Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A trip to the zoo

Two weekends ago, when the weather was sunny and in the 70s, Laurie and I drove down to Providence to see the zoo in Roger Williams Park.  I had hoped to see the snow leopard but we never did.  Perhaps it was too hot for him to leave his cave.  A few pictures are below, with all 38 posted on my photo Web site here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reed gets his head buzzed... all for a good cause

Reed and a bunch of his fellow firefighters got shaved over the weekend, and were part of a group who raised over $32,000 for cancer research through St. Baldrick's Foundation (tag line: "Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids' Cancer").  According to the St. Baldrick's Web site they have shaved over 33,000 heads so far this year (matching all of 2009), and have raised over $14 million.  The Web site also proudly points out that the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants (2005 to 2009) than any other organization except the Federal government.

Donations to St. Baldrick's can be done through their Web site.

Here are a few before and after pictures of Reed:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tyler and I skied Loon Mountain on Thursday

It was the first time I had skied Loon and Tyler recalls skiing in once.  We were actually surprised at how good the snow cover was, as our Thursday trip was after the record breaking 8-10" of rain we all received in Massachusetts a week ago, which was then followed by several days of sun and temperatures well into the 60's.

The temp at Loon on Thursday I would guess approached 60F.  If we'd been "locals" we might have waited until about 11 am for the snow to soften, and we might have finished our last run about 2 pm when the bottom half of the mountain was getting slow, sticky and mushy.

But we were happy with our 9am to 3pm day trip.  The morning surface was very firm, with frozen chunks of snow because all the mashed-potato snow from the prior day had hardened over night.  We did find the best skiing during the early morning to be on the right side of the mountain in an area called South Peak.

By eleven o'clock everything was in great shape, and we moved back to the steeper slopes, in particular the Flume trail that runs under the North Peak chairlift and the Big Dipper that runs under the East Basin chairlift.

As you can see in this first picture, we had the lodge to ourselves at 8:30-ish.  

That's Mt. Washington in the distance, with a cloud covering the very tip.

Notice the lack of snow on the other side of the valley.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More photos from Cannon

I've posted a dozen photos from my Thursday trip to Cannon with Art, here.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What a difference a week makes...

These two pictures from Cannon Mountain were taken exactly a week apart: February 4th and February 11th.  Both were taken from the upper chairlift, looking toward the upper terminal of the tramway. 

The conditions on both of these Thursday outings were equally good, though the snow was a bit softer on the 11th due to 40F degree weather.  But the wintery look was gone, as there had been several days of sunshine and above-freezing daytime temperatures.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A day trip to Cape Ann

Cape Ann is the peninsula north of Boston where you'll find Gloucester and Rockport.  It's an easy drive, just take Route 128 North until it ends.  Most of these pictures were taken in Pigeon Cove, which is full of fishing boats, or in the Halibut Point State Park area.  Both locations are just a few miles north of Rockport.

I have 15 images here:

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cannon Mountain: skiing with Jaimie and Tyler

Tyler and I have skied a few mid-week days this season at Cannon and Sunapee.  But yesterday (Thursday) we were able to do one better by meeting up with Jaimie at Cannon.

The skiing was very nice and most of the trails had been rolled and groomed overnight.  I'd give the conditions a "B+".  Jaimie had never skied Cannon so for her it was a new experience. 

Except for a few peaks of sun in the morning, it was an overcast day.  Cannon often carries its own cloud around at the top of the mountain.  The first photo shows a very typical scene.  I took the picture when approaching Franconia Notch.  The ski area is on the other side of this cloud covered mountain.  Though there appears to be very little snow on the ground, the ski area is very well covered.  The top in fact had a very wintery feel about it, as you can see in the other shots.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Friday morning flooding

It appears that we were quite lucky Thursday night.  Wind gusts and heavy rain (and ice in many places) resulted in lost electricity to many homes, especially it seems in southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts.  We kept our power, but awoke to some flooding.  Our basement is fine, thanks to the sump pump.  And we have a battery operated back up sump pump, just in case.  Here are two pictures I took in the front yard on Friday morning.