Monday, August 31, 2009

Book Review: Dogged Pursuit

I just finished reading this fun little book. I can definitely say I enjoyed it and that it is an entertaining and easy read. I didn't think it was as funny as a few of the reviews did, but there were a couple of times I did laugh out loud. In my area, as everywhere I guess, agility is mainly a middle-aged female pasttime, so reading about the sport through male eyes was a change of pace. I think it is a worthwhile way to pass some time, especially sitting at a trial waiting to run!

That said, if anyone reading this is interested in having my copy, email me at taryn dot tipton @ gmail dot com , and I'll be happy to drop it in the mail to you. I love to share my books so I don't feel like they are going to waste piled on my closet floor!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Where in the World are J&W - Part 7 - The Last Night

I don't really expect anyone to know where this is, at least without the help of our friend Google. The ride home from Baa Ha Ba was really too long to attempt in one day, especially with all the construction zones in which we kept getting bogged down! Obama's stimulus package was definitely hard at work on the New England roads!

This B&B, the Shaker Mill Inn, was in West Stockbridge, MA, very near the New York state line. It was a very lovely little place with very friendly inn keepers who were quite dog friendly. This is another location I would highly recommend as a leaf-peeping destination! Our room was just delightful, and the breakfast they provided was delicious! It came with plenty of fresh pastries and bagels as well as fresh fruit cups. Just yummy!

And speaking of yummy....there was a newly re-opened tavern, the Shaker Mill Tavern (what else could they call it?!), just a stone's throw away. The inn keepers said we really should try it out. Who were we to argue with the locals!? As it turned out, the chef at this very pretty restaurant had been Bill Clinton's White House chef!!!! Now, whether or not you liked Bill, you know anyone selected to cook at the White House must be exceptional. We had the most fabulous meals! We each selected something from the day's specials and all I can say is WOW! This man could cook! It made this stop-over all the sweeter. A great little B&B paired with a fabulous restaurant, we sure got lucky! I can't recommend these places highly enough. If you have a reason to pass through western Mass, try them out, you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where in the World are J&W - Part 6

This destination stands out as one of the prettiest places that I have been to in the United States. As of this trip, I've been lucky enough to have visited 42 of our states. I was in awe of the beauty here.

Jimmy's saying: "Let's go this way!"

I know it is anthropomorphising a bit, but when Wilson looked out over this view, I swear I could feel his sense of amazement and awe. He looked at this scene with wide, amazed eyes, and deliberately turned around to look me in the eyes. Then he turned back to the view. There was truly a sense that he was taking it in and found it amazing.

Jimmy just stood and stared for a long time.

If you enlarge this photo (any of the ones here on the rocks), look at the really neat looking green and blue mosses that are growing the rocks. I didn't really pay attention to it until I saw the photos.

Here's Jimmy claiming: " I'm on top of the world!!!!!"

I love this photo! I am going to get it printed and framed for John's mom.......

Those islands in the far background are the ones we investigated while on the jetski.

And here we are truly at the top of the world, or at least the top of the East Coast!

There were plenty of hiking trails everywhere, not all of them with a watery view. Here's Wilson blazing the trail through a birch woods.

There was a rare sandy beach that was extremely popular as it was an unseasonably hot day.

I liked this one just for the beautiful blues. If you enlarge this photo, you will see lots of small dots in the water. They are lobster traps, and they were everwhere!

We of course had to find a place for the boys' favorite activity!

More beautiful views............................

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Where in the World are J&W - Part 5

After three days of enjoying the sights around Lake Winnipesaukee, it was time to move on once again. The drive was a bit longer this time, probably about six hours of small back roads mixed with a major highway.

Here the boys are out for a stroll along the waterfront.

It was unusually hot, so everyone went for a dip in the water at a small beach by the town's harbor. The water was so cold, Jimmy and Wilson were shivering! It wasn't enough to dim their enthusiasm for playing, but we had to make sure they took breaks to warm up. It's not everyday the dogs get to swim along side huge yachts. The black sailboat docked in the background was a 60 foot boat! That's a very large sailboat and look how tiny it looks in front of that power yacht. There were many boats of this caliber in the local waters.

A very delicious and common meal..........

Plenty of touristy shopping was to be found here! Here's a night view looking up into the main shopping district from the waterfront.

Despite the VERY chilly water temperatures, we still spent some time exploring on the jetski. There were quite a few rocky and unpopulated islands a short distance off shore. This was BIG water here, so we didn't want to wander too far from familiar scenery!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More views from the road

Here's John posing with the Harley at the start of the Kancamagus Highway, or the 'Kanc' as the locals call it. It's a very pretty ride through the White Mountains and is very popular with motorcycle riders.

I don't know if this next photo will look as good on the blog, but I just loved all the tones in the layers of mountains. It should be clickable to a bigger picture. The higher up into the mountains we went, the more clouds we encountered. Eventually, it poured on us! Fortunately, the Harley dealership provided rain gear with our rental. Riding in the rain is a tad scary to me, not to mention those raindrops really sting when they hit skin!

This sign was sighted on many of the roads we travelled, but we never did see a moose the whole time we were in New England. While on a motorcycle, I definitely don't want to see one crossing the road!

We saw this little town by jetski and then by motorcycle......

Monday, August 24, 2009

Taking in more local scenery

On one of the days while we were in Meredith, we rented a Harley to go see some of the surrounding sights that couldn't be seen from the lake. Our first stop was to a state park about an hour north of town. It was great to get in a hike through hilly terrain after so much sitting.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Did I stump you?.........

Or is the guessing theme just getting a bit old? At any rate, the town is Meredith, New Hamphire. We stayed at a place called the Inn At Mill Falls. I highly recommend this town/inn if you have a mind to go leaf-peeping this fall. They were very dog friendly and the place was just lovely! We spent a day on our jetski exploring the HUGE lake Meredith is next to: Lake Winnipesaukee. It has gorgeous, clear water that was rather chilly, and incredibly scenic views of the mountains every which way you looked. Unbelievably, almost the entire shoreline (many miles!) was lined with homes of all types, mansions down to tiny shacks. The lake was dotted with islands and these were completely populated as well. If the island was only big enough for one house, then it had one house! Most of the trees were intact so all these homes didn't ruin the beauty. With so much population, the lake was rather choppy from all the boats buzzing around. As a result, the boys didn't get to accompany us on our ride. They had a nice long swim beforehand and retired for a nap. Here are some photos from our day:

There was an interestingly shaped lighthouse.

Weirs Beach was another small town along the shores of the lake. It had one of the only sandy beaches for swimming. It is also a popular destination for a spring Bike Week every year.

Someone had created a pretty little spot to relax where an island extended out a bit.

I had to get a different angle so you could see the King and Queen emblems. Very cute!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Where in the World are J&W - Part 4

Our next destination was one where we planned to stay for more than one night. It was an a very pretty little town located by a large body of water that was worthy of lugging our jetski along with us. It wasn't a really long drive from Salem, maybe a bit more than two hours. The inn we stayed at was lovely, and not part of any chain. I loved all the flowers that where planted just about everywhere! The inn had once been a mill and actually had a waterfall running through it! The boys enjoyed this spot as they got to go swimming each day.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Where in the World are J&W - Part 3

UPDATE: It looks like it is pretty hard to get one past you guys! I'll have to try harder on the next post. Here are a few more photos from the town.......

I am going to make this one a little tougher (maybe). We didn't drive too far after our jaunt through Warwick. We still had a full afternoon to explore the next location. The clues for this next stop are: Think about the color scheme created by Jimmy and his chair and what that usually represents. The second photo shows John in front of a prominent statue in the town. If you've been here, you very likely saw it. A very popular museum about the town is behind John and to the right.

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