staycation: VT camping trip

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

Busy summer full of weddings and new home projects gave Tom and I the idea to do a staycation.  It was the perfect way to unwind and relax without the hassle of travel.  We camped out at Branbury State Park in Salisbury, Vermont on Lake Dunmore.  Gorgeous.  Private, quiet and lush, the sites were tucked away in beautiful wooded areas with waterfalls, hiking trails and swimming holes.  We brought the two dogs and for our pup, Moose, it was his first time camping.  All went well.  Weather was beautiful and a few days of roughing it were exactly what we needed.  Time away sans-iPhone and laptop finally gave me opportunity to read, sit quietly with a cheap beer and lose my mind…in a good way.  I had to get lost.  Obviously I did not forget my camera, but I did go lo-fi on a few frames when I found an old roll of 120 in my desk and threw it in the Holga for this trip.  The beauty of the Holga is that you never know what you’re going to get and in the age of digital instant gratification it’s way fun to snap and forget.  The film was beat and stored improperly which makes for a roll of happy accidents.  I snapped a few frames and funny enough, my favorite one was the one Tom took.  Go figure.

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

Shortly after setting up camp, Tom sat with one of the many books he’s reading (he’s a reader, I am not) and sunk into the camping experience.  We could’ve sat there all day, everyday.  The location was so peaceful neighboring a small waterfall and beautiful rock ledges.  With a cooler full of Miller we really didn’t need to do anything else.

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VT

Somewhat successful double exposure.  You can barely see my feet coming through in the second exposure.  Taken while losing my mind with a fireside gin and tonic.

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

The Moose.  He’s a lover.

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

We delayed our trip by a day because of an awful storm that rolled through dampening the entire camp.  Making fire the first night was a test of patience, and for some, manhood, as our frustrations grew over the lack of flame.  Not our fault it turned out, neighbor campers were struggling too.  Everything was just too damn wet.  But, finally, success and within minutes our marinated steaks, baked potatoes and fresh corn were ready for grilling.

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VTFire.  We are successful humans.

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

Rattlesnake Cliffs.  My heart just about stopped as Moose bounded over the cliffs, barreled down the rocks and fell over the edge narrowly escaping a deadly fall by gripping the edge with his toenails.  We got out the leashes from that point.  The terrain proved to be very difficult with dogs in tow.  Hands and knees, crawling over crevasses and across slick, algae-covered boulders, Tom and I got our exercise.  At the top we took in some fantastic views of Lake Dunmore.  Very nice.  Highly recommended.

Branbury State Park Vermont camping

Lake Dunmore at Branbury State Park Vermont

Lake Dunmore.

Lake Dunmore at Branbury State Park Vermont

Post-hike Bear pre-snooze.  He bobbled and swayed to and fro trying to stay awake but later collapsed into a blissful nap.  God I love this dog.

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VT

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VT

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VT

Wake up sleepy head.  Sad me, not ready to go home.  If I don’t leave the tent the tent stays with me.  Tom took this shot and it’s by far my favorite.  Nice double exposure…even if you don’t know what that means, Tom.

Lake Dunmore at Branbury State Park Vermont

Good dog.

Holga camera at Branbury State Park, VTGood bye campsite.

 

 

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  • Kathleen

    What a great time! I love camping. :)

    • Anonymous

      I know! We’re hoping to get another weekend in.  Was just too short.  Always is…..

  • Beth

    Glad Moose hung on! I would have freaked out!!! Great photos em – thanks for sharing :)

  • http://twitter.com/KimchiMyers Kimchi Myers

    I love this post! I’ve only lived over on the east coast for about 6 months (originally from the pacific northwest) and wanted to take my two rescued dogs camping since they have never been. And one of our dogs is also named Moose! :) I was a little nervous though about tick problems over here. Did you have any problems protecting your dogs and yourself from tick bites? That’s the one thing I’m most concerned about since it’s not common from where I’m from.