5 States 5 Weekends: Part 3

After going up to Rhode Island and Maine in the last 2 weekends it was time to go a little further so I went north to Vermont with some friends and stayed the night up there. Vermont is known as the Green Mountain state and is even named for Les Monts Verts (the French for Green Mountains). It’s also the prettiest New England state in my humble opinion.

We stayed in Burlington and went to the Ben and Jerry’s factory (it’d be rude not to), Citizen’s Cider, Lake Champlain Chocolates and we also watched a beautiful sunset over Lake Champlain. This was only my second visit to Vermont but I love the beautiful mountains and the laid back hippy vibe of the locals and I’ll definitely be back.

The highlight of the weekend was definitely the sunset over Lake Champlain but we also went to the house of Ethan Allen (a Revolutionary War person) and saw a well full of snakes that was like something out of Indiana Jones. The guide was like “I should warn people about that”. You’re not wrong, friend. I hope you like the photos from my trip!

Sunset over Lake Champlain
Another sunset photo
Exterior of the Ethan Allen house
Interior of the Ethan Allen house
Some of the snakes at the well of doom (there were also tons in the well but my phone camera didn’t love the darkness)
Tasting at Lake Champlain Chocolates
Lake Champlain during the day, looking towards New York State

More Iceland!

Today we drove south of Reykjavik and explored some geothermal areas on the Reyjkanes Peninsula. It rained incessantly (if a British person thinks it is wet then boy it is wet) but we were dressed for the weather and it didn’t bother us. We saw some tourists sit in their tour bus and not leave and it made me feel sorry for them, why sit mournfully watching the rain when you could be seeing volcanoes?!

We drove on empty roads through lava fields and with sharp turns around volcanic features. The geothermal area at Seltun was fascinating with bubbling mud pools, steaming hot springs and beautiful mineral colours. We discovered a lake in a volcanic fissure with black sand beaches and winds strong enough to shake the car. Iceland is such a beautiful country!

Hot springs at Seltun

Black sand beach on a windy lake
The steam in the background is coming from hot springs