Day 7 Continued: (Wednesday, September 30th)
After we visited Niagara Falls, we drove to Palmyra, New York. Because it was still pretty early in the day (and because it wasn’t raining) we decided to hop on our bikes and peddle on over to the Joseph Smith Sr. Farm and the Sacred Grove. We were also able to see the Palmyra Temple on this visit. It was awesome!
Dressed in our super groovy bike gear!Our awesome trusty bikes! Jennie made me ride the purple one. I felt like Rainbow Bright! “If any of ye lack wisdom…” Yeah! That happened here! AND this is where the angel Moroni instructed Joseph about the plates!Smith Family Farm PropertyFrame Home that was being built by Alvin Smith before he passed away.This is actually the Young’s barn! BYU relocated it piece by piece to this property!The box on the dresser is one of the many places where Joseph Smith Jr. hid the gold plates!The Sacred Grove! So beautiful and quiet. Worth the stop for sure!More Sacred GroveThere was a lot more that just trees in the Sacred Grove. PRETTY!Right across the street from the farm is a perfect view of the Palmyra Temple.
After we saw the farm and the Sacred Grove, we biked back to our hotel and jumped in the car to drive over to the Hill Cumorah!
Day 8: (Thursday, October 1st)
After a good night’s rest, we woke up early to catch a few more sites before our long drive to Vermont. We visited the Book of Mormon Historic Publication site, ate some fudge, and then checked out the Peter Whitmer Farm.
The Store Front for publisher E.B. GrandinA bible and 1st Edition Book of Mormon done by E.B. GrandinWhat the B.O.M. would have looked like before publicationWhere all the hard work was done!The Peter Whitmer log cabin where the Church was officially organized!Translation was done in this very room!Standing at the door of the Whitmer Cabin where the 1st and 2nd General Conferences were held!
After we finished the sites, we headed for Vermont where we would find our Bed and Breakfast late at night just before eating at Subway and watching Memoirs of a Geisha in our comfy beds!
Day 9: (Friday, October 2nd)
In the morning we looked out the window and noticed it was our first sunny, rain free day of the trip. So, we grabbed our bikes after breakfast and hit the roads to see some of Vermont’s famous covered bridges. Then we packed up and headed for Stowe in upstate Vermont where we would tour the Ben and Jerry’s factory and stuff ourselves silly with ice cream!
Our super cute Bed and BreakfastThe road we were biking to find bridgesComing through the bridge on my bike! Woohoo!Unfortunately, some of the bridges had weight limits and I had to stay off. Waiting for cars to come through since only one vehicle can fit at a time.The inner workings of a covered bridgeDriving to Stowe. The whole state looks like this…except with more trees. I can’t believe people live out here. There doesn’t seem to be any place to work besides Ben and Jerry’s! The Ben and Jerry’s Souvenir Shop where we bought fun stuff for Kevin and our friends and lots of ice cream for US!A brief history of Ben and Jerry’sSome of the most beloved ice cream flavorsOur favorite flavor and what we managed to stuff ourselves on all night long! Ahhh! Life is GOOD!
Well it looks like I’ll need one more post to finish up our trip so for now, To Be Continued Again…