Freeze Over

March 15th, 2014 by

Lake Champlain, considered the “Most Historic Lake” in all the United States, fed by Lake George and draining north used to be saltwater during the times of the great glaciers. After the glaciers melted the land, no longer burdened by the massive weight rose up and sealed the Lake off from the Atlantic Ocean water. Once home to whales, Lake Champlain now holds the secretive and ancient Sturgeons. Growing up to 12 feet in length and living as old as 100 years they take the mark as the oldest lifespan fish.

Reaching depths of 400 feet and stretching 120 miles long Lake Champlain is truly a wonder to behold! Perfectly situated in between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks of upper New York is offers breathtaking views, some of the oldest cliff formations and old growth cedar forests along its expansive shores.

Home to the legendary Champ, the “Loch Ness Monster” of Lake Champlain, there is claimed to be a major “vortex” near the Lakes deepest spot.

Many times on my own trips I will drop anchor and jump overboard to swim in the cool waters, and then hang out for lunch before moving on. Loons and cormorants, osprey and heron populate the lake with their presence and calls. Vast amounts of various species of ducks also call the lake home as do sea gulls and all manner of song birds, hawks and owls. White Tail Deer, red fox, coyotes, black bear, moose, squirrels, fisher cats, mink, otter, beaver and many other wild critters complete the surrounding ecosystems.

Lake Champlain has not frozen over completely in around a decade, but this winter here in Vermont it has been so cold for so long that it did freeze over. This passed weekend we decided to venture up to the Burlington waterfront and check it out near sunset and we were generously rewarded! Wandering out slowly across the thick ice we eventually climbed on top of the breakwater and gazed at the wintry sunset spectacle all the way to the Adirondacks to the west.

Below are some of the photos I took. I hope you enjoy them, though nothing can compare to actually being there and fully experiencing the fullness of the energies.

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