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