After leaving the Airstream in Ohio for warranty repairs & custom shelving, we headed to NC to be with our loved ones & to transport James & Glenda's household to PA. We had such fun. Camille & Dean opened their home & hearts to us. Many wonderful meals & much time on their most excellent porch nourished our souls. Carowinds provided a great family weekend with Lathan, Kaitlyn, & Finley. Finley & I preferred the waterpark, leaving the roller coasters to the adrenaline fiends. No trip to NC would be complete without a visit to our wonderful Granny B. She is always gracious & loving to her "travelers".
The trip to PA with the U-Haul trailer was easy & it was very exciting to welcome them to the states. Think they will enjoy their time at Penn State.
The drive through upstate NY was beautiful & we were tempted to stop at Niagara Falls again, but Vermont was beckoning. As we neared Plattsburgh, NY, we realized a ferry was the only way into Vermont! Oh-oh, that made Edward a little nervous. The ferry was just large enough for the Airstream & 20 other cars! Quite an experience!
The Islands are in the middle of Lake Champlain & were "discovered” by Samuel de Champlain in 1609. Our camp was in Grand Isle State Park, a beautiful home for exploring the other islands. It was also our first experience relying totally on our solar. It worked very well, considering the cloud cover.
The Hyde Log Cabin was quite a treat due to our curator's extensive knowledge of the area. The cabin was built in 1783 by Jedediah Hyde who surveyed the islands for Ethan & Ira Allen. The brothers were rewarded for their Revolutionary War service with nice parcels of land. Being humble guys, they named their land North & South Hero!
My favorite stop was the Grand Isle Art Works. The desire to check out local artists lead us to a fabulous lunch in the "quirky old farmhouse built in 1797."
The Fisk Farm is a lovely wedding venue on Isle La Motte built in 1802 from local stone. The property has the most gorgeous grove of Black Locust trees ever & lovely perennial gardens.
A statue commemorating Champlain’s landing on Isle La Motte is located nearby. The French fort was dedicated to St. Anne, Mary's mother. The golden statue of Mary was captivating; a fitting place to sprinkle some ashes.
Our next stop was St Johnsbury, VT. Moose River Campground was an unexpected gem. Our very favorite private park. A beautiful river front site & Airstream buddies from LA made this a fun setting. Tours of the Cabot Cheese Factory (lots of samples) & a local sugar house, Goodrich made our tummies happy & our refrigerator full. Edmund Menard, The Birdman, was the highlight of St Jay. He has a beautiful farm & opens his home & heart to anyone that stops. We admired his fan carving of birds, meandered around his beautiful gardens & came home with some delicious “purple” beans. Quite a trip! Look him up on YouTube.
St Jay is home to Dog Mt. A 150-acre dog friendly paradise created by Stephen Huneck, a local artist. The timing was just right & we were able to attend a free outdoor concert for canines & their people. Lots of good Balkan music, food vendors & pups running everywhere. It was a great way to spend Sunday afternoon.
The river running out back has caused us to be a little lazier than usual. Just hard to beat relaxing, listening to the river tumble by. Tomorrow we leave for a private farm with a few campsites. Can’t wait to see it.