We left North Conway yesterday morning with a cloudy sky and some drizzle on and off while we were driving west on the Kancamagus highway. We managed to get out of the car and walk for a short while to various locations with a scenic view, waterfalls and such. At the Franconia Notch State Park we didn’t actually go into the park (lack of time, bad weather and the entrance fee), but just stopped at a few lookout spots. From there we drove down to White River Junction, VT and it was pouring when we reached our motel. The weathergods have been good to us on this trip, so we can’t really complain. We drove back up the few miles to Hanover, NH to have a look at the college campus and find a nice place to have dinner. Until I read it either in the travelguide or in on a street sign, I had no idea that the college in Hanover is the Dartmouth College. The moment my brain registered this information it also recalled the image of a grey Dartmouth T-Shirt and of course one of my alltime favourite Grey’s moments: “You were wearing that ratty little Dartmouth T-Shirt you look so good in. The one with the hole at the back of the neck.” *sigh*
Hanover is a nice little town with a lot of beautiful old college buildings, cute little shops and because of all the students a very lively atmosphere all around. [Something we didn’t experience in Montreal ;-)] In one of the many shops that sell the whole range of college wear (from neglige to sweatpants to sweaters and gloves) I saw a cute scarf with a moose on it. Of course I had to buy that as a souvenir. I also bought two rings at this shop, one of which I lost later that night (clumsy me! But no surprise I guess *g*). They were rather cheap, so I didn’t mind that much at first. The shopkeeper was such a sweet lady and she told us were we should go for dinner and her recommendation was awesome. We had yummy, yummy food at Molly’s and delicious dessert and just a very good time.
We knew we’d come back in the morning, if the weather permitted and it did. So I could buy the ring I lost again and a third one as well. But my friends bought stuff as well, so it’s not just me who is pretending to be a Dartmouth alumni now :-) We actually bought a lot of other stuff in the other shops, because there was just so much nice tiny things to buy. It was raining a bit when we left Hanover, but it got better once we were back on the road in Vermont. We stopped in Woodstock, which is a become autiful small town with a lot of nice shops as well. The sun actually came out for a while, which was more than we expected. Last stop for the day was the Ben & Jerry’s icecream factory in Waterbury, VT. I LOVE B&J so it was fun to be there and be able to try any of the flavours, because only a few of them are available in Europe. I didn’t go on a icecream tasting spree though, just had a scoop of the “Imagine Whirled Peace” icecream, including chocalate peace signs :-)
Right now we are fed *g*, the bags are almost completely packed and we’ve even managed to watch Grey’s live on TV again. We enjoyed the episode a lot but I’ll most probably will write a special post about some stuff from the first three episodes once I’m back home and I’ll find the time to do so. Hopefully I will break the habit of annoucing to write a post but then fail to deliver :-) The promo caused some discussion about the future storylines for Meredith and Derek. As the only hardcore MerDer shipper in this group of friends, I was outnumbered, but I admit: I like the way their storyline is going, cliche or not. I just can’t help it. At least it will hopefully get them some more screentime :-)
This will be my last post from this side of the Atlantic. We’ll spend some time in “downtown Burlington” *g* and then drive up to Montreal and fly back home in the evening. I’m already dreading the jetlag. But we had such an amazing time here, so I shouldn’t complain.