NELL Returns to Vermont
for Their 2010 Fall Trip
By Tom Kenworthy
Back in 2004 NELL travelled to Vermont for our fall trip. Since
then we have received many requests to return there. Your wish
was our command. On Sept. 11, 2010 at 7:30 a.m., we boarded the
M/V Northern Lights to cruise the lighthouses of Lake Champlain.
As we left the harbor we passed the North Breakwater followed by
the foundation of Colchester Reef which is now in the Shelburne
Museum. For those members that have never been to the museum it
is a unique outdoor museum. Some of the displays include barns,
a lighthouse, a schoolhouse, a jailhouse, a general store, and
the National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga. The
Museum’s collections span 300 years of architecture.
We then steamed north to view Cumberland Head Light which is
close to Isle LaMotte but yet so very far away.
From there we headed south toward Bluff Point. Enroute we had
our buffet lunch which consisted of baked ham, roast turkey
breast, roast beef, Vermont Cheddar, Swiss and American cheeses,
platter of fresh vegetables with mayonnaise, pesto mayo and
Dijon mustard, fresh baked breads and rolls. Fresh fruit salad,
tossed garden salad with assorted homemade dressings, fresh
vegetable pasta salad, tomato bisque and homemade dessert.
Coffee and non-alcoholic beverages were available during the
With lunchtime over we held our 50-50 drawing which grossed
$557. Anna K was the winner and she donated back some of her
$278.50 winnings. Congratulations and thank you, Anna K.
After stopping at Juniper Island and cruising past South
Breakwater lighthouse, we returned to the dock and took our
After the group picture many people went to the Shelburne Museum
while others went to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory or
other sites in the area. Two members did a rather unique thing
and something I’ve wanted to do for some time. Fran D. and Greg
F. took a plane ride and toured some of the lights we saw during
the day and they flew over the museum. Nice way to visit a
museum I’d say.
After the meeting on Sunday, everyone carpooled to Isle LaMotte
Lighthouse where we were guests of Claire Clark and her son Rob.
After touring the beautiful grounds and climbing the tower, we
all headed to Windmill Point Lighthouse where we met on the road
approaching the light. When the Clark’s arrived, we were asked
to follow them thru the gate to the lighthouse, where we again
toured the grounds and climbed the tower. I wish to thank the
Clark’s for allowing us to tour and climb their lights once
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