You may know that I am obsessive about collecting travel literature and filing it for future reference. Today I hit a bonanza of some of the best Vermont brochures I have ever seen.
It was back to the Mount Ascutney hospital for my annual physical exam, and I still am in healthier shape than most 40 year olds !!! So I treated myself to a western omelet at the Windsor Diner which I have reported on before — DAY OUT – SEPT 29, 2011
I was planning to come straight home, but then “Ray is Ray.” With leaves off the trees you always get to see new scenery, and I realized there were a few small streets in Windsor between US 5 and the Connecticut River that I had not been on, so in true shunpiking form (even if in town) I turned down a small street to explore the few roads (checked them out first on my IPhone while savoring my omelet). Can now say I have explored there, but crossing the railroad tracks and heading towards the old train station (c1901), on the left I saw the Connecticut River Byway Windsor Waypoint Center – and it was open. Of course I went in, did you have to ask?
Wonderful panels talking about local history (I took images to remember the facts – particularly on the Merino sheep, and local industries), and there were travel brochures and booklets I have never seen. Whenever I turn off I-91 onto I-89 heading towards Burlington I always stop at the Hartford Welcome Center to see what is new to collect – but my travel brochure collection is extensive for planning trips and I usually see nothing new there. Today was different (and now I will have to get to the Waypoint Center in Bellows Falls)
I have been meaning to develop my page of Day Trip Ideas, and based on what I collected today I will have to start. Here are the treasures now in my collection:
- VERMONT 91 – A TRAVEL GUIDE OF THE EXITS ALONG INTERSTATE 91 — Great with history and ads for both sides of the river — 95 pages
- VERMONT BY RAIL – Your Connection Guide – Summer-Fall 2013 Vol. 1. — history of 12 trains stops for the Amtrak Vermonter. Contains railroad and local history – 20 pages
- REVOLUTION, RIGHTS AND RULES: A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO THE VERMONT CONSTITUTION — Teacher’s aid, but history in simple terms – 37 pages
- EXPLORE VERMONT BYWAYS – days of travel adventures in Vermont
- CONNECTICUT RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL – focuses on Claremont, Cornish & Plainfield, NH and Windsor and Hartland, Vermont — 77 miles of history and exploration — and on their website I found a resource of 8 trails with 2800 sites
- VERMONT COUNTRY INNS and B&Bs — so, if I spend one night in each what an adventure
I had to share the above resources and think I will have to start a local shunpiking club — put your tops down (going “topless”), and pack your picnic baskets.
Catch you soon, your faithful traveler, RAY
Wow, Ray! First, kudos for the western omelet 🙂 Next, you certainly have a lot to explore. We’d love to be a part of some of it with you when we come up sometime…it wouldn’t be “topless”, but it would be fun nonetheless!
cannot believe how much is still here in my backyard — hurry and come share “topless” or not !!!
The dnner is so darling and just plain inviting. Congratulations on your checkup and 40th year.
Thanks for sharing the glorious details of your adventures with me. I feel as if I’m with you on your shunpikings. Congrats on a great check-up. Looks like there are many more trips to come. God bless you, Ray. Carol