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The last few days have been mostly about driving, walking and downtime up on a Vermont mountaintop. Lots of pictures with commentary in this post. I did a lot of pulling over to the side of the road and jumping out for photo opportunities.
We spent one day poking around the different neighborhoods of Portland before heading to the far north. I've spent time in Portland twice, both times in late fall, and both times ...
... crepes (Lamb Merguez sausage...yum).
Cate and I then took our combined 3 dogs (Stormy, Cinnamon and Addie) for a beautiful hike in a local conservation area. Stormy, the fierce Chihuahua, did his level best to put Addie in her place, attempts which were mostly ignored. A good time was had by all.
Tomorrow I visit WEBS, the yarn mecca in this neck of the woods, then we head east and south towards Mystic, CT.
... a lot to pull us up to other rocks. It was a great workout! At about halfway up we still had a decent view as we were under the clouds so we stopped, caught our breaths and had some granola bars. As we got higher it got wetter and a little more difficult to get up the rocks. It was slow going but still really fun and felt like an adventure. Concentrating on getting from rock to rock made us forget how much work we were doing. When we got to the top we knew ...
... it was time to go to bed. The following day, we would be heading back home to Austin.
I was anxious to get back home after six months away! Knowing that we would find the home in pretty good condition, I may have been able to stay a few more days on the east coast staying longer with Michelle and Tony and visiting the Kruzels again. I am glad we had the time that we did and I know we will see all the people we got to visit up here again very soon.
Debbie and I have talked on the phone from time to time, over the 36 years since we got out of the Air Force in 1978 but... I never thought I'd find myself just 70 miles from her home in Massachusetts!!! She was SO SURPRISED when I called her and asked if we could stop by for a visit!! Spending time with her was absolutely one of my favorite experiences on our ...