Apparently we have to drive north for winter this year. This was our second trip to the Mt. Washington region this season and both times there has been snow on the ground. This trip it snowed while we were there. It's nice to be able to drive to winter, but I'm still not ready to trade that for actually having winter here at home. I miss it, as annoying as it can be from time to time. It just doesn't feel right to have no snow on the ground. It feels boring and dull.
Theo was very excited about going back to Bretton Woods. I'm a sucker for the things the kids ask for (especially when they don't ask for things average kids do--iThings.) As the parent skier and bill payer, Dave was less enthused, but we knew if we didn't go in January, we wouldn't go at all. So we booked a shorter trip and hit the road.
It's strange the difference a year makes. Or the difference weather makes. Or something. I'm not going to complain about having lots of time to hang out and read, or knit, but we didn't do nearly as much this stay as we did last year. The falling snow on day one kept me indoors. I just didn't have it in me to get soaking wet and possibly reinjure my ankle in order to walk around the property. Same reason for not snowshoeing or tubing. Then day two brought temps in the single digits and again I was a wimp. With a shorter trip we didn't have as many options. We still had a lot of fun but it will be nice if when we go back we can live it up again!
Another all iPhone picture post! We were working pretty hard to get out of the house on time and we thought we had all the basics (snow gear, lunch) covered along with some extras (thermos of hot chocolate, books). We stopped in Concord to do a little shopping and I asked Dave if he had remembered to grab the camera. No such luck. I was pretty disappointed but I hoped in a Murphy's Law sort of way, that our lack of equipment would ensure photo worthy snow cover. And it did! So all's well that ends well, right?
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pics. It's more work to get decent iPhone pictures. One has to get pretty close and down low. It was an overcast day so I couldn't do much in the way of action shots. Subjects needed to be still and cooperative and they were (for the most part). I think it was such a treat for the kids to be around snow that they didn't even complain too much about how long it took to find a decent tree!
Every year I wonder whether it's worth it to drive so far to cut down a tree when we could throw a rock from our house and hit ten places where we could buy one. Then every year, as soon as we get out and start walking around among the trees, I remember exactly why we do it. It is so beautiful. It is so peaceful. It's so nice to take a day to walk away from all the stress of the holiday season and just focus on this one thing--to sort of take my mind off of every other thing that's going on. Fresh air, snow, trees, mountains in the distance--it's all good. The long bookstore browse at the end of the day is the icing on the cake. We go home happy and refreshed every single time!