My Pilgrimage to Vermont, Home of the Morgan horse

 

Let me begin at, well, the beginning.  That was probably over 20 years ago.  My aunt, my mothers sister, Diane, married and moved to the gorgeous state of Vermont.  As a Morgan horse lover, I always said I would someday visit her, not only to see her, but to see the land where the Morgan horse originated. As I got older, got married, had children, I continued to let her know "someday" I would visit.   Well, that someday finally materialized. I got the opportunity to visit but not how I had planned.
Diane was admitted to the hospital in Montpelier, VT with an abdominal problem.  She went thru several surgeries, eventually got somewhat better, and was going to go home Monday, August 25, 2008. During the night, she unexpectedly passed away. 

I fulfilled my promise to Diane.  I went to Vermont to her memorial service, to pay my respects, to mourn, and spend time with my Uncle and Cousins.  But I also knew that this was an opportunity that may never present itself again.  Living in Georgia, raising 2 children, not to mention taking care of 26 horses....It is extremely difficult to leave my routine and go north.  It was always one of those "one of these days" things that never happened. Until now. So, as I was looking for plane tickets, I thought, why not spend a few extra days and see the wonderful historical areas that were a part of my favorite breed, the Morgan Horse.  I may never pass this way again.....

 

Day 1
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Coming home to a place I've never been before...

I left the heat of Atlanta GA about 10 am, and flew into Burlington VT around 4:30 pm. I think the girl next to me must have thought me a bit loco when I asked "Wow, are those the Green Mountains?" I think there was a quaver in my voice, and tears in my eyes.  I was so overwhelmed with an unidentifiable emotion, only expressed by words from a song by John Denver...
"...coming home to a place I've never been before....."

After arrival to Burlington, I picked up my rental car and drove to Montpelier and had a tearful reunion with my Uncle and cousins. I stayed in my uncles house, with my 2 sisters and mother.



Please click on the thumbnail pictures to see a large picture...

Go to Day 2...AMHA offices and the Morgan Museum

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