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This post has been contributed by the Brown Family on their Great, Great, Great Grand Adventure -
Who knew that Lobster and Maple Syrup would be such a great combination? While camping in the mountains near Boston, we enjoyed a few day trips to Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We stopped at a local crab shack and enjoyed our first taste of fried clams, lobster rolls and fresh clam chowder. Let’s just say that our Western taste buds were in a bit of shock. It was a fun experience and yes, we are so glad we made the trek.
New Hampshire and Vermont are SWEEEET as Sugar, Maple Sugar that is! We loved learning at Collins Farm how the sugaring process happens and tasting the results of their hard work. We went into Putney, Vermont and had a little taste of Maple ice cream, Maple Popcorn, Maple candy. We had to bring home some rich Maple syrup for our future pancakes and recipes. It was a long drive from Vermont to upstate New York where we did a bit of research on Rob’s family history and our church’s history, then on to the amazing Niagra Falls. We froze while we stood and marveled at the power of that massive waterfall. The kids loved it!
From Buffallo, New York we traveled down the eastern shore of Lake Erie to Kirtland, a small town in Ohio. We did a little more church history and then headed into Dearborn, Michigan to experience the American Dream through the eyes of Henry Ford. What a great place! The Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford museum and the Rouge Factory tour is a must see for anyone who loves America and the entrepreneurial spirit it allows. It was hard to leave our last major stop of history but had to continue on to South Bend, Indiana where we made a visit to see Notre Dame University. So inspiring, and while we were there, we drove over to Shipshewana to learn about the Amish. We found them to be very hospitable, loved our home cooked meal, and were amazed at their beautiful farms. Our girls are convinced that we need to have a buggy and wear bonnets when we get home. Rob is already planning out the small farm he would like to own. Thanks for the memories and the opportunity to relate to a new culture.
As we say goodbye to the East, we know someday we will return. There are so many stones we left unturned, so much research to continue at home and on future trips, and so much to still record and ponder. We look forward to seeing mountains again soon, but will miss the beautiful East Coast!