Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Vermont, New Hampshire and King Arthur

Rain was our most constant companion on this trip. We didn't find the falls in Glens Falls but from what I read online we may not have seen much anyway. Technically we spent the night in Queensbury which surrounds Glens Falls. It rained all night. Morning newscasts were warning of localized flooding. When we checked out I asked the clerk if we needed to be aware of any flooding in the immediate area. She said, "no". After a summer of drought the rains were appreciated. The broadcasters were calling it a 'nor'easter'. I thought 'nor'easters' were stormier but maybe they were expecting them to become wilder with hurricane Joaquin coming up the east coast.
Our days of 'leaf peeping' along the scenic byways of Vermont and New Hampshire were going to be soggy and done from the car with no hikes in wooded parks.
Rivers were running full. What leaf color there was was dulled by the rain.
Notice the 35 mph sign. There were so many hills, curves and small hamlets it seemed you would just get a 50 mph sign and get sped up when another 35 mph would be posted.
I thought the dead trees in this stand of woods would ruin Bud's photo but he knew what he was doing - they made for a very artistic shot.
The weather wasn't improving. Time to find an indoor stop as well as a place for lunch. And I found just the spot.......
......The King Arthur Flour Bakery-Cafe-Store-School near Norwich, VT. The cafe was packed. We each had the 1/2 sandwich and soup of the day special. The soup was butternut squash with cider. Mm-mm. Perfect for a cold, rainy day. Bud had chocolate chip cookies for dessert. He got me a coconut macaroon which I saved for evening to have with some Earl Grey tea.
I took this photo of the boards hanging along the covered walkway entry. But you really should visit the King Arthur website here to understand what this place is all about.
The October issue of 'the baker's catalogue' featured Pumpkin and Spice and everything nice. I'm not much of a baker, but I may have to try the Pumpkin Cheddar Biscuits or maybe the Malted Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Tart. Doesn't that sound sinful?
I can remember Mom using King Arthur Flour occasionally. I don't think she bought it often just because she usually bought what was on sale or least expensive. But somewhere in the back of my mind I had retained a positive reaction to the brand. Visiting their Vermont flagship campus only added to the feeling. How I wish my mother could have seen it with me. She would have loved it.

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