Day 2- Heading to Silver Lake State Park

We were woken early on our 2nd day of our trip by grouse in the forest nearby.  We enjoyed our first camp breakfast before packing up to get back out on the road.

We decided to take the High Peaks scenic byway this day and enjoyed the scenic drive and saw tons of hiking trails being well used.  (We will definitely have to return to tackle some of these trails at a future date).

We drove the main strip of Lake George, and noted it was a very busy spot.  The main strip was quite tacky from what we saw and the traffic was insane.  We did however decide to drive up Prospect Mountain.  One thing to note is that dogs are not allowed on the trail to the summit so I would recommend you don’t take your pet with you.  They did not mention this at the gate, but signs were posted everywhere at the parking lot that dogs were not permitted.  Since this was the case, Dave stayed back at the car with our dog Tessa while Paige and I decided to make the trek up to the top.

The trail to the summit is a paved path but quite steep which finishes in stairs.  This path would be too steep for a stroller.  The alternative is to walk the roadway or you can take a shuttle from the summit parking lot.  The views from up top were very nice and there is a nice little picnic area as well.
After our stop here we then got back on the road.  We ran into some decent sized hail, winds and heavy rains at the New York-Vermont border as we passed through the Washington Correctional Facilities which forced us to pull over.  When we thought the hail had passed and the rain appeared to be getting lighter we headed back out on the road to be hit with hail again, not 5 minutes down the road.  We pulled over again and waited it out.
Playing around while riding out the storm

Killington, VT has some spectacular views and much larger hills/mountains.  
As we continued to drive along we noted a number of washed out areas including collapsed/washed out homes and bridges.  We later found out that this was damaged done by Hurricane Irene which hit the area in August 2011.  
We checked into our campsite at Silver Lake State Park mid-afternoon.  We greeted at the gate by one of the park wardens.  He was very friendly, welcoming and helpful.  This was the best campground we have ever camped at.  We decided to book a camp site with a lean to.  We were amazed at how clean the campground was including the washrooms.  This is a fairly small campground with a number of lean to sites located on Silver Lake which is a small lake with a sandy beach within the park.  The lean-tos are very well maintained and were very clean as well.  Even if you were camping on a site without the lean to’s this would be a nice spot to camp as some of the sites are grassy and those that are not have the fine gravel on them so no large rocks or stones to stick in your back at night.
It was definitely cooler by the time we got to the campground so we changed into pants and long sleeve shirts before doing anything else.  
Once the site was set up we headed into Bethel to the general store to get some groceries.  They have an on site butcher for fresh meat as well.  We took the winding road into town which took about 10 minutes and it was a nice drive as well.
Paige had a blast playing in the bin lids in the dining tent while we cooked dinner.  
After dinner Paige was put down to sleep in the tent which we had set up in the lean-to.  She played for about 30 minutes or so in the tent before zonking out.  She was having a blast in the tent scooting around, checking out the pockets, our sleeping bags, and pushing her face into the sides of the tent seeing how it moved.  It was hard for us not to laugh when we would see the imprint of her face pushing out the tent.  Once she was out Dave and I decided to play some Sequence.  The campground was pretty quiet by 8:30pm. var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-30874464-1’]); _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]); (function() { var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); ga.type = ‘text/javascript’; ga.async = true; ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js’; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
You can check out my post about day 1 here.

10 thoughts on “Day 2- Heading to Silver Lake State Park

  1. Camping was such a fundamental plus of my childhood summers (my grandparents and aunt & uncle took me and my cousins regularly). How fun that you're blogging about yours! It sounds like a great way to spend part of your summer. Wishing you a great rest of your trip.

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  2. Hi Rosey, thanks for stopping by. We are actually home now (didn't have internet while camping), but the trip was lots of fun. Hopefully my daughters love of camping will continue as she grows up.

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  3. I must admit when my children were little, we lived in Germany so we didn't do much in the way of camping with them, however, we did do a lot of traveling and site seeing…I love her little sunglasses in her backpack…that it so sweet!

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  4. What a fun family adventure! I've been wanting to take our daughters camping for a weekend, but my husband isn't really the outdoorsy type – and I won't tackle that adventure without him. Lol! I know I'll convince him sooner or later. Even if we just go to one of those camping RV parks somewhere, I'd be cool with that. Of course, we don't have an RV, but we could rent a cabin in one of those places, I think. Well, anyway, it sounds like you had a fun trip and your little one is just precious. 🙂

    Blessings,
    ~Rosann

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  5. Rosann, maybe look at trying a yurt (a canvas cabin). Some of the parks have them in their campgrounds to try. I know any of my friends who have tried camping in a yurt quite enjoyed them and you get to sleep in beds but you still have that outdoor experience.

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  6. Katy… It has been such a long time since I have been camping in a tent… we used to caravan in motor homes to the lake and camp that way back in the 90s. Those were fun times! Blessings to you and yours!

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