Hi To My Loyal Readers,
I am popping in here after all this radio silence to let you know I'm still here, but just fully FULLY occupied. I've got a nice big CART gig that I'm still in the midst of, and it's left me either without internet access (except with the Android, which is really just close enough to a computer to be an annoyance), or if I do have internet (in my hotel room), I'm just too doggone tired to open the lid and turn it on. Mr. Jefferies has been at the sitter's for much of the time, so we both apologize, but Terrier Tuesday will be on vacation this week.
My gig features a diverse group of Americans from all parts of the country, some of whom have been heard to grumble that "There's nothing to do here," or "We're city people; we don't like all this wilderness," or "The Mexican food here sucks," or whatever. So I have somewhat taken it upon myself to become The Ultimate Full-Service CART Provider/Tour Guide/Vermont Ambassador, and have made a mental note that the next time I go to, say, Texas, I will be sure not to mention that I don't like their French food or their lack of maple trees. Or what have you.
This afternoon/evening featured a ride to the Ben & Jerry's factory; to the village of Stowe (including to a yarn and quilting shop because my riders happen to be interested in both things); a ride up the Mountain Road; a stop to walk around, collect stones and take pictures on the tippy-top of Smuggler's Notch; to eat in Waterbury; and the pièce de résistance -- a stop and tour of the Williston rest stop. I can't wait for my companions to give a little piece of Vermont rock to each one of the participants tomorrow (which is the plan we've hatched, to have one at each of their table places in the a.m.), and to regale them with stories of me taking them on a tour of A.REST.STOP, Vermont-style. (The one with tractor picnic tables and water conservation exhibits that I reviewed here.)
Having a great time. Wish you were here. No, seriously.