Smuggler's Notch and all that

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cold this morning up in the mountains of Killington, but after the previously mentioned home baked breakfast we could have faced anything. We set off on a drive to Stowe, continuing through the Green Mountain national forest.

We noticed that just away from the most direct route was a city called Burlington, this is situated on a larger lake called Lake Champlain, the lake splits Vermont and New York State. We decided after so long with very few people to detour into this hub of civilisation for a couple of hours.

Burlington is a university city and was very quiet on this sunday afternoon, we mooched around the shops and walked down to the lakeside and ultimately decided that we preferred the countryside more than the city.

From Burlington we went to Stowe via a mountain peak called Smugglers Notch. This is named after the exploits of the prohibitionists bringing booze down from Canada. This was a strange place in the clouds with eerie sounds, it was all closed in with the fog of the clouds with Granite boulders all around the very narrow and steep winding road. Its the narrowest paved pass in the State.

Our hotel was called the Arbour Inn, another traditional American motel, very tastefully decorated, but our room suffered the noisiest extractor fan in the bathroom we have ever heard. A landing Chinook helicopter would make less noise!  

The evening ended with the first burger of our trip, at a joint called the Blue Donkey, yet another dodgy looking food place, but it served a mean burger.
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