We left Walmart and continued on our journey across Highway 2 through New Hampshire and into Vermont. This route was ideal for Nancy – small, unique towns; old architectural buildings; and 50 mph speed limit.
We saw Santa hard at work in his workshop getting ready for Christmas. Then we stopped at a quaint little town called St. Johnsbury in Vermont. It has been recognized by National Geographic as the “Number 1 Small Town for Adventure,” and has great architecture, restored churches and Victorian homes. It is the birthplace of Thaddeus Fairbanks, inventor of the Fairbanks scale. My stepfather worked at Fairbanks-Morse in Kansas City for over 25 years. Fairbanks’ nephew dedicated a museum of natural science and arts to the city in 1871. The building is the oldest art gallery in the country in its original setting.
We stopped off at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and learned all about how two college friends started their business by investing in a $25 correspondence course on ice-cream making and built a world-wide company based on corporate social responsibility, good employee relations, ecological sensitivity, and sound business smarts. We had their flavor of the month ice cream – chocolate cluster – yum, yum!
We are staying tonight at a very nice campground on Lake Champlain in northwest Vermont. Our site has a view of the Lake. Nice, huh?