I’ve been working on this blog post for several weeks now. Sorry it took so long to get it finished!
Getaway Mountain Campground
We arrived in Vermont on May 2, 2019 to spend the summer here. We are staying at Getaway Mountain Campground in Ascutney, VT. The campground, along with many of the local businesses, operate on a seasonal basis from May to October. We got here just the day after they opened for the season.
Weathersfield and Springfield
I read an article not long ago that referenced rural Americans such as those who live in Wyoming and Vermont. Having spent 35 years in Colorado, I became well acquainted with our northern border state and I have to say that in the rural sense, Vermont definitely reminds me of Wyoming. Obviously the scenery and culture are a bit different, but this is truly a very rural area. There are lots of small farms and communities and very few places which would seem anything like an urbanized area. Temperatures have been cool so far, with lots of frequent clouds and showers, and daytime temperatures in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. We did reach 80 this week, but it was short-lived! It’s been so cool and wet that I’ve sometimes wondered if we’re actually in the Pacific Northwest rather than New England! Weathersfield is a collection of a couple of smaller “villages” including Ascutney and Perkinsville. Springfield lies to the south and is somewhat larger. The closest primary business district (groceries, etc.) for us, though, lie across the Connecticut River in Claremont, NH.
North Springfield Lake
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that the primary reason that we are in Vermont for the summer is that I was able to obtain a job working as a Seasonal Park Ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers at North Springfield Lake. It has been a very rewarding experience so far and is giving me the opportunity to see how this may work for supplementing our income as we travel.
I will finish this job in early September and have already begun applying for winter seasonal ranger positions in southern regions. Please pray that God will provide the next place for us to go!
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
There is a National Park Service site just up the road from us. It is across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. To get there, we travel about 8 miles north to the small town of Windsor, VT, which, interestingly, is referred to as the birthplace of Vermont since it was site of the signing of the Vermont constitution in 1777.
We also had the pleasure of having my sister and brother-in-law visit us for a couple of days. They made a very quick roadtrip across the country from Colorado. In a week’s time they drove to Niagara Falls, then on to Vermont to spend a couple of days with us, then to Kentucky to visit our brother, Tennessee to visit another relative, and Oklahoma to visit another relative. That’s a fast trip! We also received a week-long visit from Darlene’s sister and brother-in-law, who are traveling around the country in their RV as well!