Love on the Rocks

For our second wedding anniversary last month, I thought it would a fun idea to leave the city and go on a hike ("I'm not like other wives, I'm a cool wife!"). I *think* I'm ready to talk about it...

Hike: (verb) a long walk, especially in the country or wilderness. FUN!! I geared up in my cutest out-doorsey outfit (complete with Chuck Taylors) and I was ready to head north for our wooded wilderness walk!

Monadnock State Park in New Hampshire came recommend as a good beginners hike. I now strongly believe that when Robert Frost was in the woods deciding which road to travel, he was not on Mount Madadnock- 'cause he would have turned around, got back in his car and went home. That would have made all the difference.

What Merriam Webster did not mention in the definition of "hike" was a steep, slippery, 2.5 mile uphill, rock climbing, complete with 30 degree blustering winds at the peak. Previous mountain peaks I've topped have included a chairlift.  I had a lot of time to reflect and ask some important questions throughout our 4 hour journey, "Why is this a thing people enjoy?" "When does this ever end?" "How is this fun for anyone?!" "Whos F#$%ing idea was this?!!"

Suffice it to say, this activity was not my cup of tea. Alas, every cup of tea must be finished. Despite every aching bone in my body, I did it. Was I proud of myself? Meh. I was mostly proud I didn't die. Besides, I am pretty sure my behavior cancelled out my achievement.

Afterwards, an hour of silence followed by 4 glasses of wine (some call it a bottle), I was able to enjoy the rest of our weekend relaxing at the lovely Benjamin Prescott Inn, where a couple of therapy horses were also residing. I tried to tell them about my problems, but mostly they just wanted carrots.

Although I may not be cut out for hiking, I think I've earned my photography badge! There is a positive ending this not-so-happy trail tale: My loving, patient, forgiving husband actually wants stay married to me...<3

 

 

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San Francisco

I KNOW I keep saying it, but WHAT a year it's been!! Over Columbus day weekend we headed west to be a part of the #BenBurkewed, a most beautiful day filled with all things color! and creativity! and happiness! and sunshine! and music! and (happy) tears... lots of tears. This was my second time to the City by the Bay, (the first time we visited Micaela and Ben was the day my husband Tim proposed in 2012), so it was very special for us to return for THEIR wedding. It doesn't cease to amaze me just how much sensory is going on at once in San Francisco, there is a photo-op everywhere you turn! What an amazing place for a talented photographer and his beautiful bride to live "hippily" ever after. Here's wishing a lifetime of peace, love and happiness to our friends Micaela and Ben Wallen

The Adventures of Kate & Nick

We have been very fortunate this year to attend the weddings of many good friends in so many fun destinations. On a most perfect late summer September evening, our pals Katelyn & Nick said their I Do's on the dunes of the Cape. With taste and style in every detail, I expected nothing less from such a classy couple! Even their photographer, Alexandra Roberts, was top notch. I can't wait to see her photos, but I couldn't help but to sneak a few snaps myself in between the dancing, drinking, and dining.  Opa! 

Classic car parade down Commercial Street, Ptown 

Cigah- bah

 

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Washington, DC

It has been an absolutely crazy busy summer, each weekend different places and faces. Its not a bad problem to have, I am just way behind editing and blogging! Early July, I made a point to squeeeeze in a trip to our Nations Capitol to visit a dear friend and her boys and saw some stuff and things while I was at it!

Future President Harrison taking a Selfie ;-)

Future President Harrison taking a Selfie ;-)

First Family

First Family

Denver

A cancelled flight to Denver due to the terrible weather in February had left us feeling less like ski-bums and more just bummed-bums. We planned to visit my dear friend and talented artist, Virginia (http://virginiatcoleman.com). It just so happened that she was having an exhibit of her recent work and an opening party the same weekend we rescheduled the trip! This occasion brought friends together from the south, east, AND west for a weekend filled with laughter and beer... lots of beer.  We even made it to the mountains for a few runs before take off!!  Cheers! 

Island Decay

A quick trip to Mexico to a little island off of Cancun called Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) brought family and friends together for our cousin Lee and his Bride, Adriane, a Southern Fiesta coined #SpicyPeaches. When weddings and travel collide, it is the perfect formula for a fun time! in between the beers and cheers, I grabbed my camera and a golf cart and ventured around town to take a closer look at the colors and the character hidden between the cracks of this old, but charming, place. 

Darts at The Joint, an outdoor Reggae bar on South Point

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A view of the graveyard from our hotel room

The Long Thaw

With a total of 108.6 inches of snow and counting, this Winter was literally one for the records. While stuck indoors over the past couple of months, I have spent a lot of time focusing on making this little photography hobby of mine a legitimate business- both a personal and professional goal for 2015! Equally both exciting and scary. There are so many talented people in this field but it is also an incredibly supportive and encouraging community. I was recently able to get out and shoot a bit without my fingers freezing off.  I'm looking forward to warmer weather and brighter days, and letting my fears melt away so I can really begin to blossom!  Stay tuned! 

A chilly day dawn Pleasure Bay

A chilly day dawn Pleasure Bay

Wilmington, VT&nbsp;

Wilmington, VT 

A View of Mout Snow

A View of Mout Snow

I've Got a Gal in Kalmazoo

When the temperatures drop in New England, most people board a flight to the Tropics at the first sight of a snowflake. Bor-ing!! T'was a cold January morning the first weekend of the new year when we took a good-old-fashioned family trip to MICHIGAN (America's High-five!) to suprise Grandma Crookston for her 90th birthday! You can imagine that a woman with 14 children can pack a house with an abundance of family and friends, so when she walked in the door and saw everyone, she was completely shocked! Total disbelief, followed by tears of joy- a moment worth every mile and negative degree.  Cold hands< Warm heart.

And, of course, I couldn't go to Michigan without visiting my favorite little farm!

SUPRISE!!!

SUPRISE!!!

90 Carnations for 90 years

90 Carnations for 90 years

&nbsp;Young Amelia&nbsp;

 Young Amelia 

Westley and Buttercup

Westley and Buttercup

"AAAASSSS&nbsp;YOOOOU WIIIISH!" &nbsp;(he gets the joke)

"AAAASSSS YOOOOU WIIIISH!"  (he gets the joke)

The Hen House

The Hen House

Lunch!

Lunch!

Johnny&nbsp;and June&nbsp;

Johnny and June 


A Few of My Favorite Things

I have to admit, I was having a hard time getting into the spirit this year but I was able to get it together and pull it off in the (Saint) nick of time. These photos from around our home (and a couple from my in-laws) are a small reminder that when life gets a little crazy, try to remember that if you look close enough there is beauty to be found and memories to be had.... even in the simplest of things.

Happy Christmas to all and best wishes for 2015!  Cheers!

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NYC and Brooklyn

 

The sights! The smells! The sounds! THE COLORS! New York City is sensory overload and I can never get enough. A whirlwind visit with girlfriends near and far, full of laugher and cheer,  really kicked off this Christmas season right. I took my new 50mm 1.4 lens for a spin, an early gift to myself this year! Here are a few of my favorite things..

Turkish mosaic lanterns hanging around Union Square Holiday Market

Hand painted Turkish bowls, Union Square  www.Tribalhome.com

Bet you can't pick just one!

Coffee Bar Noir

Keep your head up..

Remember to be confident!

..and always look for the signs in life!

St. Thomas and St. John, USVI

For my sister Kelli's 40th birthday she and her husband went to the Island of St. Thomas..and in keeping tradition of showing up and crashing most of their other vacations, we joined in! We stayed at The Marriott Frenchman's Reef for four days and three nights. A forgotten passport for a day trip to the BVI's left me on my own for the day so I hopped a ferry to St. John, promptly found the closest Bloody Mary(s), and plotted my next move. It was suggested that I pick myself up, get some snorkel gear, and head to Trunk Bay Beach. I can not remember the last time I traveled alone! Although I wish my family was there too, I'm just glad I had my camera!  

(Note to Self: The Caribbean Islands- where the Rum punch is as strong as the sun! )

Just off the ferry dock in town

Just off the ferry dock in town

Colors for days!!!

Colors for days!!!

A view of Trunk Bay from the road above

A view of Trunk Bay from the road above

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Gear

Gear

My shady abode&nbsp;

My shady abode 

Ireland: Third time's a charm

I have been fortunate to travel to Ireland with my husband Tim twice before (that's about 40 times less than him but who's counting?), but having just been married in November, this was our first trip together as husband and wife and this visit felt particularly special. This time, I skipped the photos of rolling hills and stouts and enjoyed just spending time with family and friends instead. We did take a couple of short day trips and soaked up a bit of culture while we were at it... here are a few snaps from "in-the-meantime"....

At the top of 100+ steps at Bantry House &amp; Garden&nbsp;http://www.bantryhouse.com/bantryhouse/

At the top of 100+ steps at Bantry House & Garden http://www.bantryhouse.com/bantryhouse/

Some of the giraffes at Fota Island Wildlife park &nbsp; &nbsp;http://www.fotawildlife.ie

Some of the giraffes at Fota Island Wildlife park    http://www.fotawildlife.ie

Thirsty....???

Thirsty....???

*Sllllluuuuuurrrrppp* yum!

*Sllllluuuuuurrrrppp* yum!

A beautiful post-supper view of Inchydoney Beach&nbsp;

A beautiful post-supper view of Inchydoney Beach 

Farm charm

Farm charm

Hanging around with cousin Anna, age 6

Hanging around with cousin Anna, age 6

Ease on &nbsp;down the road...

Ease on  down the road...

Did you know? "Over 160 years ago, Henry Ford’s grandfather, John, and father, William, left their Irish homeland in search of prosperity in the ‘New World.’"

Did you know? "Over 160 years ago, Henry Ford’s grandfather, John, and father, William, left their Irish homeland in search of prosperity in the ‘New World.’"

Clonakilty Point to Point Race, Inchydoney Island

Clonakilty Point to Point Race, Inchydoney Island

On the final jump of the final race, this horse (who was favored to win) sadly fell and broke its leg. &nbsp;We were standing very close and it was difficult to watch such a large, strong, animal go down so fast and hard. &nbsp;As we walked away in sadness, we learned the horse would shortly be shot and killed as it was no longer fit to race- Something we also learned was not only necessary but common.  One of the most culturally shocking events I've ever experienced anywhere, and a reminder that life can be cruel and unfair, no matter what the odds. &nbsp;&nbsp;

On the final jump of the final race, this horse (who was favored to win) sadly fell and broke its leg.  We were standing very close and it was difficult to watch such a large, strong, animal go down so fast and hard.  As we walked away in sadness, we learned the horse would shortly be shot and killed as it was no longer fit to race- Something we also learned was not only necessary but common.

One of the most culturally shocking events I've ever experienced anywhere, and a reminder that life can be cruel and unfair, no matter what the odds.