“A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.” (Rachel Carson)
Pictures from our last Wachusett summit a few days ago. As (SUPER SUPER SUPER) excited I am about moving to the PNW, I really will miss the trails out here. I immediately get sad, knowing that with only 3 weeks left, we don’t have that much time to say goodbye.
The Great Escape!
The prospective (and very ambitious) itinerary:
6.5 days to hit (and run) the following places: Niagara Falls, Cliff & Kerri’s place in Michigan, Mackinaw City, Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Devils Tower, Hot Springs State Park, Snake River Overlook, Oxbow Bend, Shoshone Indian Ice Caves, Balanced Rock, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Kirkham Hot Springs, and Hells Canyon.
Anything we shouldn’t miss along the way?
(Itinerary planning made with Roadtrippers)
I never thought we’d see the end of this long week, but we made it.
I finally finished my thesis and I can no longer call myself a student. Now, I’m just unemployed!
Joel got the job, signed all the necessary paperwork yesterday, and we’re moving to Portland, OR!
Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound
I heard them calling in the distance
So I packed my things and ran
Far away from all the trouble
I had caused with my two hands
GPOYW (is this still a thing?)
From a couple weekends ago, along the Money Brook trail towards Mt. Greylock.
Some things you’re not letting happen right now because the timing isn’t perfect for you. Some you’re not letting happen because you are very aware of where you are. But all things, as they are happening, are happening in perfect order. And if you will relax and begin saying, “Everything in its perfect time. Everything is unfolding. And I’m enjoying where I am now, in relationship to where I’m going. Content where I am, and eager for more,” that is the perfect vibrational stance.
Bree is embarrassed because she had unknowingly called the cops on one of our (new) neighbors and now she keeps bumping into him.
If you were new to the building, where no one recognized you, and you were creeping around the building at dawn, completely disheveled and not lucid, trying to get in through other people’s back porch doors, and you reach out for my dog while I’m outside walking it, babbling incoherently about living in the trees and nature, but I ignore that and actually try to get a hold of the people in the apartment number I managed to get out of the nonsense coming out of your mouth and no one answers, and then I go back outside and ask you if there is anyone I can call for you, and you sarcastically tell me, “Yeah, how about 911?”, and I ask you if you REALLY want me to call 911?, and then YOU RUN AWAY?
I would probably call the police on you too.
(To be fair, the police got several calls about the guy that morning)
We got a jolt on Sunday when we ran on Skyline in Middlesex Fells and came across an entire section of the trail in embers; firefighters were still trying to put fires out.
Whether nature- or man-made, seeing all the smoke rising up from the ground and hearing the crack of several trees as they fell down always makes your heart hurt.
Be careful out there.
Pictures from our run on the Greylock in the Round loop near the Berkshires this past weekend.
The trails were a little more rugged than we had anticipated, but no sprained ankles or broken bones! I loved running next to the babbling brook. Maybe not so much going over the streams, but I’m slowly getting over my gephyrophobia.
AND we got to hit the highest point in Massachusetts, which I didn’t think we’d get around to doing since it’s just so out there in the middle of nowhere.
I was recently lightly chastised for slacking on food pictures. It’s mainly because we stopped eating out much (to save money for moving) and dinners have been boring.
So here is our post-run dinner (minus a few beers) after doing the supremely rugged Greylock in the Round loop (14 miles for us because we did a little more “exploring” than we had planned, 3 hours, 2,400’ gain).
- Tempura battered red onion rings with horseradish sauce
- Fried jalapeño and scallion hush puppies with honey butter
- Seared polenta cake with broccoli rabe, oyster mushrooms, and parmesan
- Herb roasted free-range chicken breast with foraged ramps, fingerling potatoes, leeks, and chicken jus
- PEI mussels with pancetta, jalapeno, arugula, lime, and grilled bread
PUBLIC Eat+Drink (North Adams, MA)
Everything was solid and perfectly cooked. The mussels hit the spot and I will definitely be making onion rings from red onions from now on!