Monday, August 13, 2007

Joe's Pond

I have heard mentions of this place called Joe's Pond located up in Danville - past St. Johnsbury since my days as a Caspian Lake dwellah. And last weekend, I had a chance to see what it was all about. My "corporate friends" as I call them (this just means they are people I met professionally as opposed to on the internet or at moe. shows) headed up to one friend's house where we spent two days in the sun, on the water, and drinking this delicious lemonade I found in Yankee Magazine a few years back. It was a blast hanging out with friends I see more at Chamber of Commerce events than floating in "party barges" on Joe's Pond. The highlight for me was playing on the lake, for Mitch it was the hysterical music and dancing that went on after the sun went down. After coming home from the weekend, I looked through some old photos and felt I had to post the comparison of me loving green floating things when I was young to still loving them now:

Now, Mitch may have thought the music and dancing was the best, but while he caught nothing in the day (duh), he did manage to sneak out for fishing breaks during the evening and caught four fish (yes, he tossed them back). Relaxing on a lake in Vermont, whether it's Caspian Lake, Joe's Pond, Crystal Lake, Silver Lake, Lake Willoughby, or Lake Champlain - sometimes life just can't get any better.

Lemonade Recipe:
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about six lemons)
4 cups cold water
2 cups lemon vodka (I use Absolut Citron)

Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then cook 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. In a pitcher, combine syrup with lemon juice and 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until chilled. Add vodka, then stir. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with berries.


HalfpipeVT said...

Joe's Pond is a little known place with a lot of fans. I have been there and it is amazing.

Anonymous said...

sounds like perfect weekend, sun. fun. and relaxation. the then & now photo comparision is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Fishing, Lemonade, Funny Music, Cool Lake, Great Company.........Awesome TIME!!!!!!!!

Dragonfly said...

Rachel, I met you at WBON and was just checking out your web site clicked on this blog about vibes.(because I live by mine) and found this blog on Joe's pond. Wow if you only knew. this was the place that my brother and I spent almost every weekend at growing up. I remember when they built the bathrooms and the old rotted out picnic tables. Seeing who could make it to the raft first. I could go on but Aug. 13 2007 represents the 4 year anniversary of his death. so you can see how much this means to me as I am thinking of working with you. so thank you for sharing your new found memory and a memory for me that is so embedded in my brain it leaves me with nothing but happy feelings.

Anonymous said...

I am fortuate that I can go up to Joe's Pond several times a summer, but it's ten times better with friends. Thanks for coming up!

btvbill said...

Wow, gorgeous photos! I love the Danville/Peacham area. Do you have any fall photos of Joe's Pond? There used to be a few Peacham photos at but I don't know where they went!

Rachel Carter said...

Oooh, I don't have any fall photos, but I do have more of this weekend and will post soon!!!

Jane Brown said...

If you're looking for photos and memories of Joe's Pond, check out and visit the "Local News Blog" that I post to almost daily for the "snowbirds" who don't have the stamina to hang out here in the winter, but who love to hear what's going on among the growing number of us hardier souls who find winter at Joe's Pond especially beautiful. You can also join in our famous Ice-Out Contest!