shot of Mike and Paula’s bees with the bear fence around it.

Their awesome garden, where we got to pick some pumpkins, and some squash, which we enjoyed immensely last night!

Their awesome garden, where we got to pick some pumpkins for decoration, and some squash, which we enjoyed immensely last night!

Water is boiling on the stove, the steamers are on the steamer on the grill...time to get our grub on!!

Water is boiling on the stove, the steamers are on the steamer on the grill…time to get our grub on!!

Yes please!!! Are you kidding me!! Pinch me...It was all AWESOME! Terri tried lobster for the first time, and ate steamers too! She has become quite adventurous in her young age...

Yes please!!! Are you kidding me!! Pinch me…It was all AWESOME! Terri tried lobster for the first time, and ate steamers too! She has become quite adventurous in her young age…

Quite a bowl of steamers to get through, but they did not last long!

Quite a bowl of steamers to get through, but they did not last long!

And all too soon, our time with Mike and Paula and family were done.  We miss you guys already, and cannot wait to get together again!  We left quite early on Thursday, the 29th to head right back to the Moose River RV Park in Saint Johnsbury, VT.  It was an awesome drive, the sun was out, and the trees were really starting to pop.  It was only about 200 miles, but took about 5 or more hours on two lane roads.  We were able to get a riverside site this time.  Even though not 50 amp, being right on the river is nice.

Can't get much closer than this!

Can’t get much closer than this!

Sorry for the bad pic, but at least you get an idea of what the site is like.

Sorry for the bad pic, but at least you get an idea of what the site is like.

Oh yea, before we left the night before, Mike presented me with the Husson U CJ coin. Quite an honor in my mind! Neat idea that I hope more CJ programs take on. Ask a military person if you are not familiar with the coin thing.

Oh yea, before we left the night before, Mike presented me with the Husson U CJ coin. Quite an honor in my mind! Neat idea that I hope more CJ programs take on. Ask a military person if you are not familiar with the coin thing.

Back of the coin. Another treasured possession...I spent my first 13 years in the military in Law Enforcement.

Back of the coin. Another treasured possession…I spent my first 13 years in the military in Law Enforcement.

We headed out early Friday morning to check out the local area again.  The campground we are at is awesome in providing ideas of what to do and maps to get to neat places.  We ended up out in the country at a couple of festivals and crafts shows.

An old church that sponsored a pancake breakfast, and later in the day a ham dinner. They do this all over the place in this area of VT this time of year.

An old church that sponsored a pancake breakfast, and later in the day a ham dinner. They do this all over the place in this area of VT this time of year.

Found ourselves in the neat little town of Pecham, VT. Settled in 1776! The folks do a great job keeping their properties up.

Found ourselves in the neat little town of Pecham, VT. Settled in 1776! The folks do a great job keeping their properties up.

As we headed back, we ended up in the old downtown area of Saint Johnsbury. As we were walking down the street, we noticed a guy with a caped Moose mount in the back of his pick up truck. Come to find out he owned the store we were in front of, and invited us in. What a neat place!! Part of it was an old bank, and this place was stuffed full of things we like...wildlife mounts, art, pictures, clothes for this time of year, on and on. This is their wine vault! they used the old bank vault.

As we headed back, we ended up in the old downtown area of Saint Johnsbury. As we were walking down the street, we noticed a guy with a huge Moose mount in the back of his pick up truck. Come to find out, he owned the store we were in front of, and invited us in. What a neat place!! Part of it was an old bank, and this place was stuffed full of things we like…wildlife mounts, art, pictures, clothes for this time of year, on and on. This is their wine vault!  They used the old bank vault.

After a quick bite to eat downtown, we headed back to the campground and played a few games of cards and called it a night.  We woke Saturday to rain, and kind of slugged it all day.  We met some great folks in the campground that we hope to meet up with in FL later this year, and capped the night off with a huge fire.

One of the neatest decorations I've seen yet. Sunken Allis is what I like to call it.

One of the neatest decorations I’ve seen yet. Sunken Allis is what I like to call it.

They have a huge fire here every Saturday night . The owner gets pallets for next to nothing to burn.

They have a huge fire here every Saturday night . The owner gets pallets for next to nothing to burn.

We were up early on Sunday, and headed over to Lyndon, VT and the Lyndon Bible Church.  What a great time!  The people were awesome, and the head pastor and the guy that was leading worship are both ardent Packer fans!  The folks at this little country church were extremely welcoming, and we ran into one of the couples at the Danville Craft Fair later in the day.

Kids dancing to the local folk music. We had a blast, and did our part to support the local community with some

Kids dancing to the local folk music. We had a blast, and did our part to support the local community with some “donations.”

On the way back from Danville, we headed up to Dog Mountain. A guy and his wife bought this property and turned it into a dog chapel and open area to hang out with your pets. It also has about 150 acres of trails, ponds, scultpures and art. It was the brainchild of an artist names Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwen. Google them and the park if you are interested.

On the way back from Danville, we headed up to Dog Mountain. A guy and his wife bought this property and turned it into a dog chapel and open area to hang out with your pets. It has about 150 acres of trails, ponds, sculptures and art. It was the brainchild of an artist named Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwen. Google them and the park if you are interested.   Tragically, they both took their own lives for some reason.  In any case, their dream lives on, and it is an awesome property.

We wish the sun would have been out, as this is some of the best color we have seen.

We wish the sun would have been out, as this is some of the best color we have seen.

Inside the chapel. This guy went all out. Stain glass windows and all. The notes stuck to the wall are all from pet owners that have lost a pet at some point in time.

Inside the chapel. This guy went all out. Stained glass windows and all. The notes stuck to the wall are all from pet owners that have lost a pet at some point in time.

When we got back to the campground, Terri found a Rails to Trails bike route that had a trail head right in Saint Johnsbury.  Off we went!  What a great trail!  Wish we would have taken advantage of it sooner.  The rails to trails routes use abandoned railroad beds, so the grade is never more than 3%.  This went through some of the most gorgeous country we have seen.

In one of three tunnels we rode through. When we cam back, it was darker, and they have motion activated lights overhead that light your way.

In one of three tunnels we rode through. When we came back, it was darker, and they have motion activated lights overhead that light your way.

Love this time of year...leaves changing, leaves falling, cool days and colder nights!

Love this time of year…leaves changing, leaves falling, cool days and colder nights!

Terri most definitely in her element!

Terri most definitely in her element!

Awesome trip!

Awesome trip!

If you ever get the chance...here is the map.

If you ever get the chance…here is the map.

And again…just like that, our time in Saint Johnsbury was done.  We left the Pumpkin Patch around 1100 today to drive the short 90 some miles to South Hero, VT which is located on Grand Island, just north of Burlington, VT on Lake Champlain.  We are presently at the Apple Island Resort.  It is a really nice park, and we look forward to exploring it for the next week.  Terri took off and checked out the campground while I finished setting up, and after that, we took a short bike ride on one of the many trails they have in the area.

Terri found this bluff in the campground overlooking the lake.

Terri found this bluff in the campground overlooking the lake.

Looking out over the lake to an island that is full of color...although you cannot tell in this photo.

Looking out over the lake to an island that is full of color…although you cannot tell in this photo.

The end of the road...at this for this time of year, except for Saturdays and Sundays when they have a

The end of the road…at least for this time of year, except for Saturdays and Sundays when they have a “bike ferry” that gets you to the other side so you can ride trails all the way to Burlington.

Nice properties.

Nice properties.

That is all for now.  I have work tomorrow, and the sun is supposed to appear again, so Terri will likely get to check out some more of the trails around here.  The temps are apparently on the rise, so we will likely see 70’s this week, and sun.  We hope to get some good foliage peeping in.  As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living your Dreams!!!

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