Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York & Pennsylvania
We waved good bye to our little piece of beachy Heaven in Maine on October 16 and headed west to Vermont, through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We began the trip a tad bit fearful that Sadie would not be able to handle the pass but full of excitement for new horizons. Pleasantly surprised that she was handling the ups and downs with grace, we pulled off to a lovely little trail head for leg stretching and sandwich eating. We all took in the joy of the familiar thick forest realizing that, although our temporary home on the sea was dreamy, we had missed our beloved mountain air.
Arriving that evening in Vermont, our feeling of knowing it already that had begun in the White Mountains continued. It very much reminded us of home but with a few more farms…well, a lot more farms. Cows everywhere, in fact. We spent a quick 3 days enjoying the slow pace and scenery while indulging in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Cabots cheese, as well as a good bowl of pho in quaint little Montpelier. Then we packed it all back up and journeyed down through the Green Mountains and into the Hudson River Valley of New York. We were in awe of the fall foliage this year. It seems that the trees were showing off bigger than usual but, of course, it could just be that we were so immersed in it that we became hyper aware of all the incredible color. Beginning at the top of the US and moving down further south meant witnessing the peak season almost continuously.
In New York we settled down for a few days in a town called Kerhonkson. Just down the road from our campground we found The World’s Largest Garden Gnome welcoming visitors to one of the most picturesque farms I’ve seen and a perfect location for the kids to engage in all of our favorite fall time activities…corn mazes, apple cider donuts, pumpkins, petting farm animals with a huge bonus of a giant jumping pillow. Still not sure how we ever got our trampoline loving kiddos off of that thing!
A picnic and hike in Minnewaska State Park was another highlight of our time in the area. I’m telling you, the colors were gorgeous and the weather sublime. Perfection.