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Between going to the Bahamas, Vegas, and Vermont, I’ve developed quite the tan this summer (for me). Normally I try not to tan, but I didn’t have much choice this year. I’ve been using sunblock when I remember, and haven’t gotten a burn at least. Anyway, Andy and I just got back last night from an awesome trip to Burlington Vermont. It’s one of my favorite places. This time we splurged and stayed at a hotel downtown, so all the bars and restaurants are walking distance. The weather was absolutely beautiful, we lucked out.


It was really hot there on Thursday, so we didn’t do too many outdoor activities. We (finally) went on the murder mystery lake cruise! It was a fun dinner cruise with a local theater company. Each week they change the mystery. This time it was a pirate theme, which is perfect. Andy and I made some initial guesses who the killer was going to be. I was actually right, and should have stuck to my guns.

The next day, we got bikes from our hotel and went on one half of the bike trail. We checked out this giant sundial along the water, it was really pretty! We also did our third Magic Hat brewery tour, it was fun. I tried some new beers, my favorite being Hocus Pocus. We went downtown for dinner, and I had some amazing kielbasa at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. I recommend this place, if you’re ever in the Burlington Vermont area.


The next day, we decided to rent bikes along the waterfront. I regret this choice, as the bikes were heavy AF and refused to glide. So we did the other half of the bike trail, and did 10 miles total. My legs were ready to give way by the end of it, I would have been fine if we had used a standard mountain bike. We did spend our nights getting drinks at various places downtown. One of my favorites is the arcade. We also went to a balloon festival in Stowe. It was really cool! I brought my new DSLR with zoom lens for the occasion. Unfortunately, my stupid memory card is old and on it’s last leg. So it didn’t save some of my pictures. I’m ordering a new one from Amazon.


Oh yeah, before we left for Vermont, we rode bikes to check out local fireworks. It was a good choice, as the streets were very crowded, and traffic was terrible. We were able to zip around it on our bikes.


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I stole this picture from Ginny. I'm a baller-ina?

I stole this picture from Ginny this weekend. I’m a baller-ina?

I haven’t blogged in a couple of days because I was relaxing after taking an extended long weekend. We planned to go camping Friday, but stupid Arthur ruined that idea because it rained all damn day! So we left to go camping with Ginny and crew on Saturday. I guess one night was a good test to see if Zorro can handle camping. He sorta can, but had trouble when another dog came to visit. He didn’t like it when Kooper wasn’t on a leash. I thought Zorro was going to pull my arm out of it’s socket pulling on the leash! After that he was okay, he just has separation anxiety so one of us had to stay close to him so he wouldn’t whine his face off. Let me tell you, Zorro is lucky he is cute!


1 ) Zorro looks so cute hanging in front of a canoe…until he peed on it! What a jerk! 2) We tried out the new tent, only took a few minutes to set up but was nearly impossible to get back into the bag! 3) Blue Luau umbrella 4) Due to the rain, these tiny toads were everywhere. 4) The jerk dog up close


Kooper and Zorro finally making friends and Andy turned into the dog sitter. We visited the pond and found a family of ducks!

I miss camping, we haven’t gone in a while but hope to go back to the Pond again next year. It’s always fun and it’s nice to have our own private camp site, especially when your dog is whiny as hell! Ginny found this “mystical fire” stuff at the camp store. You put the bag into the camp fire and it turns the flames different colors. I guess you are supposed to use 2-3 packets each, but we didn’t read that part of the directions. I guess this stuff is toxic and causes cancer in California,  so we had to wait until everyone was done roasting marshmallows before making fire magic. It turns out putting wrapping paper into fire will have the same effect, so better idea for next year! 

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I was glad that Jackie came to visit from Minnesota, I haven’t seen her in years. We all dumped our beers into solo cups and went to the campground dance. Unfortunately, it was pretty dead this year. Usually the whole camp site goes and it’s filled with adults and kids. We didn’t stay very long, and went back to play the name game around the camp fire.


Zorro was much better in the car ride home, but still managed to get fuzz on my flamingo dress. Glad I finally had a chance to wear my ninja turtle pants!

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