Monday, February 27, 2017

Weekday Wanderings - Dartmouth Underground Tour

A thing I really enjoy is apparently tours of factories. One of my favorite days at NYU was visiting our printing press, and I was really excited when I had the opportunity to take a tour of Dartmouth's steam tunnel and power plant a few weeks ago.

The tour was led by William Riehl, chief operating engineer, and I learned a ton about how Dartmouth supplies energy to all the different buildings on campus. I also learned that in steam plants like this, most of the employees come from the navy, where they use very similar types of technology on the boats.

Bill was very informative, and it was great to see a part of campus I would never otherwise have seen!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Wanderings: Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH

Two weekends ago, on February 12th, we went to Ice Castles! It's a tourist trap in New Hampshire! We drove there in a literal blizzard and spun out on the way home! This is all true, and honestly, it would have been underwhelming even on a beautiful day (and, I bet, crowded as hell—one godsend of going in the middle of a blizzard is that it was relatively empty, although there were still at least 15 people as crazy as we were). But during a blizzard? It was borderline insane.

And yet, having said that, I am still kind of glad we went. A lot of the time in my life, I have found myself thinking, I have enough stories. I would just like this trip to go well. But this time, I was all, it's cool. I guess that probably means I'm coming to terms with the craziness that is sometimes our wacky ideas. Roger is often suggesting fun things to do and I am often shutting them down because I am cheap or tired, which is not cool. This was a reminder that even the worst things we have done together usually turn out pretty great because we have done them together.

And, before this we had a killer good breakfast with the Montpelier/Barre HWS contingent at Down Home, and after this, Roger's bus home was cancelled and he got to stay in Vermont for an extra three days, so all in all: not the worst weekend. Plus, the ice slide was awesome and we got to go on it three times because no one else was around! If you're thinking of going, there are worse things you could waste $30 and some time on. If you have kids, probably they will really enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Weekend Wanderings - Nora Visits and We Host an Ice Skating Party!

Our friend Nora visited this weekend and brought such joy with her, even if we're all feeling horrified at the new administration.

On Saturday, we made our way down to Brattleboro to meet some of my trail running camp friends at Hermit Thrush. On the way down there, we stopped in Rockingham to see the Meeting House, which was beautiful from the outside but unfortunately was closed, so we couldn't explore inside.

Poor Nora didn't have snow boots or any stabilizers on, so she ended up crawling up the hill to get to the meeting house, and then slid down (which seemed a lot more fun than getting up it!) when it was time to get back to the car.

Afterward, we spent some time in the Vermont Country Store, tasting samples and perusing adorable if not strictly necessary items. (Who wants a Lanz nightgown? This gal!) We made our way down to Brattleboro and met up with some lovely couples. While I tasted a few beers, Roger and Nora wandered around town, stopping in at antique shops and at the Coop.

On the way back home, we stopped by the Lyme Inn for happy hour. We were hoping to see some of their rooms to decide if we want to book them, but unfortunately they were all booked for the evening, so we didn't have the chance. Then, it was a baking festival, getting desserts ready for our little ice skating party the next day.

The next morning, we took a hike up behind the house. It really doesn't get old!

Then, it was skating time! About 15 of our friends from around the Upper Valley and Montpelier came and made the trek. It was great to see everyone, and I just wish the ice had been a little smoother. (Though, to be fair, everyone else seemed totally fine with it. I think maybe I need to take a lesson or two...)

Overall the party was a success, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone out on the ice (many, many meters in front of me). My friend Erin even brought her two adorable dogs, Cedar and Fern! If you're looking for a good hot chocolate recipe for a group, this Betty Crocker Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate was delicious and served all of us when doubled.

Thanks for visiting, Nora! Can't wait for you to come back soon!