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Lake Champlain – Vermont/New York

So, I didn’t watch the sunset with Kord, as he was putting his kids down, but I did get a picture or two.  It wasn’t the best view for a sunset anyway.  We did end up sitting by the campfire until late.  He’s an ex tennis pro, who coached tennis at William and Mary.  The women’s tennis team was 8th in the country.  He has written an unpublished children’s book about Ollie the Camel and Goat the Sheep.   At one point he was planning on running for Congress on the Republican ticket, but I didn’t get the details on that.

Today I finished the southwestern part of the loop around Lake Champlain.  I drove through Port Henry, Westport, and Essex.  Not too much to report there.  I was planning on stopping in Essex at one of the “harbor’s charming cafes” for coffee, but I didn’t see one.  There were about 5 buildings and a ferry.  Perhaps I missed something.  I continued on to Willsboro Point.

Willsboro Point  is home to New York State’s first fish ladder that “affords migrating salmon a chance to overleap Willsboro Dam”.  I think I arrived after their travels for spawning season…I didn’t see any salmon.  None the less, I wanted to see a fish ladder as I don’t recall ever seeing one.

I had some extra time on my hands because none of the planned stops took very long, so I drove back to Lake Placid.  I spent part of the afternoon in the deli charging my computer and adding onto my maps.  I have succeeded in shorting out the 12 volt battery system in the back of the van, so I don’t have a charging mechanism unless I camp on electric.  Vermont’s state parks don’t seem to have electric.  After a chicken sandwich, Scout, Petey, and I went for a hike in the High Peaks Wilderness area near Lake Placid.

I chose a popular hike, judging by the cars.  I think it was called Cascade Falls Trail.  It was a 2.4 mile trail, so we just planned to walk for an hour.  I have finally figured out the trails in the Adirondacks are on waterfall beds that are active in the spring when the snow melts, but dry in the summer and fall unless of course it’s been raining.  I watched some people sink four inches into the mud.  Scout, Petey, and I maneuvered gingerly over the rocks, trying to avoid the mud at all costs.

I met Eric and Patty from Saratoga here.  Eric had an app that updated him on sports, so I got the run down…Rangers in first place…Cowboys didn’t play…the Jets are 3-1…Yankees and Tampa Bay were tied for the lead in their division…forgot to ask about the Giants.  Of course they didn’t like the Cowboys.  I asked what the media thought of Bill Parcells in New York, and they said he was loved.  I wish he were still the coach for the Cowboys…he built the team…I gave them 3 years to fall apart once he left.  I hope I’m wrong!  Patty took a handful of pictures…I’m looking forward to seeing them.

It was a nice little walk.  We turned around and crossed back over Lake Champlain via ferry.  It’s weird to see the picture of your car on the GPS in the middle of the lake!  I met up with Kord again.  He knew of a private campground on the river not far from the direction I was heading in the morning.  He cooked me chicken and mushroom ravioli!  I plan on meeting up with him tomorrow night too. ETB

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