By S/V Lealea | May 10, 2015 at 11:35 AM EDT | 2 comments
By The Skipper:
My recon mission to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is nearing it's conclusion. My broken toes have slowed me down a bit but, overall, It has been a very productive and enjoyable trip.
I got to renew old friendships and see how much things have changed in my home town of Williston Vermont and how little things have changed in North Troy where we have long planned to eventually settle and develop our property (Half a mile South of the old covered bridge on River Road). I opened the motorcycle crate containing those personal possessions we could not bear to part with but have no room for on the boat that our friends, David and Ginger Isham, have generously been storing for us in one of their barns since we left Hawaii in 2007. It looked like a squirrel had gotten into the crate and made a bit of a mess, but no real harm done. I removed a few items to take back to Alaska, marveled that we had kept some things that have no use or value and took them out to donate to Goodwill. That left the crate about half full of books, personal treasures and some clothes too fancy to wear in our current lifestyle. Then I screwed the top back on. We are not done cruising yet.
While I was there I picked up two gallons of Mike Isham's maple syrup. One gallon in quarts for us and one gallon in pints for gifts. As a native Vermonter I may be biased but real maple syrup from the Isham's in Williston, VT is the best sweetener on earth. In Southeast Alaska they say "Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish". In Vermont, "Friends don't let friends eat Log Cabin syrup".
I will be heading back to Petersburg just in time for the event of the year, The Little Norway Festival.