"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

Aug. 8-14 Vermont Vacation

“Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.” –Unknown

Our August staycation...was actually a real vacation. We left the state and enjoyed a week with our family in the mountains of Vermont. We were joined by Bryt's parents Tom and Cynthia. We had two adults for every child, that's a great way to take care of kids. There was always someone for the kids to do something with and plenty of time for everyone to relax.

We spent the week exploring Manchester, Winhall and Stratton Mountain. We played golf, pickleball, card games, went swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and even had a little time to shop. Best of all we had a lot of time to visit and enjoy each other's company.

The house
The bedrooms
The game room in the basement was a lot of fun.
Like usual...the deck was my favorite place.
The view I had with my morning coffee.
We had a lot of fun at Pike's Falls...the water was cold but refreshing on warm afternoons. 
Graham had a great time sliding down the rocks and jumping off the falls.
The deck and it's amazing view was a great place for us to paint. 
Even Hattie got to paint this time.
Dinner on the deck was also a lot of fun.
Graham had a chance to play golf with his Mom, Papa Fauch and CiCi. He had fun and caught on fast.
The week was very warm, so playing in the water was the most enjoyable. One day we went to the pond near the golf course to paddle board and kayak.
Hattie turns two this month. Since everyone was together we had a birthday party for her. I think she enjoys being two...she loved the cake.
Everyone helped on this 1000 piece puzzle. We actually finished it in record time. 
We spent one day at Stratton Mountain Village. 
Brytanie and her Dad did a little downhill mountain bike riding.  
The rest of us decided we weren't up for the workout and enjoyed riding the gondola to the top of the mountain.
View on the way up.
Stratton Mountain Village
The best thing to eat on a hot day is ice cream. We were in Vermont, so we had to have Ben and Jerry's.
No matter what else was going...playing at the house was the most fun.


  1. Good for you for keeping up your blog. I'm afraid I've gotten lazy. Glad you enjoyed VT. We have Seafarer on Lake Champlain at the Ferry Dock Marina in Downtown Burlington for the summer. I retired again, so we have time. I remember when you first started having grandchildren - a lot can happen in nearly 10 years. I believe we saw you in 2013 when you had the Pearl on Lake Champlain. I hope we run into you again one day. Planning to leave in early October to return to Florida. We have fond memories of the Monk, but we're enjoying a few more creature comforts and a little more speed.

    Wishing you and yours all the best, Brad and Karen.

    1. Great to hear from you. Our cruising blog has kind of taken a turn to an upstate NY blog. We do love spending summer here and being close to our oldest son. We thought of our time in Burlington and y'all while we were in Vermont...what a beautiful state too. I hope we can cross paths again one day. Our Monk does seem to get smaller every year. We even looked at a few larger boat this spring, but the time just didn't seem right...maybe next year. Enjoy the rest of your summer.