Bikes, Bears, and Beauty, oh my!

July 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week I decided to ride my bike to work. This isn’t really unusual for me, but it had been a while.

When I lived in Georgia, there was a period of time I rode my bike to work on a regular basis. City commuting on a bike is stressful to say the least. Crossing exit and on ramps, close encounters with college kids on their iPhones, people that could care less how close their SUV gets to you on your bike, oh and the broken glass….beer bottles everywhere.

But to ride a bike to work in Vermont is like living on a different planet all together.

I live on a mountain, it’s gorgeous, but it’s a mountain, which means riding down a mountain for half of my ride to work. Sounds kind of ideal, right? Cruising for most of the ride…well, flying down a gravel road at 7am is kind of intense, you build up a lot of momentum which can make it hard to stop, but man oh man are the views spectacular. It’s a special stretch of road, there are points you can see clear across to the Adirondacks in New York, never any other cars, and just me and the mountain….surrounded by forest and wildlife.

The second half of my ride is just as beautiful. One thing to note about Vermont is that there are no billboards, none, I haven’t seen one in my entire time here. It’s amazing to be outside and just be outside, and not be inundated with advertising. But, I digress on one of my ‘why I love Vermont’ tangents….

Here’s the view from where the mountain meets the road, the end of my downhill journey and onto mostly flat valley.


This is how I know I am halfway between work and home, when I reach the mountain shaped like a turtle shell.

The rest of the ride into town is simple, and rural. Old farm houses and barns dot the landscape with the spaces in between filled with corn fields and baby Christmas trees.


While there isn’t a lot of car traffic to worry about, this stretch is apparently notorious for bears. I’ve been told bears like to cross the roads to munch on the corn in the fields. The corn here is just starting to tassle so I don’t know that bears will be venturing down just yet, but on this ride, I kept imagining bears meandering down the mountain on my left to shuffle through the growing corn to my right.

I’m a lucky gal if I do say so myself.

I’m looking forward to my next bike ride into town. It’s quite different from the time we lived on a different mountain and I hiked 2 hours to work one morning when it was 17 degrees outside. 🙂

Hey, in Vermont, you’re crazy if you aren’t outside any chance you get.


Still here

May 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Life’s been insanely busy recently. Isn’t it always I suppose? Perhaps our perception at any given moment makes it feel more or less so.

You know that saying, the only thing constant is change? Well that’s been the story of my life for the last few months.

It’s been a bit of a crash course in adaptation and a re-defining of self care.

With spring just beginning to emerge, taking photographs on long walks through the Vermont mountains has been something I’ve been leaning into as a way to support myself in the midst of non-stop transition. My 3 year old loves telling me what to take a picture of and she wants to see how it’s turned out…it’s the creative process we are sharing and I absolutely LOVE it!

Below are various photos over the last couple of weeks…







April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today started with one of those mornings that was so clear you could see for miles.

As the sun continued to rise higher and higher, strands of mountains appeared. To the west… New York, the Adirondacks. To the east, layers and layers of the Green Mountains, my home.

What an incredible sight to begin the day with…the sun rising to greet these grand peaks that stretch up in beauty, gratitude and strength.

Ode to Vermont

March 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

I love Vermont. It’s totally my kinda scene, we suit each other really well and from the first time I came here, my body knew it was home.

Vermont is a foodie’s dream. Amazing organic food at every corner, fresh apples that are so crisp and tasty, yummy cheeses, locally brewed brews, and of course, maple syrup.

I live on a mountain in a town that has no traffic lights, and the town I work in only has one. You know it is rush hour when you sit at a stop sign for almost 60 seconds.

And here’s one of the most amazing things….

This is how the entire town’s recycling is picked up every week.

Every Friday people put their recycling on the curb and a horse and buggy team pick it up, rain or shine, snow or summer.

This makes me so happy down to the center of my being.

We’ve been having an unseasonably warm spell…sunny and 70’s all week. I’m not going to miss summers in the south and Vermont, I think we are going to have a fabulous time together this summer.

Your rivers are calling me to sink into you and your mountains are pulling me to come explore.

I lovermont.

Friday Photography

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Some Fridays I’ve simply posted photographs (see Miksang on this blog). Soulemama posts a picture every Friday with no words, just a photo that captures a moment from her week and I love the simplicity of it.

Here is a picture that I love from my week.

the family bed…”papa with very long arms.”

hello again

December 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

well here we are again… 
after a move across country,
the dust is settling and we’ve landed in Vermont
where beauty is abundant, nature surrounds us and inspiration is almost unavoidable.



Mushroom Walks

June 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

We have finally gotten some rain in the woods and that means mushrooms! We’ve been taking lots of mushroom walks in the last few days and here are some of our favorites. 

Chanterelles, YUM!

Oren picked up these onion skins and played with her ‘mushrooms’ for a while. 🙂

Last year we picked buckets and buckets of chanterelles and we’ve been missing them this season with no rain. As they slowly start to emerge that means it’s time to pull out and revamp last years favorite recipe of homemade sweet potato and chanterelle pizza. This years challenge is to make it gluten free. 

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