Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Vermont

This video by the American Red Cross brought tears to my eyes.  I plan on making a donation, I hope you will too. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Killington Devastation

I was so sad to hear about the devastation Hurricane Irene reeked on Vermont.  It is not only a physical place, but a state of mind I go to to find respite.  Friends have been sending me photos of Killington and surrounding areas all day.  Killington is now an island with all the major in and out going roads washed out by flood waters of overflowing rivers.  All over the state homes, roads, businesses, and the beautiful historic covered bridges have been washed away by flood waters.

I am worried about how my friends, neighbors and home has fared. It will be a few more days before I find out, since the road to my Vermont neighborhood has been washed away.  Power and cell service is also out because of Irene.

"It's just devastating," Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday. "Whole communities under water, businesses, homes, obviously roads and bridges, rail transportation infrastructure. We've lost farmers' crops," he said. "We're tough folks up here but Irene ... really hit us hard." (CNN.com)

I think pictures and videos capture better then any words can express.  My thanks to  via YouTube

Late addition:  Check out the article in the Rutland Herald regarding the storm damage to Killington Resort and Town.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Connecticut Wanders: A Little Wednesday Night Music

Last night I had fun sharing music with my good friend Paul and his family.  The Band Band was playing a free outdoor concert in West Hartford's Blue Back Square at the pergola on Isham Road. 


The Band Band is a notable Canadian group rich in Rock and Roll history.  The band successful in their on right, also played as the back up band for notable artists like Bob Dylan and Robbie Hawkins.  They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 (Wikipedia.com).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Marielle's 15th Birthday

This past weekend my friend Kathy, whom I've known since kindergarten, came to visit with her daughter Marielle.  It is always great fun reconnecting with Kathy.  She lives in Seattle now, but it doesn't seem to matter how long it is between visits, the moment we are together it is like no time has passed.

Today was the last day of her visit, and Marielle's 15th birthday.  We had great plans to do something special outside, and we were disappointed when we awoke to the second straight day of rain.  We called around looking for something fun to do inside, but every fun/interesting place we called was closed on Mondays. 

After Kathy and I ran out of ideas, we asked Marielle how she would like to spend the day.  She chose swimming at my neighborhood pool.  Her attitude was the product of being a native of Seattle.  She didn't care if it was 68 and raining, she wanted to go swimming.  Kathy and I wanting to make this a fun and memorable birthday, agreed.

I haven't had that much fun playing in a pool since my children were young. We were the only ones in the pool.  We raced laps, we did hand stands, flips and all kinds of silly things. We laughed so hard my ribs hurt.  The life guard must of thought we were totally nuts. 

Two hours later we finally headed home to shower, and then a late lunch.  We had lunch at Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar in Simsbury, CT.  It was originally Pettibone's Tavern, built during the American Revolution in 1780 for Jonathan Pettibone Jr as a key stop on the Boston to Albany Turnpike.  This tavern is full of history and interesting tales.  Famous Americans like George Washington, Ethan Allen and Harriet Beecher Stowe have stayed there. 

One of the more interesting tales is of Mrs Abigail Pettibone, the wife of a whaling captain.  Her husband returned early from one of his voyages to find her in the arms of another man.  He responded by slaying them both with an ax.  There have been many reports of paranormal activities since her death, and many people believe it is her spirit is still present in the restaurant today. 

The lunch was a fun way to end their visit.  A good lunch in a historic New England restaurant with a good story to take home.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vermont Wander: Pico Adventure Center

Last weekend I again ventured up to Vermont for some summer fun.  I met up with my Killington friends for our mid-summer reunion.  As we looked up at the mountains, some of us wanted the adrenaline rush of schussing down the mountain.  Skiing was definitely out.  I suggested riding the Alpine Slide at Pico's Adventure Center.  The activities at PAC are an included benefit as a Killington Season Ski Pass Holder.

On Saturday morning we headed over to Pico, and we flew down the Alpine Slide laughing and wohooing all the way.  It was the closest thrill to skiing we could get in early August.

Braking at the end of the Alpine Slide

After 3 runs down the slide we moved on to the Pico Power Jump.  We were attached to a bungee cord, with the tension electronically adjusted, as we jumped on a trampoline.  It is harder than it looks.  It takes quite a bit effort to jump hard enough to keep touching the trampoline mat and not just float above it.  Some of the more experienced jumpers could do flips and various tricks.  I didn't, but it was still a blast.

We didn't have the time to explore all of the adventures at Pico, but it would be fun to return and adventure some more.

*photos curtousy of Rob K.