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Apparently, the only bridge across Lake Champlain to Vermont. For us, much better than a ferry.
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And we made it!
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Neat sign pointing to The Garden Goddess Greenhouse. We just like the sign
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These were about the tightest RV sites we've been in. Not much room to spread out.
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All of the side yards were in the back yard.
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Near the park's beach, view of a ferry boat heading somewhere . . .
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It was a very nice swimming beach, and well used by locals
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The Ring Billed-Gull is reported to be the most common North American sea gull
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And across Lake Champlain is New York.
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This lily is everywhere in these parts - it has naturalized along many of the roadsides
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The entrance to the factory and store
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Inside, kids can stuff their own bears.
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Yep - it was that kind of place . . .
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Our tour guide points out the various pieces that make up a bear
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The teddy bear production line. We'd expected something bigger
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An inside-out bear, so we can see how it all goes together
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Part of a parade float made from recycled plastic bags
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Outside the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory - a replica of their Cowmobile.
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Entrance to the Flavor Graveyard - a place for extinct flavors and pretty good puns
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For example . . . .
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Along the interstate outside Burlington. Must be a tale behind those tails . . .
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The welcome center at the Shelburne Musuem is a round barn, once popular here-abouts.
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Part of a delightful exhibit of Vermont folk artist Warren Kimble's paintings
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The museum is home to the SS Ticonderoga, the last of the lake steamships
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The sidewheeler was moved to the museum in 1955, and fully restored about 40 years after that.
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As a working boat, the Ticonderoga carried cargo as well as people.
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The marvelous dome over the grand staircase, reflected in a mirror halfway up the stairs.
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The steering gear. The little wheel up front was power-assisted. The big ones were the manual backup system
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The museum's lighthouse was relocated from the shores of Lake Champlain
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Ahhh - lunch!
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Another one of those ringed gulls
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The museum smithy clangs
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In case you ever need to build a fork . . .
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The museum meeting hall
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Those panels on the wall are trompe-l'oeil - realistically painted onto a flat wall. Fascinating . . .
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Wonderful willow . . .
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The museum has a wonderful collection of buggies, carriages and sleighs
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One of only a handful of original Conestoga wagons left in the world
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Several looms were displayed
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A Jacquard loom - it uses punch cards for its complicated patterns, kinda like a player piano
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Some old millstones
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Bootjacks - a popular product from the blacksmith
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Quite a collection of old locks and keys
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Kitchen gizmos galore
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An immense wall of woodworking tools, including all those planes
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A display of Adirondack boats and canoes
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The oarlocks on this old boat are quite decorative . . .
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It's called the Horsehoe Barn, and it houses lots of carriages
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The barn also houses quite a few wooden circus animals in various stages of restoration
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Most of them probably came from old carousels
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Many of these carriages were owned by the same family
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Antler rack from a 12,000 year old elk . . . about 16 ft across
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The detail work on some of these carriages is impressive
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This flower bed is meant to evoke a traditional star quilt pattern
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Hair club for Al?
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A display of bandboxes.
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It's a quilt. Really . . .
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These are spectacular quilts - you wouldn't want to lounge on this one
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One of Judy's picture frames . . .
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Back to the quilts. The corners are shaped to accommodate a 4-poster bed
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This crazy quilt is actually pieces appliqued on a plain background - dated 1873
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There's a collection of miniature rooms
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It's like a old village . . .
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These two old houses were combined into one gallery
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Harp sighting No. 1 - an old cast iron mechanical toy
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Harp sighting No. 2 - an Irish-themed trivet
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Harp sighting No. 3 - an old wooden pastry mold
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Harp sighting No. 4 - an animated painting.
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Before people could read, dentist's signs were more graphical
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More store signs
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An old covered bridge used to serve as the museum's main entrance
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A faux home built to house 6 rooms moved from the museum founder's New York apartment
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These restored carousel animals are in the round barn
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We have a fondness for carousel animals
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A handbag made from pop can pull tabs
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What a neat way to display these purses - this one is made of inner tubes
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A purse made of folded candy bar wrappers showing just the bar codes
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The carousel is about 125 years old, made in Philadelphia. Didn't run in the rain.
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Entwined deer antlers as art . . .
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We probably shouldn't have taken this picture of Carl Rungius's iconic grizzly painting
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The restored railroad station is fun
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Inside the luxurious private parlor rail car
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There's a restored steam engine
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Inside the train station, loads of old equipment
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We call this one "A pair of Potbellies in a Vermont Train Station"
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Another neat garden
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The lighthouse is very picturesque
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Judy exits the lighthouse . . .
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We end our visit to the Shelburne Museum with this wonderful western bronze
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Lake Champlain Chocolates - and an all-chocolate sculpture
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Chocolate factories are fascinating
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These folks are working on Hallowe'en candies
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Outside a huge Christmas store
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One of the old victorians used by the University - Burlington has hundreds of marvelous Victorian houses
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And finally, a view of the downtown Burlington marina and lighthouse.