Thursday, October 20, 2011

days seven and eight: the end

 
 
 
 
 
if there's anything this trip taught me, anything i learned over the miles we trekked and state lines we crossed, it's that this country of ours is something else. from towering maples that produce some of the sweetest, purest syrup i've tasted, to apples the size of basketballs and foliage so pretty it makes my heart ache, i was in awe.

our last two days were devoted to touring the local economy. we sat in a cold sugar house and watched a video on the making of maple syrup. the owners  brought us blankets and cider and the video was nice and short. we toured cabot creamery, sampling 25 different cheeses before nine a.m. then came ben & jerry's, green mountain coffee company, wilbur chocolate factory, and even the teddy bear factory. we learned about the land, and what fabulous goodies spring out of its bounty.

we spent our last night in amish country, waiting behind buggies at crossing lights. it was pure, spacious, clean and idyllic. and being so far out, amid the farmhouses and silos, it almost felt like home.

these two weeks back have been an adjustment of sorts. of papers and studying and work and pablo. but we've settled back into our routine quite fine. because as i've said before on here, traveling is fun. it is beautiful and worthwhile and downright thrilling at times. but nothing in this world beats your own bed. and the pin oaks by the cottage are just turning to crimson and i'm so thankful to be home underneath them, thanking the sweet Lord for getting us back safely. and for the ho-hum drill of an ordinary, quite spectacular life.

16 comments:

Emily said...

It sounds like your trip was amazing! I love stopping at small little things to see along the way too. Cant wait for my next little roadtrip!

Erin said...

So glad you had such a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing!

My Soul is the Sky said...

wow you are one lucky girl. it seems like you travel a lot and see so many cool things :)

Elisabeth said...

i love that you took to the time to see america and appreciate all that it is - reading about your trip makes me want to be back on the east coast so much! glad you had such a wonderful time :)

Gentri said...

Aw! It sounds like such a perfect and picturesque trip! Seriously! And I'm so glad you're enjoying being home. I'm the opposite- I do LOvE my home and bed, but I love being on trips and adventures!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I never sleep so soundly as I do after a long trip. Traveling is fun but home is where its at.

Blondie's Journal said...

What an amazing trip you had...I think we enjoy traveling for the very same reasons! I know what you mean about sleeping in your own bed. Sometimes when I am in hotels, I imagine that Milo and Layla are there snuggled with me!

XO,
Jane

Anonymous said...

Courtney--I'm sad your recap posts are over! Every day I was excited to see where you had gone next. :) LOVE the picture of the farmhouse in Amish country. Looks beautiful!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

A Certain Vintage said...

you have shared such beautiful photos, your blog is gorgeous! I saw the making of maple syrup once on a trip to usa and it really is fascinating, how they almost create an artifical cloud!
xox

Eva Marie said...

What a beautiful country indeed.. I love sleeping in my own bed there is something about traveling that makes coming home that much sweeter.

ms.composure said...

it looks amazing!!! and who sleeps on trips!?! LoL j/k

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mary kate said...

cabot cremery, ben and jerrys and green mountain coffee?!?! oh my i'm so jealous! next time i go on a trip can you please plan it for me? haha

Gwen Edwards said...

Lucky girl indeed! I've always wanted to see how real maple syrup comes out of the tree.

b. lee said...

love the wholesome tours & ventures you experienced * so delightful!

It seems pretty obvious. said...

Wonderful pictures as always :) Sounds like you had a great trip. And yes, even if traveling is my passion it's always a good feeling to come home!

Take care! //Niina

Cara-Mia said...

I loved reading all these posts about your trip. This country is indeed beautiful and awe-inspiring! There are so many wonderful and different things to see! (I actually usually think that about California alone - how different and beautiful it is from top to bottom, but I know the same goes for the whole country, west to east.) Glad you returned safely and had a great time.

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