Even though they are a thousand miles apart, Vermont and Minnesota might as well be the same state. They’re both landlocked states that nobody really cares about. They’re northern states with cold, snowy winters and some very fine weather in the other five months. They are very GREEN states in that they are very ecology-minded and they have a lot of trees. Vermont and Minnesota are also very BLUE states in that they have blessed us with such great senators as Bernie Sanders and Paul Wellstone, respectively, and they both did their part to ensure our country doesn’t have to endure another four years of the Trump administration.
Both states also have problems with rusty cars and trucks (as BobinVt recently reminded me) and they both have electricity and indoor plumbing. They both make a lot of maple syrup out of the sap that comes from those millions of maple trees. Another similarity is that Vermont is the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and lots of people in Minnesota like to eat Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
“So,” you might ask, “why in the world is there even such a thing as a neighborhood in YOUR Town called ‘Vermontisota’ and why do so many Vermonters (Vermontians? Vermontiolios? Vermontoids? Vermontaficianados? Vermontheads?) relocate there?
My answer to those questions are: “I don’t know.” “Shut up.” And “I’d go with Vermontheads.” (I’m pretty famous for such intelligent answers.)
Did you know the aimless jam band, Phish, is from Vermont? Phish fans are called “Phish-Heads” and Vermontheads have adopted Phish as their favorite rock group. Here is a Phish song you can listen to while you read about the rest of my excellent tour through Vermontisota.
The Phish connection is only one of the things I learned about Vermont in my pre-tour research. I also learned that the great Minnesota author and Nobel Prize winner, Sinclair Lewis, also lived in Vermont for a while. He’s always been one of my Minnesota literary heroes, but now I get why he’s a literary hero of so many Vermont expatriates.
My reason for riding into farm country was to take a picture of a John Deere tractor or combine or harvester. That’s because I just learned John Deere himself was from Vermont. And I guess that’s why John Deere farm equipment is so popular in Vermontisota. Unfortunately, most of that equipment is stored away for the winter. The best I could do was to dig up this photo from earlier in the year.