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Get Out!: The Island Line Trail 

Published August 21, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.

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click to enlarge Elise watches and waves from her dad's lap as boats go by at the end of the causeway. - SARAH GALBRAITH
  • Sarah Galbraith
  • Elise watches and waves from her dad's lap as boats go by at the end of the causeway.
We made it out to the end of the causeway, where there is open water for boats to pass through and a small ferry that connects cyclists with the causeway on the other side, which continues on to South Hero. The ferry was not operating that evening, so we stayed put and watched and waved as boats went by. As the sun started to set, we loaded back onto the bikes and began our return ride to the park. As we pedaled along, the sun was getting very low over the Adirondacks. At first, I thought we should rush to get back before dark. But then, after I remembered there is some daylight left after the sun goes down, it occurred to me to stop and enjoy the sunset.

As we watched the sun dip below one of the tall peaks in the Adirondacks, we oriented Elise in her trailer so that she could see, too. She held on to the ear of her stuffed bunny as she watched her first waterside sunset. I took the moment to feel centered and peaceful and Tristan, the photographer among us, took as many photos as he could squeeze in before the last light disappeared. It was a beautiful family moment. 

We headed back and arrived at our car at twilight. We loaded a sleeping Elise into the car and decided to head to The Skinny Pancake on the Burlington Waterfront for a late dinner. We topped off our night with live music, sweet potato fries and crepes while a now-awake Elise banged her hands on the table. It was a trip we'd highly recommend to any cycling family! 


This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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