My hockey weekend in the Albany area was bookended by overnights in Bellows Falls, Vermont, where Joy has been living since last June. I've been meaning to visit her for months, she had a free weekend and was interested in the hockey, and I wasn't going to be able to ride to RPI and Union with Age anyway, so I decided to extend the weekend and visit Vermont.
I'm not 100% positive, but I think it's my first trip to Vermont since Labor Day weekend, 2000, when I was in Burlington for the 2000 STARFLEET International Conference. There was a bit of a "can't get there from here" feel about that weekend, too. :-\
I really enjoyed seeing the house Joy's been working on, and meeting the people she's been living with. (She's helping renovate their Victorian.) It's always nice to have a personal context for stuff you're talking about with a friend, and now I can say I've been there. (The same way, I really appreciate meeting in person people I've only known online.)
The service at the diner left something to be desired, but the food was fantastic. It wasn't that they were understaffed, but the waitress was definitely not doing a good job keeping track of things, and was not being efficient. I really enjoyed my steak and eggs, though, and Joy's corned beef hash was the best I've tasted in quite a while.
Bellows Falls isn't that far from I-91, probably about a half hour, so I'm tempted to try taking the interstate route if I go out there again. It might be longer in miles, but not having to deal with all the little two-lane state and county roads might be worth it.