Jackson Village is our always destination for White Mountains. It is very cute small village with cute Inns, pubs, restaurants and stores. We stayed at Christmas Farm Inn which is very cute Inn with excellent food!
In the village is Jackson Ski Touring Foundation which is nonprofit trails organization where you can use the trails plus rent skis or snowshoes.
We rented snowshoes and did the Ellis River Trail which is 7.7 km long. Easier rolling terrain along the West Bank of the scenic Ellis River. There are several one-way loops along the trail. We turned back at warming cabin which is found 1.5 km from the trailhead on Green Hill Road.
The whole loop took us just 2.5 hours of slow snowshoeing. We enjoyed ourselves, stopped frequently and took some photos and videos.
This trail is good for relaxed first time snowshoeing, and there weren’t”t that many people as everybody were cross-country skiing.
more photos in album Snowshoeing.
One of the most beautiful walks I have walked in any time of the year, but the best is to walk it in fall. It is a short loop with paved path, easy to walk, run or bike. You’ll meet all kinds of people there. Retirees walking with their canes, students chatting at picnic tables, runners and bikers getting their workout done, kids running around and looking at birds, trees, turtles, ducks and gees, fishermen who try to catch some fish, and me taking pictures of the beautiful foliage.
This pictures I took in October 2009 on a perfect sunny day with the sun just at the right angle to go through the leaves and make them shine in their best color. I thought you might enjoy the photos as I did the walk.
If you will be visiting Boston and have a little time, stop by to relax or exercise, you won’t regret it. The loop is not that far from Watertown square, between streets of Galen, California, Bridge and Pleasant.
More photos in Charles River album
Boston is really truly sports town. What a week for Bruins, Boston’s hockey team! I enjoyed watching the playoffs even though at times I was very nervous but as the series went on I believed in them more and more. I am not here to write any comprehensive essay about it. It just that I am very happy and proud for them.
I guess it was destiny that I picked Boston when I came to the United States. :) My first year in the U.S. the Red Sox won the World Series after 86 years. In 2007 I got married and the Sox won again and now the Bruins won after 39 years! Then there are Celtic which won 2008 and of course Patriots who won in 2004 and 2005.
I grew up watching sports as my dad is a big sports fan. From all those championships hockey it the most close to me as hockey is really big in the Czech Republic. Then my husband is a real Bruins fan as he lived whole his life in Boston and I am living here for 7 years so Boston feels like second home to me. Plus two Czech players David Krejci and Tomas Kaberle play for Bruins. And I can’t forget the Bruins captain Zdeno Chara who is Slovakian as I am half Slovak after my father. So it was very exciting for me to watch the playoffs and cheer for the Bruins. Also thanks to the rest of the team with in front of couch Claude Julien and goalie Tim Thomas as the most valued player. There is no doubt that without him it would be hard to win.
THANK YOU BRUINS I ENJOYED THE RIDE!!!!!!!
here are some highlights:
The Best of 2011 Playoffs
Locker Room Celebration
At a Christmas party I met a girl from South Korea. She was young, 26, and she was in the US studying English. I probably won’t see her anymore but I had very interesting conversation with her. I’ve never realized that anything western is exotic for them. Anything from Europe and the US is “cool”. I’ve never thought the other way. But why not? Western people are interested in eastern philosophy and lifestyle so why it shouldn’t be the other way? She also converted to be a Christian. But what struck me the most was her question about her eye lids. If she should get surgery to widen her eyes as a lot of her friends over in Korea are doing and it is considering as a trend. I was surprised because she was such a beautiful, sweet young Asian woman with really beautiful face, and because of her friends or media, she felt like she should have an eye lid surgery. So that opened new conversation about beauty and seeing ourselves beautiful. What I just tried to tell her was that she shouldn’t do it just because of somebody told her. I told her that she is beautiful as she is and that I hope she feels like that inside her. That the real beauty comes from within us. She hugged me and smiled at me and said thank you.
I wrote this post in January but I didn’t have time to post it until now. That’s why I wrote:
The only thing I would wish to everybody for the new year is to feel comfortable in their own body and be happy with who they are and not to get smashed by trends and media craziness.
I wrote similar post six years ago called Beauty. Unfortunately nothing has changed.
Also please read a post from my blog friend Jorge who wrote his insight on beauty in Beauty – At What Prize. Jorge is an excellent writer and a person. Thank you Jorge.
Massachusetts and most of New England got real feel of winter this season. Since January it is snowing almost every week! I would say we have around 1 meter of snow. It looks great but it is hard to drive in it. And there is more coming on Saturday. As I don’t mind snow I hope this craziness will end soon or I will use all of my vacation to cover storm days. :)
more photos in Winter wonderland album
this was my first canning ever! After picking two huge bags of apples I decided to can them. Some I shredded and some I made as an apple sauce. I wasn’t alone, my mom was helping me via Skype! Thanks god for the technology! It was almost as if she was here with me. And she is actually coming this Monday! Whohoooo I can’t wait to have my mom here! Canning actually isn’t hard at all! I had fun and at the end I made some strudel. :)
More photos in here.
On Saturday I was enjoying apple picking in Tougas Farm in Northborough, Massachusetts.
It was a lovely sunny day after two days of humid and sticky rain storm. The sky cleared and it was nice and dry with morning chills.
I brought my camera with me but I didn’t check my batteries and of course they were low. So I was able to make just few photos. The rest I took with my cell phone which doesn’t have very good camera. But at least you can see that I had a really good time. :)
Have you all a great week!