Sprocket’s Red Rocket Adventure

I’ve migrated our blog of our ’round the US trip from spring 2010 to 3Up Adventures. Originally posted at Sprocket’s Red Rocket Adventure* I took my first real foray into blogging as a way to chronicle our adventures for friends around the country. Now, I’m just really grateful to have an awesome record of that time.

 

Forrest had plenty of experience seeing the country but the trip was my first cross country (’round the country?). Our puppy also was with us every day as he grew up into a dog.

I’d hoped to have all of this finished to post yesterday but it didn’t quite work out that way. With that, I give you our USA road trip of 2010.

 

 

*I was not aware of its South Park implications, okay?

Day 41: Shoreham, Vermont to Oneanta, New York

Waking up to the beautiful morning we’d been hoping for, Kate, Sprocket, F, and I headed for Addison to hike Snake Mountain. It felt wonderful to be up and moving around and we all really enjoyed the hike to the top. The view was incredible–the whole Champlain Valley was laid out in front of us with the lake and the Adirondacks beyond. After the hike, we went back to the house for some lunch. It was decided that pie at the “Halfway House” was in order. It was a great finish to our visit.

F and I thought about taking the ferry to New York and driving to the interstate along the shores of Lake George but balked at the $9 fare and decided to take the land route. Along the way we past an asphaut race track; Forrest was slightly dismayed to discover that the racing had started much earlier in the afternoon. Hitting the interstate, we cruised through Albany and made it to Oneanta for dinner. We ate at Brooks BBQ House–the food was cheap and yummy so we were quite satisfied. We drove through downtown Oneonta, which was adorable, but we were in a bit of a hurry to find a place to stay because it was getting dark so we didn’t get to stop. We bedded down for the night just up highway 205 from the little downtown.

Day 40: Shoreham, Vermont

Our morning began with some pretty darn good French toast in the Davis-Flagg household. Post-coffee and breakfast, Katie, F, Sprocket, and I headed for the Middlebury farmers market. It was good to see Middlebury again, I have such great memories of visiting Katie there (and am excited to have started making some with her in Shoreham!). The market was really nice and Sprocket loved seeing little kids who were happy to pet him.

Our next stop was Otter Creek Brewing Company where Forrest and I partook in some beer tasting. The brewer overheard us talking to the bartender and stepped in to pour us our tasters so he could more fully answer our questions. He also opened a couple bottles of their Imperial Series so we could taste them. Once we heard that we might find some of the Imperial Double IPA at the Co-op, we quickly hatched a plan to get some pizza stuff and beer for dinner.

 

Back at the house, Katie and I rambled the property a bit while Forrest helped Colin’s friend Andy with the T.F.S. (“Towable Field Shelter”). We hung out a bit more and then walked a nice gravel road loop with Sprocket. He loved all the smells everywhere and couldn’t keep himself out of any puddles of water he found. The pizza Katie whipped up (prosciutto, ricotta, and caramelized onions) and she and I enjoyed our bottle of Poet’s Leap riesling from Washington while Forrest tested a Rock Art Extreme IPA. Our evening ended much as it had the night before

Day 39: Grand Isle, Vermont to Shoreham, Vermont

We spent a leisurely morning eating blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and talking with Lee and Jim. After breakfast, Jim, Forrest, and I took the dogs down to a beach and let them run and swim. Jim was quite impressed with Sprocket’s swimming abilities. Back at the house, Forrest and Jim took a ride in his 1930 Model A–Forrest was grinning like a little kid. We made lunch and headed for Burlington.

In Burlington we stopped to sample beer at Magic Hat Brewing Co. We went into the brewery and noticed there were several dogs at the tasting bar so I ran back out to retrieve Mr. Wiggles. He was quite happy to be included in the outing even if his people weren’t horribly impressed with the brew. Hitting the highway again, we made our way to Vergennes where we took a look at the falls before continuing to Shoreham.

It was so wonderful to finally see Katie and Colin’s little cottage. We relaxed on lawn chairs in the fields before devouring some yummy hamburgers. Katie even had some Middlebury brewed Wolaver’s Brown Ale to drink. After dinner, the four of us hung out in the house catching up with Sprocket at our feet.

Jeep Cherokee Sleeping Setup

Way back in New Orleans Meg told me that I needed to do a post on how we set up the Jeep for camping. We spent a lot of time in the XJ with two people and a puppy pretty comfortably, so here it is, by request…

Day setup:
The futon is folded over so Sprocket can lay on it up by us but the crate is still available in case he gets wet or really dirty.

Everything in its place
Side storage for tools, water, etc.

Camp Setup:

Setting up camp
Well stocked for adventure
All ready for bed
Sprocket needs to stop growing

 

Sunset Grill Beer Tastings

  • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (Petaluma, California): tastes like a Lagunitas just stronger
  • Sixpoint Bengali Tiger (Brooklyn, New York): strong wheaty-hoppy flavor, clean finish
  • Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree (Marshall, Michigan): sweet, strong, has a barleywine or Belgian like flavor
  • Left Hand Chainsaw (Longmont, Colorado): solid IPA, fruity taste
  • Cotrell Mystic Bridge IPA (Pawcatuck, Connecticut): pretty yummy, totally worth a pint

Day 38: Lewiston, Maine to Grand Isle, Vermont

Snow Falls (Near West Paris, Maine)
Mt. Washington

 F and I were awake and on the road by seven. This gave us plenty of time to play our way over to Vermont. I think it was my easiest navigation day because the road from Bates to Bethel (near Sunday River Ski Area) is well ingrained in my memory! It felt so good to be driving through New England again. We both had a good time driving through the pretty countryside punctuated with “towns” founded in the 1700s. We decided to take Vermont 15 to Burlington instead of taking the Interstate. I think it was a great choice, it was really pretty and I got to taste some wine at Boyden Valley Winery. Their reds and whites were pretty good, the cranberry wine was refreshing (Forrest liked it too!), while we were less than impressed with the dessert and ice wines.

We headed over to South Hero Island on Lake Champlain and made a brief stop at C.i.D.E.R. to say hello to Lee, Forrest’s elementary school teacher, before going to their house. At the house, we relaxed and let Sprocket get to know their dogs Gracie and Ava. Jim and I took Ava and Sprocket up to Knight Point State Park on the lake to let them run around and swim a bit. Sprocket, as always, loved it! He got to get wet then chase his new friend through the woods!

Lee was home when we got back and we all loaded up and went to Shore Acres for dinner. The food was quite gourmet and very yummy but the view was incredible! We had a great time catching up and talking about all sorts of things. Back at the house we all had some computer time (I almost caught up for all you blog readers out there) before heading to bed.