When I announced to the kids that I’d be taking them on a mini vacation to Vermont for a few days, they excitedly asked how long it would take to get there. I assured them it would take no longer than four and a half hours from southern Massachusetts.
At least that’s what MapQuest said, anyway. Clearly MapQuest doesn’t know me very well.
To be fair, that totally would’ve been the case had I not stopped at a truck stop in New Hampshire to let the kids go to the bathroom.
And also if I hadn’t left my purse at the same truck stop. Oh, and also if I had realized it sooner than an hour after I drove into Vermont. Sigh.
A full seven and a half hours later, we were finally in Vermont. To redeem myself, I took the kids on the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury. Surely some chocolatey ice cream goodness would make it all better.
So, I paid the $12 for the tour, and on we went to learn all about how Ben & Jerry’s comes to be from cow to cone. But the only thing we really cared about was the free ice cream at the end. We were starving to death, after all.
Did you ever see the movie A Christmas Story? You know how Ralphie was so excited to get that decoder from the Little Orphan Annie show? And how disappointed he was when he used it and found out that the much anticipated code was an ad for Ovaltine?
Yeah, that’s how we felt. At the end of our tour we got Lemon Poppy Seed ice cream samples. No Chubby Hubby. No Cherry Garcia. Not even Chunky Monkey. Lemon Poppy Seed.
My kids were like, what the heck is this? I sort of talked up this Ben and Jerry’s tour like the land of milk and honey, so to say that they weren’t impressed with Lemon Poppy Seed would be an understatement.
So, I did what any good and desperate mom would do. I bough them a bucket of ice cream and let them have at it. I’m all about solutions.
Four mongo scoops of ice cream, brownies, cookies, gooey fudge and caramel toppings. Oh, and a banana tossed in for the health of it all.
Wait, don’t forget about the gummy bears. Who needs cherries when there’s gummy bears?
6.5 minutes later it was gone. Not a gummy bear left behind.
We weren’t moving too fast after that. We moseyed on over to some adirondack chairs and plopped our cream and sugar filled bodies down to enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Vermont mountains. Quite a sight to behold.
No one mentioned the purse snafu again. Mom was redeemed. Actually, mom was even further redeemed when the kids saw where they were staying this trip. But that is a story that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Mom is pooped.
If you decide to take in the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury Vermont, be sure to budget some extra time to wander around the grounds. There’s a cute Flavor Graveyard that has headstones of flavors that have been retired, and a nice playground for the kiddos.
It wouldn’t be a half bad idea to let them run that sugar buzz off before you stuff them back in the car, if you know what I mean. And while they run around the playground, you can sit and enjoy the view. It’s pretty scenic up there.
Check back tomorrow for further updates on our adventure. My son is convinced that he’s going to get me to sit on a scooter and slide down a mountain. Silly boy.