No, although it would be amazing if I made a time machine and used it to experience the three days of peace and music I’m sure you’re thinking of, I did not go to Woodstock (the concert) last week, but to Woodstock, Vermont. One of my oldest friends has a house up there and is living there with his sister for the rest of the summer. Just as I was leaving for New Hampshire that Wednesday morning, my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go visit Dylan in VT for the night, and seeing as I was already heading in that direction, I couldn’t pass up that offer! Their house is unreal, on the top of a hill surrounded by farms. Looking further out on the horizon, all you see is beautiful Vermont mountains. I love Vermont!
So I didn’t end up going back to Burlington last weekend, but with the spirit of adventure still kicking inside of me, I left on Wednesday to visit Alli in NH and head up north for a hike. Originally, we planned a 4 hour hike, but due to our lack of a sense of direction, inability to believe the GPS, and the need to make it to New London for a delicious, nutritious dinner cooked by Alli’s beautiful friend Gretchen, we ended up hiking for about a total of an hour and a half. It was a perfect hike, nonetheless. We did a loop that ended up being a little under 4 miles, but at the halfway, we discovered an oasis. Rounding a corner, we came upon this beautiful pond:
…and made friends with Keith and Rob! We stayed here for hours, it was so difficult to turn our backs on our sanctuary. However, we had to move on as we had a lot of driving and more adventures ahead!
Hope you think it’s as beautiful as I do!
P.S. Alli and I didn’t mean to match our clothes!
“The journey is my home.”
– Muriel Rukeyser
I went back to Burly from Monday to Thursday and am headed back in the morning for the night. Whew! Lots of driving! Last time we went, I didn’t take too many pictures because I didn’t realize we were going, so I didn’t have my Nikon D3000 with me. I had a little Canon point and shoot with me, which I love, and it takes fairly good photos but just isn’t as fun to use as the Nikon. Anyway, we spent most of the time listening to tunes on the back porch relaxing. It was so hot out it was hard to move! I spent most of my time in a bikini top and shorts. It was great seeing my friends though, because I’ve been there so many times I’m not just seeing some of my oldest and closest friends now, but new ones I’ve made over my visits! Here are a few shots from Church Street.
Since the first time I visited Burlington during the summer, I’ve been hearing about Red Rocks. This is a place where you go to cliff jump and is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could have taken a picture of the view from the water, but in order for that to happen, I’d need to be able to swim with my camera. In any case, I got a few shots of the area and view!
Hopefully we make it back there tomorrow!
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
– Bill Bryson
“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.”
– D. H. Lawrence
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
– Cesare Pavese
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharial Nehru
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
– Martin Buber