White Mountain Majesties
Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
42Trip End Oct 13, 2012
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The morning was clear, giving us great views from the scenic overlooks of the surrounding mountains. It was apropos that the first scenic overlook gave an in depth explanation of the multi use aspect of National Forests and this one in particular
Continuing east, we crossed into Vermont and traveled up to Montpelier, the smallest state capital in the country. It had a quaint little down town area and as it was getting close to lunch time, we started looking for a local style café. We lucked out when we found the “NECI on Main”. NECI stands for New England Culinary Institute, which runs several restaurants in Montpelier. This one offered a great Sunday Brunch. Barb and I went back to the buffet table far too many times and then followed up with a couple of trips to the dessert table. Everything was exquisite! No dinner for us that night. We followed up the gastronomic orgy with a long walk around downtown. It was very interesting to see the old apartment and business buildings built right on the riverside with balconies suspended over the river, that type of construction would never happen today.
After Montpelier we took scenic route 100 south along the Green Mountains
We crossed Lake Champlain by ferry at Fort Ticonderoga. As we were crossing I noticed a pontoon boat with a live well releasing fish into the lake. The ferry woman told me it was because of a bass tournament being held that weekend, all of the fish are returned live after the weigh in. Sure enough once we land the parking lot is full of high tech bass boats and towing rigs with enough advertising to make a NASCAR owner proud….
On into the Adirondacks to Paradox Lake Campground. The place is fairly empty as this is a Sunday night and all of the weekenders have hurried home for work. After a nice campfire, we were off to bed.