Connecticut: We’re cat people

We were really looking forward our romp across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Mostly, I was excited about the people we had met online and were then able to meet in real life. Miracle’s friend, Chuck, welcomed us into their home for dinner, which included clam pizza. If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it. That pie was delicious. Chuck then showed us some of the nature preserve trails around his neighborhood. We got another interview with a woman named Tracy Carlucci, owner of Telabus. …Then we had some challenges. 

Connecticut, as it turns out, is not an especially dog-friendly state. Miracle and I wanted to stop at a winery and called several before we found Paradise Hills Vineyard—an Italian-inspired winery. It was there that we discovered that despite what is listed on The Dyrt, no dogs are allowed in any Connecticut State park campground. (Additionally, many of the beaches have seasonal hours for dogs. You know, in case you have a dog who winters in New England.) 

We started to scramble. Since it was a Saturday, nearly everything was filled. (Another lesson from Connecticut is that if you’re not amongst the first six people somewhere, you will wait a long time or be shut out.) Fortunately, the good people of Connecticut and the Facebook VW group came through with a driveway stay. A man named Robert and his wife, Mary, hosted us for the evening and were so welcoming. The next morning Robert gave me some maintenance pointers before we shoved on to one of our most-anticipated interviews with Tracy Tulloch, the owner of Piperbus Auto (who will get her own well-deserved full post later this week). We interviewed her and moved along to Rhode Island where dogs can roam the beaches. Well, not really; most of the beaches are private. 

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