Well our time at Silver Lake has come to a close. This morning we packed up and hit the road. The shot above is our last sunset as seen from the kayak out in the cove last night. We had an incredibly good time staying with the Totman family and we met and made a lot of new friends (Kendra, Leann, John, Lol, Florence, Ashley, Meg, Norm, Sharon, Craig and Lyse (all the way from Nova Scotia!) among others.) It was the kind of experience that renews your faith in people. Our neighbors Ted and Kathy were very gracious and tolerant of a constant little visitor to their house (Rudy.) They have three Goldens and Rudis Tootis could not resist going over there to try to get in on some big dog action. They are the coolest of cool people. Thanks to you all for such a great time and we will see you again when we make our way back to New England!
We drove about 3 hours to Brattleboro, Vermont and this is where we will be for the next week. I'll tell ya... it's a tall dose of reality pulling in to a KOA after having spent three weeks at Silver Lake. Yeesh. But we had to have full hook ups after dry camping for so long so here we are.
Our experience here so far (with Rudy out on walks) has been one of constant run ins with people who own crazy, unsocialized dogs. We are going to have our hands full with Mr. Schweenie this week. He is tripping out on the scene here. And I would like to squarely kick all of these people in the seat of their pants who have adult dogs that aggressively flip out at the sight of another dog. (I'm on a rant... skip the rest of this paragraph if it is unsavory for you.) Because it's the PEOPLES fault not the dogs fault. It's extremely hard to socialize MY dog when y'all are sportin' around with your CRAZY dogs!!! Snap to it you lazy dog people! Yuck!
Now for something on a more calm, happy, inspiring note...
No matter how ugly stuff gets for you or for me... just remember this... The woods of New Hampshire are teeming with the tiniest of toads. There are lots and lots of them. Take a deep breath and relax. The toads are out there makin' it happen. And if they can do it... so can we.
So, hopefully we will find a few good kayaking spots here this week. It feels like we have a ton of work to do so who knows how much fun stuff we will get to do. Maybe Billy will finally land a trout in the Connecticut River.
And maybe Rudy will make friends with Yappy McBarkersons the creepy dog a few spaces down. With all these lovely tiny toads in the area... anything is possible.