Day 2: Sunday, May 27, 2007

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The majestic mountains of Vermont

6:20am

Sleep is a funny thing when I’m on a trip. I’m super tired at the end of the day, so I fall asleep in a flash, but the circumstances are so unusual and the schedule so unfamiliar, that at 5:45am I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to get my day started. I also really enjoy having all this free time in the morning without having to rush to get things done.

8:30pm

Today almost began with disaster. Running out of my room this morning I saw that the bus was gone! We were only 5 minutes late! I looked a bit further and saw that the bus was there, but stood closed with all the lights on at the end of the parking lot, ready to leave. I ran toward it and the door opened, taking in me and my folks who ran up after me. Thankfully our neighbors in the bus made the bus wait for us -- the tour guide was going to leave without us! Both me and my mom were upset for a while, but it ended well…


Today was all about food… well, almost.

Mom and I on "The Spirit of Ethan Allen III" -- on a cruise on lake Champlain
We ate lunch at a buffet, then went to a cheese production place where we sampled probably 18 varieties of cheese. I discovered I love sharp cheddar cheese -- ad the sharper, the more pleasure it gives me. After the cheese, we went to a different place where we sampled fresh, ice-cold apple cider. I bought a jar of cider mustard -- it’s out of this world! After the cider place, we headed to a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. This was at Montpelier around 6pm and just about everything else was closed.

In between all these food tastings and shopping we went to an awesome place -- the Trapp Family Lodge -- this place is built by the hill where the first shots of the movie "The Sound of Music" were shot. It was so wonderful to be there on that hill, pretending I was Maria.

Oh, have I mentioned that "The Sound of Music" is my favorite movie?

 

The mountains are so incredible here. They are always in the distance, as silent and detached observers that still somehow protect the area with their kind presence. Standing on the "Sound of Music" hill, I looked at them hoping to find some feeling of connection. "It’s all God", I thought, feeling their majestic presence and hoping to feel God. Then I put my camera into "extreme closeup" mode and took about 50 incredible flowers of the flowers in the area. My absolute favorite shot is of a leaf with raindrops sitting like perfect glass beads on the surface. The beauty of the vegetation in the area is just overwhelming.

 

Eat, Pray, Love has been a part of this trip to a greater degree than I realize. Even these journal entries have been affected. I finished reading "India" today, and before I went on to "Indonesia", I realized that this book is now officially my favorite book of all time. I am so thankful that Andrea recommended it to me. I feel so much more open to being myself, it’s really changed me.

AndiPerullo says:
Wow, I had no idea that you would love the book so much! I hope people read your blog and then pick it up for themselves. It's a book to be shared with the world.

I'm an extra sharp cheddar cheese fan myself. However, in my opinion brie is still the best!

I'm glad you made the bus in time!!! :)
Posted on: Jun 01, 2007
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The majestic mountains of Vermont
The majestic mountains of Vermont
Mom and I on The Spirit of Ethan …
Mom and I on "The Spirit of Ethan…
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Birch trees... Vermont just showe…
Williams College
Williams College
And the up-close of the hill that…
And the up-close of the hill that…
The hills are alive, with the Soun…
The hills are alive, with the Sou…
At the apple cider place
At the apple cider place
By the Chinese buffet where we had…
By the Chinese buffet where we ha…
(Have I mentioned I LOVE flowers?)
(Have I mentioned I LOVE flowers?)
Its a TULIP!!
It's a TULIP!!
Thank God for creating such stunni…
Thank God for creating such stunn…
This one is for Andrea, though I h…
This one is for Andrea, though I …
Lily of the Valley is one of my fa…
Lily of the Valley is one of my f…
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This might just be my favorite pi…
The von Trapp family lodge
The von Trapp family lodge
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