iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #41
WALKED ON OCTOBER 6, 2010
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 2 1/2 hours at the University Mall in Burlington, VT and the surrounding area. I then walked 2 1/2 hours at the Berlin Mall in Berlin, VT and the surrounding area.
Highlights of the Vermont leg of the tour:
- I had to walk indoors as the weather wasn’t too good. Rain was imminent, although it turned out that I could have probably walked outdoors as it didn’t start raining too hard while I was walking indoors.
- The drive to Boston went smoothly, but it began to rain quite a bit along the way. By the time I got to Boston, it was raining pretty darn hard.
- I made it to my hotel with no problems.
- I had time to update the website and get some work done.
- I’m then heading out to Boston Logan airport to pick my wife up who’s meeting me in Boston tonight. I get to drive to the airport in rush hour traffic. That should be fun (grin).
- We have a nice dinner scheduled for tonight. Gotta get her some good seafood.
As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to
by clicking the button right below these words.
Here are pictures from my walk. There aren’t a lot of pictures, because I spent the entire time walking indoors in a shopping mall. I didn’t figure anyone would want to see a lot of pictures of a mall.
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Here are 5 fast facts about Vermont:
- The state ranks 43rd by land area, 9,250 square miles (24,000 km2), and 45th by total area. It has a population of 621,270, making it the second least-populated state.
- The only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for Lake Champlain (which makes up 50% of Vermont’s western border) and the Green Mountains, which run north to south. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Québec to the north.
- Originally inhabited by Native American tribes (Abenaki and Iroquois), much of the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by France but became a British possession after France’s defeat in the French and Indian War. For many years, the surrounding colonies disputed control of the area (referred to at the time as the New Hampshire Grants) especially New Hampshire and New York. Settlers who held land titles granted by these colonies were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which eventually prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic, founded during the Revolutionary War and lasting for 14 years; Vermont is thus one of 17 U.S. states (along with Texas, Hawaii, the brief California Republic, and each of the original Thirteen Colonies) to have, at one point, existed as its own sovereign government. In 1791, Vermont joined the United States as the fourteenth state, and the first outside the original Thirteen Colonies.
- It is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. The state capital is Montpelier, and the largest city and metropolitan area is Burlington. No other state has a largest city as small as Burlington, or a capital city as small as Montpelier.
- On January 18th, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of Vermont. For the first six months of the state’s existence, the state was called New Connecticut. On June 2nd, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met to adopt the name “Vermont.” This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian who wrote to them on how to achieve admission into the newly independent United States as the 14th state. On July 4, the Constitution of Vermont was drafted at the Windsor Tavern adopted by the delegates on July 8. This was among the first written constitutions in North America and was indisputably the first to abolish the institution of slavery in its constitution, provide for universal male suffrage and require support of public schools. It was in effect from 1777 to 1791. Slavery was banned again by state law on November 25th, 1858.
Next stop, Boston, Massachusetts.