Here is an overall summary of our trip:
Good things about the New England States:
#1 It is gorgeous. #2 So many things for tourists to do, you just cant get to it all. #3 Light rains and wisps of fog were beautiful.
#4 The lakes were breathtaking. This picture was taken just outside our hotel room. I could have just enjoyed the week from right here:
Or maybe just lounged in bed and enjoyed this view from the window:#5 I learned a lot of our country's history that took place in this area. Fort Ticonderoga , Old Sturgridge Village , and the Canterbury Shaker Village . #6 Interesting local restaurants and markets .
#7 There are a lot of old, quaint church steeples, covered bridges, and barns.
#8 Very clean states, no litter or weeds along the roads or anywhere really.
#9 Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Necco (New England Confection Co), and King Arthur Flour are based in this area.
#10 Fudge is sold at every counter and at every cash register in every store, gift shop and restaurant.
Bad things about the New England States:
#1 Fudge is sold everywhere!
#2 There were no garbage cans. Seriously, New Hampshire is devoid of garbage cans. Where do the people of this very clean state throw away their garbage? All I wanted to do was toss my milk carton and banana peel and it took all day to find a single garbage can. It really is a "Pack it in, Pack it out" state.
#3 Very few chain stores, chain restaurants or fast food stores in the rural towns. It took all day to spot a Walgreen's which you can find on any corner in AZ.
#4 Fog. It blocked our view from the top of Prospect Mountain where on a clear day, you should be able to see 5 states.
#6 The mileage information signs and speed limit signs were few and far between. (yet the mile markers were posted every 2/10ths of a mile. I have no idea why.)
#7 Numbered highways merge and overlap quite often making navigating from a map difficult.
#8 The Appalachian Trail is pretty darned tricky.
Funny things about New England:
#1 There are signs to warn drivers about moose and bears.
#2 Funny names:#3 There are dead people EVERYWHERE! These old little cemeteries are along every road. #4 Specialized yogurt flavors. #5 Fall visitors are referred to as "Leaf Peepers" #6 Favorite saying on a T-shirt:
What happens in Vermont, stays in Vermont.
(But nothing ever really happens here.)
The worst thing about our vacation, it had to end . . . goodbye Boston. It was a great week.