A week or so ago, I visited beautiful Burlington, VT right alongside Lake Champlain. I didn’t realize this, but apparently Burlington has been suffering from massive amounts of flooding lately. Due to the snow melt and a ton of rain, Lake Champlain has gotten up to 3 feet over its normal level, flooding neighborhoods, the beaches, bike paths, piers, et al. I have some pictures below of the flooding – there is actually a couple kayaking through a neighborhood right next to the Winooski River.
Luckily, my one day stop in Burlington happened on a beautiful sunny day – one of the first of the season according to my host, Nathan (who I found through Airbnb btw). He handed me a touristy map and explained that there is a ten mile long bike route that encircles the downtown Burlington area. “I think some of the path is swamped because of the flooding, though,” he said, mentioning that every one of Lake Champlain’s Burlington beaches was underwater as well. “The New York side of the lake is on much higher ground, so they didn’t get the worst of it.”
So I headed down to Ski Rack in the downtown area and rented a bike. Next time I think I’ll rent a kayak. Check out my pics below of the bike tour I took until the water level forced me to turn around. I also took a quick peak at Church Street, Burlington’s pedestrian shopping/dining street that was lined with food carts, souvenir booths, and musicians busking for money.
On my next trip, I hope to find somewhere to take sailing lessons!