The drive from Lake Placid, NY to Grand Isle, VT took about three hours.
It was a pleasant, somewhat rural drive as we headed north on Route 9. Lake Champlain borders New York on the west, Canada to the north, and Vermont on the east. Here are some facts that I did not know.
“Lake Champlain is 120 miles long and 12 miles at its widest point. The amount of shoreline is 587 miles. The average depth of Lake Champlain is 64 feet and the deepest point is 400 feet between Charlotte, VT and Essex, NY. Lake Champlain is 435 square miles of surface water. It forms the boundary between Vermont and New York for most of its length. Grand Isle State Park is located in the town of Grand Isle on South Hero Island. The island is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It was named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.”
Route 9 north will take you into Canada, so we veered east onto Route 11 and then south on Route 2. Route 2 runs from Alburg in the north, down to South Hero, and then east over the water towards the popular college town of Burlington.
The entrance to Grand Isle State Park was colorful and inviting.
It was Columbus Day Weekend and Monday, October 14, was also Thanksgiving in Canada. There were several French-speaking Canadian campers celebrating their holiday, too. We weren’t able to get a site on the water’s edge, but we did get pretty close at site A103.
During the day, the weather was sunny and pleasant with temperatures in the low 60’s. At night, it would dip into the low 40’s to high 30’s. Unfortunately, the cold water temperature coupled with the not-so-warm daytime temperature negated the use of our water toys. (Maybe we need to get a canoe?). Instead, we went to the Harvest Farmers Market In South Hero and stocked up on fresh vegetables and homemade bread. There was a live band playing Country Rock music that I remember fondly from the 70’s. I was even singing along! Each morning, we “jogged” the short, wooded Nature Trail, located in the campground, for a little cardio. Late afternoon on Sunday, we watched the JETS/Cowboys game at McKee’s, the only pub on the island. Shockingly, we were the only JETS fans in the place.
In the morning, we will head to Little River State Park, VT.