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First Trip Booked

28 Nov

First trip of the year has been booked – December 10-12 up at Mount Snow. I heard reports of the conditions from someone who went up, and considering it was opening weekend, said things are looking good there. I’m really excited to finally have a date to start the season, considering most everyone else I know of who rides already has a few days under their belt. I’ve been getting jealous.

On a side note, I really hope my new set up comes in before I head up. I’ve got the Rome Agent Rocker Addictive Collection coming, as well as the Targa bindings. This will be the first time in years that I have new gear to ride, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. The season needs to start immediately. Who out there has days and where at?

Rome Agent Rocker Addictive Collection 157Rome Targa Binding 2011


Farewell Vermont, You Will Be Missed

8 Sep
Over the past year, I’ve had a great experience moving out and living on my own in Vermont. I’ve liked what I’ve done in my career, met some great people, and thoroughly enjoyed the snowboarding. However, during the past year, my perspective in life has changed, as have my priorities. When I left, I wanted to try something new and go out on a limb, as well as snowboard as much as possible while I can. I’ve successfully done this, but events over the course of the past year have made me reconsider what truly is important in life.
After a lot of thought, and a lot of switching back and forth, I have decided I will be moving back to Jersey at the end of the month. It is a bittersweet decision, and there is a lot I will miss about Vermont. The weather, the scenery, the people I’ve met, have all been amazing and will be missed. But as I said before, I have realized how important it is to stay close to family and friends, and feel that the best decision is to move back to Jersey. Vermont, it’s been great, and I will be back, but it’s time to start new in an old place.
View of Okemo
I don’t think I’ll ever have an apartment with a better view.

The Labor of Love Rail Jam

3 Sep

Drove down to Jersey after work today, and made it in record time – under 5 and a half hours with a stop. I also became mayor of a Starbucks in Foursquare, so time to cross that one off the bucket list.

This weekend up in Vermont is the first rail jam of the season. Hard to believe since its the first weekend of September, but Bolton is hosting the Labor of Love Rail Jam, using ice shavings from a local hockey rink. So, if you happen to be in the Bolton Valley area, it’d be worth checking out the first rail jam of the season in Vermont.

Beautiful Weekend in Vermont

31 Aug

It was a beautiful weekend up here in the mountains, with clear skies and temperatures in the 80’s. I decided that I needed to get out and check out Okemo in its full summer glory. I have to say, it looks a lot better covered in white.

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A Trip North

30 Aug

I’ve decided that I will focus my blogging efforts on just this site, and this time I will really be trying to update more frequently. Since, I haven’t been updating, I haven’t had the chance to post the picture from Dayna and I’s trip up to the Ben and Jerry’s factory and Burlington, VT. The Ben and Jerry’s factory was cool to see again, and compare it to what I remembered from trips I took up when I was much younger. Later on, we went to Burlington, and even though it was an overcast day, Burlington is still a great place to be.

Ben and Jerry’s

Ben and Jerry's Tour EntranceBen and Jerry's Factory

At Ben and Jerry’s we took a factory tour, and lucky for us the tour was free with a check in on Foursquare. It’s great to see different ways companies are using social media, and even though it only saved us a few bucks, it was a nice surprise to get. We had a bit of time to kill before the tour started though, so we went to the flavor graveyard. The flavor grave yard is where Ben and Jerry’s memorializes all the old flavors that they have stopped production on.

Ben and Jerry's Flavor GraveyardBen and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard

The tour consisted of a short video of the history of the company, followed by an explanation of the ice cream making process. They have a crows nest type viewing room above the actual factory that lets you watch the ice cream being made (it wasn’t being made the day we were there) as the process is being explained. They don’t allow you to take pictures in this room, apparently out of fear there may be some Häagen-Dazs spies among the group. After the process is explained, they take you down to the final stop of the tour, a sample of the flavor of the day. That day’s sample was, unfortunately for me, some triple caramel flavor. Of course, they did have plenty more options in their scoop shop.

Dayna's Ice CreamAndrew Eating Ben and Jerry's

After Ben and Jerry’s we headed up to Burlington for a late dinner. After a quick stop to visit a friend of Dayna’s at Stowe, we got to Burlington still stuffed from Ben and Jerry’s. To feel a bit better about ourselves, we decided to walk down along the waterfront and listen to the music from the festival that was going on at the time. Even though it was pretty overcast, it was still really peaceful to just walk along Lake Champlain and enjoy the music. After a while, we headed up to Church Street to get some dinner. Church Street is a pedestrian only road lined with shops and restaurants. It’s a great atmosphere to walk around in, especially on a warm summer night. We stopped at Sakura to get some sushi, trying what seemed like a bit of everything on the menu. Overall, it wasn’t the greatest sushi in the world (Mizu in Philly has that title for me), but it was definitely a good meal. We decided to see what else Church Street and the area around it had to offer after dinner before starting the two hour trek back to my apartment. Burlington is a great place with a good vibe around it, and I’d really like to spend more time there. If only it weren’t two hours away.

Enjoy the Lake Champlain pictures below – I really wish they had come out better (damn clouds), but the sky does look pretty sweet in some of them.

Note to WordPress: The ability to customize the slide show option would be great. This site you support is awful. Thanks.

Rutland Demolition Derby

14 Jul

On the Fourth of July, Dayna, Frank, Jon and I headed up to Rutland to check out the Demolition Derby. Apparently, they still have those, and for good reason. It was a great time. Dayna and I went in a bit skeptical of such a “red neck” event, but this is Vermont after all, and it ended up being one of the greatest things I’ve seen. The only rule is you can’t hit the driver side door. Other than that, people just ram into each other until only one car is left running. Check out the video, and some pictures I got from the stands (wooden bleachers. Did we learn nothing from the Baker Bowl a century ago?) The fireworks at the fairgrounds afterwards topped off a great Vermont Fourth.

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7 Jun

Went fishing again today, and it went worse than yesterday. The weather definitely didn’t help, at 55 degrees, windy and a bit rainy. It was still nice to get outside, and I saw this rainbow, that you can kinda see in the picture. It was much better in person, a full arch, ending on the beach across the lake.

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