Sunday, July 10, 2011

Nan and Bear on the Road to Woodstock and the Maple Sugar.

We were passing through the little town of Woodstock, Vt. Stopped at a park and walked the dogs and took pictures.

A covered bridge was in the downtown area of Woodstock. It is a one lane bridge with a pedestrian walk and used daily.

A view of some of the downtown area of Woodstock.

Some of the buildings in the area are eyecatching.

A beautiful old home.

We then moved on to the Maple sugar farm. We crossed through this covered bridge. I hesitated until I saw the sign that said 13 feet 6 inches.

I didn't get a picture of the other side of this sign, but Liz said when the developers were buying up farms for their golf course, ski resort and Inns, this farmer refused to sell. The house is still here. Saw a bit of a garden behind him.

Looks like a neat old house. Wish we could have stopped and looked closer, but no where to pull off.

We drove down a narrow dirt road, not bad to drive on, and came to this working farm that produces cheese and maple syrup.

This is the aging cooler for the cheese. We had a tasting of the cheese and the syrup.

This is the sugar house where the maple sapp is cooked down to syrup.

On the way in, passed this sign saying how many inches of snow they had in any given year.
The record was 128 inches. That is a lot of snow.

Liz taking pictures of the beautiful countryside.

An old hand drill used 25 years ago to produce the hole for the sapp plug.

Now there is plastic hosing and these items below to collect the maple sapp.

While walking around this bird stopped and posed for me.

Plastic tubing below is connected in a series of maple trees to collect the sapp.

This tree has many holes from previous years drillings.

These are the horses that are used to pull the sliegh used to collect the sapp in Jan, Feb and Mar.

One of the son's built this chapel to be used for his wedding. By the pictures there, many weddings have taken place there.

Liz inside the chapel looking.

As we were leaving saw this baby calf.

This was a great trip today. Saw a process I had always wondered about. This was a working farm not just pictures to look at. It made the visit even better.

As we continued down the road, we came to a bridge across a gouge called Quechee Gouge. Of course we stopped to take pictures and share them with you.

It is sure deep. The water appears to be fast moving too.

On the opposite side it looked as though water had cut its way through rock.

As you can see by this sign, it is a very old bridge.

Stay tuned for further exciting adventures right here. Never know what we will stumble across.

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