Kayla Visits Ben & Jerry's Ice
Cream Factory Headquarters
"Ice cream!", Kayla exclaimed as she glanced up at the sign across the street.
"Oh yeah... I'd forgotten there was a location of Ben & Jerry's here in my neighborhood," I said. "But, I think that shop is already shuttered for the winter. Though, you know... if you're craving their ice cream we could drive across the border into Vermont to take the factory tour sometime over your visit. They give out samples!"
And so, for the sake of ice cream, Kayla and I added a day to our rental-car reservation. After returning from two days in Québec City just last night we set off again this morning on a day trip to northern Vermont.
A late start this morning leaving Montréal and long delays owing to a traffic accident blocking the road right before the border ahead kept us from spending the entire day in Vermont. Still, there was ample time to eat lunch in Burlington, visit the ice-cream factory further south in Waterbury, and pause here and there about town, including stops out on the lakefront and inside a Church Street coffeehouse.
Church Street Pedestrian Mall
Despite the short hours we've had on this side of the border it's been a good little side-trip. Temperatures across Vermont are much warmer than they are back in Montréal. All the snow and ice that accumulated on the car over the drive from Québec City last night has melted off. The price of gas is far less on this side of the border than it is anywhere in Canada. Even with the added mileage of driving to Vermont and back I suspect that refilling the tank here means paying less than we would have paid had we never driven out of Canada.
Kayla & David at
But now, we have to turn around to head back north. On our way out of town we have a rideshare passenger to pick up. Combining his contribution with the fares others gave us for passage between Montréal and Québec City, whatever car rental and gas costs Kayla and I split for all of our past three days of roadtripping should be very small.
Just two days remain before Kayla flies home. Time has flown. I can't believe we've already spent ten days together; I can't believe she'll be leaving so soon.