Our last day in South Hero is a Sunday of football and a quick drive to town for groceries. Lake Champlain is so beautiful that I have to stop and enjoy the views from the sand bar.
|Para-sailers moving very fast|
But after we get backed in and set up and meet the owners we're thinking our original three nights will be fine. The two Russian men who own and run the place are delightful. They're so happy we're here, even though they're 2/3 full and others are arriving. A Passport America park, the three nights will only cost us $45 so what the heck.
|Seasonals on each side, we only see one person one time.|
|Our huge backyard|
|with a low-flowing river just beyond.|
No sign on the road, but I catch a glimpse as we pass by and make a quick u-turn to check out a large covered bridge. It's our first and I'm very excited! Reminds me of turning around in Organ Pipe National Park to see our first crested saquaro :-)
The marker says this is the last working bridge in Vermont, but the 1908 structure is clearly closed. Built by the St Jonesbury and Lamoille R.R., the Fisher Bridge in Wolcutt spans the Lamoille River. It features a full-length cupola providing escape for the smoke. Steel reinforcements were added in 1968 and it seems in great shape, but the tracks stop just 10 yards from the east opening.
|The tracks have been removed, making for a nice trail.|
|It's a beauty.|
|Apparently we have an aspiring politician in the family.|
|Some kids outstanding in their field.....|
We make our way to the cute little town of Stowe. A year-round destination for outdoors enthusiasts, today it is full of "leaf-peepers". Like us.
|Lots of art pieces along the main road.|
|Several ski shops|
|The whole town is decked out for Fall.|
|Isn't she wonderful??|
|New England Corn Chowder - divine!|
|Freshest salad I've had in weeks - and so pretty!|
|The halls are lined with wonderful old photos and historical documents of both the town and the Inn.|
|1891 roster from the original Brick Hotel|
You may doubt this, but it's true!
Nowhere else but the Grand Canyon have we seen the variety and quantity of license plates! There are nearly 30 different states. In the top section there are actually none from Vermont. They include all the neighboring states, but also Florida, Louisiana, Colorado and Utah. Oregon may be the furthest, but we're at least second. Amazing.
The tour is short and very fun. I especially enjoy the company's continued commitment to social justice, and that they are proud of their activism.
|Sign petitions, join upcoming actions, read about election reform.|
|Too hard to choose a favorite!|
|Where all the yum comes together.|
I really want to spend more time here. Vermont just feels so good. The beauty, the people, the little towns - all of it is magical. The little park has grown on us, and at the inexpensive rate it would be a perfect spot to spend some more time.
But we have no cell service nor any Internet connection. Not only in the park, but in most of the surrounding area we have very limited access. And the timing couldn't be worse. With Bill's mom being moved this week it isn't practical for us to be out of touch.
So Thursday morning we pack up and head for New Hampshire. We will definitely be back to spend more time in Vermont.