Friday, October 7, 2016

A Special Day! Enjoyed in a Special Place!

  Mount Mansfield overlooking the Town of Stowe, Vermont.
Today was a wonderful day enjoyed on this vacation! I could never find the prefect words to properly describe. The true beauty of the State of Vermont. Taking in all of this extreme beauty. Leaves me just lost for words and in total awe. Of this wonderful place know as "The Green Mountain State".

My day started with a light breakfast at the Gathering Inn. Then I prepared my car for a day trip. I decided to enjoy this final day of vacation in the town of Stowe located north. From the town of Hancock. Which was my home base during this vacation.

It was not hard to drive to Stowe. It is just a northern trip on Vermont Route 100. I passed through the towns of: Granville, Warren, Waitsfield, and Waterbury. Until you finally arrive in the town of Stowe. Like the rest of Vermont. The town of Stowe is a delightful location. With lots of great amenities. Also with lots of beauty to offer the people who live here, or visit here. Stowe is also one of the best ski locations located in "The State of Vermont". The highest mountain located in the Green Mountains, Mount Mansfield overlooks the town of Stowe.

The weather conditions were just perfect today! Which included; bright sunshine, no wind, no humidity, and a high temperature about 23 Celsius or about 73 Fahrenheit. After I arrived in the town of Stowe. I enjoyed a wonderful chicken salad sandwich with a cup of split pea soup.  The Cafe on Main Street is consistently a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. While you are located in Stowe Vermont.

I enjoyed a very nice bike ride on the "Rec Path" located in the town of Stowe. I always enjoy taking photos while I am visiting a beautiful place. I have included the best photos from the experience today, on this post.

After the bike ride. I enjoyed a nice coffee located right across from the Rec Path. The Black Cap Coffee Shop always serves a deciduous cup of Joe. I then enjoyed the drive heading south on Vermont Rte. 100. Which would take me back to the village of Hancock. Where the Gathering Inn is located. The drive back to Hancock today. Just reinforces my opinion. That the State of Vermont is truly one of the greatest and most beautiful places located on our Planet Earth!

To make this day one to remember for all time! I enjoyed a great stake dinner. Cooked by the "Travel Wolfe" at the "Gathering Inn". Served with spinach salad and a baked potato. This day is a day. You just never want to see it come to an end!

          This photo taken from the "Black Cap Coffee Shop" located across from the Stowe                                     Church.
                                   My fabulous dinner tonight!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Beautiful Colors of Autum

Total was a very wonderful day of my Vermont Fall vacation. The overcast, gray skies and rain had vanished. Instead the sun rose into the rich Blue Sky. Which brought out all of the wonderful Autumn colors located in The Green Mountains!

After breakfast I traveled to the town of Pittsfield. I enjoyed a very good lunch in the old country store located in Pittsfield. The lunch consisted of a freshly made turkey burger. I have never eaten a turkey burger that was that good!

I have included some photos of my travels in Vermont today.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Traveling To God's Country!

The Car Ferry leaving Charlotte Vt. heading across Lake Champlain towards Essex New York.

Happily I am back in God's Country! Properly named "The State of Vermont". The Green Mountains is a wonderful place to enjoy living life!

I left on Friday afternoon. As I left my home in the Greater Toronto Area. I first drove to visit long time friend Keith C. Who lives in the Ontario town of Trenton. It is a big advantage doing the long drive to Vermont, in two parts. Which does allow me to enjoy the journey. Compared driving the long distance in one shot!

I left for Vermont after enjoying a very nice breakfast at the cafeteria located on the Canadian Forces Base located in Trenton. The prices are very good and the quality of the food is also very good! The general public is welcome on the base to enjoy this great place to eat!

I then set out to reach my Vermont destination. Which is the "Gathering Inn" located in Hancock Vermont. Most of the driving takes place driving eastbound on the 401 towards Cornwall Ontario. It is here that I travel across the St Lawrence River into the United States. I then travel further east. Until I reach the city of Plattsburgh. From Plattsburgh. I head south on highway 87. Making my way to the New York State town of Essex. This is the location. Where I can take a ferry across Lake Champlain. To arrive in the Vermont Village of Charlotte!

When I arrived in the village of Essex N.Y. The conditions were very calm and overcast. To my good fortune. It had not rained almost at all during my journey. After having now arrived in "The Green Mountain State". I then proceeded north on Vermont Highway 7 (Ethan Allan Highway) to reach Middlebury. After a short stop. To pick up a few groceries at a local food market.I then drove a short distance on Highway 7 to reach Vermont Route 125. When you turn onto Route 125. You will quickly arrive in the town of East Middlebury. Just before starting your accent through the Middlebury Gap. It is a very scenic drive. This route is a great way to start a wonderful Vermont Fall Vacation!

I have included a few photos of arriving in Essex N.Y. Also my Ferry trip across Lake Champlain.

A very calm and murky Lake Champlain on this very overcast day!

Photos from Essex New York.

The Car Ferry arriving in Essex New York State.

Reflections of the trees just before arriving in Charlotte Vt.
An incredible day to be sailing on Lake Champlain!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Toronto's Ballpark- "Dominico Field" at "Christie Pits"

The city of Toronto has a long history of  the game of Baseball played in the city. That history goes back to 1896. When the Maple Leafs Ball Club was established. The baseball Leafs. Played in the International A Ball league from 1902 to 1911. Then they participated in the Double A league from 1912 until 1945. In 1946 The Toronto Maple Leafs Ball Team played in the prestigious AAA International League. Which is one level below major league baseball. They were the farm team for the Boston Red Sox. Historic "Maple Leaf Stadium". Would be their home ball-park to the end of their time in Toronto. From 1926 until 1967. The Toronto Maple Leafs would be moved to Louisville Kentucky in 1968. The same year Maple Leafs Stadium would be demolished!

Professional baseball would return to Toronto. When the American League would expand to Toronto and the Toronto Blue Jays would begin play at Exhibition Stadium in 1977. In 1969 Lynne & Jack Dominico would not let the Maple Leafs Ball tradition end in Toronto. As they established the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise into the "Intercounty Baseball League in 1969. The Maple Leafs have played all of their 47 seasons at Toronto's Ballpark located at "Christie Pits".

Christie Pits is a very nice green space located in Toronto. The park is located at Christie and Bloor Street. The main Ball Park is located at Christie and Barton Street. The ballpark home of the Maple Leafs was named in the honor of the teams founder and owners Lynne & Jack Dominico "Dominico Field" May 9th 2010.

My brother John and I attended the game played at Dominico Field on July 10th. The Maple Leafs were hosting the Guelph Royals. It was a perfect summer day for a ball game. The temperatures were in the low 80's and a bright and sunny day! After arriving at the Park. My brother John and I had brought our baseball gloves with us. And enjoyed a nice game of catch. Before the game between the Maple Leafs and the Gueph Royals began.

Christie Pits has been a baseball mecca in Toronto for many years. As my dad Sheldon Wolfe was a prolific pitcher playing in amateur Toronto leagues in the 1940's and early 1950's. My dad did play and pitch many games over his baseball career at Christie Pits.

The game was enjoyed as my brother and I watched the Maple Leafs came from behind in the game. To defeat the Royals 11 to 6. Their is not much seating at Dominico Field as their is only a few rows of bleachers behind the screen. However their lots of opportunity to sit or lay on the slopes that surround the ballpark. You can bring your own chairs and sit at street level and still get a wonderful view of the game! The ballpark does have a snack-bar that serves traditional hot-dogs, snacks & soft drinks. No beer is served as the ballpark is located in a City of Toronto Park. Their is a Convenience Store located right across from Dominico Field at the intersection of Christie and Barton. Where you will find a wide selection of soft drinks and snacks. Also an ice-cream truck did stop by during the game. A soft ice-cream cone is a  perfect treat to enjoy while watching a baseball game. I have included my photos of our day at Christie Pits!