Home just in time

High peaks color

We returned home and were greeted by the trees just starting to change color. We peep while going about our regular activities, often at high speed.

Used to be an iconic red barn here here
Pretty even at 55 mph
Headed downhill to Cascade Mountain
My “fishing hole” where I have never caught a fish
Fire Island Lighthouse

And finally, a lighthouse. I joined my daughter on Long Island and we walked the barrier beach to this beauty. Tim and I spent one winter on Fire Island (heaven) and this was our backyard view!

There’s a spouse in those hills

The weather has been fabulous. Warm during the day and 40’s at night. It was so cool the other night, Shirley the cat was sitting in front of the fireplace longingly.

We’ve been sailing, entertaining and I have been sewing and knitting and working. Today I got to enjoy lunch with the ladies – in the mountains. Tim was hiking a few High Peaks on his own. See him on the far hill in the distance?


Backyard backcountry

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We had a chance to caretake in our backyard, almost.  We spent last weekend as volunteer hosts at Johns Brook Lodge, three and a half miles into the woods.  We had a huge tent on a platform, near trees carved with bear scratches.  Someone said they scratch trees to mark their maximum height to gauge their prey?  or to see who is the biggest bear around?  I wanted to get a ladder and make my own marks way up high.

I now have 3 and 2/3 “46’s” under my belt.  46 mountains in the High Peaks region thought, when they were originally selected, to be over 4000 feet high.  To make up that 1/3, when I thought the view was just fine from below the summit, I’ll have to hike the whole hill again. So only 43 left to go!  The weather was mostly fine, the water, crisp and clear and the food at Johns Brook Lodge, abundant and delicious.

Back at the ranch, I ate half our apple crop!