I’m back! I realise that I haven’t posted in two months and I’d like to say that it’s because I’ve been really busy doing important things but the truth is that I just couldn’t think of anything to talk about and I’m really good at procrastinating. Like gold medal good. But I’m back and you’re stuck with me (unless I don’t get round to posting for another two months).
It was my birthday this week and my wife decided to take me to a mystery destination as my present to distract me from the fact that I’m getting old. As I sat in the car looking at the road signs pass by it became apparent that we were heading north and we were either heading towards New Hampshire or Vermont. I was pretty excited when we crossed over the state border into Vermont because it was one of the 22 US states that I hadn’t been to and my goal is to visit them all. I was heading into the unknown a bit because the only things that I knew about Vermont were Bernie Sanders and Ben & Jerry’s which are pretty good things to have representing your state if you ask me.
By the time we reached Montpelier and stopped for lunch it was as cold as fuck (in fact it had been as cold as fuck since we had left Boston but it was getting colder as fucker the further north we got). It was actively snowing in this part of Vermont and with a strong wind and icicles literally hanging off the car as we drove through the sylvan landscape I felt a little like I was in Narnia albeit with better transport options than Narnian’s have and less talking animals. My weather app said it was -15C (5F) and far colder with wind-chill. It was plain this was going to be a mainly indoor weekend unless I wanted hypothermia and believe me with the way healthcare works here I don’t.
Two interesting facts about Montpelier; it isn’t pronounced like the French would pronounce it which mildly irritated me and it is the only US state capital which doesn’t have a McDonald’s which meant that I forgave the town its dodgy pronunciation. We ate lunch there and got back on the road to our destination, Burlington. This city is situated on the shores of Lake Champlain which I can only describe as bloody huge and bloody icy. The lake is beautiful and fringed by mountains on the far side and at the north end is Canada, looking more like a potential refuge every day.
We did a lot of touristy things over the weekend, visiting Lake Champlain Chocolates and Citizen Cider and had a little walk on one of the islands in the middle of the lake. The walk wasn’t the best idea as I had forgotten a scarf or any kind of face covering and I really like having ears so I couldn’t be outside for that long but it was incredibly beautiful. Some parts of the lake were covered with thick white ice, some parts were covered in thin but beautifully clear ice and other parts were open water. We stopped off at Ben and Jerry’s on the way home (who wouldn’t). I’d like to return to Vermont one day when the weather is a little bit more hospitable but I had a great trip despite the cold! I hope you like the photos, the two below are my favourites.