On Monday morning, in a fit of desire to get away for a night, we packed up the Subaru with camping gear and enough Quinoa and Oatmeal for a small family, and headed to Vermont. Destination – White Caps Campground on the shores of Lake Willoughby. We weren’t sure what to expect as this location was picked through about a 2 minute Google search for “Lake Camping Vermont”. The drive time was about right (2.5 Hours) and they had kayak rentals on the lake, so we called to reserve a spot and headed out.
What a tremendous surprise the trip turned out to be. For $25 we got a tent spot right near the lake and were just .5 mile down the road from hiking trails. Here is the view of the lake from across the Campground.
After setting up our small two-man tent and dropping our stuff, we headed out on the road towards the trailhead. Along the way, we stopped for some old-fashioned fun, as Preston taught me how to make really loud bird/duck sounds with a blade of grass.
Then we checked out the available trails and headed up into the woods.
I made it to the first lookout (about 25 minutes in) and then turned around – I needed some beach time, and Preston is a way more serious hiker than I am.
So, he set off alone and ended up completing 8 miles or so in about 2 hours…
While I walked my lazy bones back to camp, taking quite a long time as I stopped to photograph most of the trees and flowers that I passed.
The next day, we woke up and rented a tandem kayak (only $25 for 3 hours) and headed out onto the lake. The water was blue and beautiful, and we paddled almost to the other end of the lake, which ended up being about an 8 mile round trip. I wish I had my camera on the trip as we found a tree along the shoreline that had a rope swing hanging from it. We parked the kayak and Preston, at 39 years old, did the rope swing for the first time. Fantastic! There were also boards nailed into the tree that allowed me to climb about 20 feet to the top and jump off. So so so fun.
Thank you for an amazing overnight, Lake Willougby! I can’t wait to go back.