Monday, August 08, 2011
Our first ever visit to Vermont
We have moved on to the islands of Lake Chaplain in Vermont, the green mountain state. The Apple Island resort is on the lake shore and has park models, RVs and tents. It is a large facility with a pool, activities, full hookups and free WI-FI.
The largest city in Vermont, Burlington, is a short drive across a causeway. The city is known for the large university campus and historic architecture. In its earliest days, the city strived on the commerce that was provided by the ready transportation of the lake. Today, commercial traffic on the lake is nearly gone, but it continues to be an important part of the life of Burlington and the towns along its shores. It is a huge recreation draw for folks from across the country and across the nearby border.
While not much discussed in schools, Lake Chaplain also played a vital role in the victory over the English during the Revolutionary war. It is a fascinating story involving several of the famous characters of the revolution- Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold. Too long for this blog, for those interested I recommend the linked site.
Over two days we took an enjoyable narrated boat tour of the lake and walked the streets of downtown Burlington. The boat was nearly new and had very few people onboard, so we could move around freely. As luck would have it, they were having a festival of fools on the main walking street with all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife. It actually reminded us of a typical shopping street in the Netherlands.