Miniature golf with a view – Vermont style

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Tommy loves to pick up those tourist maps that have cute sayings and pictures of the businesses that advertise drawn on them. Since these will occupy him for some time in the car, I always let him grab them when we’re traveling. This can have interesting consequences, especially when he discovers that a few miles from Lake Champlain, where we’ve been hanging out a lot this trip, there’s one of the few miniature golf courses in the state. And it’s not just any mini golf…

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…it’s extreme. Thinking this would be a fun family activity, we promised the boys that we would go and play. And so, after a gorgeous bike ride that started in Button Bay State Park, a swim in the park’s pool (which the boys had to do in their underwear – when, oh when, will I ever learn that I should just always have bathing suits with us), and a nature walk by the lake where we saw two snakes, we headed south to Champ’s Trading Post in Addison. There we drank some refreshing maple soda, and headed for the links.

I didn’t realize that the boys would want to play at a sprint, but then, I guess, it was supposed to be extreme.

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Matt and I followed many holes behind at a more stately pace, and I couldn’t help but marvel at the view from the ninth hole, shown in the first picture. In addition to the fields and mountains that served as a lovely backdrop, the course was bordered on one side by a weathered, red barn, it’s sides worn to a patina that would be the envy of any folk artist. On the other, there was a pond surrounded by wildflowers.

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The air smelled of freshly-mowed grass and manure.

So, if that’s Vermont’s definition of extreme, I’ll take it. (Oh, and between you and me, I won. By five strokes. Although we did have to stop in the middle of the game because of a bathroom emergency and imminent thunderstorm.)

For Photo Friday at Delicious Baby – hope you’ll visit and tour the other pictures as well.

Reader Responses

9 fellow travelers had this to say

  1. That first shot is a unique landscape. Who da thunk you could get a great landscape in a Mini-Golf! The second shot captures the fun.
    .-= Tim Marks´s last blog ..Photo Friday: Cruisin’ Woodward =-.

  2. Vermont looks so beautiful – a good friend of mine spends a lot of time there and I can see why!
    .-= Corinne´s last blog ..What Is A Good Age To Travel With Your Child? =-.

  3. What a great view! Most of the times, I see miniature golf with the view of highway and parking lot. This extreme mini-golf is way better!
    .-= Amy @ The Q Family (Dreaming of: Cruising)´s last blog ..Seven Mile Beach – Grand Cayman =-.

  4. Nice view and it sounds odd but I do like the smell of manure and freshly mown grass, reminds me of the farmlands back in NZ.

  5. Looks like the type of spot developers would love to put a real golf course! (I hope they don’t – it looks to beautiful to spoil).
    .-= Travel With Kids´s last blog ..Photo Friday – Marineland, Ontario =-.

  6. What a gorgeous course! Trust me all little kids do mini golf at a sprint. You should see us sprint through the Legoland Wild Woods golf course. (Scenic in a different way ;) )
    .-= Bridget Smith´s last blog ..Photo Friday: Antique Steam Engine Museum, Vista California =-.

  7. The smell of manure and the imminent thunderstorms…certainly a Vermont mini-golf experience!
    .-= Kymri´s last blog ..Kids Around the World: Hang In There! =-.

  8. Maple sodas and Extreme mini golf? Sounds like a great day to me :)
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Photo Friday: Chicago’s Navy Pier =-.

  9. Love mini golf. We call it crazy golf in the UK and I once won a prize – a golf ball key ring!
    .-= Victoria´s last blog ..We’re all going on a summer holiday =-.

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