Good evening everyone! We were so happy to hear from all of our family and friends in Florida that things went relatively well with Hurricane Matthew. Unfortunately, it looks like he may have taken quite a toll on the Carolina’s. Hoping for the best for all!! When we wrapped up on the 3rd, we had just arrived in the little town of South Hero, VT which is located on Grand Island, just north of Burlington…and that is where we still are, until tomorrow. Let’s see what happened this week…
Tuesday the 4th was a work day for me, and Terri spent time researching campgrounds and where we may land in FL for the late fall/early winter. That was hampered of course by not knowing what Matthew was going to do, and what campgrounds may or may not be left. We now know things are in good shape for the areas we want to go, so we will start making plans. Terri also spent a bit of time exploring this campground some more, and planning some trips for the week…so, no pictures from Tuesday.
Wednesday, on the other hand was very nice. It was mostly sunny, and in the 60’s, so we decided to head back to an area we had been to before…Smugglers Notch and Stowe. We attacked from a different direction, and were greeted by spectacular scenery and color. Unfortunately, the pictures once again do not do the scenery justice at all…I guess you will just have to come and check it out for yourselves!
It was early to bed, then early to rise on Thursday, the 6th as we were headed into Burlington to check out their rails to trails bike paths. Burlington is really a neat little town that has a big attitude. The records state the population is about 42,000. It doesn’t seem that big. There are 3 Universities here, including the University of Vermont. It looks like a very nice campus, as we drove past and through it several times while we were here. We landed downtown where the ferry comes over from NY (as it does in a few spots near here…more on that later.) We found a great parking place right at the trailhead on the waterfront, loaded up, and took off…well, kind of. We did not know that there was about a two mile detour right after the trail began heading north due to trail maintenance. We both ended up walking our bikes up a huge hill to take a busy street to get back to the path, but it was well worth it, as I hope the pictures below depict. This trail runs from downtown Burlington, 9 miles to where you can catch a bike ferry on the weekends to get to Grand Island…where we are staying. I took a shot from the north side looking south on the 3rd when we arrived, so we wanted to get to the ferry landing on the south side. What a great trip!
Friday brought forth another glorious fall day, and we decided to take a drive north on Grand Island and see what we could see. We landed first at a really neat fish hatchery on the shores of the lake that had a free, self guided tour.
We drove up as far as you could before entering Canada, and passed over to the NY side of the lake for a quick trip along the lake south for a ways, and took the ferry back over to Grand Island. This thing runs 24/7 365 weather permitting, and every half hour. It appears it is used mostly by commuters…but commercial trucks use it as well.
That finished up Friday. We did some grocery shopping and grilled out back at Grampa’s Bus. Saturday was forecast to be overcast, rainy and colder…and it was. There was a craft fair and bake sale at the campground that we attended and donated to…especially the bake sale part of it. We then headed into Burlington to see what was going on, and we landed at the Magic Hat Brewing Company, where they had free tours, tastings, live music, and samples from local Vermont vendors specializing in organic food. Nice time on a gloomy afternoon!
We were back before dark, and Terri whipped up an awesome chicken dish, and we watched a red box movie. We settled in early, as we were headed out early on Sunday to visit the Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, VT. Here is what the folks at Wikipedia have to say about this great place:
Shelburne Museum is a museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont, United States. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. It is located on 45 acres (18 ha) near Lake Champlain.
Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and an array of 17th- to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys (see Waterfowl decoy collecting), and carriages.
Electra Havemeyer Webb was a pioneering collector of American folk art and founded Shelburne Museum in 1947. The daughter of Henry Osborne Havemeyer andLouisine Elder Havemeyer, important collectors of Impressionism, European and Asian art, she exercised an independent eye and passion for art, artifacts, and architecture celebrating a distinctly American aesthetic.
When creating the Museum she took the step of collecting 18th and 19th century buildings from New England and New York in which to display the Museum’s holdings, relocating 20 historic structures to Shelburne. These include houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga.
In Shelburne Mrs. Webb sought to create “an educational project, varied and alive.” Shelburne’s collections are exhibited in a village-like setting of historic New England architecture, accented by a landscape that includes over 400 lilacs, a circular formal garden, herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, and perennial gardens.
In 2013, the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education was opened with two galleries, an auditorium and classroom, transforming the institution from seasonal (mid-May through October) to year-round operation. While the main campus operates seasonally, the Pizzagalli Center and Museum Store are open year-round.
If you are ever in the area…this is a must see. Here are some pictures:
That’s about it for this go around. We got almost everything stowed away and ready to hit the road tomorrow. We still don’t know for sure just which way we will head out of here. Will either head south on the western border of Vermont, or go north a bit, and come down the west shore of Lake Champlain in NY. Out next hard stop is for two weeks in a little town in Pine Grove, PA which is just north of Harrisburg. We will take our time getting there, as it is only about 460 miles away and our reservations start on Thursday. It has been a real bugger trying to get reservations even now…we thought things would calm down after this holiday weekend, but I guess not. Plenty of room during the week, but everything is full on the weekends. The only reason we got the campground we did in PA is because someone cancelled at the last minute. Oh well, it all worked out.
As always, we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living your Dreams!!!!