Lake Willoughby

This summer we had plans. I had negotiated an extra week of vacation with my employer and I was going to DO things. I had spent too many summers wishing I had done more and traveled more, but this one was going to be different. Trip to New York, trip to Massachusetts’ north shore, and a small list of local festivals and events to photograph and enjoy.

Then, of course, the Covid monster had other plans for us. Okay, well we all have to make sacrifices, it’ll be fine. We’ll find our fun here in Vermont. Luckily for us, there is no shortage of nature to enjoy quarantine-free. One of these trips was a weekend at Lake Willoughby, a glacial lake resembling a Norwegian fjord in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

The lake was referenced by Robert Frost in his poem “A Servant to Servants,” while Mount Hor (one of the two mountains straddling the lake, the other being Mount Pisgah) is the subject of his poem “The Mountain.” While I’m not much a fan of poetry, Robert Frost was certainly a fan of this crystal clear lake.

While I regretted being unable to entertain the summer plans we had originally devised, it was a pleasure nonetheless to come here to this lovely place, to climb Mount Hor, to swim with the ducks on the beach at the top of the lake, paddling a canoe down the length of this 320-foot deep lake, and getting drunk on wine while laying on the lawn late at night to watch the Perseid meteor shower.