Cape Cod… you are beautiful!

Being a West Coaster my whole life I have heard of Cape Cod and seen pictures or videos but I couldn’t understand how beautiful it was until I was actually there.
IMG_3773IMG_3775 IMG_3777 IMG_3786 Who would want to sail away from here?IMG_3788 IMG_3791 While we weren’t too hungry but Quicks Hole looked delicious so we stopped there for some lunch.  The local hot spot did not disappoint. I enjoyed the clam chowder and a lobster taco. I didn’t get any pictures because I immediately dug in!  Not too hungry… sure…IMG_3792 IMG_3793 Lots of cool old buildings in Woods Hole. Also a free aquarium and other free/donation only scientifical places.IMG_3794 IMG_3795 For perspective, little Kate – big lighthouse.IMG_3796 IMG_3799 Future job: Lighthouse keeper. Whatta view!IMG_3800 IMG_3801 IMG_3802 At the Cape Cod Brew Fest Katie got an alcohol infused ice cream! She loved it.  This is the only photo I took at Beer Fest? Guess I was too busy toastin and enjoying fine brews!IMG_3805

Loved Cape Cod! I can not wait to go back and stay a little longer.

Drink Vermont Beer!

Greetings from the land of Maple syrup, Cider, and Craft Beers! This little state sure has a whole lot to offer – be prepared to drink, eat, and then drink and eat some more. Better find a good hiking trail to burn it all off!

Here we are at the state capital – Montpelier!IMG_3537 You would think in a state popular for their pancakes and maple syrup we could easily find breakfast! Not the case at all. Some towns we rolled through didn’t even have anything open in the morning. One place we stopped had a two hour wait?! Finally we happened upon this tiny cute place in Montpelier. No wait and we had a delicious breakfast!IMG_3541 Here are some shots of Montpelier. IMG_3542 IMG_3543 IMG_3544 IMG_3551 State Building. IMG_3552 IMG_3555 Next stop, Ben and Jerry’s factory! And an opportunity to take funny pictures of my friends. They were good sports. 🙂IMG_3560 The Flavor Graveyard is a really funny cemetery for all the flavors that didn’t work out and they have stopped producing. IMG_3562 Next stop, Prohibition Pig. SUPER friendly staff, cool location and great beers! It sounds crazy but we did not eat here cause we were still full from breakfast but the food looked amazing – my beers were tasty and we got a growler to go!IMG_3563 Next stop we tried some cheese at Cabot. Probably one of the most unsanitary things ever but really fun to try different cheeses.IMG_3565Onto the Cider Mill but not just any cider mill, Cold Hollow Cider Mill. If I lived near this it would be dangerous! I would have diabetes in a hot minute – but man hot cider and cider donuts – I hope they serve this in heaven. Mmm tasty.
IMG_3566 IMG_3567 IMG_3568 We have all seen the Sound of Music right?? Well this spot will blow your mind. The Trapp Family settled here because it reminded them of their native Austria. The lodge itself is beautiful, but the surroundings are truly breathtaking and the brewskis are on point! Head to Trapp Family Brewery for a one of a kind experience.  I hope to stay here one day!IMG_3569 IMG_3571 IMG_3572 IMG_3573 I loved how traditional their brews were, very authentic, no crazy flavors here, just honest to goodness beer. IMG_3574 I couldn’t help myself – picture perfect. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the winter!IMG_3578 Me and my Krausey – I am so lucky to have her as a friend. I know she loves me because she doesn’t complain ( too much) about taking me to try different breweries even though she is not a hop head. IMG_3587 IMG_3589 Last stop of the night was Lost Nation brewery, really amazing food, the beer prices were the most reasonable I have ever seen – not too mention delicious… Wooowie it was a flight to remember. IMG_3591 IMG_3593 IMG_3595 IMG_3599

That sums up my day in Vermont. Can’t wait to spend more time here in the future. There is so much more to do and see. Glad I got to sample what this Green Mountain state has to offer.

Live Free or Die

On Saturday Morning, we loaded up the CRV and headed up to New Hampshire. The cool thing about Massachusetts, especially where my friends live in Eastern Mass is that you are so close to so many different states. Within a half hour we were already in New Hampshire and on our way to our home for the weekend.

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I spot a covered bridge down there!IMG_3467 IMG_3469 IMG_3472 IMG_3475 IMG_3477 IMG_3478

Here we are exploring Flume Gorge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  To explore the Gorge it is 16$ which seems like a pretty penny but the trail and bridges/ walkways are well maintained. Keep in mind that NH does not have sales tax so they have to get money for their parks some way and I really don’t mind helping save these cool spots for future generations!
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You can start to see a little bit of color change here for the fall. IMG_3483 IMG_3484 IMG_3486IMG_3489 IMG_3492

My friend, Katie posing under a covered bridge. IMG_3495 IMG_3499 IMG_3500 IMG_3502

After our car ride and exploring Flume we were ready to have our picnic lunch. Not far from Flume is a pretty lake called Echo Lake. It was windy the afternoon when we were there but we did enjoy the views and the hustle and bustle as a wedding was about to begin.  IMG_3505 IMG_3506

Next stop, Littleton, NH. A really cute town with a great brewery! Schilling Beer Co. My friend had heard about Schilling from a friend and this brewery and town did not disappoint – It was a fun little side trip for this beer lover.IMG_3510 IMG_3511

View from the side deck of the brewery. IMG_3513 IMG_3514

Gose, Saison, and Porter on Nitro – ALL so delicious! IMG_3557

We had just had lunch BUT the food looked amazing so we ordered this hummus plate. It did not disappoint.IMG_3518 IMG_3519 IMG_3520

What? Another covered bridge. They really are everywhere!IMG_3521 IMG_3522

Wow! Can you imagine this in your backyard! Lucky. IMG_3523 IMG_3526 IMG_3527

Finally, our campsite! All these beautiful green trees full of chipmunks ready to pelt you at any second with flying acorns. IMG_3528 IMG_3529

Its starting to look like all we did was eat and drink … only semi true! For dinner we made burgers over the grill and enjoyed them with a satisfying smoked beer from GermanyIMG_3532 IMG_3603

We stayed at Dry River Campground that had probably the most deluxe bathrooms I have ever seen and free warm showers. Also coin operated laundry and this awesome dish washing area. So convenient!IMG_3604 IMG_3607 IMG_3608 IMG_3610

Our adventure that day was climbing to the top of Mount Washington – the tallest peak in New England and also the record holder for windiest weather in the WORLD! We really lucked out with the amazing weather we had – it was perfect!IMG_3613 IMG_3614

We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and down the Jewell Trail, We began the assent at 9:45 made it to the top at right around 12:45 and arrived back to the car around 5 pm.  It is a lot of rock climbing – I made it in my nike frees but it would have been much better to wear real hiking shoes with grip and maybe some ankle protection. It was challenging but SO worth it. IMG_3618 IMG_3620

Right before your final assent to Mount Washington you come upon the Lakes of the Clouds a truly breathtaking site.
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Here I am! In all my top bun glory!

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Finally! WE reached the top of Mount Washington. These White Mountains are outta this world. I can not wait to get back.
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Cairns guide your way – along the sometimes not so obvious trail!IMG_3624 IMG_3625

New Hampshire – I love your mountains, your trees and your spirit. I can not wait till I come back.