Almost every time I’m on vacation, I’m struck by an acute and unfortunate need to see and do as much as possible. And I want to see only the “best” of everything; I want to see the river from the best possible spot or the ultimate fall foliage, even if it means driving an hour out of the way. I want to do the best scenic drive and see the city’s prettiest streets and nicest parks. This is unfortunate because I spend a lot of time in a state of low-grade (sometimes high-grade) anxiety intricately planning everything, and then wondering if I’m really doing the best of whatever it is I’m currently doing.
We went to Vermont for about 48 hours and saw: Shelburne Farms, Burlington Waterfront Park, Church Street Pedestrian Mall, Oakledge Park, the Burlington Earth Clock, the town of Waterbury, the Ben and Jerry Factory, Monpelier and Killington. Looking back, what I really would have enjoyed would have been to stay at a rural bed and breakfast (the kind that serves a hot, home-made breakfast) about 30 minutes outside of Burlington, an entire day walking the trails and enjoying the landscape and animals at Shelburne Farms, and maybe a nice, leisurely walk along the Lake Champlain bike trail. Next time. I’m writing this down so that next time I’m struck with the site-seeing-best-of-everything-craze I’ll remember that it’s better to enjoy a few things in depth than many things shallowly. I want to try a different and more laid-back approach to vacation.
In any case, Vermont is so beautiful it almost looks fake. My husband has family in upstate New York, and it’s given us a chance to explore this part of the country on a regular basis. I’ve lived in the suburbs most of my life, and I love spending time in a more rural place.