Clayton and Chateaugay, New York and South Hero, Vermont
We take our time over second cup on Tuesday morning, enjoying the beautiful water views from our front yard.
|St Lawrence River at Merry Knoll Campground|
|Tessa only has eyes for Pam|
|Sure had a great time with these two!|
A quick stop at the grocery store and back home to get ready for our Wednesday departure.
Highways 12, 37 and 2 are all good roads with pretty scenery. Randy (GPS) takes us on 37B which is probably shorter in distance, but it's a rough and narrow route which I'm sure takes us longer. John's suggested detour on Hwy 122 is a much better :-)
We stop for one night at High Falls Campground in Chateaugay, NY. Guess what they have here?
Thursday morning we walk to High Falls on the Chateaugay River. It's beautiful (and high) through the trees. There is a rickety-looking and steep set of wooden stairs that look like they might take you to the bottom. Not me. You maybe.
|High Falls, Chateaugay, NY|
|Pretty colors on the forest floor|
|Creepy bugs in the branches|
Once we cross Lake Champlain and enter Vermont - state number 18 - Randy makes another short-cut on Lake Shore Drive. This one is also narrow, but runs along the water's edge and is a real treat!! She's forgiven for her earlier poor judgement.
We really enjoyed our month in New York, even with the hot and humid weather. Being from the west coast, we think of New York as the City. Our time here has shown us how inaccurate that is.
Apple Island RV Resort is a very nice, clean and peaceful park at the south point of Lake Champlain. The store is just across Hwy 2 from the marina, but the campground is higher up in the trees with few water views. FHUs with 50 amp and good water pressure. Gravel roads with grass and gravel sites. More seasonal sites than overnight, all very well maintained. Swimming pool and hot tub, restrooms, showers and laundry.
For the first time, we change sites after moving into the first one where our satellite won't connect. The new spot has a great view until we get neighbors on Friday afternoon, but it's level and has lots of space on the living side. And satellite works well for Sunday :-)
Before the rain arrives, Bill finds a fun spot for lunch in an apple orchard. The Accidental Farmer is a young guy and his labradoodle with an outdoor kitchen and seating. Live music on Friday nights, open from May through October. We enjoy our burgers, buy some maple syrup from the little store, and return home as the first drops fall.
|Pick-your-own orchard at Allenholm Farms|
|Just 9 months old - a big, friendly boy|
Friday we take advantage of having a large city nearby (8 miles). Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, and home to the University of Vermont. Both auto and pedestrian traffic is heavy here, but for some reason it doesn't bother us.
Tessa gets dropped off for a bath and nail trim so we spend a couple hours at the ECHO Leahy Center on Lake Champlain. A small center focused on the eco-system of the water and surrounding area, it is a nicely done education facility.
|A World of Fish|
|Exhibit on invasive species in the lake including Zebra Mussels - completely encased this bicycle in two years|
|Eastern Box Turtle - this one's red eyes identify it as a male|
|Lake Champlain has its own serpent - Champ!|
|American Bullfrog, the largest native frog in North America|
|Cool effects look like you're walking under water|
|Common Garter Snake|
|Explaining that the non-toxin fruit flies mean their Poison Dart Frogs are not poisonous|
|Still brightly colored, but not dangerous|
|A bin of "terrain" in varying elevations|
|Hold your hand in one place to make it "rain". A very powerful feeling - could go to your head!|
|Drag a finger and make a canyon, changing the weather pattern.|
I jump through some hoops to get my prescriptions filled since our insurance company has changed their policy on mailing them out of state. Paying out of pocket and waiting for reimbursement is never my first choice. Still, we are blessed to have fully paid insurance so I'll do what I need to do.
We pick up our clean fluffy dog, grab some tasty fish and chips at Union Jack, and head for home in the 5 o'clock traffic.
|All clean again.|
My tastes are definitely eclectic, finding joy in many different genres and time periods. Americana is probably my very favorite, and the Shelburne is one of the best places to see everything from art to structures to transportation to textiles to furniture to collections of collections. I'm very excited!!
And I'm early. Fortunately the Farmers' Market is open just down the street so I spend some time and a little money there first.
Although it's Saturday, only three other people are here when I arrive. A large tent with "Private Event" warns of larger numbers arriving later.
I pick up a map and step outside. At that point I know this will need its own post. Maybe two.
|Two of 39 buildings at the Shelburne.|