We couldn’t have asked for a better day to stay in the park and play outside. The sun shone brightly with low humidity in the air and temperatures in the low 80’s. Miss Briana and Grandpa went on a bike ride while Grandma stayed to home and enjoyed her lawn chair while catching up on some reading.
The Burlington Bikeway passes right through North Beach Park and Campground as it makes its way along the shores of Lake Champlain. The Bikeway joins with the Island Line Trail approximately four miles north of the Campground which extends for another 6.8 miles to Grand Island. Both are Rails-To-Trails trails.
We began our tour by picking up the trail right from the campground.
All along the way we passed by several scenic rest stops where you can access the beach.
The Burlington Bike Trail changes into the Island Line Trail at the Winooski River Bridge.
The Island Line Trail has about 3 miles of paved trail.
And passes through a residential neighborhood in Colchester.
Then it changes to a dirt trail at the Colchester Log Schoolhouse (also known as Air Port Park).
The Island Line Trail continues out onto the Colchester Causeway which is 3 miles long causeway passing through Lake Champlain.
The views from the Causeway are just plain magnificent.
We stopped about 3/4 the way across the Causeway for a quick Trail Bar snack.
Then we turned around after our snack having covered about 8 and 1/2 miles. Needless to say, we were happy to reach home again and find our way into a nice easy chair. After a PB&J sandwich and a little resting time, which included a quick 15 minute snooze for Grandpa, we were ready to take on the next event on the agenda; that is, hit the beach for a swim.
All three of us walked to the beach and spent about an hour swimming and beach sitting before making our way home where Grandma made up a batch of home made chocolate chunk cookies to have with a nice cold glass of milk. YUM, YUM!!
The chicken had been cooking itself in the crock pot all afternoon and was served with fresh green beans and baked ‘taters for dinner – Briana and I were hungry! For our evening entertainment, we watched a movie, The Wedding Planner, and then it was lights out. We slept like babies. A busy fun day to say the least.