A Trip To Vermont!

 Last Tuesday, my brother and I went to Vermont with some of our friends. If you remember, last year I took the same trip! I am so glad I brought my big camera this year. I also filmed a little video which I haven’t finished editing yet, but I will link it in another post when I’m done.

We left at around 3pm. The car ride was about 4 hours, so not too bad. We stopped at Subway for dinner. By the end of the ride, we were all pretty tired and kind of crazy from being stuck in the car for so long! We watched some tv and went to bed around 11:30. What’s a vacation without staying up late, right? 🙂

The next day was Wednesday. We all woke up pretty late and had pancakes for breakfast. A little ways from their house, there is a hiking trail called Moss Glen Falls, with an amazing waterfall! We decided to go there first. I actually really like hiking. The only thing I don’t like about it is the BUGS! :/

The hike up to the waterfall was craaaaazy steep. It was a bit scary because we were very high up. There wasn’t a fence or anything so you just had to be really careful! There was even a warning sign…

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Now I don’t even think I have seen a waterfall this big before. The picture doesn’t really show how huge it was! I know it’s nothing compared to Niagara Falls or something… but it was just incredible. There were people sitting in front of it (:/) so I tried my best to get a photo without them in it. I cropped them out in these two.

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^^If you look close enough, you can see where the waterfall starts in the way back! We walked all the way up there and hung out in a little stream. ^^

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^^I love the light in this photo. See how steep it was to get to the top?! Crazy. ^^

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^^I love this photo because I can just imagine the sound of the water trickling (is that a word?) over the rocks. Ahh. So pretty and peaceful!^^

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^^Does anyone know what these flowers are called? They’re so pretty!^^

So after about an hour or so we headed to…. wait for it… THE CABOT CHEESE FACTORY/STORE!! I went here last year and it is cheese heaven. Really. There’s a whole table dedicated to cheese samples! I’ll admit, I took more than I should have, but it was so worth it because it’s so darn good! I tried them all, and my favorite is usually Pepper Jack, but I tried some other spicy ones and I actually loved them. I am usually not one to try super spicy foods, but I am glad I did!

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^^Haha! Tangy and colorful, with a little “kick.”^^

Unfortunately I didn’t get too many photos from that place. I took a ton of clips for the video, though, so stay tuned for that!!

Right next door is the Lake Champlain store. I went here last year as well, and we also went to the factory. The chocolate is AMAZING!! I didn’t get any, but they had a sample which was milk chocolate sea salt almond or something like that. It was incredible!! So  yummy.

Silly ole’ me forgot to take any photos there as well. Whoops. I did take videos trust me!!

OK. The next place was probably one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. Yep, that’s right. BEN & JERRY’S. If you didn’t know, I love Ben & Jerry’s. (But I mean, who doesn’t love them?) This was my third time at the factory, and once again, it did not disappoint!

I was really excited to see that there was a new video when we took the factory tour! I had seen the same one already, but the new one was so much better in my opinion. Plus, our tour guide was funny, which is always a plus. If you ever go to the factory, you need to take the tour! And get the ice cream OF COURSE!

My favorite part the tour is the sample at the end. This time, it was Milk and Cookies, which happens to be one of my faves!

We went to the scoop shop after and got our ice cream on. My favorite flavor is Phish Food, but this time I wanted something different, so I got The Tonight Dough with rainbow sprinkles. It is definitely in my top five flavors! If you don’t know what it is, it’s chocolate and I think caramel with cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough, and something else crazy! I highly suggest that flavor if 1) You love Jimmy Fallon 🙂 and 2) LOVE CHOCOLATE!

I was also very proud of myself when the tour guide asked us what we thought the best selling flavor was and I got it right. (It’s half-baked!)

For someone who loves to take food photos, this next part was a dream come true. There were hydrangeas next to where we sat, and they were the perfect background to my pretty and colorful ice cream! Come on. How pretty is that?! (Yes, by the time I was done taking photos the ice cream was a bit melty. I didn’t even care, though. #DoItForThePhoto.)

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^^ Sorry not sorry. Here’s a closeup to make you hungry. Mwahahaha. ^^

After that, we headed back. We were all stuffed from all the samples we had! My friend Emma and I worked on a video we’re making, then we played hide and seek and baseball with our brothers. After it got dark, we decided to make a fire!

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^^ I love this shot of the leaves. It looks sort of Christmas-ey! ^^

We made s’mores and hung out around the fire for the rest of the night. I experimented with the shutter speed a bit and snapped these next photos. It looks sorta creepy, but I like how they turned out!

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The next day, we decided to go swimming. It was really hot! We went to the same place last year. I’m not sure if there’s a real name for it but I think it’s just a Reservoir. It may be a state park but I’m not sure. It’s somewhere in Stowe, though!

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^^Seagulls!^^

I normally don’t LOVE swimming in lakes because I am not a huge fan of fish rubbing against my leg. Also I am afraid children have peed in it. But that day I was a total water-bug! I brought my goggles and although I couldn’t see anything underwater (LOL) it was worth it. I just love the water!!

We headed back after we had finished our lunch. We all showered and headed downtown! I really enjoy walking through downtown Stowe, or any town for that matter!! They’re always so cute. We went to Stowe Mercantile, which is an awesome little store! I got some penny candy, and we took photos in the photo booth. And, of course, tried aaaaaaall the samples. 🙂

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^^ I see this soap at a lot of places and it is so cute!! Has anyone tried it? I am always tempted to, but it’s kinda expensive. Let me know if you’ve tried it and it it’s any good!

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It just so happened that there was a little art show happening that day down one of the streets called “Art in the Park.” (I think…) There were a lot of little stands of people selling their art, jewelry, or food. I got a maple cotton candy sample, jam sample(s), and cookie sample. I wish I had written down the names of the businesses! 😦

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From there, we went to get (more) ice cream at a malt shop! I think it’s called Depot Street Malt Shop. It is the CUTEST place ever! It’s 50’s themed so there are black and white checkered floors, photos of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis with a bunch of old antique furniture and jukeboxes. I would totally go there again and I definitely recommend it if you happen to be in Stowe!

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^^ I got strawberry ice cream. It’s actually one of my favorite non-Ben & Jerry’s flavors, but I don’t have it very often. ^^

We headed to Piecasso Pizza for dinner. I went here last year and got pineapple pizza (no ham, just pineapple). I normally don’t get pineapple pizza because it either has ham or some meat on it, or I forget it exists! We also went to the little “game room” there.

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^^BTW: You need to get the garlic knots. They are fantastic!!! ^^

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^^ Oh yeahhhh!!! ^^

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^^ PACMAN! ^^

Behind Piecasso, there’s a little walking trail. We walked on it and were probably on it for about an hour or 45 minutes.

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^^ The cutest wall art under a bridge! ^^

We sat down at this little river and watched my brother and his friend skip rocks and almost hit us, as we were on the other side of the river… :/

It was pretty late, so we headed back. The next day, we left at about 9:40AM, and headed home!

So that was my trip to Vermont! I hope you guys enjoyed! This is, like, my longest post ever. 1517 words… and counting…

Stay tuned for the little video that should be up soon… hopefully by the middle or end of the week! I hope your summer is going well! I know I have been a bit absent on here… sorry about that. I’m not even that busy, so I have no excuse. I guess I don’t really know what to post! I hope you enjoyed this, though!!!

Happy Monday!

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