Take photos at your own risk.


by Mark Bergmann
Scenic pullovers are not always readily available traveling in Vermont. Sometimes you have to slam on the brakes (which does not translate to a quick stop when you are driving a house on wheels) and take your chances with a berm stop. We have often wished for a construction worker’s brightly colored vest.

This was one such stop. IMG_8933When we glimpsed this stunning view, I careened off to the side to park, then crossed four lanes of 55 mile an hour traffic, then walked back a quarter-mile while dodging rocks thrown up by passing semi trucks.IMG_8943

There are many beautiful trees in Ohio but I noticed a difference in Vermont and New Hampshire. Instead of just one or two types of trees in a stand, it’s common here to see five or six different varieties, each with its own signature hue. I often felt like I was  driving down a tunnel of fire with red, orange, burgundy, gold, pink and yellow blasting me from all sides for miles and miles.


Sorry, just could not leave these extra photos out.IMG_8807


Cole slaw upgrade. Coming at you from Shelburne, VT


By Saimi Rote Bergmann

Intriguing recipe ideas can be found in the most unexpected places. While visiting the Shelburne Museum, a multi-building must-see in Shelburne, Vermont, we stopped for lunch at the on-campus cafe.

My pulled pork sandwich was accompanied by the most appealing slaw. In addition to the expected shredded cabbage and carrots, the slaw included asparagus, broccoli florets, zucchini and yellow squash, as well as sliced almonds. Delicious!  I will be trying a variation of this the next time I make slaw.


Hitch up your favorite horse and go tailgating!


by Mark Bergmann

Tailgating is popular every time the pigskin flies, but don’t think tailgating is a recent development. This 1890s horse-drawn carriage was used to go watch football games at Princeton.IMG_8579

If I was a carriage salesman, I would tell you to notice the extra high seats, so you could look over the crowd at the game. I would walk you to the back of the carriage to show you the extra large storage for all of your favorite food and beverages. Just strap on your corn hole boards, and go tailgating!
(This turn of the century carriage is just one of many modes of transportation on display at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.)