We have spent a considerable amount of our camping time taking in the sites or running errands, so this weekend we decided we would just camp. with the exception of one trip to the farmer’s market (which I will talk about in a bit). Relaxing (for me at least) is not as easy as it sounds, and in my opinion is a skill that for some must be learned. I personally intend on perfecting the skill 🙂
I was working in Albany this week so Lee and I selected one of the campgrounds that we liked from our weekend research trip that was located somewhat in the middle between Keene and Albany. We met on the site, landing within 10 minutes of each other and for me it was a beautiful drive across Vermont farm country on Route 11. Despite the pretty drive it was a bit difficult to just dive right in. I was still in work mode and did not find it that easy to make the adjustment. Thankfully the setup went very well, with me focusing on the inside and Lee on the outside and the weather cooperated with a nice and reasonable temperature. We had gotten our first choice (Site 117) and it was even bigger than I remembered. This lot is fantastically large. We easily fit the truck, camper, and my car on it and could have fit several more cars to spare. It is well wooded which we like and the campsite was quiet and not crowded. I have to say based on the site alone, any other campground would be hard pressed to match it, and we settled in for a pleasant stay.
Since I was out-of-town, Lee selected a couple of recipes from my growing “try it” pile and completed the shopping. I don’t think I mentioned it, but for years I have collected old and unusual cookbooks. Since I travel so much, they have largely been collecting dust, but over the past month while at home, I have been looking at them and cutting out any recipes I thought were interesting. Yes I did feel a twinge for cutting up books, but many of these I have had for 15 plus years and it was the only way for me to make sure the recipes actually got used. The end results is a small plastic coupon holder that is now full of recipes to try, and the results of those experiments are what occasionally show up on these pages. As I mentioned before, I am only experiencing a 50% success rate, but apparently Lee is a better selector than I am because all three of his recipes were good!!!
The next morning we were up bright and early and Lee asked me to try to find a farmer’s market to supplement his meal choices with some fresh veggies. Perkinsville is really in the middle of no where, and the closest one I could find was 45 minutes away, but he quickly found a farmers market that opened at 10am within a 10 minute drive. Lee is the Goggle zen master 🙂 So we jumped in the care and drove to the market. It was basically a large roadside stand, but they had tons of products from local growers. While there we bought the mushrooms for that night’s dinner and I found some homemade dog biscuits for visiting puppies at the sites. We decided to not bring our dog on these trips (she’s a bit of a princess and incredibly high maintenance) but I do enjoy talking to other people and petting their dogs. The organic dog biscuits were just the thing and should be acceptable to any dog owner, even those who have dogs with special dietary issues. In addition they had small chunks of local Vermont cheese… yummy.
After the farmers market we went into town (basically a cross roads and a few stores) and went into the grocery store/deli to pick up some dishwasher soap. It was amazingly well stocked (if small) and had its own little salad bar and hot bar for $5.99 a pound. We both made a salad for lunch and Lee got a couple of yummy ribs that had just been cooked to take back to the campsite. “Foraging” for local food is fun and in this case reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. Next we went across the street to the local feed store to look for a wire grill cleaning brush. I had been using a plastic one and it wasn’t getting the job down, and luckily they had exactly what we needed. In addition, I picked up a great pair of rubber farm boots for $20 and two bags of kiln dried kindling for $4.95 a piece. I love feed stores and have fond memories of visiting them as a child, but had forgotten how much of an eclectic selection they could contain.
Finally we stopped at one more farmer’s market (I couldn’t help myself it had a statue of a goat outside that grabbed my attention) and picked up a little jar of honey, maple cotton candy, eggs, and some egg salad all locally made. It was a nice little trip to see the area and only took an hour or so, and then we were back at the campsite.
Dinner that night was an unqualified success, Beef Satay, Mushrooms, and Roasted potatoes then we watched a movie and went to bed. Oh yes somewhere in the day I took a nice long nap. In my real life I never nap but the fresh air and soothing sounds of the birds made a nap just the thing, so between some solid sleep at night and the nap I feel VERY well rested. Since the campground is so inexpensive $70 for three full days Fri – Sun, we paid for the extra day and will take our time leaving. Stoughton Pond is within walking distance and if it’s warm enough we want to try out our kayaks, which Lee brought in the truck. Overall the trip was very nice and relaxing and definitely showed the value of just camping.
- When driving to the campsite straight from work allow a little extra time to decompress
- Just camping is fun
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