So, what’s your favorite dessert? Is it ice cream? If that’s your fav, you will love our latest journey to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont! It was awesome!
We got to see how they make this amazing ice cream. We saw, and even talked with, the cows that give milk for the ice cream. And then we saw the factory where the milk, sugar and other ingredients like chocolate chips and caramel get put together to make the deliciousness! We were happy to hear that everyone gets treated well here, including the people and the cows.
Besides the factory, there’s also a Scoop shop and a Gift shop. I had a scoop of ‘Phish Food’ and Tom had ‘Cherry Garcia’ - oink-a-licious! Have you tried Ben & Jerry’s before? And if not, do you like ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?
Tom and I have to dash now! Hope to see you on our next hog-tastic journey!
Ben & Jerry's Factory
Apple Picking in Virginia
Hey friends, Lily here!
It’s nearly Fall now - time for bonfires, crisp air and apple picking! Tom and I went to Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
The house on this farm, “Mountain View”, made of stone and log was started back in the mid-1700s. During the Civil War, both sides – confederates and the Union, used the house as a headquarters. Apple trees always grew on the farm, and now there are about 2,500 apple trees, not to mention 800 peach trees!
What’s your favorite fruit to pick in the autumn – apples, pumpkins or something else? My fave is definitely apples, so it was extra hog-tastic at Stribling Farm for me :) Tom loves pumpkins, so he can carve scary faces in them and use the pumpkin seeds for soup! Never too early to start thinking about Halloween! Since the farm has pumpkins as well, we both got to pick our favorite fall fruit.
We picked Gala and Courtney apples, all crunchy and delicious! We also got to taste the hot apple cider, made fresh, and a slice of apple pie – yuuum!
Well, we have to turn-tail and dash… But wishing you happy adventures until our next one!
Apple Picking in Virginia
Hiya friend, Lily here!
Yuuum, Tom and I just ate the best deep-dish pizza ever! We are visiting the place the ‘deep-dish’ style was created. Do you know what city we’re in today? Chicago!!
There are tooons of people here, and so many tall buildings. In fact, Tom says it’s called the ‘Second City’ - just after New York City – and known as the capital of the mid-west. Chicago has a population of about 2.7 million. That’s a lot of Hogs! How many people live in your town?
Did you know the first ever skyscraper was built here in 1885? It was 138 feet tall, a lot for back then! Speaking of tall buildings, I got the most amazing pics from up in the Skydeck Chicago - 1,353 feet tall! Tom said you can see 4 states from up here! We saw Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan – cool, right?! Another hog-tastic fact Tom found is that they turn the Chicago River green every year for St. Patrick’s Day – we’ll have to come back to see that!
Chicago has lots and lots of neighborhoods, each full of people from all over the world. Because of that, there’s way more than deep-dish pizza to eat! There’s Greek, Italian, Chinese, Indian and much more! Yumm! And if you like music as much as food, I just learned that Chicago was the birthplace of Jazz. Have you ever listened to Jazz?
Well friend, we have to skedaddle for now! Tom and I will catch you at our next destination!
Asheville, North Carolina
Hey y’all, Tom here!
Waving a hoof at you from the city of Asheville, North Carolina! It’s known as the ‘Beer Capital’ of the US. We hear it’s super good, but of course Lily and I aren’t old enough to drink it.
We took a bus tour around the historic city, surrounded by beautiful forests and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We saw an amazing old mansion called the ‘Biltmore House’ and went zip-lining over the treetops. Hog-tastic!
Lily and I were happily surprised that Asheville is also known as ‘Bee City’. Bees love the area, which is full of flowers. Asheville even has honey festivals! We got to see actual beehives at a cool place called the ‘Bee Charmer’. The owners make extra sure the bees are well taken care of. Lily and I did a honey tasting at their shop! Each honey taste and feels different from the different types of flowers the bees get nectar from!
Do you know how bees make nectar into honey? It’s pretty amazing! First, boy-bees get pollen and nectar from flowers and bring it back to the girl-bees. These girl-bees then chew on the nectar and pollen, passing it around from one bee to another until it becomes honey. Then they store it in the honeycombs they’ve built. And finally, humans gently take the full honeycombs and get the honey from them! Cool, right?
Gotta dash hog-friend! Be sure to check out our next exciting travel adventure!
Hi Friend! I'm Lily (with the glasses!) and this is my best friend and fellow traveler, Tom!
We love exploring new places and meeting new people. That includes hogs like us, other kinds of animals and humans, like you!
In each new place, Tom and I adventure out to try new foods and fun activities! Tom is an amazing cook and likes to re-make the new dishes we've tried at home :)
Now, I'm not good at cooking but I am good at photography! I take a zillion pictures wherever we go! Tom and I make an awesome team. I like to go, go, go, and he likes to take his time to look, read and study - it's perfect!
We're excited to share our pics, fun facts and exciting stories with you! You never know where we'll head to next - maybe your town!
Follow our journey and join in on the fun! If you happen to see us on the road, give an oink and a wave!
- Lily and Tom
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