Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saved By The Green!

I enjoyed another wonderful time! During my recent visit to the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It couldn't of come at a better time. As life continues the problems mount. Just recently I loss my 2001 Toyota Corolla. Which was beyond my control and was not my fault.I tried hard to regroup from the tragedy, and try very hard to remain positive.
Quoting that great philosopher of our time Jimmy Buffett "a tragedy better become a comedy very quickly, or your in real trouble".

So I purchased a new ride a very nice 2009 Elantra, and drove it to visit the land of Green once again! Like a great friend Vermont was there for me. Giving me peace of mind, relaxation and the ambition to carry on. Until I can sail away yet again.

I would like to thank Kathleen and Rick proprietors of the "Gathering Inn" located in Hancock. It does feel like home when I am here. And what a special place to be. The autumn spender in Vermont was outstanding was enjoyed. I rode my old Raleigh Road Bike over 100 miles during my wonderful week of quality time during this week.

I would like to thank my 2009 Elantra for doing a great job providing fun and safe transportation. Also a big thanks to Vermont. Thanks for saving me for the next adventure! To be continued!!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In Search of My Italian Roots

All going to plan. I depart for another exciting adventure on January 6th, 2015. This trip is made possible by my 20 years of loyal service working for Canada Post. As I will have all the month of January off on vacation, less 1 day. Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) is also lending a hand to make this trip possible. As I took advantage of a great special price. Providing most of my air transportation.

I enjoyed many trips visiting the continent of Europe. As I love visiting the cities full of history and culture that has shaped our world. There are also many places of beuaty located in Europe. That will make you say "WOW"! Also all of my cultural background is from Europe. It is always a learning experience for me tracing my cultural roots.

The first week of my European vacation 2015. Will be spent in the Netherlands. Visiting with long time friend and mentor Peter V/D Weyden. I have enjoyed many wonderful times visiting with Peter and his sisters in this friendly and peaceful European Country.

My dad Sheldon Wolfe was raised by his mother Ann. My dad never knew his real father. As when my dad was an infant. My grandparents went there separate ways. Not sure of the year. But my grandmother and dad rented an apartment over a popular business in Toronto at that time. "Mazza's Fruit Market" was located on St. Clair Avenue in Toronto in the 1930's. Located right in the heart of the Italian Neighborhood. The Mazza Family treated my dad and grandmother as part of there own family. The head of the family and business Jack Mazza became like a father to my dad. It was Jack Mazza who introduced my dad to the sport of Horse Racing. Taking him to enjoy the Sport of Kings at Dufferein Park while he was a young man. My dad also had fond memories of playing hockey with the Mazza's oldest son Ernie in the Catholic Youth Hockey League.

I will always be grateful for the support and kindness the Mazza Family gave to dad and Grandmother. If everything goes to plan. I will arrive in the "Eternal City" of Rome to explore and enjoy. All of what this classic great city has to offer. Then on January 21. I fly from Rome to Palermo Sicily. To enjoy life on the southern most part of Italy.  This trip should also prove to a fantastic experience to enjoy more quality time. Also a chance to find a and enjoy. Searching for my Italian Roots!

The above photo is my fortune from a cookie received after my Chinese Boxing Day dinner.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cycling on Vt Route 100!

The final day of my Vermont Autumn 2014 has been excellent! After an enjoyed homemade ham & eggs breakfast. I biked into Rochester to enjoy a hot herbal tea at Sandy's. By the time I cycled back to the Gathering Inn. It was very clear that the weather had totally rebound from yesterday wet and dreadful conditions.
I made the decision to bike the 7 miles north on Route 100 to visit "Moss Glen Falls". The 14 mile bike ride was enjoyed. Also with the heavy rain from yesterday. Moss Glen Falls was also recharged and revitalized. Putting on a beautiful display of Nature's beauty.
I have enjoyed my Vermont Vacation 2014! Vermont is the medicine a Doctor cannot prescribe! I have included some photos from the 14 mile journey visiting Moss Glen Falls today.

Hancock Oktoberfest 2014

The rain came in earnest yesterday. So it was a day just to relax and rest. I can't complain about the weather. As mother nature has looked after the Travel Wolfe as she always has. With very fine conditions prevailing in "The Green Mountain State". Allowing me to enjoy my holiday in Vermont very much!

I did attend the local Oktoberfest celebration yesterday, held in the village of Hancock. Despite the heavy rain. There looked to be a decent turnout. I enjoyed a very nice lunch. Which included; a cabbage soup, a brat with sauerkraut, two spring rolls, and a delicious & humongous chocolate chip cookie for desert. Then I walked back to the Gathering Inn and just slept and recharged for the final day of my trip.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Burlington Bike Way on Lake Champlain

The weather here in Vermont was outstanding today. Just what dreams are made of. In fact all the time I enjoyed visiting Vermont. Gives me the sensation. I am in fact a part of some elaborate dream that has come true!
Today I spent some special time enjoying Vermont's only urban place that is a city. And what a beautiful place it is. The only city located in North America that contains a pedestrian shopping district. Just like they enjoy in major cities in Europe. Lots of great shopping and quality restaurants can be found in downtown Burlington. After a great lunch at the Noodle Shop. I rode my bike onto the Burlington Bike Way. I rode until I found my favorite spot. Just feeling totally relaxed, enjoying the bright sunshine and great vistas of Lake Champlain.
The entire day and this trip have been outstanding!!!

The Morning Bike Ride

Vermont is a photographer delight! Trying to preserve the beauty of Vermont onto a digital impression or film. Is a very popular hobby here in the Green Mountain State. I know I have enjoyed a lot of fun doing it. These 4 pictures were taken just prior to arriving in the village of Rochester, this morning!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Drive to Lincoln

Today was another wonderful day of this vacation. That has been enjoyed in "The Green Mountain State". After speaking with a friendly fellow named Les at the Gathering Inn., after breakfast this morning. Les convinced me go on a very special and scenic drive to the village of Lincoln. I drove up heading west on route 125. Until right after you have passed the Breadloaf Campus.  Then you make the first right hand turn. Which is an old dirt mountain road that leads to some excellent hiking trails. This road also takes you right through some very scenic forest settings all the way to the village of Lincoln. After a break from driving. Which was spent at the Lincoln General Store. I then drove down the mountain, using the "Lincoln Gap Road". The Lincoln Gap road takes you onto route 100 very close to the village of Warren. Where my next stop would be. Enjoying a another delicious sandwich and cup of coffee at the Warren Store for lunch.

I have included some photos of this unique drive today
Pictures on the dirt mountain road to Lincoln.

  Pictures driving the "Lincoln Gap Road" to Warren.