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Old 11-16-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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A few weeks ago Belle and I went on a field trip. First we drove over to Michigan State and walked around before the football game. There are always a lot of people around to give Belle some attention (which she loves). We parked on the East side of campus and walked to Spartan Stadium (about 2 miles).

After that we drove out to the Cider Mill but sadly dogs were not allowed :sad: So Belle had to stay in the car. I did get a photo of her though. I picked a bushel of apples. It was still early so I decided to drive out to a place I have always wanted to visit…the town of Vermontville. I am from the state of Vermont and I have been told that Vermontville looks a lot like Vermont. To be looked alittle like Vermont but not enough that I felt like I was "home".

Belle fell asleep in the backseat on the way home. It was a long day.

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Spartan Stadium after it's 50 something million dollar makeover

At the Cider Mill (no dogs allowed) I took this in the parking lot

The sign out front

Apples do really grown on trees!

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Pumpkins! I didn't buy one but they looked nice.

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Great pictures Robin!
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Sounds like you and Miss Belle had a great time. Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing.
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Sounds like a wonderful day Robin!! Love your pictures!!!
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It sounds like a fun trip! Too bad Belle couldn't join you at the Cider Mill!
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Your such a good mother to Belle. She has some wonderful, enriching experiences.

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Looks like you and Belle had a wonderful time on such a beautiful day!
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Sounds like a great day. Weather was perfect. Sorry Belle couldn't be with you the whole time though.
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