Veggie-Powered Adventure

   With Nick Fredette in town for a few days and his newly veggie-powered VW Jetta, we decided to go on an adventure north through the islands of Vermont. We filled up the veggie tank and drove into North Hero, Vermont. We saw all the ice fishers out on Lake Champlain and figured we should see what it was all about. We were greeted by every fisherman with stories of their biggest catch and the other ones that got away.
   The process has been the same for many years. They would bore their holes in the ice, set lines with bait, and wait in their propane heated huts till a flag sprung up on their lines indicating they caught a fish. Once the fish is on the line, the battle continued to tire out the fish and slowly reel them in. Northern Pike was the desired fish for the day and the family we hung out with were able to pull in 2 fish about 30 inches long in the 45 minutes we were there. The spirits were high as the sun started to set, flags were going up and Nick and I had a ways further to go. We continued our drive further north and made it all the way around Isle La Mont before the sun had set. We called it a day once it got dark, and drove the veggie vehicle back to Burlington knowing that all 80 miles we drove were powered by grease being discarded by Whole Foods. 

Nick filling his VW Jetta with vegetable oil.

Nick filling his VW Jetta with vegetable oil.

An ice fishing hut.

An ice fishing hut.

The fishing rod of choice was called "tip ups".

The fishing rod of choice was called "tip ups".

Nick on the frozen Lake Champlain.

Nick on the frozen Lake Champlain.

Fisherman using a more conventional fishing rod to catch Perch. 

Fisherman using a more conventional fishing rod to catch Perch. 

Tip ups set, and waiting for fish.

Tip ups set, and waiting for fish.

Father and son checking the line as the tip up indicates they have a fish on the line. 

Father and son checking the line as the tip up indicates they have a fish on the line. 

Bob reeling the Northern Pike in.

Bob reeling the Northern Pike in.

Bob's wife pulling the Northern Pike through the hole with a gaff. 

Bob's wife pulling the Northern Pike through the hole with a gaff. 

Bob and his wife struggle to keep the Northern Pike from slipping back into the water.

Bob and his wife struggle to keep the Northern Pike from slipping back into the water.

The catch of the day. 

The catch of the day. 

Bob, his grandson, and their 30+ inch Pike.

Bob, his grandson, and their 30+ inch Pike.

Keeping the fish on ice to stay fresh.

Keeping the fish on ice to stay fresh.

The journey continues to Isle La Mont in the Veggie-Powered VW, Jetta.

The journey continues to Isle La Mont in the Veggie-Powered VW, Jetta.

Sunset from Isle La Mont.

Sunset from Isle La Mont.