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My Favorite Things – Snapshots from Goose Pond, New Hampshire

It’s hard to believe that our vacation is coming to a close.  We’ve had spectacular weather, oh-so-many delicious meals, and lots of opportunities to just rest and play.  In fact, I’ve been spending so much time doing all of the above that I  pretty much forgot to pull out my camera.  Sometimes really being in the moment is the best medicine!

And when I’m back in the grind of work in the city, I plan to pull out these photos and give myself permission to dream again…


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Celebrating the 2017 Solar Eclipse (Joana Style)


One of my favorite things to do when visiting my mom at her cottage in NH is to hike up Mt. Cardigan.  Only 20 minutes away by car, the 1.5 mile hike is very easily accessible and not too strenuous.

At 3156 feet, it’s certainly not the highest climb I’ve ever done, but I think you’ll agree that the view…

(and the 360 degree panorama views) are pretty special!

It occurred to me that hiking up Mt. Cardigan today might be a great way to see the solar eclipse, and I managed to persuade my husband and two neighbors from Goose Pond to come along.  We brought along the requisite supplies – sweatshirts, hats, water, snacks, and, of course, homemade pin-hole “cameras” with which to view the eclipse.

The eclipse in NH was only at about 62% coverage.  This was what it looked like (courtesy of our pin-hole contraption):

Though interesting, the pin-hole thingy was obviously not the most sophisticated way to experience the eclipse.  However, we lucked out since a fellow eclipse-viewing hiker gave us a pair of eclipse glasses to try out.

(Here I am happily rocking my new look…)

Viewing the eclipse through the glasses was totally amazing.  The glasses not only provided the necessary eye protection, but they also made it possible to see the moon over the sun as if it were in 3D.

I managed to photograph the eclipse, too, by placing the glasses over the lens of my camera.  


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Off Seeking New Adventures…

I’ll be away from my computer for the next 10 days, so my posts will likely be sporadic.  Fortunately, carrying along a camera is always easy.  Hope you’ll stick around to learn where I’ve gone…

the lone traveler

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
(Ernest Hemingway)


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My Favorite Things – A Day In the White Mountains (Part II)

On my recent trip with my mom to see New Hampshire’s White Mountains, we spent the night at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.  As you can see from these photos, the views are pretty spectacular and the star of the landscape is of course…Mount Washington.  While I DO like to hike, the conditions sort of need to be right; in this case, my potential hiking companion got a new knee only 6 months ago, so that ruled out any long or strenuous walks.  Aw shucks.

Imagine our delight, then, when we learned that we could actually take the Cog Railway all the way to the summit of Mount Washington!  Travelling at the breakneck speed of 5 miles per hour, the trip to the top takes about 45 minutes.

 On our train we were in the very capable hands of a knowledgeable and friendly Conductor…

train conductor

Who not only pointed out the sites and told us local lore, but also helped guide the engineer who was driving “blind” from the engine at the back of the train.


At 11:30 a.m. sharp, the engineer blew the whistle and up we started.

and up we go

In the woody terrain, we passed a moose…


While the steam engine train passed us on it’s return trip down the mountain.

Steam railway on the Cog line


steam train goes by us

On a mountain known for some of the worst weather on the continent and only 62 days per year of clear skies, luck was on our side.

view from near the summit of Mount Washington

(They weren’t as lucky, missed the train and had to climb to the top by foot.)

hikers ascending Mount Washington

The ascent got steeper and steeper as we went…

almost to the top of Mount Washington

While the air cooled down nicely…

the view at the top from inside the train

And then we reached the end of the line.

the end of the line

On a clear day the visibility is 300 miles and encompasses 5 states!  So if you happened to be in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York…

top of Mount Washington

Maine, Quebec…

more heaven and earth

Or, even in Heaven yesterday…

seeing heaven and earth

I’m pretty sure I could see you!  

After an hour spent soaking in the sun and the views (hey, look Ma, there’s a train on that mountain…)

little train in the distance

It was “all aboard” for our crew, and down the steep descent we started.

hold on

We made sure to sit at the back of the train so that we could get a different perspective…

the long journey up

water tank

And I was grateful for the geriatric pace which allowed me to take millions of photos and say “hi” to the ascending trains.

friendly train conductors

And then we found ourselves back at the base station safe and sound.  Thanks to the Cog Railway for a lovely experience!

steam engine at rest




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