|Up for Breakfast|
Our last day in Arlington we decided we were all up for breakfast. As previously mentioned, there is not a lot of restaurant choice in Arlington so we again went looking in Manchester and found a place called Up for Breakfast. It is on the second floor of an old downtown building, so in order to get there you have to go UP FOR... yeah, you get the idea. The inside is pretty tiny but the menu was interesting. I had Eggs Scandinavian, which is kind of a variant of eggs Benedict with smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon. We all managed to get a pretty good breakfast without having anything smothered in Vermont Maple syrup. I didn't think that was legal in this state.
That afternoon Vicki and I took The Skyline Drive up to the top of Mount Equinox, the tallest mountain in the local area, topping out at an astounding 3848 feet. In Colodaro that's known as a speed bump. It is privately owned and a big chunk of it was donated to the Carthusians, a monastic order founded by St. Bruno. Of course, I had never heard of the Carthusians, nor of St. Bruno. He was apparently a buddy of Pope Urban II, who is the one who fired up Europe for the first Crusade. But as humility was a key component of his creed, Bruno apparently intentionally had his contributions left out of the histories so we do not know much about him. This was a pretty smart call given that history has not treated Urban particularly kindly. The Carthusians live a
|The monastery. No talking, no visitors.|
|The view from the top|
There is a story, by the way, about a bunch of Army cadets who were marched to the top of the mountain on Sept 21, 1823 to take barometric readings and named the mountain Equinox because of the trip's timing. It turns out the story is bunk. The name actually comes from an Indian word, "Ekwanok", which roughly means "the place at the top".
We were rather disappointed with our drive up to the top of the mountain so on the way back to the campground we went by the old Anglican church in Arlington and took some pictures of the graveyard. Nothing cheers us up like graveyard pictures.
|Cheery graveyard picture.|
|The cormorant - Old Blue Eyes|
|A successful hunt|
|So long sonny boy|
|...and a frog|
|Bad Dim Sum|
were very excited about it. Each subsequent day they got a less excited until by Sunday they didn't even want to get out of the car. They're so hard to please. Anyway, for the next three days we mostly just sat around the motorhome. Vicky did her Vitas work and I took the dogs to the park and we otherwise vegged. It was pathetic. We did go Sunday morning to Dim Sum at a little Chinese restaurant in Burlington. It was terrible. The noodles and dumplings were chewy and most of the fillings seemed to have no flavor. I suppose it's kind of like having Mexican food in Kentucky. Don't do it.
|Arsenic and Old Lace|
|The smallest capitol in America|
This morning we packed everything up again and hit the road for New Hampshire. If anything happens while we are here I will be sure to let you know.