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Sugar Shacks and Baseball

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:44 AM

This past weekend I went out to Buffalo to visit Andrea.  On Thursday I flew from Denver to Buffalo.  Unfortunately my flight from Denver to Philadelphia got delayed, and I barely made the plane to Buffalo.  But my bag didn't.

Once my bag finally got into Buffalo on Friday morning, our original plan for the drive to Vermont had to be modified.  We ended up driving out to Woodstock, Vermont where we had reservations at the Deer Brook Inn.  George and David made sure our first bed and breakfast experience was a great one as they upgraded us to the suite for free since we were the only ones in the inn.  They recommended a wonderful little Italian restaurant in town called Pane e Salute Osteria for dinner.  After the wonderful dinner, we went back to the inn and crashed for the night.

On Saturday morning, David and George fixed a great breakfast starting with cranberry muffins and a honey yogurt topped with nuts, dried cranberries, and bananas.  The main course was a tomato, cheese, and onion omlette, sausage links, and toast along with cranberry-orange juice.  We ended up sitting and talking with them about travelling in general and Tuscany specifically for the better part of 2 hours.  They made some good recommendations for places to go visit on our honeymoon in August.

After breakfast, we checked out and headed out to Sugarbush Farm for the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend.  There we watched them boiling maple sap into syrup and learned a lot about the sugaring process.  Both of us were suprised at how liquidy the sap was since we were used to seeing thick pine sap.  We went up into the farm and sampled their cheeses and syrup before heading back down the road. 

We ended up making a wrong turn and ended up in Quechee where we saw an old mill that had been turned into a glass blowing and pottery factory, so we stopped to check that out.  The Simon Pearce mill had some interesting glass blowing and pottery throwing demonstrations in addition to their showroom.  After that, we headed across another covered bridge and went down to the Ottauquechee Gorge, Vermont's "Little Grand Canyon."  Next to the gorge was the Ottauquechee Valley Winery, so we had to stop there and check that out. 

Next we went back to Woodstock and walked along Main Street before heading out to the Kedron Farm and the Top Acres Farm to watch more sugaring.  The Top Acres Farm was the most interesting of the day since the family had been sugaring for 4 generations and had a large history display next to their 1927 vintage sugar shack.  Three generations of the family were there for the open house, complete with stories and knowledge about the sugaring process.

Following the last sugar shack, we went back through Woodstock and then up to Norwich to see the King Arthur Baking Shop which is home to King Arthur Flour, the oldest flour company in the United States.  We then went across the bridge into Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College for dinner.  After dinner we drove down I-91 to Brattlesboro and then west to Wilmington where we got a room at the Red Shutter Inn.

Sunday morning, the breakfast at the Red Shutter Inn was a small fruit salad followed by blueberry pancakes and sausage with hot chocolate and orange juice to drink.  After breakfast, we checked out and drove west out of Wilmington, through Bennington, and Albany, NY on our way to Cooperstown.  We got to Cooperstown around noon and went down to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  We spent about 3 hours at the Hall of Fame and then went to the Doubleday Cafe for a late lunch.  We then drove back to Buffalo, following US-20 through Auburn and Seneca Falls before getting back on the I-90 Throughway to Buffalo.

Monday morning, my flight left Buffalo at 5:30am which made for an early morning back to Denver.  This was definitely a great weekend trip.

 
By: Shane
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Congratulations to the CU Ski Team

Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:44 AM

CU Skiing - 2006 NCAA National Champions

The Boulder Daily Camera is reporting that the 2006 National Champion CU Ski Team was invited to the White House to meet President Bush on April 6.  CU is the first college ski team to ever receive this honor.  Read the article on the Boulder Daily Camera site.  Go Buffs!

Update: The team's visit went well with President Bush picking up on the story of Coach Richard Rokos' defection from communist Czechoslovakia.  The team entered the presentation area to the tune of "Fight CU" played by the President's Own Marine Corp Band.  Read the full story of the visit from the Boulder Daily Camera.

 
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Prestige Imports Sucks - Round 3

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:07 PM

My travails with Prestige Imports (chronicled here, here, here, here, and here) continue again.  The paint job they had to redo just one year ago on the rear bumper is cracking.  The new body shop GM, Jim Frost, supposedly cleaned house in June and there is no one working there that was there before June 2005.  Signs of some massive quality control problems perhaps?  If my car is any indication, they have had more than their fair share.  My car is going back tomorrow morning and I should have it back by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning assuming everything goes well (ha!).  I went ahead and preemptively involved the dealership general manager, Don Adis, since he's the only one left at Prestige with any knowledge of the history.  At least Mr. Frost took one look and admitted that it was wrong.  Wish me luck!

 
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Four Corners 2.0 Released

Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:46 AM

Four Corners 2.0 I've just released Four Corners 2.0.  Four Corners 2.0 has been updated with full Windows Mobile 5.0 support including full VGA support and full support for rotated and square screens. Four Corners 2.0 is supported on all Pocket PC 2003 and newer devices.  Four Corners 2.0 is available at Handango for $6.  More information is availble on my Windows Mobile Software page.
 
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Clock Solitaire 2.0 Released

Saturday, March 4, 2006 9:42 AM

Clock Solitaire 2.0

I've just released Clock Solitaire 2.0.  Clock Solitaire 2.0 has been updated with full Windows Mobile 5.0 support including full VGA support and full support for rotated and square screens. Clock Solitaire 2.0 is supported on all Pocket PC 2003 and newer devices.

More information is available on my Windows Mobile Software page.  Clock Solitaire 2.0 is available at Handango for $6.00.

 
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Weekend in Buffalo

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 9:24 AM

This past weekend I went to Buffalo to visit Andrea.  Remarkably, all of my flights arrived at the destination on time or early (3 of 4 were early), so kudos to United for great performance.  Friday morning, Andrea woke up early and wasn't feeling well, so we stayed home most of the day and watched Rent.  Friday evening, Andrea was feeling a bit better, so we decided to not cancel her PAD dinner and had a bunch of people over.  I ended up doing most of the cooking and the curry and apple crisp both turned out ok.

Saturday we got up and went up to Toronto.  On the way we stopped at Niagara Falls since we both enjoyed seeing it mostly frozen last year.  Unfortunately this year has been too warm and it wasn't nearly as pretty and the wind was bitter cold so we didn't stay long.  Once we got to Toronto, we stopped in the Eaton Centre to go to the Roots store and then to just kill a bit of time before we headed to dinner at the 360 Restaurant in the CN Tower.  At the beginning of dinner, it was so clear that we could see all the way across Lake Ontario to Rochester, NY and then we both enjoyed seeing the weather move in and out across the lake as some scattered snow showers passed in and around the downtown area of Toronto.

Sunday we got up and went up to the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region in Canada to visit some of our favorite wineries.  We visited Inniskillin, Peller Estates, Jackson-Triggs, and Palatine Hills before heading back into Niagara-on-the-Lake to have dinner at The Olde Angel Inn.  We did some research while we were there on which wines we were capable of getting in Colorado which is unfortunately not very many.  After dinner we drove back across the border to the Buffalo airport so I could head back home.

 
By: Shane
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