After leaving Cooperstown, New York we made our way into Vermont, specifically South Hero, an island town north of Burlington. The drive was astonishing as we saw the beginnings of the “pop” of fall colors as we drove along a small country road. We (the Bims and us) set up camp at Apple Island RV Park; a nice campground situated aside Lake Champlain. South Hero Island is the lower island in a series of islands that lead to the Canadian Border. The islands have a rich history dating back to the mid 1700’s. As we drove the islands we stopped at stores carrying Vermont Maple Syrup and any type of food with Maple Syrup on it. The apple orchards were full and there were many “pick your own” farms open for the final weekend of picking. We found a couple of very nice antique stores filled with unique items related to the history of the area. The oldest log cabin in America is found on Grand Isle near South Hero and it dates back to 1783. The Hyde family built and lived in this cabin for over 150 years. As we wandered the islands we discovered a cemetery dating back to 1795 and next to it was an abandoned missile silo, one of two in Vermont that pointed towards Korea and Iran. The Quonset huts sat on top of the entrance to the silo and still stand to this day.
Since we were so close, the four of decided to use those passports we keep on board and take a drive into Canada. The drive to Montreal was fairly uneventful but a beautiful. We didn’t notice many differences between the U.S. and Canada besides the signage and language until we started to make our way back to our RV’s. We found ourselves hopelessly lost trying to leave Montreal, going in circles for about an hour due to the massive road construction. After much frustration and fears of never making it back to the U.S., we found our way to the U.S. border. After we had been cleared to enter the U.S. Dennis chatted with the border agent and we found out that the construction unions play this massive game with the government in order to get paid more….not funny in our book!!
On our last night there I listened to Vin Scully’s last broadcast via live stream, I readily admit that I shed a few tears as an end of era came to pass.
What a beautiful drive into New Hampshire and to our next stop outside of Gorham. We stayed at a quaint campground (note to our fellow RV’ers, great owners but if it rains, it can get quite muddy), Timberland, just outside of town. It was a beautiful area along Androscoggin River complete with a river walk where we could watch a variety of waterfowl, beavers and if you’re lucky, moose.
Dennis and I drove an 80-mileloop in eastern NH, which wound through the White Mountains. The fall colors juxtaposed with the granite walls were amazing as were the views and all the covered bridges that dot this area. We are constantly taken aback at how beautiful this country is and how fortunate we are to live in the United States of America. Next stop, Maine……