Day 11/12: Wednesday/Thursday May 24/25 2006


1: Stowe Vermont
2: Tupper Lake, New York
3: Thornhill, Ontario

My digital camera stopped functioning the morning of May 24th. Fortunately there were only 3 pictures lost as I had uploaded the contents the night before. It just would not power on. It screamed a terrifying beeping sound when I tried to turn it on. I tried plugging it into my PC (to recharge) but it was not a problem with the battery.

The lodge we stayed in is situated just outside of Stowe at the base of a chair lift up Mt. Mansfield, which is the highest mountain in Vermont. Stowe is also the residence of the von Trapp family, the inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music.

On Wednesday we played a round of golf at Stowe Golf Club. An above average course, and although not quite the same caliber as Sunday River, it was enjoyable if not only because it was nearly empty and thus we could take our time and enjoy ourselves.

After finishing our round we drove up the highway a bit through Smuggler’s Notch. Smuggler’s Notch namesake comes from the smugglers almost 200 years ago, who used the thick forest on the mountain range and the caves and caverns along the Long Trail to transport illegal or embargoed goods across the Canadian border. The notch was most likely involved in bootlegging during the prohibition-era of the 1920’s, using the same caves as a cache for smuggled candadian whiskey, rum, and other liquors. [1]

The drive home on Thursday took us through the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. I had never travelled through this areas before and on the map it looked quite interesting. But our objective was more about getting home than seeing the sites so we skipped through the park without real investigation.

In the end, it was nice returning on a Thursday as it gave us a few days to get things at home back in order again and settle into the routine before going back to work.


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