Fall Back, Regroup

I’ve been coming to the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, specifically Franconia Notch since I was 5 years old. Every summer my parents would make the trip up here for two weeks in August. It became my home away from home. I shared my love of this area with Craig (my boyfriend at the time) and he too saw why it was so great to get away here. In November of 1998 he drove me here, up to one of the scenic turnouts on the Kancamagus, in the snow, and handed me a box. I had already found out he was going to propose, but he didn’t know that, and he still was able to throw me off. The box was not small, but rather a 9 x 9 x 5 box. I opened it to find a binder […]

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Retreating to Disconnect

This is trip is a vacation for all intent-and-purposes, but it’s got a second role, a company retreat. The company being the two person venture of CRIANA. In May I was elated, events were finally aligning where I could truly go solo and focus my energy, skills and time on our business idea. Increased work came in from a client who I had been working with for over 2 years, excellent this was happening! I thought, great now my part time side clients can truly get the attention they need and deserve. I will finally have time to do everything I want to do. Except that didn’t quite happen. I’ve been busy, some weeks swamped, so swamped just before vacation I fell asleep with my laptop on my lap at 6:45pm. What I did not realize is that I had […]

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Big Chino

Big Sky Country

We escaped the snow and headed to the southwest to visit my Mom and family. We moved them out there in June 2012 and was happy to escape back to the cool of the Northeast. This year though it was a welcome relief to get away from the bustle of the NYC metro area, and only hear the sound of tractors, birds and the wind. It was great to find roads with no one around, the photo above is only a minute from my Mom’s place.

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Cadillac Mountain Sunset

Sunset on Cadillac Mountain

We reached the summit in drizzle, but I was determined to get a shot of the sunset. As we waited for the sunset, people started to arrive and also wait hopefully. As the sun made the descent to the horizon line the clouds parted and for everyone who had a camera, great pictures were for the taking. Just as fast it became a great sunset, it was gone and back to a dark gray drizzly day.

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Day 10: Holy Crap That’s Hot!

Even as a skinny kid I had a low tolerance to heat. Maybe it’s the whole being born in February thing or my DNA, I do not like heat. Returning our car in the morning turned into chaos. The rental company did not give me a specific requirement. They called and I said, “Oh yah we’ll be back by 10:30am” and proceeded to not realize it was 10:15am and we were no where near leaving. Making matters worse was my Mom and Dan had some errands they wanted to run which made it a little more confusing to coordinate, and then it turned out Prescott had Rodeo Days going on, so traffic was insane. I did finally get the car turned in, the guy was very nice and the room full of people waiting on our car return kindly did […]

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Day 9: The Grand Canyon

We woke with the sun at 5:30am and we were out the door and on the road at 6am. From my Mom’s place the Grand Canyon is about 2 hours away. The day before I read up on visiting the Grand Canyon, what to do, what to avoid and so forth. We headed north on AZ 89 to I-40 and then east to Williams. We stopped in Williams for both Starbucks and gas. We had driven by here twice in the past week but never got off the highway, I wish we had. Williams is a really cute town with lots of Route 66 charm. In many ways it looks like Radiator Springs from Cars. After stocking up on gas and caffeine, we headed north on AZ 64 to the Grand Canyon. It’s a straight shot, 1 hour of driving […]

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