Smuggler’s Notch

After our European adventures last summer, we decided to keep it stateside for our vacation this year. We haven’t been camping in a while, so we decided to explore the great outdoors and headed north to the Green Mountain State! Jay had only been in Vermont once overnight in college and I had never been. We fell in love with it pretty quickly and hope to return!

We stayed at Smuggler’s Notch State Park–a fantastic campground. It rained. Every. Single. Day (except our last night there), so we had to set up our campsite in the rain. I was about ready to throw in the towel after that miserable night. Fortunately, we had plenty of sunshine during the days.

Our homestead.

Jay made homemade firestarters. They worked great (when it wasn’t raining). 

Our first day there, we hiked up to Sterling Pond. 

The nearby town of Stowe is a huge ski town, so a lot of our hikes crossed over ski slopes at Stowe Ski Resort.  Also, I didn’t know that ski lifts look like this when they’re not covered with snow. 

We went kayaking and swimming at nearby Waterbury Reservoir.

We decided to take a day trip up to Montreal and had a great time exploring the city. Of course we had to sample poutine!

The steps to Mont Royal, the best view of the city. (it was a LOT of stairs!)
Part of McGill University.
Our last day there was our big hike. We hiked up Mt. Mansfield, to the Chin, which is the highest point in Vermont. It was a tough hike, with lots of rock climbing, but the view made it worth it.

Necessity.

Profanity trail was aptly named. It was no fun at all. 
A lot cleaner than Septa.  If you look carefully at the picture on the right, you can see the white blazes, indicating that the trail goes almost straight up that rock face.
We made it to the top!

A view of the Chin from the nearby and slightly lower Adam’s Apple.

Kerith relaxing before the trip back down.

The way down was very steep. You can see people below us on the trail 
We broke up the drive on the way home by taking a pit stop at Dartmouth. We wanted to compare Ivies. 
After being back in Philly for a week, we headed out again to our favorite B&B, Sweetwater Farm, for the weekend. We like to rough it, but then kick back and get pampered also. We had a lovely and relaxing weekend. 
Home sweet home. 

[Some of the shots in this post–mostly the ones with highly saturated blues and greens–were shot on Velvia 50 slide film rather than digital.  Scanning them did not do them justice (there’s a lot more detail in the slides), but I recently acquired a slide projector and would love to show you the actual slides if you’re in Philly!]

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