Little River, VT: 10/14 – 10/17/19

It wasn’t a long drive on Route 2 East from Grand Isle to Little River State Park. Our friends had arrived before us, and our site was directly opposite there’s.

We love when friends join us on our adventure. It always fun share a meal and enjoy a bottle of vino together!

After an evening of catching up on life, we chose to hike Mt. Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont. We hiked 8.4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,920 feet to the peak at 4,393 feet.

The start of the trail.
Beautiful views along the way.
Should we eat them?
Contemplating the jump. The taller you are, the shorter it is. Good job, Gail!

The next day we hiked around Little River Historic Campground. In the early 1800’s, a settlement of 50 or so families once lived in the area surrounding Little River. The high demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. In the mid-1800’s, the land was given to the state of Vermont. Today, Little River State Park is one of the most popular parks in central Vermont.

Gail reading another plaque on the self-guided history and nature trail.

Rain was on the forecast for the next few days. We went into Burlington had a delicious breakfast at a popular eatery/bakery.

It was time to say goodbye to our friends, Gail and Charlie. We are hopeful that more friends will join us on future travels. Next stop is Maine!

Grand Isle, VT: 10/11 – 10/14/19

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.