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Winter in Maine. The Way life should be.


Snow day!


Wine? Check. Pad Thai? Check. Archer? Check. Warm socks? Check. Major FitzHugh? Check. Husband? Check. Ready for Snowpocalypse Maine.


But why not Zoidbeer? Stopping for a pint at Hop Alley Brew Pub in Alpharetta, Georgia.


Exploring the Georgia Mountains. Did you know that there are actually breweries in rural Georgia?!?!


Rain Golf Carting Rampage Selfie... and bonus Muppet face.


Stopping to pay homage at St. Mary's Steeple in Athens, Georgia, the location of the very first R.E.M. performance back on April 5, 1980.

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Vintage Style Light Bulbs!


We said no shenanigans, Thorndike Apartments. None. Zip. Zero. But this looks like shenanigans. WTF.


Vintage suitcase. Wish I were on my way to Luxembourg.


Glacier Ice Bar at Enoteca Lounge in the Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine.


In the mail today, I received the India vintage travel poster I custom made from one of my photos.


Hangin' in the Crow's Nest at Cappy's Chowder House in Camden, Maine.


Staring down a 1903 Mercedes Simplex Tourer at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.


Why yes, I do like my German chocolate filled with Germany brandy.


This is what happens when I have two (very generous) glasses of wine and try to be creative.


Bye bye Christmas tree. Until next year.


Sunrise on Penobscot Bay. Looking out from Belfast, Maine.


A Standard Oil oil wagon at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.


Cleaning out back closets and forgotten archives. Found a stack of pre-1945 "Restricted" aircraft and air warfare magazines.


Negatives temperatures don't deter us hardy winter folk from heading out to watch the sunrise over the sea smoke.


The first thing I accomplished in 2015 was this Edward Gorey puzzle that I got for Christmas. Not a bad start.


A 1955 Jaguar XK140 for my in laws. And a chrome-painted 1913 Stevens-Duryea Tourer for good measure.


Drinking beer while brewing beer. We're tackling VandalEyes PA, a recipe direct from Wil Wheaton himself.


Antique bicycles in storage at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.


A cold, foggy day at Maine Eastern Railroad.


A 1925 Harley Davidson Model JD at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.


The low here in Rockland, Maine, on January 7/8 was -9 F. So there's that.

Every day is Buy a Bear a Beer Day in Norway!

Buy a Polar Bear a Beer Day in Norway

Buy a Polar Bear a Beer Day in Norway

Being beer travelers (aka those who plan destinations based on microbreweries to visit), we HAD to stop into the Mack Brewery in Tromsø when we visited in December 2007 (apparently right before the moved operations to Balsfjord). Because it never really got light in this city, nestled in between the mountains and the sea above the Arctic Circle, people started drinking early, as in noon. When we got there at 3 pm, not only was the bar packed to the gills, but we were the only Yanks in sight. Though everyone did get a kick out of our crazy American bear antics. If you go, be prepared for a $16 beer. No joke. And that isn’t the tourist price.

Winter is a great time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park: you can drive the roads, normally closed to all traffic except shuttle buses, and have the scenery all to yourself. Camping might be a little chilly, but the campground is open for those brave enough for snow camping (or lucky enough to have an RV). Roads can be icy and will close during storms, but you can still meander around. Trails can also be icy, but the year-round visitor center sells studded grips for your shoes, recommended for safety. A lot of the restaurants and hotels in the very tiny gateway town of Tropic will be closed for the season, but the planned resort community of Bryce (just outside the park entrance) is cozy and convenient.

Despite the extra effort visiting Bryce Canyon in the winter might entail, it’s well worth it to have the whole park, the red rock and the dramatic vistas, all to yourself. Visit the park’s website for more information, and definitely pop into the visitor center; the rangers are often bored this time of year and will happily chat you up about current hiking conditions and snowshoeing opportunities!

Below are my stark, dramatic, contrasting vision of this brilliant gem in Utah’s Canyon County:

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Bryce Canyon in the Snow

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Teton Fall
The first snow this year came on time, dripping powdered sugar lines in between oranges and yellows in full bloom just as September faded into the shadows.
Teton Fall

The die hard strap their gear to office-weary backs and hike up crevices in the foot-high slop to slip slide down, just to say they were the season’s first.

Day 279 / 10.06.11

But it melted quickly, creeping back up the mountains, and remains in hiding for weeks.

Day 278 / 10.05.11

Hunters, blindly blaming their poor harvest on the wolves that don’t exist here, come back empty handed, heads shaking. Without the snows, the elk are content to find safety and sustenance in their summer pastures high up in the Winds; they haven’t been frequenting their normal fall rutting grounds. The dry, warm air is taking its toll on all kinds of winter enthusiasts who had high hopes for La Nina again this year…

First Snow

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This race is the longest sled dog race in the Lower 48, goes from Jackson, Wyoming to Park City, Utah and kid of zig-zags its way there to maximize influence.
Day 28 / 01.28.11
Below is Lance Mackey, who won the Iditarod four times in a row!
I bet you didn’t know that Jamaica has its own dog sled team! Cool mushings! Below is Jamaica musher Newton Marshall!
Getting ready to start the race!

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When there are several feet of snow on the  ground, it’s difficult to read the wayside exhibits…

Jonmikel Interpretting

Or get to the restaurant…

Moose, Wyoming

But it’s great for getting lost in a good snowshoe!

The Mountains

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In less time than it takes us to get to our nearest Target store, we can be here:

Tetons in Black and White


The Valley


We have to keep reminding ourselves of this…

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