Wednesday, July 4, 2007

4 Days Camping on the Connecticut River

I love the Vermont State Parks. LOVE THEM!!!!! I think some of it has to do with the fact that when I worked at a marketing agency, the Vermont State Parks were one of my favorite public relations clients and I wrote the majority of the press kit. But mostly, it has to do with the fact that they are gorgeous, well-kept, convenient, historically fascinating, and just downright filled with magic and Vermont energy - one of my most favorite things in life!
One day I will go to all of them, and this past weekend helped me cross two more off the list. Mitch and I camped at Wilgus State Park in Weathersfield (just south of Windsor, Vermont - the state's birthplace!) at a beautiful lean-to site on the Connecticut River. Wilgus is a small park with only about two dozen campsites (and two rental cabins!), but they are most known for the canoeing and kayaking and we got to camp right next to the launch and people watch all sorts of fun river rat types. Did we canoe? No, it was too choppy for our leisurely canoe style, plus we had other things on our agenda.
One was some yummy camp cooking. From my days as a Girl Scout, I sure love to whip up some creative camp meals - using as many local and seasonal ingredients as I can of course! Perhaps I'll do a post soon of some camp meals!
We did some driving around the area - always one of my favorite Vermont activities - it's almost time to replace the Vermont Road Atlas - it's so worn out! We thoroughly enjoyed lounging at our campsite and catching up on some good Relix articles. I even brought my lawn chair! We went through five bundles of wood and had some roaring campfires. We trekked over to Ascutney State Park and hiked Mt. Ascutney - what a fantastic hike. It started off pretty easy and we thought we were in for a frolic while we bounced through the woods and marveled at stone structures and woodland streams - soaking up several areas that were major energy vortexes. But, then things got steep and long and we certainly got an exhilarating workout with gorgeous full panoramic views on the look-out tower and fun interactions with some other couples exploring the vast trail intersections atop the mountain. Another day we got to enjoy the convenience of hot showers and got all classy heading off to Ascutney Mountain Resort for picnicking and an outdoor performance by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Wine, cheese, candles, tablecloths, sweetness and music exploration and discussion with Mitch...
Terrific weekend. Stay tuned for a tip sheet on how to be a real Vermonter - it should be fun and helpful. Media friends feel free to use this stuff for article content - it's my new form of free publicity!


tay said...

Was the canoeing really rocky/scary? I know you didn't go, but would I have been scared? (haha, remember whose writing you... :)

oh and i can show you how to embed photos in your blog posts.

caitlin said...

i think you should def. post some camp recipes. i just got a recipe book called "lipsmackin' vegetarian backpackin' " if you want to borrow it. :)

p.s. sounds like you guys had a blast, when are you going to take me on a VT adventure?

steve mundy said...


Idea for your next post (or email to me) -

Recommended Campgrounds in the Far Corners of the State.

(So that folks/I can have several plans in the works, and make better-informed, game-time, weather-based decisions on which direction to head.)


Anonymous said...

I agree with Rachel that Vermont State Campgrounds are the best. We just returned from four nights at Coolidge State Park. There are lots of things to do in the area, including Woodstock/Billings Farm and the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge in Plymouth. One nice feature of our recent trip was hearing 3 baby barred owls at night as they were being taught to fly by mama and papa. Dan and Leslie-flatlanders from MASS.

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