Sept. 3, 2011 Hanover, a tiny hamlet in western Maine, consisting primarily of Stony Brook Campground, was our get away spot to weather Tropical Storm Irene. The thing about hurricanes and tropical storms, as we have learned through the years in Florida, is that regardless of the expert forecast, the storms do not necessarily follow the projected path. As a result, instead of moving away from the storm, we moved closer to the center. The storm actually tracked over the middle of Vermont. What are the chances of a tropical storm in Vermont?! Buffeted throughout the night with gust of 55-60 mph, the RV was rocking and rolling, but all went well.
|Sunset on Lake Champlain|
|Waterfront Bike Trail|
Later, we wandered into the Church Street Market. This 4-block pedestrian area in downtown Burlington is loaded with restaurants and shops. The Ben and Jerry’s flagship store is located here, so how could we pass up that? With the University of Vermont and four other colleges located in the city, the area is crowded with young adults; it made us feel quite a bit older.
Checking out things to do, we found a local Thai/Vietnamese restaurant, Parima, which was closing down their meal service for the evening so they could present the talents of Luisa Maita. The music was samba and bossa nova melded with alternative pop. Luisa was awarded the Brazilian equivalent of the Grammy this year for Best New Artist. A talented lead guitarist plus bass guitar and drums backed her clear voice and sultry sound. We lucked into front row, balcony seats, in this small venue, so we had an ideal overview of this great show.
|Lake Eaton camp site|
|Alan on Colchester Causeway|