Spring Ramble at Lowell Lake

Lowell Lake VT

This winter was pretty much a bust for me – and the spring seemed to be a long time coming. It’s finally here, though, and Greg and I managed to spend an afternoon at one of our favorite Vermont parks – Lowell Lake. It was one of those gray, misty kind of days – cool air, soft lighting and the forest scented with pine and lilacs. And while I am more of a sunshine kind of gal – I was just thankful to be outdoors, again. It really was a perfect day to roam the trails.

cabin on Lowell Laki

Lowell Lake used to be a summer camp – of some sort – and there are still several ramshackle buildings and cabins in the park.

broken window

As I wander through here, I can imagine what this camp was like back in its heyday.


But then, yeah – deal breaker…

Greg and Chessie on the trail

Chessie was anxious to hit the trails, but waited patiently as I stopped to take a few photos. We were greeted with the news that Baby Bear had been spotted on the trails that morning and Chessie needed to be kept on her leash.


We come here year-round. In the winter when the lake freezes, we can walk across to a little island in the middle. The trail wraps around the lake, and is really more of a ramble than a hike.

Chessie swimming

We were beginning to think we had the only labrador who didn’t enjoy swimming – but maybe Chessie is changing her mind. If not swimming, she certainly enjoys a good splash.

And then a sure sign that winter is finally over –

Fred is once again stationed among our hydrangeas. I’ve never been nuts over garden ornaments, but the previous owners left this guy behind, and we have grown oddly fond of him. I know it’s summer when I hear Greg say “carry on, Fred” as we drive away at the end of the weekend.

So – I managed to make it through another crazy, busy I’d-really-just-like-to-come-up-for-air kind of week at work – and this weekend I am continuing with my cleaning, tossing, purging, get-rid-of-stuff minimalist thing. It’s going to be a long haul – but I’m getting there.

And with that – carry on, my friends. Are you enjoying some spring-like weather and outdoor adventures? I’d love to hear about it!

7 responses to “Spring Ramble at Lowell Lake”

  1. Debbie Avatar

    i LOVE fred, he is a cutie and i am happy the previous owners left him in “his spot”!! this looks like a pretty lake, with the exception of the out house…..hehehehe

    i have not been anywhere, no where = home…..our spring has not been enjoyable. we have had lot’s of rain, hot and humid days and i have not seen the sun in ages!! i am tired of cleaning and purging, and when i dust, the dust comes back. we have done a few home improvement projects i will be writing about next week! i hope to get out today!! have an awesome sunday!!

  2. Lynne Avatar

    Liking your Lowell Lake visit . . .
    Charm in those ramshackled buildings . . .
    Outhouse has really seen its day . . .
    How peaceful it seemed . . . water, green, foresty . . .
    Liked the Chessie splash . . .
    And Fred would be a keeper for me, especially with his tiny partner . . .
    “Carry on” Karen . . . enjoy some June days . . .

  3. Sarah Avatar

    Findley at two is just starting to “get” water, and he is a golden retriever. He had a break through last week and he even swam for a half a second. I would love that park. I love those old camps. Our one trip to the Adirondacks filled me with a desire to see more.

  4. lowcarbdiabeticJan Avatar

    Just visiting from Debbie’s blog.
    What a lovely post, I enjoyed seeing your photographs and thought Fred looks amazing …

    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan


  5. Beatrice P. Boyd Avatar

    it looks like Lowell Lake is a place we would enjoy visiting, Karen. After reading this post I did an online search to try and learn more about those abandoned buildings, but my search didn’t come up with much more than it was a former camp as you posted. One site mentioned a possible former hotel there. I also checked out some B&Bs around Weston and Ludlow and there’s a good possibility of our selecting one for a future getaway. And, yes I am working on purging as well but it’s a rather s=l=o=w process.

  6. Jeevan Avatar

    Karen we are in the mid of summer here and even the wind is hotter to feel… but you photos are treat to sight and the woods, forested green, lake and cabins produces a pleasant feeling and remind my last year visit to a place similar to your trail! Inviting nature and environment. I believe all dogs enjoy good splash because our dog loves to enter and drink water from natural water bodies

  7. Lisa Gordon Avatar

    What a wonderful day for you, Karen and Lake Lowell looks like a really beautiful place to be with a camera.
    Our spring here in NY was VERY slow in coming. We’ve had some nice weather, but not a lot of it. Right now we are in the middle of a real chilly time, and it promises to be with us for the next several days. Many of the spring flowers are blooming though. It’s been really quite beautiful.

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