Headed down to Long Beach Island, Beach Haven, NJ for some fireworks and good ole American and apple pie: an Amusement Park at Fantasy Island!!
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After living in the NE for over 20 years, for my birthday this year in late June, I finally hiked Mt. Washington! Being the highest peak on the East Coast of the U.S. at 6288 ft, it felt very rewarding to finally take this on. We hiked from the west side taking Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lake of the Clouds AMC Hut and then taking the last 1.4 miles to the summit via Crawford Path. The total distance is about 4.5 miles, hiking ~3800 ft in elevation change, and it took us about 4.5 hours with a few stops. Our plan was to also hike down the same day via Jewel, but once to the top, the sky opened up and it started to pour like there was no tomorrow. Later we find out that this is almost a daily occurrence between 1-3pm, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking about hiking up and down in 1 day.
Instead of risking an ankle injury on the way on slippery rocks, we were able take the Cog Railway down along with many other hikers that had the same idea. Luckily we made it on, but had to sit on the floor of the train. Despite having a wet ass and not being able to take in the scenery, I was so thankful that we got on.
It was an amazing experience and being able to stay at the Mt. Washington Inn wasn’t so bad either. It made it a complete and awesome experience! If time allows, bring your tennis racquets and golf clubs. There are 4 clay courts and a 18 hole/9 hole Donald Ross designed course.
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Immediately following Blizzard Nemo which dumped over 30″ of snow in Boston, we got hit with another storm in the Lower Cape named Plato. Nemo forced us to post phone our trip, but then Storm Plato decided to followed us down the weekend after. However, we made it safely to Provincetown this time before the storm hit. The gusting winds and ocean views were amazing.
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With the good memories of a work visit to Pittsburgh back in 2005, I recently went back again in April for a long weekend to see the city and to also visit Fallingwater. It’s an eclectic, environmentally friendly city with lots of architecture and good food. Having 3 rivers that transect the city helps to make it feel like you’re always close to the water, which I love.
The bird photos are from the National Aviary. I recommend it, if you like to see birds and penguins up close and personal.
[pullquote author=”Boston Fare Strike@Riseup.net”]”They say FARE HIKE, We say FARE STRIKE!”[/pullquote]
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Passed by folks putting the word out for an upcoming MBTA fare strike at Park Street Station downtown Boston. My monthly subway commuter pass increased by 18% from $59 to $70 starting in July. That is a pretty significant increase. On the other hand, I believe it’s been many years since the last increase.
Boston fare Strike @ Riseup.net encouraging commuters to participate in a public meeting to plan the next action on July 19th, 6pm at the Bandstand. Boston Fare Strike is a coalition of organizations and individuals that came together to meet the July 1st fare hikes with a fare strike. They see this action as a step in the long-term struggle to not only defend Public Transit, but to improve and expand it to better serve the people of Boston and the surrounding areas.
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In the heat of the summer, July 2011, we took a 1700 mile, 10 day, driving trip in the Southwest from Phoenix, Arizona to Santa Fe, NM, to Mexican Hat, UT, to the Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ. We drove on track and off track and explored many towns and sights in-between include the Mother Road Route 66 from Holbrook to Albuquerque, NM.
When composing and snapping photos, I’m drawn to shapes, patterns, and reflections in landscapes and streetscapes alike. The following are photographers and artists that influence and inspire what I see.
[pullquote foo=”bar” author=”Lee Friedlander”]”Witness is borne and puzzles come together at the photographic moment which is very simple and complete. The mind-finger presses the release on the silly machine and it stops time and holds what its jaws can encompass and what the light will stain.”[/pullquote]
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During the heat of the summer this past July, we took a 1700 mile driving trip around the SW from Phoenix to Santa Fe to Mexican Hat, UT to the Grand Canyon, with a pit stop in Sedona before flying back to Boston from Phoenix. It was wonderful and tremendous trip with many roads driven, trails hiked, and photos taken. We sweated our asses off, but it was all worth it. We were there the first week of July when the heat was a sweltering 115 degrees on the hottest of days and when a haboob swept through Phoenix. See summer trip photos here.
After seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, which made me feel like a splat of color in a Jackson Pollock painting, we arrived in Sedona as our last stop before heading home. Just coming from the Canyon, which is breath-taking and amazing, Sedona’s colors are even brighter with more intimate hikes. I know this may sound goofy, but you are part of the landscape when hiking in Sedona instead of looking into an amazing 360 degree painting. Of course both has it’s perks.
Many of the Sedonians that we met professed that Sedona has a way of pulling you in where you’ll keep coming back. And they were right.
I love to travel and if you do too, I know you’ve also said to yourself while in some foreign place, ‘I have to come back. There’s just so much more to see.’ For once, we followed through on our wish and we ventured back. With the help of pre-Christmas rates and a free airline companion ticket, we returned to Sedona for a week and used it as a spring board to explore surrounding areas.
The following is our rough 10 day itinerary for the trip with some select photos for those pondering a visit to Sedona: