Some vacations are long, epic adventures, but others are short, quick escapades that thrill and leave you wanting more. The trip I took to Watkins Glen, New York has solidly secured the highest ranking of the latter. We spent two full days there, the first exploring a beautiful gorge with striking waterfalls and fascinating rock formations and the second meandering slowly through a portion of the finger lakes.
Today I want to discuss a subject that is near and dear to my heart: chainmaille. Those of you who found me through writing may not realize that my primary occupation is actually that of a chainmaille artisan. I don’t create combat ready armor (but I hope to add that to my list one day), but instead focus on beauty and costume. I love the colors and the possibilities. I thrill at seeing a pile of rings become something beautiful and unique.
Today’s installment is part two on board games! My love of board and friends has not diminished and I hope that yours has not either. Remember, the essentials: food, drink, friends, games. Below I have three more examples of games that will make a great addition to your collection.
I had heard wonderful things about Asheville, North Carolina, but figured the hype couldn’t match the reality. A trio of us took a day trip to the Land of the Sky and I could not have been more thrilled. Of course, we chose what was possibly one of the worst days, but that did not dampen our enjoyment. Last week, they got their first sprinkling of snow and we happily drove past plenty of snow crusted vehicles on our trip up. Nestled among the Blue Ridge mountains with two rivers, Asheville is vibrantly picturesque.
From my earliest days, I have enjoyed spending time outdoors. Growing up in the Poconos allowed me to easily expose myself to the sunshine and greenery. In my youth, I played with the neighborhood kids, running through the woods and concocting interesting scenarios to act out. As a family we explored the various state and national parks in the area. I was lucky to grow up in an area full of gorgeous vistas and abundant wildlife and that love of nature transferred into adulthood.
I must start with a disclaimer: I grew up in the Poconos and moved back twice more over the years. I watched it evolve from a wooded wilderness safe from tourists five days of the week to a destination full of city folk who chop down every tree on their increasingly tiny lots. I remember few chain restaurants, local roads that were safe from the tourists, and frequent winter power outages. Now, most chains have taken over Route 611 and beyond, GPS means no backroad is safe, and, well, depending on where you live, the power still sucks…