The Green Mountain State – Vermont, Part 1


Yes, I know.  You want to be there, too.

Hubby and I put the top down on the old sports car and drove to Vermont.  Winding back roads all the way.  The weather was glorious, big puffy clouds and a bright blue sky.  We’re fans of real maps that show you more than ‘how to get there’.  No GPS for this trip, just finding the least traveled roads on our old fold-out map.

We were kids again, not caring if the wind blew our hair or if we we were lost.  We had a map, we were good to go.  Time was unimportant- a rare thing these days.  I was writing poetry in my head.  I was singing, everything from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles.  I was thinking of my children at school and what I could bring to the table.

We both love history.  As we drove over mountain after mountain (no wonder it’s called the green mountain state), we talked about the pioneers who traveled west.  Surely, when they crossed one mountain they thought “this is it”, only to see more mountains to cross.

Cool rock fact: Everything to the west of the Green Mountains is marble.  Everything to the east is granite.  I learned that at the Vermont Marble Museum some years ago.

Vermont is beautiful.  Period.  Cities are charming, towns are friendly, and you can find everything from agriculture to art.  It was a perfect drive, our summer getaway.

We actually had an ulterior motive, visiting the Bennington Museum in Bennington (Part 2).  Grandma Moses was the driving force in the best of ways.  Oh, yes!  Stay tuned.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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84 Responses to The Green Mountain State – Vermont, Part 1

  1. beth says:

    that’s exactly how i imagined it! thanks for taking us along on your free-wheeling road trip, jennie. i look forward to seeing more –

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Vermont is a great getaway. I’m glad you had the opportunity.

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    I long to visit those areas. The history is so rich. I’m so happy you two hit the road~what a freedoms felt! Keep having fun!

  4. quiall says:

    I would have loved that drive! I used to leave work on a nice Fall Friday afternoon with a full tank of gas, my camera and a need to get lost. I would drive the back road for hours. Yep, I would get lost.

  5. Thanks for the virtual trip, Jennie. Hugs on the wing!

  6. beetleypete says:

    I can see why they called it ‘New England’. We have a Rutland here too of course. I think it is the smallest county in England.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. Darlene says:

    What an awesome road trip. The scenery is amazing!

  8. Wonderful road trip! Now I know about the marble/granite split… Lovely share all around and a great way to get away!

  9. tidalscribe says:

    Thanks for the beautiful drive, what fun, not knowing where we were going.

  10. Looks like a nice trip. I thought you were going off the road at the end of that video!

  11. How exciting. Sounds like a great trip.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    We never rely on electronics on drives like that. The one time I forgot the maps we were hopelessly lost in far Western Connecticut on the New York border. In fact I said if we went any further we would be in New York. And then we were! No cell service in lots of places in New England.

  13. Have fun, Jennie. I miss VT soooo much. I loved living there. Enjoy your drive and the museum. 🙂

  14. Ahhhh. Felt the wind in my hair and the sunshine on my skin. Nice.

  15. petespringerauthor says:

    That sounds like a magical day, Jennie. Mapping was one of my favorite units to teach. I love GPS, but there is always a tradeoff with technology. Let’s hope that we don’t dumb society down into pushing buttons and asking Siri questions.

    • Jennie says:

      It was magical, Pete. I love using my big map book in school. It is Geography 101 for preschoolers. We get sidetracked on everything from oceans to direction to weather. I do hope that it helps to create a broader understanding and not just a push button culture.

  16. Thanks for the beautiful drive, Jennie! What a wonderful day you had.

  17. TanGental says:

    Love a good fold out map. We have these amazing maps – OS, short for ordnance survey – and they give you so much information. Learning to read them has been as useful as learning to read. The stories are short but always compelling and endlessly fascinating… ah, I’m with you already Jennie

  18. This sounds like a fun trip, Jennie. It is great to relax and really let your hair down.

  19. Have to take your word for it but the photos have a lot to say. Never made it to Vermont but would still love to one day. Hope you had fun. Looks like a can’t miss place.

    • Jennie says:

      If you like ‘nothingness’, just mountains and big sky, it is heavenly. The older I get the more I love wide open spaces with beautiful ‘nothingness’. Thank you, Marlene. It was so much fun!

  20. jilldennison says:

    I am SO jealous!!! Thank you for sharing your trip … I LOVE it!!!

  21. Wow! This is the way i would make a journey through the USA.

  22. Thanks for taking us along Jennie.. lovely state and have shared the link on Wednesday.. look forward to part two..hugsx

  23. srbottch says:

    Vermont is beautiful. ‘Back when…’ (highschool) my father, brothers and I would spent November weekends at my aunts camp in Tunbridge, deer hunting. Absolutely loved it.

  24. srbottch says:

    (I got interrupted) Have a wonderful trip, Jennie. I’ll look forward to more. Also, hope you’re having a relaxing summer.

  25. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is lovely! Have a wonderful trip!

  26. sjhigbee says:

    And you take us for a lovely ride along a twisting country road… Thank you!

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  28. Sarah says:

    So very beautiful, Jennie! Glad you and your husband enjoyed this road trip together. Mind if I join you singing Sinatra and the Beatles?
    And thanks for the cool rock fact. 😉

  29. Beautiful state. We visited in the fall about 20 years ago, after attending a wedding in New Hampshire.

  30. ishitadhiman says:

    So pretty! 🙂🙂

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