Sunday, October 19, 2008

green mountains: part I

our trip started out with possibly my worst nights sleep ever. we like to start our trip to vermont the night before so we can wake up and eat at dot's. [so worth driving 5 hours for breakfast] however, when we pull in at midnight it's just not worth it to set up the tent, so we opt to sleep in the car. the car was packed full and the back seat was down, therefore i was able to recline my chair approximately 4 inches. turns out i don't sleep so well sitting straight up.

when our waitress found out about our fondness for dots she brought over a gourmet magazine to show us that our beloved dots was featured in the october issue. they featured my personal dots favorite: berry, berry pancakes. [blueberries, strawberries and raspberries] berry, berry good.

the leaves were spectacular as always. i love fall in vermont because there are trees. everywhere.

i also like vermont because they make what j & i refer to as sweet nectar of life. green mountain coffee. so. good.

we had to canoe to our lean-to, which turned out to be quite eventful the 1st night. the ranger wasn't present when we arrived, so we were on our own to figure out how to access the lean-to. the gate to the campground was locked, so we parked in the public access area and found a portage to kettle pond, where our lean-to was. it was about a half mile hike, partially on boardwalks because of the mud. we loaded up our canoe and we were off. or at least justin was. the loaded canoe was so heavy i couldn't even lift my end. we had to unload some items so i could actually lift my end. [i will admit, i haven't been doing my push-ups lately] i had to set the canoe down to rest every so often, but i made it! [i was so sore the next day it was hard for me to hold my toothbrush.]

we paddled [actually just j paddled...we'll get to that later] across the pond to the general area where we thought our lean-to might be and we saw someone in the woods. we told him we were looking for site 14 and he informed us his group was set up in 14. when we explained we had reserved 14 they promptly packed up and moved. but it was a bit, um, awkward. [the ranger actually eventually kicked them out of the lean-to they moved to.] the ranger was at the campground when we went back to get water and he explained to us the gate was 'dummy locked' and we could open the gate and park in the campground. also we could practically drive to the beach right across the pond from our lean-to & put our canoe in. needless to say the unload was much easier than the load-in.
our parking spot at our site:

we loved our site.

the sunset was beautiful. view from the beach across from our lean-to.
the view in the morning was equally as spectacular...this is the view laying in our lean-to at 7am:

one of the best parts of camping is camp breakfast! eggs, hash browns, bacon for the carnivores, and camp coffee. mmm.

sometimes when j and i go out paddling, i don't paddle so much. so my sweet husband only brought one paddle so i wouldn't have to paddle. however i did feel a little silly canoe camping and just riding along. it was like my own personal canoe taxi...

it's so nice to get away and spend time with my favorite person in the world. i'm glad i have someone who enjoys the great outdoors as much as i do. i'm glad we're best friends and have such an amazing time together. i'm so blessed to have someone who understands and loves me so completely.

so there's part I of our vermont trip. stay tuned for part II....


  1. Nice looking couple and the lake area seemed very a rustic sort of way!
    It seemed deserted, you sure picked an out of the
    way camping spot!
    Continue to enjoy your adventuring together.

  2. You're fun to be with! Ilu

  3. *sigh* as i sit here at work i'm pining for the outdoors. i want to jump in the vermont pics. although i think the doctors would laugh seeing me hit my head on the computer monitor. the pics are beautiful. looks like a great time. i love the sunrise pic from your leanto. i want to sing to the pictures, "take me away." hehehe.

  4. Beautiful pictures! Just wanted to let you know that I'm reading your blog because you're my friend. And because you're in my wedding. And because you love green mountain coffee.

  5. awesome pics. looks like a great trip.