Ice Castles: Exclusive Access!

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Imagine how cool it would be if you got to spend over two hours in a winter wonderland ice palace with practically nobody there. Imagine giant colorful ice walls and doorways with secret tunnels running through them. Imagine being able to wonder and marvel at the man-made ice caves, sculptures, rooms, passageways for as long as you could stand being there. Imagine that, and I need say no more… 🙂

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The Ice Castles, a rather new attraction in the Northeast has taken ski vacationers by storm! This place is so packed normally, I hardly see the draw for normal admission. There are fire dancers, a BBQ food truck (that doesn’t actually serve BBQ), Disney music (mostly from the movie Frozen), and sooooo many people! I know this because I checked in early during the normal operating hours and the place was swarmed! So travelers, beware, its awesome, but don’t be shocked by the number of people who also thought it would be awesome 🙂

Exploring Mt. Greylock

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Feeling the winter blues a little early after our Thanksgiving snowstorm? Here’s a very colorful memory of this fall in New England:

In the midst of the Berkshires, Mt. Greylock is an amazing spot to relax and take in the views of the mountains and colors of the fall! Home to (some say) the best waterfall in MA, there are great hiking trails on the mountain and a wonderful lodge that you can even stay overnight in or just grab snacks from. It’s called Bascom Lodge and it’s pretty cheap if you stay in the bunk bed rooms. I stayed for one night and had the most incredible home cooked meal I’ve had in awhile (other than my mothers!). Oh, and you can also drive up the mountain (like I did) instead of hiking. 😉

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The view of the town below!

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On the way up the mountain, there are a bunch of look-out kodak-y moment spots perfect for photo shoots.

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I had originally taken the 3 hour drive from Boston to get an epic Lunar eclipse shot. However, mother nature (once again!) foiled my plans and that night, the worst fog I’ve ever seen rolled into town! I could not see more than 5-10 feet in front of me. This shot is what I woke up to…

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And this is when I retrieved my tripod from the car…

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So I went back to bed and slept in….   🙂

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I had been watching the weather and radar all week and that night. It was beautiful the day before and it did turn out to be a beautiful day the next (only a little bit of fog as you can see above). Regardless of not getting my eclipse shot, the trip was awesome. It was a peaceful retreat away from the city and I would definitely go again! 🙂

Cabin Fever

It’s March…winter has been here in Boston for a while now…and I’m starting to get the feeling of the walls moving closer, the air inside seems more and more stale, and everything has been mostly white and grey for the past few months. Cabin fever, seasonal depression, winter blues, call it what you want…it blows. (It could also be because I live and work in the city and miss the scenery of rural-ish New Hampshire)

So, to get out a bit, maybe see some green, I thought some winter hiking would be a good idea, maybe some picture taking (always cheers me up 🙂 )…but ending up getting lost…alone…I know, not very smart….it was only supposed to be a small “hill”, but it was too steep for my fitness level (aka no level post-holiday/new years/superbowl/etc…). Well here’s a little bit of what my day looked like….(Blue Hills Reservation: Buck Hill: Skyline Trail)

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Of course, I was trying to get away from the concrete jungle (boston)…but from the summit of the “hill”, you can’t get away from it, its still there!
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Well, that’s pretty much it! Until next post…Happy Wednesday!