A Visit to Rye, NY

By Carol at 10:24 pm on Monday, October 22, 2007

This weekend we visited our friend, Sue, who lives in Rye, NY. She has been our gracious weekend hostess for a number of years, introducing us to the good life, on Long Island Sound. This year, Indian summer was especially beautiful, keeping the temperatures in the 70’s with skies cleared by recent rain.

Larry and Sue at Playland Beach

Larry and Sue on the walk at Playland Beach with our dogs.

Looking west at Playland Buildings

Playland Beach.

Wainwright House

Sue took us to see Wainwright House, a waterside building that provides a venue for various sacred events and programs.

Buddha statue

A statue of Buddha on the grounds of Wainwright House. Another view, below.

Buddha overlooks the water

A hint of fall

A hint of fall in our view from the grounds of Wainwright over an inlet of Long Island Sound, toward the Manhattan skyline.

American Yacht Club

Marina at the American Yacht Club, Manhattan in the distance.

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Autumn in Our garden

By Carol at 9:40 pm on Friday, October 19, 2007

Temperatures have stayed warmer than usual this year, with no frost yet, so fall colors are slow in developing and some tender flowers continue to bloom.

Nasturtiums continue

The last of the climbing nasturtiums.

Mums and roses

Roses and mums add a little color to the fading landscape.

Red tree behind the garden

A young maple near the road.

Dog wood leaves

Changing leaves of the dogwood tree in our woodland bank.

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Gilbert Lake Trails

By Carol at 9:29 pm on Friday, October 19, 2007

Mid-week, with a group of seven hikers, we explored some of the back trails at Gilbert Lake State Park, a short drive from Oneonta.

A pond in the hills around Gilbert Lake

A pond in the hills near Gilbert lake.

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail in Vermont

By Carol at 11:43 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bromley Mountain Bridge

This weekend, I was part of a women’s group that enjoyed two days of hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont. On Saturday we took to the Appalachian Trail, climbing to the summit of Bromley Mountain, on the mountain’s back side. The hike up was 3.5 miles long, ending in meadows that are ski runs down the front side. The top was very cold and windy, so we found shelter in an old fire tower for eating lunch, before climbing back down the mountain. We passed some “real” Appalachian Trail hikers, and day hikers of all ages, some with dogs and small children.

summit of Bromley Mountain

Summit sign

The summit of Bromley Mountain.

Ski run on Bromley mountain

A ski run on Bromley Mountain.

Map of Bromley ski runs.

A map of Bromley Mountain’s ski runs, located on the front of the mountain.

The Blue Gentian Lodge

Enjoying a good home-cooked dinner at the Blue Gentian Lodge, Londonderry, VT.

Lowell lake State Park

Our second day of hiking: a 3.5 mile, moderately difficult loop trail around Lowell Lake in Londonderry, VT.

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Indian Summer in Oneonta

By Carol at 11:48 pm on Saturday, October 6, 2007

Mums at Mama Nina's

On Main Street, the geraniums have been replaced by “mums”, and the weather is unusually warm and dry – feels like Northern California!

the Sego

Approaching our new favorite, Sego Cafe.

Ordering lunch at the Sego

Larry orders lunch – the roasted veggie sandwich is worth waiting for.

Looking east on Main

Looking toward the eastern hills with St. James Episcopal church on the left.

Fall color beginning

The colors of Fall are starting to show.

Brick house

Houses like these give Oneonta its vintage character.

Houses on Walnut

White Italianate Victorian

Large brick house

Vintage house with flower baskets

Alice's garden

This is a very productive downtown garden belonging to a friend. A river runs through it but she has her own sturdy bridge.

A visit from Gene and Kim

We started October with a very special visit from our Pennsylvania friends, Gene and Kim.

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