Homeward bound on Wednesday July 10th, we set off towards Vermont for a visit to Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory as a side trip before we got back to Mark's mothers house in the Lake George area.
We drove through Maine, and into New Hampshire and the White Mountain region, which was absolutely beautiful. As we rode along I continued to search for moose in the woods, and eagerly anticipated any moose crossing road signs along the way.
I caught a few mountain ranges with the morning steam rising off them. We talked about ascending White Mountain, but decided against it and hurry along to Waterbury VT.
We made one last stop in New Hampshire at a visitor center (something, I forgot the name reservoir pictured above), and guess what I finally got to see my MOOSE.
Okay, so he was stuffed. What can I say, I did look for one of these guys. Glad at least I got to see one that wasn't made of plastic, pictured on a shirt or hat, a cartoon or made of cement.
On to Vermont, we past through the capital of Montpelier, and made our way to Ben and Jerry's!
Vermont's state capitol.
WE FOUND IT! Ben and Jerry's
I was actually surprised to see how touristy the place was, as well as how crowded. They must get tons of visitors. We decided that we would take the $4- factory tour,(kids FREE) but first we had to make a visit to the flavor grave yard.
We checked out the headstones of the "buried" former flavors enjoying the comments on the stones. I never had PB and J ice cream, but I can see why it only survived a few years. Yuck!
Another flavor I never ate, but certainly one with a name you don't forget.
Oh my! For being on the shelves for so long time, this was the first time I had heard of Turtle Soup.
This is a view of the factory from the flavor graveyard.
After exploring the graves, we headed back to the factory for our 12pm tour.
What they failed to mention and what possibly got the company "on the map" so to speak, was after a low in sales they decided to tour the country giving away their ice cream in a hippie Volkswagen van after the tour and on their way back to Vermont the van blew up. The story caught national news and the sensation began.
NO PICTURES ALLOWED in the actual factory area. I suspect it has nothing to do with secret formulas, but more out of respect for the employers since it is an actual working factory. The claim is employee's get 2 pints of ice cream a day. Now that's an employee incentive.
Exit the factory into the best part, the Tasting room. Todays flavor; cookies and milk.
After the tour we took in the gift shop, the boys got ice cream; Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and my favorite Phish Food. Then it was back on the road, only about another 2 hours to NY and Bubbe's.
There were so many strange road side attractions along the ride home, I wish I could have been faster at getting the shots. In one town there was a giant metal reproduction of The Predictor and a store sign vacuuming up a man, only his legs were exposed. I did catch this guy....talk about some thing you don't see in the pasture on a regular basis.