Hi, Ticonderoga!


I had an Operation Beautiful presentation today in a little town called Ticonderoga, New York.  The presentation was at North Country Community College, which has 200 students, and I spoke to 50 of them. 


The presentation went well – but MAN – getting there was such a disaster.


I was planning to leave 1 hour and 45 minutes before I needed to be there, but then I glanced at Google Maps and realized the ferry crossing that I planned to take was closed for winter.  Ahhh.


Fun fact:  Today was my first time EVER on a car ferry!


Luckily, I figured out where I needed to go, but I knew I was going to miss the ferry if I didn’t put the pedal to the metal… that’s when a cop pulled me over for speeding.  Apparently, Vermont has very low speed limits.


The cop let me off with a warning and a wag of his finger, and then I cruised away, catching the next ferry with just two minutes to spare.  Sweet relief!


Ferries are pretty cool.



We crossed Lake Champlain, I rushed to NCCC, and my presentation went  off without a hitch.  And then my blood pressure gradually returned to normal.  🙂


Thank you, NCCC, for hosting me!  There were attendees of all ages and genders, and we had an awesome discussion.  I left a few copies of the book with the school, too.



The ferry ride and drive back on the way back to to Burlington was much more relaxing than this morning’s commute.  Don’t you hate stressful driving situations?



Due to the hectic-ness of the morning, my lunch consists of a Larabar and a bag of chips.  This is obviously NOT my ideal lunch, but it was calorically satisfying (about 500 calories) and kept me from chewing off my arm during the presentation.  But there is something about this kind of ‘lunch’ that is so mentally unsatisfying to me.  Probably because it comes wrapped in plastic.


(FYI – that Larabar flavor RULES)


I stopped by Healthy Living Market on the way to the airport to grab Lunch #2 and Dinner.


“Lunch #2” at 3:00 consisted of another small juice (same as this morning; so good!).


And some food from the hot bar, including some veggies, a lentil and potato salad, and a polenta cheese bake.


For dinner, I snagged a Thai Tofu wrap from the deli counter.  It’s in my purse and I plan to break into it around 8 or so… My flight doesn’t land in Charlotte until 11:15.



Goodbye, Vermont!  It’s been fun!  I love you and your merry ferries. 🙂


‘Til we meet again!


(Edited to add;  I had dessert at Washington airport.  It was worth mentioning especially because the Bonnaroo Buzz, which is “light coffee and malt ice cream with whiskey caramel swirls and English toffee pieces.”





  • Charlie November 11, 2010, 5:32 pm

    I went on a ferry when I was about 8 years old and loved it (a kid on a boat ;)).

  • Lauren November 11, 2010, 5:32 pm

    There used to be a bridge, but they tore it down last year to rebuild it. The juice from Healthy Living Market looks SOOO good. I can’t believe I live in Burlington and have never been there…I mostly go to the co-op City Market. I’m checking healthy living market asap though. Glad you liked Vermont! PS. I left my first operation beautiful notes at UVM yesterday…the same day you were in Burlington – how ironic!

  • Little Bookworm November 11, 2010, 5:32 pm

    Glad the presentation went well! 🙂 Hope you have a good journey back.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 11, 2010, 5:42 pm

    Eep! Stressful indeed. I love ferries too 🙂 Your second lunch looks delicious.
    Heidi xo

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 11, 2010, 5:44 pm

    Thank goodness you got off your ticket! That is the best. 🙂 I love car ferries too. I’ve been on them probably two dozen times in my life and it always excites me, even as an adult. 🙂
    Glad your presentation went well!

  • Mel November 11, 2010, 5:51 pm

    For a minute, I thought that guy was trying to invite you back up to his room with a Post-it note.

    • Kris November 11, 2010, 6:01 pm

      LOL. So did I!

  • Lauren @ Clean Eats in the Dirty South November 11, 2010, 5:52 pm

    ahhh i hate getting pulled over 🙁
    i got nabbed twice in october, though once i got off with a warning too. love it when cops are sympathetic…hate it when they make you go to court though. 🙁
    that car ferry looks super fun. i’m going to have to add it to my bucket list!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 11, 2010, 5:53 pm

    I’ve never been on a car ferry–it kind of sounds fun! Sorry it was a hectic morning, but it’s a good story to tell nonetheless!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life November 11, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Sorry your lunch sucked 🙁 Dinner looks pretty good, though! I’m glad you had a good time on your trip.

  • Lauren November 11, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Omg. Please watch “Super Troopers” now that you’ve been pulled over in Vermont it will take on new meaning haha its based on and filmed in good ole VT.

  • Val @ Balancing Val November 11, 2010, 5:57 pm

    I want to go to Vermont one day!!

    You look very professional in your presentation gear 😉

  • Meg November 11, 2010, 5:58 pm

    glad your presentation went well despite the travel chaos! I ate that exact larabar today, too. it’s delicious! I like the new larabars that use chocolate (and real sugar haha.)

    I know you said before when you travel in NYC you get scared and don’t leave your hotel, but there are so many bloggers and readers in the city, you should contact one of them/us for a little tour or meetup!

  • Sana November 11, 2010, 5:59 pm

    I have never been in a car ferry, but I did see tons of train ferries in Europe! I bet it’s kinda like a tunnel?

    • Caitlin November 11, 2010, 6:00 pm

      My husband said there is a car ferry from England to France – how cool is THAT

  • lindsay November 11, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Oh my gosh – I was stressed for you just reading this! I hate that feeling when you are late for something important (well anything really – I hate being late) and your blood pressure sky rockets! So glad you made it and can relax now 🙂

  • Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss November 11, 2010, 6:05 pm

    I was on a car ferry (without a car) from Dover, England, to Calais, France, during my semester abroad. Travel safely.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In November 11, 2010, 6:07 pm

    UGH SO TYPICAL that you get a speeding ticket when you’re late! Glad he let you off…and all that food looks YUMMY!

  • Dani November 11, 2010, 6:10 pm

    I love Healthy Living’s hot bar. That store is awesome! Glad you liked Lake Champlain & the ferry.

  • Lauren November 11, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Glad the presentation went well. Vermont seems beautiful. Safe travels hun!

  • Hope November 11, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Aargh! I hate stressful travelling!
    We’re heading on a car ferry in the New Year, its about a 3 hour trip from one island of New Zealand to the other and you get to see whales and dolphins on the journey! Love!

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 11, 2010, 6:20 pm

    Yay Vermont! Sounds like a great trip, despite the ferry issue. Lake Champlain freezes all the way across most winters, so it can’t stay open all year.

    Have a safe journey back home…let us New Englanders know the next time you’re up our (cold, snowy) way. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 11, 2010, 6:20 pm

    So glad the presentation went well! Have a safe trip home and enjoy your family when you get there!

  • sarah November 11, 2010, 6:31 pm

    Sounds like an adventure! Sometimes I like to think that a little speeding here and there is justified by the situation and that it is like the 20%/80% rule for eating healthy most of the time. I suppose a police officer would not be impressed with me if I tried to tell him why I think that I can speed once in a while.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 11, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Ohmygosh, it is SO stressful being that pressed for time! I strangely get a rush from it though. Glad all turned out well!

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition November 11, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Wait, so you just chill in your car ON a ferry? How bizarre!

  • Kristina @ spabettie November 11, 2010, 6:47 pm

    the first time I went on a ferry like that, I was JUST learning how to drive my 5 speed car (yep – I bought it without knowing how to drive manual!) 😀 the steel grated ramp was VERY steep, and the car in front of me STOPPED… you know, that whole starting on a hill thing?? my tires SQUEALED so loud… then finally caught after an agonizing 10 seconds or so?? and I went FLYING up the ramp.


  • Carla November 11, 2010, 6:56 pm

    looking especially good is that larabar & wrap. Yum.

  • Erin November 11, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I was in Vermont/upstate New York almost exactly 1 month ago – your last couple of posts make me miss it so much! The whole time we were there I kept saying I wanted to pack up and move to Vermont!

  • eml November 11, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I still can’t pronounce that name! Do you mind having to eat out or find suitable options for when your traveling since you seem to travel a lot? Some people have phobias about that!

    So great you are reaching out to so many people – especially in this time with such a spotlight on bullying and self-acceptance.

    • Caitlin November 11, 2010, 8:39 pm

      Naw but it sucks to spend so much $$$$$&!!

  • Laura November 11, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Please don’t answer this if you don’t want to, but are you paid for all of the speaking engagements that you do (I assume that you would at least have your traveling expenses covered?) or is it part of promotion obligations for the book?

    • Caitlin November 11, 2010, 8:40 pm

      These are separately paid events.

  • Sarah November 11, 2010, 7:27 pm

    When he asked for your license and registration you should have slipped him an operation beautiful note. 🙂

    • G November 11, 2010, 7:40 pm


  • Joshua @ Healthy Cultivations November 11, 2010, 7:46 pm

    Wow! That was quite the adventure. It seems the trip always goes smoothly when we have nowhere to go, but when we have somewhere we have to be, everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong! Glad that the presentation went well.

  • Lee November 11, 2010, 7:51 pm

    The only speeding tickets (yes plural) that I’ve ever gotten have been in Vermont. I still love it there despite that.

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 11, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Busy day!!! Glad the presentation went well! That wrap looks great!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 11, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Woah! 2 minutes until the ferry left? You’re lucky girlie!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 11, 2010, 8:30 pm

    I love car ferries. I used to live in Virginia but go to school in Maryland and took a ferry across the Potomac River every day. Very convenient.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now November 11, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Never been on any ferry, let alone a car one. Bet it was a trip! 🙂

  • Sally November 11, 2010, 9:59 pm

    There is nothing worse than feeling like you are rushing your guts out to get to an appointment only to be pulled over for speeding and having to sit pulled over on the side of the road, waiting waiting waiting and hoping hoping hoping you don’t get a ticket. (been there, done that) Glad you got out okay and with time to spare!

  • Steph November 11, 2010, 10:47 pm

    I’m glad the presentation went well!! For some weird reason when I was driving today before I read this post I was hoping you weren’t a speed demon because those Vermont cops are always on the prowl 😉 Nevertheless I’m glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back again when it’s WARM!

    • Caitlin November 12, 2010, 10:13 am

      I want to come back for sure! I was telling the Husbadn that we should go in the summertime.

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska November 12, 2010, 12:32 am

    I LOVE ferries! That’s probably because it means I’m heading to my favorite island and our cabin on the beach, but I love love love them. Even though they’re 13 hours and can have 15 foot seas. 🙂

  • megan @ blackberries for jam November 12, 2010, 7:48 am

    So glad you enjoyed your stay in Vermont! It is lovely here but the don’t mess around when it comes to the speed limit! I’ve learned that lesson a few times, unfortunately. Hope you visit again!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health November 12, 2010, 7:59 am

    I really like the black blazer you wore for your presentation! It’s so flattering and professional! I’m in need of winter work clothes. Since I’ve lost over 40 pounds, nothing fits. I’m swimming in my old sweaters 🙁

    Vermont looks beautiful!

    • Caitlin November 12, 2010, 10:11 am

      Buy yourself new clothes 🙂 You deserve it!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 12, 2010, 8:07 am

    I love car ferries! They are so fun. Glad you had a good presentation.

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee November 12, 2010, 8:22 am

    Sometimes a quickie lunch needs to happen! It’s good to see you take healthy eating in stride 🙂

  • Joanne November 12, 2010, 9:19 am

    Ferry ride! What fun. It’s been ages since i’ve been on one.
    I can’t consider bars as a full meal. I’d eat the Lara Bar then be looking for a HUGE-O salad to add to it. My stomach would have growled the entire presentation.

  • Camille November 12, 2010, 9:20 am

    Wow, it’s gorgeous up there! I have never been to Upstate NY but I have always wanted to and want to even more now!

  • Heather November 12, 2010, 9:49 am

    AAHH I wish we had a ben and jerry’s store here!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) November 12, 2010, 9:59 am

    I had the same issue with a ferry being closed for the winter- the backtracking is the worst! But what a great way to see a new part of the country. 🙂

  • Jenne November 12, 2010, 11:21 am

    We lived in Vermont when I was little, and we toured the Ben & Jerry’s factory. The best part was at the end you could pick up pints of icecream for $1 that were mis-mixed flavors or had crooked labels….still my all time favorite is Cherry Garcia!!

  • Amber K November 12, 2010, 12:09 pm

    It’s situations like that, that make me HATE driving!

  • G November 12, 2010, 12:35 pm

    What a fun adventure! I hate to see you got pulled over, luckily you got off you ticket.:)

  • Joy R3FitShow November 12, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I LOVE the shot with your sunglasses and camera!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged November 12, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Holy crap, only 200 students! I thought my university of about 3500 was small!!!

  • Monica November 12, 2010, 1:42 pm

    You are the master of presentations! I get so spazzed out from stressful driving situations/fear of being late to something/being pulled over and I surely would have been sweaty and shaky during that presentation, and I actually really enjoy presenting. Nicely done!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 12, 2010, 2:21 pm

    At least you’re second lunch and dinner were much more ideal than the bar and chips. 🙂

    Stressful driving situations call for music you can sing along to, dance in the seat, and just forget where you are!

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