Back to our regular program I think I left off in Burlington. When we headed out I wanted to take in some views of Lake Champlain, the largest freshwater lake in the country. It can be difficult because much of the shoreline in this area is occupied by private homes and public access is limited. We did get a few pics.
Our next stop was the Shelbourne Museum. This is a collection of 39 exhibition buildings 25 of which are historic and have been moved to the site which is 48 acres. The museum was founded by Electra Havemeyer Webb to house her collection of early American artifacts. She also purchased the steamship Ticonderoga when it was retired in 1953
. She moved the 220', 892 ton ship nearly two miles from Lake Champlain to the museum.
The Ticonderoga was built of riveted iron in 1906 and carried passengers until 1953
. It is the only walking beam, side wheel passenger steamer in existence today.
This is me standing by the crankshaft that drives the side wheels.
We also found Lili's next bike at the museum.
I don't think she can fall off of this one.
Our next stop was the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.
Here is Irene with our newly adopted teddy bear "Betsy"
She has a Betsy Ross dress and is holding her freshly baked apple pie.
We also visited the teddy bear hospital where you can send your injured teddy bear for medical care.
Leaving the Teddy Bear Factory driving south we sadly saw evidence of the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene.