Random weekend photos

25 Jul

Here’s what our weekend looked like.

Surf boy

20 Jul

GMan found a new sport!

Go here for a short video.

JMan birthday 

17 Jul

Today our little man got a bit older. He planned out the whole day which started with bacon, egg and cheese on an English muffin followed by three solid hours of iPod, Wii and Minecraft in bed.

Lunch was at Bamboo and then off to Kimball Farms for family fun.


Arcade fist.


Followed by more arcade!


Then an old fashioned ring toss game.


After that it was onto a very modern amusement ride. New this year at Kimballs is the Soaring Eagle. Basically it’s a ski lift with two poles.

The Soaring Eagle is the zipline anyone can fly! This all new thrill ride lets you experience the sensation of flying, while accelerating you 100 feet into the air on a suspended cable. You can even share the fun with a friend on the comfortable side-by-side seats! (Marketing propaganda from Kimballs site!)


Jess and I go for a spin. Go here for video. Go here for a video of GMan and JMan.


No visit is complete without ice cream and yet another trip to the arcade.


Fun was had by all. The rest of the festivities centered around Wii and a family movie. 

Happy Birthday JMan.

Darn it!

15 Jul

Another grumpy cat classic

15 Jul

Office workout

12 Jul

Ever have one of those days where you need to workout……in the office?

Well, here’s Mike and I trying out his new impact bands. I estimate he was doing .025 G’s!

1: Pull man pull.

2: Release and underway.

3: Look at the whiplash induced by .025G’s!

4. Sudden desk stop.

Random weekend photos

5 Jul

Here’s a few photos from our weekend. 

Random weekend photos

27 Jun

Ricker Pond – Wrap up

24 Jun

All in all we had good fun and the campgrounds and our cabin in woods treated us well. Up early to break camp, pack and head south to flat lands.

On the way we stopped at Quechee Gorge for a side walk lunch an a stroll down to the gorge.

Since we had all the gear we broke out the stove and set up under a tree for shade.

From the gorge we drove straight home bar one stop to mark our return to civilization……Starbucks. 

Things you miss in the woods; indoor plumbing.

Things you don’t miss in the woods; rude people and wifi.

Things we brought to the woods but did not need; plates, knives, camping cooking pot set, hat, gloves, jackets and thankfully the emergency medical kit.

Things (or should I say people) we should have brought to the wood but did not; Jess!

Go for a hike………..in the woods, you’ll like it.

Ricker Pond VT – Day 4

23 Jun

No early fishing trip. I rolled over at 6:30am and no one was stirring. Up, morning walk to the head, made myself look (camping) presentable and breakfast, coffee, oatmeal and some cheese from our Cabot visit. Another tip I picked up on our cheese tour. If you are comfortable (temperature wise) your cheese will be just fine out of the fridge. Given it was low 50’s for most of yesterday and below 50 last night I believe out block of Cabot Seriously Shape is good to go. However, once the kids get up its unlikely to last much longer!


There something to be said for living within nature. The birds and swish of trees make for a very pleasing alarm clock. The lack of noise is almost deafening but becoming oddly familiar. The rare car on route 232 which is on the backside of the camp are the only real pull back to our normal reality. Weird how one can settle into nothingness and be content with the company of rustling critters and a canopy of green. The older I get the more I feel it’s tug, its gently coaxing wanting me to come discover new places, new adventure, new experience, even a new beginning. 

Other than making the decision there really is nothing stopping us for choosing a different way of living, a different way of being. Living in the woods is not for everybody, but stepping back and taking stock is something we should consider doing. Of course we come up will all manner of excuses for not doing things we want to do and only concentrate on the things we have to do. Life is a series of choices, so choose wisely.


Meanwhile back here at Ricker Pond it’s another beautiful day. Slightly overcast, not to hot and a breeze to ward away any flying biting insects. The boys went clamming and found a bunch. However, no bites or sighting of any fish today.


After lunch we drove around Groton Pond to Boulder Beach another VT State Campgrounds. We figured the fish might be on that side of the pond. The beach was nicer than Ricker Pond but the fish were no were to be found. That did not stop GMan from trying for most of the afternoon. JMan went for a swim and I sat back and enjoyed the afternoon. 

After that we rode around our campgrounds for a bit then headed for ice cream. Groton center (really a cluster of housed, a church and the ice cream place served up some really nice treats. Yes, I’ll be paying for this trip at the gym next week!


Back at camp again we hung out for a bit and discussed starting to pack. That idea was quickly shelved and we figured burning GMan Wordly Wise book was a much better use of out time. Here’s the results. Beyond that the kids belted around on their bikes and I tended the fire.


Lights out at 10pm and I was asleep at 10:01!

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