Passing another ferry as we head to Cumberland Head, NY

Ferry Ride!

I haven’t been on the ferry in a long time. But every time I go, I definitely enjoy the ride. Today’s brisk autumn air, bright sunshine and lots of fluffy clouds under the baby blue sky made for the most enjoyable ride. As I arrived at Gordon Landing in Grand Isle, I spied this SUV …

Autumn Yellows at The Green Cottage

Autumn By Us

The leaves just outside our doors are getting bolder. Reds, yellows and oranges — still on the trees, for now!  The lake level is down, as it normally is this time of year. Notice the wide beach front that we and our neighbors enjoy this time of year. Today’s temps were in the low 70’s …

Notch Road in Stowe, VT

Check Out Vermont Colors

Autumn colors are popping up just outside our windows. Lake Champlain shores are getting more yellow, orange and red. Not just on the trees, but on the ground as some leaves start to fall. Our temperatures have been abnormally warm this fall. I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to take my favorite 4.25 mile walk …

15.2 mile Bike Trek to South Hero

West Shore Bike Ride

This turned out to be a 15.2 mile bike ride. I grabbed photos of businesses and sights on my ride. I’ve estimated about which mile marker the various photos align best with as I traveled in a counter-clockwise loop from the north end of Grand Isle to South Hero and back. Keep in mind that …

Time for a little bit longer bike ride on Grand Isle's east shore.

Favorite 8 Mile Bike Ride

When I have time for a little bit longer bike ride, but not a full day adventure, this 8+ mile loop is my favorite. I always go in a clockwise loop because although the slopes are longer in that direction, there’s a pretty long steep incline in the counter direction. The majority of the ride …

Champlain Islands Bike Map

Bicycling Around the Champlain Islands

I absolutely love bicycle riding through The Champlain Islands. I’m a novice rider…meaning I ride a road bike, I carry a pack on my bike and my riding attire usually includes gym shorts and a tie-dyed t-shirt. I’m riding for the pure joy of getting some exercise while enjoying the scenery. It never gets old. …

Drawbridge sign in The Champlain Islands

Keeping Up With The Drawbridge

I noticed in this week’s Islander Newspaper that there is a posting in the Legal Notices section regarding the drawbridge between Grand Isle and North Hero. What caught my attention is the times of operation. Last year, due to issues with the bridge, the schedule allowed for the bridge lifting on the hour between 8am …

Grand Isle and North Hero Drawbridge is open!

The only one…

Only one in the entire state of Vermont and it’s only a mile away from our vacation rental homes. Without it, tall boats wouldn’t be able to sail or motor between the broad lake and the inland sea of Lake Champlain. What is it? It’s a draw bridge! Save The “draw bridge season” ended on …

Mosaics a la Antoni Gaudi on our Green Cottage.

Cottage Mosaics

Around the time we were purchasing our home in Grand Isle, we took a family trip that included a stay in Barcelona, Spain. We really didn’t have a plan of what to do or see in Barcelona. It was a place our oldest son wanted to visit while studying abroad in Spain, so we figured, …