q99 (q99) wrote,

Back from Vermont!

I came back from a week-long vacay to Vermont, where I stayed with my Aunt C, who's great. Went up with my dad and sister, though sis only for half the trip. Also for part of it, Aunt B and her husband were there too, which was cool! (Last time I went up to the area was their wedding)

We swung over to New Hampshire and went up Mount Washington on the Cog Railroad- if you ever want to go up a famous mountain without hiking, this is the one to do, and being on a specially-designed railway doesn't diminish the experience (the seats and engine are both tilted!). We love trains, and Mt. Wash is awesome. Got there on one of the first trains so it wasn't too busy when we did. Weather was good when we did- the mountain has famously some of the worst weather on earth (they had a wind gauge there that once clocked 231 mph- which held the record for something like 90 years), but we got a mix of clear and literally being inside some clouds, which was nice.

To my disappointment, Montpelier's best bookstore, Rivendale, closed! It was suuuch a good used/new bookstore, alas, I was heartbroken. We did hit a number of other places of interest. Up in Burlington their Church street had a lot of good bookstores, restaurants, and various other places, reminds me some of Old Town around here, plus they had some stands out for a market day with artists and such. Word of warning- the comic there has tricky steps coming in *and* going out, so I twisted my foot on the exit ^^ Last day, so it didn't really affect the trip much, only started hurting once we got to the airport. Plus we got to look over the lake- no Champ sightings, alas.

We also hit the Dog Chapel on the way to the mountain. Lotta dog stuff- and they had some event going on so a lot of dogs too!

Went over to the cousin's place (literally next door from my aunt's). Played Ticket to Ride with the whole family, and we had a pretty good time. I got second place ^^ My dad didn't do well because even though he's big into trains he's not great at games, so got too focused on the routes he couldn't make. I played fairly safe and managed to do pretty well.

Shortly before going I got a nintendo 3ds, to give stuff to do on the travel segments of the trip. So far only have mighty gunvolt burst (a really great Mega Man style game), Monster Hunter 4, and Radiant Historia (a time travel fantasy RPG). It took me off guard that portables not only have 3d, but just plumb good graphics and an RPG can have full voice acting, that's better than my last home console (PS2). Anyway, that was fun on the trainride up/planeride back.

Speaking of the planeride, it was delayed a few hours, but the gate had a 'Skinny Pancake' place that served crepes, and they stayed open longer to help take care of us. So I ate some very good crepes and honestly the delay was a bonus ^^ On the way back we went over some great city lights. Arrived home, all is well!

Oh, and not long after getting back I cleared a buncha books from my shelves and took 'em to a used bookstore and got a few new ones. Yay! And my foot healed.

Good times all around
Tags: new hampshire, story, trip, vermont, video game
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