This year, we went hiking after Thanksgiving.
Our first target was Saddle Mountain, and it didn’t go quite as planned.
The plan that it didn’t go quite as was that we’d park at the trailhead, cook up some hotdogs, ascend, maybe make some more hot dogs, and then descend and head home.
Instead, we parked about two miles away from the trailhead, where the road was closed, and hiked in. Once we got to the real trailhead we cooked up some hotdogs, found an elk jaw, and then hiked in about a mile and a half before turning around before we lost daylight.
Ollie loved the elk jaw, even though we didn’t let her eat it. We’re so mean. She didn’t mind too much though, since she was busy running around the woods… which is almost as good as food and/or elk bones.
The hike itself was beautiful, and the sunlight was amazing! It was an amazingly clear day, and we could easily see the ocean from our turnaround point, even though it was a solid few hundred feet below the summit. The trail was pretty good, though it did have some snow and ice on it at times, and we made pretty good time.
Not much else to say. We hiked, had a pretty good time, and got down safely. Good job us.
This has been the year of concerts!
I mean, not really. We’ve done a lot of other stuff too. One or two blog posts, a hike, maybe even a climb. But we also went to more concerts this year than the last few years combined, so that’s got to count for something, right?
The previous two, Delta Rae and Angels & Airwaves, were amazing. Mesmerica 360 was… it was. I don’t know what else to say about it aside from that fact. It had lights, and colors, and music, so I’m pretty sure that it counts as a concert.
Aside from that, I can’t tell you if it was good or bad.
It was very strange – It was definitely a show that would have benefited from being very high, but it was still enjoyable seeing it sober. It had a lot of interesting positive affirmations, so I think I’d more compare it to a yoga class where you don’t move?
Guided meditation, that’s what it was.
Okay, there we go.
Sarah and I went to an hour and a half long guided meditation at the OMSI planetarium. It was interesting. I’d recommend it if you have an evening free.
Our last day in Mass was a short day, unfortunately, but a really fun day none the less! We hadn’t stayed out too late the previous night, so we were able to get a fairly good start to the morning – which was pretty critical, since our plan for the day involved quite a bit of driving…
We were meeting my Aunt Tov in Sturbridge!
For those not from New England, Sturbridge is a super-cute little town in South-Western Mass that’s mostly known for Sturbridge Village, a colonial reenactment town where people explain exactly how people lived in Colonial times. We didn’t go to Sturbridge Villiage, but even without that aspect the town itself has sort or embraced that vibe… leading to everything looking like it just hopped right out of a history book.
We all met up in a super cute little cafe with big windows and rustic vibes, where we had some excellent lunch and chatted and heard all about what everyone was up to – and got to even have a cool apple-tasting with a dozen different unique apple varieties that my aunt brought along!
Honestly, there’s not that much to say here… we visited, caught up, and had a good time!