I was 14 when I first visited Hapgood Pond in Peru on a hot summer day in June 1985. My friend Katie invited me to spend the afternoon at this beautiful spot in the Green Mountain National Forest.
Like typical young teenagers, we spent hours gossiping, swimming and sunbathing. Back then, using an SPF sunblock wasn't anywhere on our radar -- it was baby oil all the way. Even though I fell asleep in the sun and ended up with a blazing sunburn on my back, that day at Hapgood Pond turned out to be one of my fondest memories.
Hapgood Pond was the first area in Vermont to become part of the Green Mountain National Forest in the 1930s. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, the seven-acre pond is open for swimming, fishing and limited boating. The land surrounding Hapgood Pond includes a picnic area, 28 campsites and a nature trail.
After all these years, I still love spending time at this scenic, peaceful place.