Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vermont-Back Home

May 23-June 20, 2019
An early departure from MA, 208 miles and we arrived safely at Maplewoods Campground in Johnson VT. A quick hi as we came in, drop the 5th wheel in our site and then off to the DMV, all by noon. By the time we got back to camp our good friends Mike & Carol had arrived and were setting up just a few sites away. 

The Memorial Day weekend was all about reconnecting with these best friends,  Lawson Brewery, lunch on the lake, campfires and lots of cards.

Over the course of the next month, we caught up with lots of friends, though we didn’t get pictures of some of them. To those we saw, it was great to see you, to those we didn’t, sorry we missed you…maybe again in 4 years. 

For 20 years we called Huntington home, we have many fond memories there. 
No stop in Huntington is complete till we stop at Purinton Maple and Christmas Tree Farm, our friends Peter and Carla have been producing maple syrup and selling Christmas since the mid 70's and late 90's respectively. They'll ship syrup anywhere so if you're in need check them out. 

Original sugar (syrup) shack

Farmer ingenuity-how to trim your trees

Of course, no stop in Huntington isn't complete without a look at our former home,

our my folks former home.

Boston had Cheers, Huntington has Beaudry's. Even after being gone for 4 we are still known when we walk in the door. The weekend morning coffee spot, the hub of the town, Linda-the unofficial mayor of the town and if they didn't have it you didn't really need it.  
Of course, the reason we head into Huntington is to see our best friends from our days there. 

Before we knew it our time was up in VT. We never did get out canoeing or hiking, the weather didn't cooperate on the few days we weren't busy. I got some route planning done, visited some of our favorite eateries, Dave stocked up on VT beer. 
One last meal with our dear friends
While in VT we learned of the passing of our dear friend Les, we are fortunate we got to see him just this past April. The evening we learned of his passing we gathered with our friends Mike & Carol and celebrated Lesman's life and our years of friendship with him. 
RIP dear friend, thanks for some wonderful memories...we'll see you on the other side. 
Our other main concern was getting some welding done on the RV, unfortunately, that didn’t solve the problem and we continued to have some issues. So much so that I have lost some confidence in how the RV will hold up. For all, I know this may be our new normal or we still have issues. I realized I wasn’t comfortable traveling into Canada with potentially major issues. Looks like we’ll be jiggling with the Jello again this summer. 
Until next time...


  1. Les looks like a sweet heart. When we pass by our old house, it is a relief that it belongs to someone else.

    1. He was one of the sweetest and nicest guys I've know. Sure don't miss owning that house.

  2. Looks like a whirlwind of time visiting friends. Hope you get your rig issues taken care of soon so you can relax and not worry when you head down the road!

    1. That it was but what fun we had. Made it to IL okay, now to see how it holds up when we head west.

  3. Nice to see all the friends isn't it. Hope your rig stays ok

  4. I am bummed that you cancelled your Canadian Maritime summer adventure. But it is always good to be on the safe side considering you will be in unfamiliar places.
    Like you, when we were in CA in 2016, we did check out and passed by our former house, but it is no longer the same, our heart is no longe in it.
    It is always great to reconnect with old friends and it looked like you had a grand time with them.

    1. We were bummed but I'd rather err on the side of caution than be stuck somewhere in Canada. We had to pass our house to see our friends, sure don't miss owning it. We had a great time reconnecting with those we could.


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