Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Mohonk House - Part 2

Riding up to the Mohonk House was so exciting. 
We have never been to this resort and we did not know what to expect. 
The road leading in was "steep", long and winding...my ears started to pop,
 and I got pretty excited. 
The view was magical, mystical...

We arrived early to check in but our room was ready,
that's always a great way to start a vacation.

- the next few pictures are of the room -

- it was so quaint and unique -

- it had a fireplace -

- it was tiny cozy and no t.v. -

The hotel featured a movie each night, current movies and we watched one 
"15:17 To Paris"
A 2018 movie, a true story, and I really enjoyed it.

We went horseback riding on day 1,

you know how "they" say when 
you fall off your horse you should get back on,
I agree with that...I did and I had an amazing ride.

My horse was Andes, the hubs rode Remy...
Remy and Andes are boyfriend and girlfriend...dating so to speak.

Our guides name was Sophi, she was so nice...
The other guides name was Sarah, she was behind us...
both girls were so kind and helpful,
both naturals on a horse.
And did you notice the purple boots? 
The stable required closed toed shoes, I'm like closed toed shoes, 
what are those, I don't have any...
but then I remembered my pretty, purple snow boots...and they became riding boots!

The view from the trail was breathtaking, I think?
I dropped my glasses during the fall so my vision was "off" "a little blurry"!
Sophia sent a text to the stable - the glasses were found - all's well that ends well!

Now don't tell anyone I fell off the horse,
let's just keep that between us!!

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Mohonk Gardens

The gardens and flowers at the Mohonk House were beautiful!

More on our adventure tomorrow!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Mohonk House

We slipped away for a few days to
The Mohonk House in New Paltz, New York 
Founded by the Smiley Family in 1869,
 this Victorian castle resort is nestled just beyond the southern boarder of 
The Catskill Mountains.
Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, 85 miles of hiking trails, 
and Mohonk Lake, this resort has something for everyone.

- the daytime view from sunset porch -

- the view from our room -

- Mohonk Lake -

- The Mohonk House -

- Skycap Tower -

- another view from our room -

- The Mohonk House - as seen from the lake -

This place was beautiful, we enjoyed a lot of activities and had so much fun...
I'll share more tomorrow!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 249 ~

I have seen more butterflies this year than ever before...
and the Monarchs are still hanging around.

These are 4th generation Monarchs, born in August or September.

Monarch Butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, 
and through four generations in one year.
The first, second and third generations live only 2 - 6 weeks...
while the 4th generation of Monarchs - born in September and October
migrate to warmer climates in winter and live approximately 6 - 8 months.

It is amazing how the four generations of Monarch butterflies works out 
so that the Monarch population can continue to live on throughout the years.

Soon they will be off to Mexico and California where they will enjoy their winter.
I wish them a safe journey!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Egret Way - Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Great Egret photo obsession.
Anyone who knows me knows,
I can't take just one or two pictures of anything...
and in addition to that, 
I am unable to pick just one or two pictures to share here.
Each picture has it's own special quality and it's own unique reason why it needs to be shared.

Right after we passed the group of Great Egrets,
we saw this beautiful Osprey watching over it's nest.

It started out as a trip to see Lucy and turned into so much more!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Yarn Along

I don't have too much to report this week...
I tried to knit, but everything I knitted had to be frogged out.

So today's entry is short and sweet,

I started a Donnie's Hat,

 to go along with the Bandana Cowl I finished last week.
Everything I make from this point forward, 
will be gifts for Christmas.

Both the Bandana Cowl and the Donnie Hat patterns are free on Raverly.

This yarn is hand dyed yarn from Tributary Yarns,
the yarn I won from 
Andrea at This Knitted Life 
I have 2 hanks of this color, Big Rock.
Watershed Worsted Hand Dyed Yarn 100% Sustainable Wool
- 4 oz / 240 yards - 
 and the hanks are huge... 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Egret Way - Part 1

Do you remember our road trip to see 
I wrote about that adventure here and here.
I wrote that it was so much more than just a trip to see Lucy because it was.
On the road in, we must have passed about 30 Egrets,
along what I later named "Egret Way".
A half mile stretch of highway where they were hanging out, fairly close to the road.

Back on August 21st, I thought the grasses were almost as beautiful as the Egrets, almost!