We got packed up and checked out of our Airbnb room, grabbed a muffin, donut, and coffee from the Mudd Puddle Cafe, then went for a last visit with Dacey's dad before hitting the road, a bit before noon.
We drove I-87 till up near Albany, then took the more scenic route 7.
We stopped for lunch at Man of Kent Tavern, near the Hoosic River in New York State, but close to the Vermont border. We ate out on a deck overlooking a stream, and watched groundhogs doing their thing. The food was delish.
En route, we got a message from our Airbnb host saying we had forgotten to leave the house keys. Oy! So we stopped in some random town in Vermont to mail the keys and fill up the gas tank.
We drove through Rutland, Middlebury, etc. to Vergennes, then another few miles past it to get to our "Rural Getaway" Airbnb rental. After unpacking a bit and visiting with the resident chickens, we went down to the water. I almost fell off a floating dock while trying to get a better look at a yellow warbler.
Back in town, we checked out Vergennes Falls Park, walking the trail along Otter Creek. After that, Dacey got a beer at Hired Hand Brewing while I wandered Main Street, but nothing was open. We checked out the space at Bar Antidote and got the scoop on the load-in, so we'd be ready for our gig there the next day. We picked up some groceries on the way "home", and cooked up some soft corn tacos for dinner in the little kitchenette. Our current home-away was a sweet little place and had everything we could need or want, except strong wifi -- and honestly sometimes lack of wifi is a good thing. We'd definitely enjoy staying there again.
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