The journey home.

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Since we weren’t in a huge hurry to get home, we took the longer scenic route back and that meant driving through the Northeast Kingdom.

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It’s a rural and mountainous region of Vermont, similar to areas in northern Maine with its low population density and differing political views.

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Unspoiled and undisturbed.

Beautiful? You betcha!

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This region takes their designation seriously so you’ll find “Kingdom” gas stations and “Kingdom” diners scattered throughout the area.

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There’s even a covered bridge staircase.

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While the majority of Vermont is an environmentally friendly, liberal, churn your own butter, Birkenstock type of place… the Kingdom is a bit wilder and leans much farther right. It’s often said there are two Maines, southern and northern.. I find that’s true of Vermont as well.

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And if you’re wondering how far north we were?

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I could see Canada from my window.

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And though we didn’t cross the border, Verizon let us know we might as well have.

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17 thoughts on “The journey home.”

  1. Used to truck to Blue Seal in Saint Albans which is not all over the news with our Concord NH couple murdered by a man caught up there. I am still not ready for evil hiding in such beautiful locations. Glad you had a great time.

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  2. Ah, the first place I lived in Vermont (back in 1989) was in the Northeast Kingdom – Derby Line, VT where the library was half in Canada and half in the USA. We’d walk across the border to a very lovely restaurant because the restaurants in Newport, the closest town, were awful and everything in Newport closed at 5pm . The height of weird was Island Pond – the home of “the church people” tho what kind of church no one really knew. I have to say moving from New York City to Derby Line VT was the epitome of culture shock.

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      1. I don’t know what Derby Line is like now but if you’re ever in Newport again a quick trip to Derby Line to see the library is worth it. Remember tho that if you park in the back parking lot, which is in Canada, you have to go through Customs on your way back. So fun to watch Border Patrol chasing cars down Rt. 5…

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  3. Just beautiful! I have the same issue with my phone when I am on the waterfront in Victoria, BC. My phone likes to welcome me to the USA at that point. Arghhhh…and then I have to get the roaming charges reversed. I’ll have to learn to turn off cell service next time I go there…

    Deb

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