Half Moon Lake

INSPIRATIONS FOR HALF MOON LAKE

In many ways, Half Moon Lake serves as the heart of Carding, Vermont. Everyone in town turns toward the lake at some point in time, either as a place to swim or fish or kayak. It can be a place of peace, a place to walk. The Campgrounds sits on one end of the lake,
and all the small cottages in it face the water.

And it’s the perfect place to watch the sun rise.

Here in Vermont, I am surrounded by the beauty of water. In addition to that, my husband and I love to kayak. Most weekends, we load up our two Pongos and the dog in our truck to drive to a favorite paddling site. These are beautiful mini-vacations, places where we find sanctuary from the sometimes hectic pace of life.

Holland Pond in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Holland Pond in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

These are pictures of three of my favorite spots. This is Holland Pond, a stretch of water surrounded on three sides by a wildlife management area. It is so beautiful there. This is a sunrise over the pond.

Kilowatt Park North on the Connecticut River in Wilder, Vermont
Kilowatt Park North on the Connecticut River in Wilder, Vermont

This second photo was taken at a town park on the Connecticut River. The township of Hartford—which includes the villages of White River Junction, Wilder, Quechee, Hartford, and West Hartford—is endowed with lots of wonderful parks. In fact, I wrote a story about them for Upper Valley Life magazine. North Kilowatt Park is situated on a part of the Connecticut River that’s so wide, it’s like being on a lake.

Early morning on Woodward Reservoir, Plymouth, Vermont
Early morning on Woodward Reservoir, Plymouth, Vermont

 

Pitcher plants and moss on a floating bog in Woodward Reservoir, Plymouth, Vermont
Pitcher plants and moss on a floating bog in Woodward Reservoir, Plymouth, Vermont

The third spot is one of our favorite local kayaking spots, Woodward Reservoir in Plymouth. We kayak here at least twice a year, and love it especially in the fall when the pitcher plants on the floating bog and the moss that fills in the spaces around them turn this great red. That’s the fourth picture.

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