We took a short tour of the factory where huge slabs of granite would move suspended on belts from the ceiling. Some would move around on conveyor belts.
This fellow was working on a headstone.
Next we hopped on a bus for a drive out to the quarry. The granite dome is 10 miles deep. That is a lot of granite. The minerals in the granite shavings create that color of water on the right.
The huge slabs of granite are cut with a saw by using a cable like the portion to your right, that has diamond chips in the gray rings. Some slabs weigh 23 tons.
Then we went to a cemetery in town where some of the headstones were put in place.
Just a few samples. They are really huge!!!
Then it was over to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks where we enjoyed a maple "creamee." We didn't need Ben & Jerry's. It was sooo goood.
The place has been run by 8 generations, and are the oldest maple family in Vermont.
They make four grades of syrup...light to dark. We went to the woodshed to watch a video about how the process works.
* it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.
* one tap hole can produce up to 15 gallons of sap a season which means it takes up to 3 maple trees to produce a gallon of syrup a season.
* to get a good sap run, it needs to freeze at night and thaw by day
* sap runs best when the winds are from the west...sap runs least when from the east.
A visit to Vermont is not complete without a stop at this place to pick up a few items like cheese (where you get to sample all kinds) and the dip. I sampled the habanero..whoo who!!! I like it hot and that was hot.
That evening, we enjoyed a game of hand and foot. The guys get to brag because they won by 85 points!!!
Until next time...