Catching fish fishing! The Mitch and I scooped up our dear friends over Memorial Day weekend for a four day camping trip in the Groton State Forest. We had planned to perhaps visit some of the other state parks while camping in the forest, but were so keen on our glorious spot and so full of the fish we kept eating that we pretty much stayed put in the one remote tent site at Kettle Pond State Park.
I skipped my yearly expedition to the Groton State Forest last year and was so happy to be returning to this magical crevice of the Earth. With two canoes and the infamous party barge, we paddled across Kettle Pond to our remote site where our closest neighbors were the Loon Family. Equipped with enough stuff for a week, we spent most of the first afternoon setting up camp where I continued to amaze everyone with the copious amounts of camp stuff I consume. I admit, I am addicted to material things. I love toys and camp toys are some of my favorites. Hey, at least I use them all! We had a kitchen, great room, bedrooms, and a library. Oh, and a boat garage - how could I forget?
The fishing began right away and continued throughout the weekend. One day the gals walked the lake while the fellas canoed the lake bringing us back several delicious appetizers. I learned you should always bring a ton of lemons when you camp! Not only are they excellent for flavoring your fish, but they do the best job at cleaning fish off your hands afterward. Check out all this fish activity!!!
We definitely braced some high winds trying to get back across the lake the day we actually left to check out the Groton Forest Store. The Mitch and I really had to work together as a team and definitely mastered some great teamwork canoeing skills - it's good to get scared in nature - makes you feel alive! Our friends also got lost in nature searching for the patch of old growth trees they was yearning to experience somewhere west of Kettle Pond. They did indeed find them and the smiles and energy they exuded was a treat in itself!
The natural landscape in the Groton State Forest and especially around the backside of Kettle Pond is intensely alive, lush, and mystical...it made me think of this lovely passage written by John Muir, Founder of the Sierra Club:
"Gain health from lusty, heroic exercise, from free, firm-nerved adventures without anxiety in them, with rhythmic leg motion in runs over boulders requiring quick decision for every step. Fording streams, tingling with fresh brushes as we slide down white slopes thatched with close snow-pressed chaparral, half swimming or flying or slipping - all these make good counterirritants. Then enjoy the utter peace and solemnity of the trees and stars. Find many a plant and bird living sequestered in hollows and dells - little chambers in the hills. Feel a mysterious presence in a thousand coy hiding things. Go free as the wind, living as true to Nature as those gray and buff people of the sequoias and the pines."
From the fairy hideouts along the edges of Kettle Pond we could only see when in the water to the star splashed evenings we spent beside the orange blazed fire listening to the loons, we felt that mysterious presence John Muir so elegantly speaks of and we drank it in to charge our souls for the summer we are adventuring in at this very moment.
And now I close up shop of my Vermont public relations firm for another several days as The Mitch and I are heading to Emerald Lake State Park for yet another endearing escape to the wonders of the Green Mountain's most precious gems of history and nature - the State Parks - www.vtstateparks.com.