Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day Trip

My grandchildren are visiting.  Today we made a trip to Ausable Chasm in upstate New York.  In order to do that we had to cross Lake Champlain.  Dane had not heard about the Lake Champlain monster before.  He kept a sharp eye out for Champ.
 We took the ferry from Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY

 It didn't look too bad when we started out.
 But as you can see, it was kind of hazy.
 Above and below are scenes of the Burlington waterfront.
 Dane spotted this stowaway on the ferry.

 When we finally got across the lake--an hour long ride--the clouds were so black and threatening.  I had my sunglasses on and I had to stop to change to my regular glasses because it was too dark to see.

As we pulled into the parking lot for Ausable Chasm the sky opened up and it poured.  We sat in the car.  When the rain let up a little we made a dash for the welcome center.  It was time for lunch anyway.

The rain let up and we went ahead with our plans.  The woods along the trail were drippy from water on the trees, but by the time we got to the raft launch the sun was out.  We had a great ride.  We did get wet going though the rapids.

Because our plan was to ride the river raft, I left my camera in the the car.  You can view pictures here.

We took the shuttle bus from the raft pull out back to the welcome center and had something to drink before heading back home.  

I drove to Essex, NY, to take the ferry to Charlotte, VT.  It was a much smaller ferry but a quicker trip--and much less expensive!  However, we did have to take a slight detour to get their.  There had been some flash flooding and wind damage to trees that had the direct route closed off.

 The weather was nice as we left Essex, NY.  Dane watched for Champ once again, but there was no sighting today.
 Apparently, there was quite a storm at home while we were gone.  Here's how we found the deck upon our arrival.
 
Kind of pretty sunset tonight:

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love seeing photos of your part of the world. Sounds like a good day all around!

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  2. Sounds like a good day despite the rain and gloom. I hope nothing got damage from the wind at your home.

    Its a shame Dane didn't get to see Champ.

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    1. His bed time story was about meeting up with Champ on the ferry ride. He gave it two thumbs up.

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  3. How wonderful to be able to spend time with your grandchildren. It sure sounds like you had a wonderful day. Too bad about Champ; maybe next time. I'm glad the storm didn't do any damage to your house.

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  5. You had a wonderful time with the grands! Love the photos and the views you captured. Sorry the rain dampened parts of the day, but you came back.

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  6. We took a day trip using that ferry across Lake Champlain a few years ago. What a treat! Where I live the ferries cross the Puget Sound and hold over a hundred cars, so the New York to Vermont ferry was special for us.

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  7. What a nice outing with your grandkids. Too bad about the unpredictable weather.

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  8. Weather..we cant live with it, can't live without it. Its perfect in Chicago today. Love that you took us along your trip !

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  9. You were blessed with great luck for your outing. All that damaging storm missed you and you salvaged a neat day.
    I didn't know the states had their own monster. Would be cool to unite him with Nessie.

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    1. I am convinced that there are angels who look out for me.

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  10. A great adventure with the grands...making memories. Too bad the lake monster was a no-show.

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  11. Glad the weather didn't make the day a total loss. :)

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  12. I remember going to Ausable Chasm with my family when I was a kid. Great memory. And now your family has one too. Nice sunset photo!

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  13. It does sound like a wonderful day! I am amazed at how much they've grown, too! Glad you didn't have to cancel your day due to Mother Nature.

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  14. You are right, many memories we create are long-lasting.

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