Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Four girls on a trip

As I promised, I am learning to take time off.
So today, my oldest daughter, my mother, and my grandaughter Ava, and I set off for Middlebury, Vt.
As long as I can remember, Middlebury was a favorite day trip from Ticonderoga, where I grew up, and from Putnam, where I lived for many years.
So we decided to take the ferry. I love the ferry. I couldn't count the times I have been on it. And every time I ride it, I remember the time that my father and I came home from an auction on a Saturday night. We got to the ferry on the Vermont side, just as it was docking for the last time, on the New York side. It was almost dark, but not quite. My father got out, and hollered across the lake. Then he started honking the horn. I was quite mortified. He insisted that he was not driving all the way around the lake. He honked. I slunk down into the seat of the truck. After what seemed like forever, we heard the motor start up, and the lights came on. And my father said, "See? I told you they wouldn't leave us here."

But today, they left us here........as we pulled up, they were just this far out. We watched in disbelief......
But yup, they were leaving us. For real.
So we decided to get out and walk around. Ava was all for that.
Do you remember when you could wear a little dress like that and look that good????
Or can you still???

My mother, in the pink shirt, does not know these people. Never met them.
But that does not stop her. Any time that I leave her for more than a minute, I can be sure that she will strike up a conversation with whoever is closest to her.
Lake Champlain is on the east side of Ticonderoga, and Lake George is on the west side, they meet in the middle with the LaChute river.
After a while, there were alot of cars lined up behind us, waiting for the ferry.

And finally, they came back across. Lucky for us the lake is not very wide here.
The lake was calm today, making for a nice ride.
On the other side, the Carillon was getting ready to take people on a tour of the lake.

Have you ever seen anthing like these????

On the way to Middlebury, which is 18 miles from the ferry, we saw these at Middlebury College. Aren't they wild???? I have no idea what they are, but I like them anyway.
I love riding back roads. Always have. Probably a throw back to all the back roads I traveled with my father, when I was a kid.
Today, it was a multi generational trip.....from 4 to 84.
My daughter's purse was sitting between the seats, and tipped over into the back seat, upside down on the floor.
She said, "That's OK, my whole car is my purse."
I said, "I like that idea."
She replied, "You LIVE that idea."
Now what the hey is that supposed to mean?????

More tomorrow........it was a fun day, but a long one.
But isn't Vermont beautiful.


Delighted Hands said...

What a good day! We have a ferry near us that we haven't explored. Thanks for the reminder to take time off and do exploring.

Country Girl said...

Vermont looks really beautiful and I think I like those European tee pees or whatever they are. What an excellent trip with the ages 4 to 84. Quite nice.

Candy Duell said...

I love Vermont! But, I have never been on the ferry. It looks like you had a really great day.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful day for you... and YES, Vermont is gorgeous... Hubby had a job interview up that way a few years ago but was not offered the position.. We would have enjoyed living there I think. Thanks for these photos!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Sharon said...

What a fun trip - thanks for taking us along. My mother was like that too. As for the whole car being a purse, oh yeah. I know that one.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Thank you so much for your sweet visit...and I know you are right...this too shall pass. I am headed for that area soon...or I hope so. It depends on a lot right now...and I will be so disappointed if I cannot go! We were to leave on August 6th.
Wonderful pictures...I hope I have some of my own soon. Those twisted brambles into tee pee like shapes was amazing!
Love and smiles~

Hilary said...

That sounds like a perfectly lovely day. I've always loved ferry rides too but haven't been on one in far too long. Vermont is indeed a wonderful state. Keep on enjoying. :)

Life Looms Large said...

That's great that the ferry runs frequently enough that missing it wasn't a HUGE inconvenience!

My father has that same "talk to strangers" quality. I find that the older I get, the more I do that too! Some people say I can talk to anyone about anything for any length of time. (It might be true.)

I love those twisted teepee things!


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