Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Doug

Today we celebrated Doug's birthday at the home of the only US President born on the 4th of July - Calvin Coolidge.  His homestead is located in Plymouth Notch, Vermont which is about an hour and a half from Brett.  Last week Brett had let me know that there would be a celebration at the Coolidge home in honor of the day and we were glad to have attended.

The local historical society has done an excellent job preserving Coolidge's birthplace and boyhood home.  The church he attended was on the same block as well as the one room school.  We even visited a cheese factory that began operating in the late 1800s.  We walked to the graveside for the wreath ceremony and had a barbecue picnic for lunch.  It was a wonderful place to visit on a lovely day!

From Coolidge's homestead we headed west and Brett left for Concord.  It was fantastic to see him doing so well in his new environment.  He really enjoys his job and loves the New England culture.
We are impressed with all that he has done since graduating two months ago.

We stopped in Killington, Vermont next.  Doug and I had visited there twenty years ago.  On that trip we climbed to the top of Killington Mountain.  We didn't quite have time for that this afternoon, but we were able to hike to and around Thunder Brook Falls.  The scenery was gorgeous.

Our last stop on this vacation will be Niagara Falls.  We are hoping to catch the Maid of the Mist tour in the morning before making the last leg of our journey home.  It should definitely be warmer than the last time we were there.

Loved spending Doug's birthday in Vermont.  We appreciate him everyday, but none so much as today.  Always an adventure when he is behind the wheel.

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