Showing posts with label mountains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mountains. Show all posts

Friday, January 23, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Abba Dabba Honeymoon Part 2

If you missed part one, click on this link! ---> Abba Dabba Honeymoon Part 1

I found out that after I wrote part one of this two part photo series looking back at my trip to Vermont this past November, that I really want to go back. Here is the second installment of mountains, and trees, and sky.
 There weren't many leaves left on the trees but everything was in various stages and colors preparing for winter and it was beautiful too look at while taking a break on out 7 mile (round trip) hike.

 The von Trapp's used to run the lodge as a working farm. They would collect maple sap every spring. There were a few stacks of rusty buckets along the trail. I wonder how old they were.

 "SUMMIT, YUP THAT WAY"  Believe it or not, this is the trail on the north face of the mountain. If you can't see a definitive trail, don't worry, neither could we.

The north face was beautiful! Ferns, moss, a little snow. The mountain greenery looked beautiful growing on the brown leaves and the smell of the pine and fir was incredible! The red square on the tree to the left is a trail marker. Those were very, very helpful!!

                                         Photo op in a tree. Another break on the 7 mile hike.

                                                          A sunset that had us singing.
"O beautiful for spacious skies...for purple mountain majesties...America! America! God shed His grace on thee!" - Katharine L. Bates
We explored the halls and common rooms of the lodge our last evening there looking for room 300, Maria's suite when she lived there. There was one room we couldn't walk through because of construction. The next morning my husband realized that the room off of that one was room 300 and we could see it right from our window. It would have been pretty fun if Maria had still been alive and walked out onto her deck!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Things Friday || Abba Dabba Honeymoon Part 1

If you haven't heard Carleton Carpenter and Debbie Reynolds sing Abba Dabba Honeymoon in Two Weeks With Love the you should probably go watch it on YouTube right now!: Abba Dabba Honeymoon

My love for musicals didn't really explode until I was in 8th grade and I got the Original Broadway Soundtrack of Annie in my stocking that Christmas. For longer than I can remember, and I have mentioned it multiple times before on this blog (including last Tuesday), I have loved The Sound of Music.

 In 1992 my family visited Stowe, VT, where the von Trapps settled after they fled the Nazi regime in Austria. I have very vague memories of that vacation. We walked on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge but were stayed at a campground near by. After I got my drivers license I thought it would be fun to take a road trip, either by myself or with a friend, and spend the day in Stowe. It never happened. When I got engaged there was no doubt in my mind where I wanted to go for the Honeymoon. So this is kind of like Tuesday's post, a reminiscent photo dump, but this time not art related. These pictures do not do justice to how gorgeous the scenery really is.

The mountains are breathtaking. That sound so cliche, but that is the only way to describe them without turning into Baroness Schraeder and saying, "The mountains are magnificent, Georg! Really, magnificent!"

I had to do this without falling. In 1992 I tried to be Maria in the famous opening of The Sound of Music and ended up rolling down the hill, thus creating a family memory that I will never live down. There is a post-roll photo in existence.
We went for a hike the the chapel Werner von Trapp built after returning home from World War 2.

Ringing the bell to "make a joyful noise." 

We drove around the area looking at the mountains, going into shops, and seeing snow for the first time in the season! There was a friendly exchange of frozen ammo.

And of course, when you're this close to the factory, you go!