Just a walk around town...
Saturday, December 26, 2015
This is 34th street in Baltimore.
They call this 'The Miracle on 34th Street'.
There's an obscene amount of lights on 34th street.
Although a lot of fun, I think the real miracle is that they can pay the energy bill.
Kensington's Festival of Lights at the DC Temple is always a magical stroll.
Along with the array of shimmery lights, the grounds are open to the public with the life-size crèche, concerts, and exhibitions.
The temple's lights and visitor center's music builds the Christmas spirit despite the muddy, rainy week.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
One of my favourite things about the holidays in DC is the "Around the World" nativity exhibit.
Hundreds of crèches proudly displayed as the tranquil tunes seeped out of the theatre, reminded me of the total ubiquity of the season. The interpretations of the manger scene and a baby Jesus differ greatly from culture to culture but the love and effort to create each unique artifact is the same.
So, whether Jesus is your truth and spiritual path (He's mine), we hope the peace and love of the season find you under your brightest star.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Is this our final harvest?
REAL FOOD..... oh .... and we grew this.
What's the deal with all the we grew this posts? Its a movement. We've joined.
We believe that we are entitled to real food, free of chemicals and modification. We believe that we have the right to grow whatever seeds we choose. This is our civil disobedience~ to exercise our right to food we trust.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
We're the people who will take the exit that says, "George Washington's Bathtub this way" simply because... well... George Washington's bathtub!!
After speeding through rusted-out car villages, scared that the Dukes of Hazard were going to chase us with their stars and bars waving proudly, we were quite surprised to land in Berkley Springs, West Virginia. Along with the Normand-style castle here, the pagans and free birds have nested, next to a bubbling spring, said to heal people for generations.
While still a surveyor, a young George Washington took his ailing brother to the springs long revered by the First Nation. This "bathtub" is said to be the same one, or like the one he bathed in.
The New Age Esoteric shops and hot spots sidle up next to an old gas station which boasts that they sell, "Hot Dogs Here".
After some unexpected twists & turns, we decided to travel a road with many turns & twists, ending up in the heart of northern Appalachia.
I encountered a very handsome Yeti on one of my hikes.... he looks rather a lot like my guy...
Black bears and board games fill rainy nights.
While hiking our 15 miler on Day 2, we stumbled upon the Farifax Stone, signalling the head of the Potomac River.
It was 10 miles up the mountain to reach the Fire Tower with the hopping toads, prancing stags, and barred owl.
Rainy feet warmed by the fire... top 5 feelings
Through our hikes through the forest & local book stores, I learned of the guy's infatuation with fungus! :)
Sunbeams hitting our face as we find hidden falls great summation of the weekend.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Meanwhile in Ithaca....
...Along with the many galleries, studios, and shoppes, Ithaca's Artist culture is well represented through the dozens of murals lining the town's streets.
...Heading on NY-13 from the countryside, a big small town peeks out from the forest's treetops and Catskill heights.
I know, my pictures don't do the striking view justice. But, trust, we both gasped as we turned the bend.
...Roads are bricked over to create the Commons, quaint and original shops buzz, and random musicians choose their bench to play from.
...One of the USA's Top 8 Farmers' Markets quietly stands on the south shore of Lake Cayuga.
The bohemian flair and street market vibe at Steamboat Landing is an idyllic Saturday morning,
with 100% Organic produce (GMO anything need not apply), this town makes it easy to be a Vege,
or composter.... anything pruchased here (napkins, forks, plates, cups not exluded) are compostable. With only 3 small trash cans and dozens of recycling and composting bins, Mother Earth is more important than a discount at Sam's Club.
...Just outside of town, nestled in between civilization and wild wonderland, is a lovely "tiny house" community, inspiring us to minimize.
...While the mountainside is peppered with artisians and free spirited folks, the countryside with organic farms and quaint villages, the hilltop belongs to the Ivy League.
Hogwarts.....erm.... I mean Cornell is truly the prettiest University I've seen.
Random protestors, free smiles, and pictures that take themselves.... its easy to see why Ithaca is 10 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality.
Why yes, yes, we did drive an extra ways out of our way to go to the Cheese Fest. And no, no I don't regret it one. little. bit.
Conversation with random guy at festival:
Him (with a believably disgusted look on his face): "This festival is just too cheesy."
Him : "You know its only a couple months until the corn fest. That is a lot like this. You know, real corny."
Me: " Ha ha. You are just very punny, aren't you."
Him.... beaming from ear to ear.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Festival season just got a lot trippier. We were the ones hooping on the edge of the woods, watching the ribbon dancers, crystal healers, and dreamweavers.
KarmaFest was chock-full of barefeet, soft words, and Tibetan singing bowls.
We were the ones laying out our yoga mats to join the spontaneous sequences.
...AND... we were the ones leaving when we ran into the burgundy cape clad lady... and her shoulder sitting pet raven.
(cue Twilight Zone music)
It was a scene.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
We've lived in this lovely little place for five years. Since we spend many weekends...well...gone, we had no idea that there is a hot air ballon mini fest just down the road. So... before our leaving town song came on (yes, we have an exit song),
we were the ones sneaking a parking spot to avoid taking a shuttle.
Soaring into the Sunrise
Patchwork from below
A View from inside; looking up through canvas windows.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Sometime ago, we were the ones stopping to find a hole-in-the-wall diner and stumbled upon this guy behind one of the grates...
Apparently, the city has many of these underground trolls, peeking up through the roads...
just to envoke nightmares in passersby.
Monday, May 4, 2015
I was the one swerving across three lanes on a highway I've never seen to follow the little neon sign that read, "Obscure Books."
Clearly, although you looked mighty angry, I can confidently say that I made the appropriate decision...
This is a book... based on a song.
The answer to the question is, "Woof."
A fox says, "Woof."