Hard to top Ben & Jerry’s but we did
We explored the cute, touristy little town of Stowe one day.
Stowe VT is the ski capital of the East. Good thing we were here in the Spring/Summer! The traffic wasn’t too bad :) We just randomly explored the area driving until we found something interesting :)
The Green Mountains feature Smuggler’s Notch, a very historical pass through the mountains that is only open in the summer.
In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada. The locals weren’t too happy about that. Montreal was much closer than other American trading centers so they used the Notch to smuggle goods to Canada. Later, slaves used the Notch to escape to Canada. During the prohibition years, smuggling booze from Canada through the Notch was very common.
Somewhere in the Green Mountains, we happened upon the Trapp Family Lodge. If you were ever a Sound of Music fan, this would be the place for you :) The family toured the US in the 1940’s and settled in Stowe VT. The estate is spectacular and a very popular venue in this area.
Of course no trip to Vermont would be complete without a trip to Montpelier, the capital city.
Along with the mountains we found small lakes. Perfect size for Sea Eagling :) We did some padding one afternoon on Eden Lake.
We paddled all the way to the other end and back again. Took us all of about 1½ hours :)
That night we were invited to a delicious meal of smoked pulled pork butt made by our new friends Faye and Dave. It was fantastic!
Faye and Dave just sold their home and plan to join the full-timing world soon. We met the day we arrived and Faye confessed she read many of the same blogs I did and had one of her own. She finally decided to put herself “out there” and made it known that it was now public. She also decided to quit lurking and start commenting on the blogs she reads. Guess she’s going to fit into this lifestyle just fine :) Click on the link and welcome them!
The following day, they took us on our very first river paddle. They have a canoe and we have the Sea Eagle. We left our Jeep at the put in spot and Dave left his truck at the take out. What a great paddle this was…not much paddling required actually.
All in all, it was about a 7-8 mile trip and took the majority of the afternoon. Fabulous way to spend a day. We topped it off with an ice cream cone at the camp store :)
Vermont is a place I could easily come back to. I think I’m going to miss it.
Thanks for stopping by.