Mom told me to write about Vermont even though she says its her favorite state so far on this trip. She’s busy doing laundry so gave me the computer. I had to get Lark to help me turn it on, but I think I have the hang of it now. Pets aren’t allowed in the laundry and its too rainy and cold to go hiking so I’ll tell you about Vermont. I don’t have much to compare it too, but it was pretty.
We arrived in Vermont by sea! We got on a ferry in Essex, New York and got off in Charlotte, Vermont! I didn’t like the ferry. It was fun to be on the water with the wind in my hair, but the engine made too much noise. I’m sensitive to noise you know. Most Lagottos are. So, after we walked around the deck a bit, Mom put me back in the truck.
Yes, you heard that right. We were in the truck pulling the trailer on a boat! Crazy, huh? Even crazier is there were TWO trucks and trailers because Gracie’s people were with us. It must have looked pretty funny to see if you weren’t on the boat. For me, it was hard to see anything it was so crowded and besides, I just wanted to be in the truck. Like I said, too noisy.
Anyway, when we got to Vermont, we drove to a nice campground on the river. I can’t talk about that because if I do, Lark says she will “chew me up and spit me out”. Her job is to write about campgrounds. Mom and Dad decided she is more comfortable staying at the trailer than going out where there are a lot of people and dogs. So, she gets left behind. But I get to go everywhere. Well, almost everywhere.
I didn’t get to go to Shelburne Farms or the University of Vermont’s Morgan Horse Farm. Mom assumed (you know what it makes you when you assume?) that dogs could not go to either place, but I found out later that there were dogs there. Anyway, to try and make it up to me, she told me all about them, but my feelings are still hurt.
The University of Vermont has a program to preserve the Morgan horse breed. Mom used to have a Morgan Horse, but that was before my time. The Morgan horse is the first American bred horse going back to way before the Revolutionary War. They are a good all-round horse for everything from farm work to cavalry. Mom was really excited about getting to see the babies. She said they were having a raffle to raise money and the winner would get a baby Morgan. Dad wouldn’t let her buy a ticket though. Good thing. She has her hands full with me!
The Shelburne Farm is another place preserving history. I chewed up the brochure that Mom gave me with the facts about it so you will have to look online. I know that there were cows and sheep. They make cheese there. Only cheddar which is fine with me. I love cheese! It gives Lark gas though. Phew! I heard that they saw lots of people walking their dogs on the trails. I bet those dogs had eaten a lot of cheese and needed to get out of the house for a while!
Mom loved the gardens around the Inn most. She kept talking about the Peonies. At first, I thought she meant someone had eaten too much cheese and you know, had to go, but she says they were flowers in all colors of pink, red, white, and yellow. She thinks that they are special because she can’t grow them at home. I saw the picture. They’re just flowers. She said that they smell so good. Maybe I would have been interested in that. You know I am a super sniffer.
Anyway, they also went to Middlebury and walked around the town and Middlebury College. They saw some more covered bridges and waterfalls. All without me even though I love waterfalls!
Go to Vermont when you can. It is a pretty state with lots of water. But don’t leave your dog at home. There’s a lot for us to do and most people are smart enough to know that.