Adirondacks NY, Lake Champlain and Vermont

Our actual leaf-peeping trip began in the Adirondacks, in NY state. The Adirondacks is a rugged, mountainous region famous for its lakes and winter skiing, so I hadn’t expected to see the stunning fall colours which arrive earlier than in New England. I was more unpleasantly surprised by the rural poverty in this region. In the build up to the presidential elections there were several televised debates and Hilary Clinton quoted statistics of 15% of American households living under the poverty line. This wasn’t hard to believe in upstate NY, clear evidence of it was shown in the ramshackle clap-board houses where it was hard to believe people actually lived. Impoverished living conditions contrasted starkly with the natural beauty of the surroundings.

What a change when we got off the ferry that crossed Lake Champlain and entered the picture-perfect state of Vermont, with its red barns, covered bridges and luscious farm land. Here the average income appeared to be much higher, reflected in a generally more affluent appearance both of people and buildings.

Days 6, 7 and 8 – Lake Saranac, Adirondacks. High points: visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s Cottage, climbing Mt Baker and seeing the High Gorge Falls
Day 9 – Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont. High points: Taking the ferry over Lake Champlain, meeting superhost Nancy and a couple from the UK with whom we shared mutual friends, and watching the sun set over the lake.
Days 10, 11, 12 and 13 – Shelburne, Vermont. High points: visiting Shelburne Museum, climbing Mt Mansfield and meeting superhosts Laurie and Mark.

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9 Responses to Adirondacks NY, Lake Champlain and Vermont

  1. Christine says:

    Wonderful photos – especially the one of the wooden footrail in the gorge – and the colours, wow!

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  2. Jo Lamb says:

    Fantastic photo’s, Angela. What a great experience.

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  3. susancarey says:

    Thanks for looking, Jo and commenting. Indeed, it was an experience I’ll cherish for many months or perhaps even years to come.

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  4. pfornariaola says:

    That first photo us a real winner, Angela! Incredible!

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  5. Jody says:

    Gorgeous photos Angela!

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  6. I wonder if upstate New York was once a prosperous region? Even if it was I guess poverty has always been here & always will be. 15% of Americans under the poverty line. That’s shocking but I’m not really surprised. There something about decay & natural beauty that has always fascinated me. Love the photos as always Susan & enjoyed reading about your trip 🙂

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    • susancarey says:

      Thanks for commenting, Marty! The Adirondacks was a place where people with TB or lung diseases were sent to convalesce so I suppose it was for people who were ill but could afford to leave the city. I think tourism is a good earner but some of the motels looked in dire need of a makeover.

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