Maplewoods Campground is a great private spot to camp. We had a site in the lower section without any neighbors, just trees & distant mountains. Full hookups made it perfect. The folks closest to us happened to be from the outer banks of NC! It’s a beautiful small world.
Johnson is in north central Vermont, an area we did not explore last year. We made several day trips to fun villages & areas. We did a tour of the “Burkes” a ski area south of us. There is East Burke, West Burke & Burke Hollow, all within a few miles of each other. Another quirky Vermont thing. We did get a nice serving of our favorite ice cream, Gifford’s of Maine fame, before heading to Lake Willoughby, the Lake Lucerne of the US. It is beautiful, but really these local claims can be outrageous! While in the general neighborhood, we checked out Island Pond (a lake) & the nearby state park, Brighton. Cutting across country on a dirt road we happened upon a delightful farmer’s stand. Such yummy fresh food is available everywhere. This area is big on winter sports, especially snow mobile & cross-country skiing so the winter is a busy as the summer. Brrrrr!
Our beloved F250 had its first rough spot – a dead battery! The campground folks jumped it for us & sent us to a nearby TSC. We had no idea the town of Morrisville even existed & we were 6 miles from it! Any hoo, the day was saved & we now hope to be trouble free again.
The LaMoille Rail Trail runs along the LaMoille River connecting communities for 33 miles. We really enjoyed having it nearby. Beautiful views & interesting farms were along the way. Several restaurants are accessible from the trail & that is a lot more fun. Our favorite pub was The Lost Nation where I had the most delicious sugared cured tofu sandwich!
We had seen a sign, “Art Supplies” in front of an old home on Main St. Imagine my delight to discover it is a real artist store. A great selection of supplies for all medias! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. A true serendipity. Johnson is a small town (3300 - 2012 census) but hosts a thriving artist community. Who could have guessed? In 1984, The Vermont Studio Center created a year-round, international creative community serving over 600 writers & artist from around the world. Artists are provided living quarters, a studio, & meals. Lordy Lord, what a dream. The local college is also art oriented, so the store manages to thrive. I had a wonderful time on both of my trips there!
Our last explore was north to the lovely village of Newport on Lake Memphremagog. (I did not make that up. It is Algonquian for “where there is a big expanse of water.) We had read about Newport’s charm & the lovely hiking around the lake. The farmer’s market was open as well, so it seemed a sure bet. The town is right on the lake & is beautiful. We had a bit of trouble finding the farmers market. It was not where Google thought (no surprise) but was right under our nose! Delicious fresh roasted coffee & just picked veggies are such a treat. Shopping accomplished, we took off for our walk along the lake. The day was hot & we were sweating but once again we were provided a lovely lake side restaurant for our refreshment. Felt great to get out of the sun & enjoy a cool beverage along with fabulous flat bread sandwiches. Nourished, we finished our walk & decided to drive up to the Canadian border to visit the Haskell Free Public Library. In 1903 the building was constructed right on the international border! Half of the library is in the US & the other is in Quebec! So weird! Some of the houses were also built on the border but have since been “walled up” inside. The library, however, is still open to both countries. The border is marked by huge pots of flowers & big signs telling you not to enter. But still, flower pots are a lot nicer than walls!