Yesterday the ski industry lost one of best: Shane McConkey. McConkey seemed to know how to make every laugh, he was an amazing person, skier, father, icon, inspiration, innovator, saucer boy and the list goes on. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter. Yesterday, while in Italy he left everyone while doing his favorite thing (things): skiing and base jumping. He sure did live life to the fullest. On the MSP athlete profile website he says "Happiness is a thing called...A Heli budget". Shane will never be forgotten, his legend will always live on.
Yesterday I went and help a friend Jack out with some pics that he needed...It was fun!!!!
Today, I went riding on Sparky II. I think I am in love! I didn't want to stop..and well really the only reason that I did is because it got dark out! I cant wait for 2mrw, a double whammy- skiing and riding! HOORAY!
We all have our guilty pleasures, for some it maybe be drinking underage, others lying, or being sneaky. A guilty pleasure to me is doing something that you think is not widely accepted by others.. I believe that all people need to feed their personal guilty pleasure once a day and most of the time we do this subconsciously. People have the oddest guilty pleasures to fulfil! Think about it, what do you think yours might be? Today I fed the flame of mine (which I feel I have many of) and went grocery shopping. Yep, I went to Whole foods and spent $98! All the flooded my mind when the total was rung up was "oh, great there goes 1/2 of my paycheck" I glanced into the paper bags that were overflowing in my "prius" cart trying to remember exactly what made my total be so much...the cashier said "well that you last little you a while" ha! Little does she know! I loaded the four paper handled bags into Syd and enough an ice cold beverage (another guilty pleasure of shopping...no it was not a beer!) I drove down Virginia St. thinking, wow, how on earth do I plan on surviving the next two weeks? Then I recalled the $98 of food I just purchased. When you are trying to become independent and are paying for your own food and gas you realize how expensive everything is (and especially in this economy...no this is not the late 70's and 80's when my parents were getting out of school. Things are NOT cheap!) It dawned on me why there are so many obese people in the United States...because how expensive food is. Of course it is easier to go to a fast food restaurant and pay less than $10 to feed your family...but also think of the major consequences this brings you too. Basically a large percent of Americans are stuck in between a rock and a hard place!
After I struggled to fish my keys out of my purse without putting the bags down (stubborn much?) I burst into my house. Everything was emptied from the bags and put on the appropriate section of the counter to be put away (fridge, freezer, pantry, cook right now). The fridge is now filled with salad, mushrooms, peppers, fennel (my new favorite snack!!! Try it!) snow peas, milk, eggs and kefir, peanut butter, jam, and hummus. The freezer is filled with chicken and frozen veggies (I was to cheap to buy Salmon even though I wish I could have!). The pantry is exploding with popcorn, almonds, dried cranberries and weetabix! In my to cook pile I made tortilla chips!!! Yes, I made them (well kind of!) out of corn tortillas, crazy janes and EVOO..in the over at 450 until crispy looking! I also found this thing that I am trying called mochie (sp?) to curve my sugar cravings. So it really doesn't seem like that much...
Why on earth was this my guilty pleasure of the day!??!
Sugarbrush farm in Woodstock, Vt. Probably one of the coolest things I have been to in a while (since I haven't been around sugaring season in years) We were able to go into the sugaring house, and watch them boil the sap thus turning it in to syrup over a very slow process of water evaporation. We were able to sample the different syrups that they made (SOOO GOOD) and learned about the different grades! So interesting, funny when you grow up literally around the stuff but don't know to much about it. They also make cheese at the farm. 14 different kinds, of course my liking of very sharp cheddar's lead me to find my new favorite: aged 74 months. I can't even explain the amazing taste. We were able to watch the women wax the cheese (3 different layers dipped 6 different times, all the wax colors were according to the sharpness of the cheese). I highly suggest that if you are around the area you go, check it out, eat some cheese, test some syrups! You can read more about the farms history at: www.sugarbushfarm.com
"40 gallons of maple sap will boil down to ONE GALLON of pure maple syrup"
And, for those of you who have no syrup eating knowledge, aunt jemima IS NOT SYRUP!
Where the sap is stored until it is quickly brought to the boiler. Sap spoils easily.
The boiler in action. I cannot even express how amazing it smelled inside here!
This is a more classic way of making syrup and takes twice as long as the one above. If you look at any old pictures (like the ones that we have from the Lauder sugar house) you can see that this is how the syrup was made back then...Pretty cool!
The sap maturing to syrup!
After our adventure to Sugarbush farm we went to a hardware (such as windows, doors, shutters, sinks, etc) salvation story. There was some really cool stuff in there, I would have loved to stay longer but they evidently forgot how to turn the heat on in the building..
Dots on a pot.
After our busy day we decided we were IN NEED of a form of exercise. We went to part of the appalachian trial just next to the ski way and hiked up to Holt's (?).
Fern. Hello spring.
A rock wall in the middle of the woods...someone had some spare time on their hands I'd say!
Well, looks like no one is stopping here!
The DOC's signs for the Appalachian trail.
New Hampshire is beautiful. The top of Holt's ledge. You could see for miles and miles and miles, I can only imagine this place in the summer...all green!
Another view. So serene.
Unfortunately, I depart to go back to Reno/Tahoe tomorrow. It seems like these trips always go by way to fast and I never really want to leave. I had an amazing three days with my mom, Sarah and Banx. We stayed so busy, had great talks, ate fabulous food I couldn't ask for more! I am already trying to figure out when I can come back here next! Back to the daily grind of work and school as soon as I get back!
(Ohhh, look below to see some of the pictures from Utah that I put up in an earlier post today! They turned out awesome! Alexa Miller is a great photographer!)