Archive | January, 2013

The List.

31 Jan

A few months back, we made a list of places in the US that we want to visit. It hangs on my fridge, reminding me that life is much bigger than my daily routine, tempting me to rent an RV and just start driving. Yes, some are crossed off, and Gettysburg aside, that doesn’t actually mean we’ve been there. It started as a top ten list but has devolved since…


What’s missing from our list?

If you had to pick just one, where would you go? Why?

Time to start saving our pennies for flights, food and fun!

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Hike the Hard Way!

30 Jan

“I took the road less traveled and it hurt, man, really bad!” -Kid President

I gotta say, this kid gets me. The little southern accent, the facial expressions and his message. The road less traveled DOES hurt, but the pain might just remind you you’re alive. Just get outside and show the world your best stuff.

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30 Jan

Think we’ll need this expertise on the Long Trail?


Last weekend, Mr. Dirty & I were thrilled to have my fabulous cousin & his wife visit in order to start planning for our Appalachian Trail adventure.

In late May, just a few days after the last school bell rings for the summer, we will be heading to Fontana Dam where we will be starting our section hike. The plan is for the misters to accompany us south to the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), then US ladies will continue a hysterical hike to Springer Mountain. If the hike is anything like this past weekend, I guarantee the entire trip will be one laugh after another.

With our hike quickly approaching, I – Mrs. Dirty – have been trying to become more proficient on some of the camp tasks that have traditionally been handled by the mister. We’ve done several multipurpose hikes with the intent of gaining strength and practicing some…

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Recycling is not a new idea.

29 Jan


Is it just me, or is it really ridiculous that there are still places where you have to fight…for your right…to recycle?

Recycling has been a part of my daily life since the early 90’s.

Granted, growing up in Ithaca, NY meant being right in the mix with the forward thinking types when it comes to going “green”, but recycling technology has evolved and the world’s acceptance of the importance of sustainability and conservation has certainly become more widespread since then.

So now, I wonder. Working at a publishing company, in Connecticut, in a large, corporate building that touts itself as being “green”, why is it a challenge to recycle basic paper-based office waste? And why aren’t there recycling bins next to every trash can on street corners in every Connecticut town? Or every town in every state? I ask these questions too often these days.

Shortly after HT and I first met, we were at his apartment and I casually went to throw something away in his trash can. It was then I discovered wine bottles, peeking out from beneath the other waste (gasp!!) and sighed to myself, “Houston, we have a problem.” Never one to want to “change” a man to my liking, I can say with total and complete confidence that on the recycling front, in the time since, I have provided him with a valuable education in the fine art of reduce, reuse, recycle that is certain to stick with him for life. There’s a learning curve, and I pull recyclable materials from his trash can at least twice per week, but I am confident that at the very least, I’ll never again find a wine bottle anywhere but in the good ‘ol blue bin.

Perhaps we “recycling enlightened” just need to keep on keepin’ on, changing the world one wine bottle at a time.

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HIKE & EAT: Camp Smith Trail & Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

25 Jan


A challenging day hike a mere 45 minutes from New York City is the Camp Smith Trail from the Bear Mountain Bridge Toll House to Anthony’s Nose and back.  We recently completed this hike on Martin Luther King Day.   According to our mapmyhike reading, it is a 7.77 mile hike back and forth.   I have found mapmyhike to be relatively accurate in determining distances.  The Town of Cortlandt lists the hike as only being 2.5 miles each way—this is absolutely wrong as the road distance between the two trails is 2.5 miles and the trail is anything but straight.  In fact, part of what makes it a challenging day hike is the constant change in direction and elevation changes. 

Given our struggles at Storm King as detailed in my last post, we came prepared with Yaktrax.  Bear Mountain to the West appeared covered in snow.  Fortunately, the trail was in great shape and except for a few icy areas we could hike at a quick pace.  As with most of our hikes, the Red Headed Stranger led the way.  We can always tell if there are hikers ahead as she pushes the pace to absurd levels in their pursuit. 

There were a few stretches where we might as well have been running. 

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Cozy Outdoorsy Decor

22 Jan

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Just came across this article on Outside highlighting Hudson Bay wool, which led me to one of the best Pinterest boards I’ve seen yet…all singing the praises of a home decor style statement I fell in love with a while back, and was able to snag for my own place a few months back. I knew then I was a trendsetter!

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I spotted this older, but beautiful 8-point Hudson Bay wool blanket outside an antique warehouse a while back. My dad was in town, we heard the old building had been condemned and all the merchandise was being moved out. As a result, they were selling EVERYTHING and we made offers left and right on butcher blocks, old war propaganda prints, antique fireman’s buckets, bible boxes and chests of all sizes. We came home with lots of gems at amazing deals, but this was by FAR my prize find of the day. It was in great condition, save for a small hole that had been hand mended (adding to the charm!). To me, it’s the perfect mixture of modern appeal and old time country/outdoorsy charm.

I love anything with a history.

You’ll rarely find something in my home that hasn’t had a life before it reaches me.

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A Man With A Plan

18 Jan

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Looks like our next adventure is in the works. As usual, looks like I will leave the planning to HT and just show up with a smile on my face. Worst case scenario, there’s still beer waiting at the end.



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