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If you go up to the Winooski area, check out the ferries. They’re not free like the ones down in the sixth boro, but

the view is . . . worth a million somethings, views of the banks as well as the lake bed.

The northern ferry runs 365/24. I crossed along with six other cars around 3 am, and if someone had arrived seconds after the chain shut, they’d have less than half an hour to wait the next. That’s 3 am on a Saturday morning.

Evans-Wadhams-Wolcott, a mouthful of founders’ names for a vessel, measures 196′ x 43′. Notice the log truck. EWW, built in Louisiana, has twin Cats, but the crew could tell me neither the horsepower nor prop diameter. See more historical shots here.

In the surrounding, if not on the lake, you see the unexpected wildlife.

The “sixth great lake” beckons.

Photos, WVD.

You decide you need a change. Your sources too familiar and losing their sense, you’ve felt the urge before to seek out other waters, novel waves and currents to move you. To explore strange new words. To seek out new points of view and new metaphors. To boldly … So your party beaches and …



… not far from this bank, and you leave the sand to follow a canyon into the watershed. The floor–a mostly dry stream bed– is rocky, dark, and narrowing except you imagine this might lead somewhere. Rumors speak of a great sea with new promise: miraculous people in’t! and strange creatures. Oh brave new world.



After a trek, the canyon opens to hillside, and locals point the way although their language is strange and they have no fingers at all; you imagine you understand their directions.



On a ridge you see what was before only rumored: immense rollers unusually smooth.



Alas, signs turn you back. You speculate it’s too soon to sail or surf these seas. They’ll remain there, frozen billows awaiting the next foray. Those waters, like a witch’s oils, shimmer green, and blue and white. Other preparations, slanted fittings-out must be first.



You’re relieved your conveyance, undisturbed, awaits to return you to the bustle in the port down south.



All fotos by Will Van Dorp

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