Mom’s putting the laundry away and when I offered to help, she told me to find something else to do. She says the reason all her clothes are dirty is because I jumped on her and left paw prints. I disagree, I think they are fashionable, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my short life, it’s when Mom is irritated, stay out of her way.
So, I thought I would finish blogging about Vermont. When we left the campground in New Haven, we drove to Stowe, Vermont. Stowe is very dog friendly. There were lots of dogs in the campground and at the different sites we visited.
My favorite was the drive through Smugglers Notch. In New England, a notch is the place where two mountains meet and form a small valley. Some other places in the country call it a gap. I like the word Notch better. Gap implies that something is missing. But there is nothing missing in a notch; there is a lot to see!
The area around Stowe was called Smugglers Notch because people trying to sneak stuff into Canada (or out of Canada) travelled through there. There are a lot of places in the rocks where you could hide something or even hide yourself if someone was chasing you. We saw lots of little caves and one big cave called Smugglers Cave. Gracie’s dad wanted to go inside but it was very dark. He decided he might trip on a root or a hole, so we stayed outside and peaked in.
Smugglers Notch was really pretty. There were high rocks on the tops of the mountains and waterfalls. We walked around a low marshy area on a boardwalk. I hoped we would see a moose or a beaver, but we didn’t see any other animals. Just a lot of birds and insects.
We also went to the Trapp Family Lodge which is like a hotel. I don’t know who they are, but the Trapps must have been singers because Mom and Gracie’s mom kept singing songs. About goats and hills and something called an “adelvise”. I think it’s some kind of tool. We walked around and took pictures in the gardens. Gracie and I posed together. We looked very cute. There was a wedding going on, but Gracie’s mom told me not to get any big ideas. All my ideas are big. I’m not sure which ones she was talking about. The humans knew a lot about the place. I guess they saw a movie about it or something when they went the day before for a history tour.
There was one thing that I didn’t get to do, and I’m really sad about it. The humans went to an ice cream factory. And they didn’t take me even though I LOVE ice cream! They went to see how Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is made. Now, I’ve missed my chance to meet Ben and Jerry and tell them how much I love their ice cream. I did hear that they are looking for more staff so I might see if they would hire me to be their spokesdog. Employees get three free pints of ice cream every day that they work! Mom said that the tour was interesting, and they got FREE SAMPLES! And didn’t bring me any. There was a graveyard for “retired” flavors. It sounded like the humans had a lot of fun there.
Stowe was a very interesting place. Lark will tell you about the campground later. Here’s a hint-it was a great one!