Mission Snowbird


Do what you want as you are living your goals right now.  We listened to a goals CD and even though I was extremely tired that was my take away.  It was day two of our thirty-hour mission Snowbird and after listening to a book the prior twelve hours it was my fiancés pick.

It seems to have sunken in.  My motivation after completing our road trip was to get to work on our son’s first college visit in combination with getting his grandmother from one state to another later in travel season.

I said to my fiancé that doing these service missions forces us to take some time to be together and see other parts of the East Coast.  The election is fast approaching and our country is in such constant debate, state by state.  It was the perfect time to drive through seven of those states and see what signs, bumper stickers and media are taking hold.

It varies and it is felt with conviction either way.  You feel part of it all as you ride state to state and see the majority change from one candidate to the other.  We rented a car for the ride back and it happened to have Canadian plates.  I felt weird being Canadian at times depending what state we were in and the majority opinion being displayed.  Sometimes,  I felt excited to try it out and others worried we were being judged.

Hurricane Mathew was evident along the roadside in the Southern States.  It was not just a news topic which is why I like road trips to experience, even just for a little while other parts of our country.  When we hit the New Jersey Turnpike on our way back home and saw the New York City skyline with the Empire State Building lit up in Red, White, and Blue we both were in awe.

I found out later today, sitting back in the pickup line at my son’s school that it was in honor of the Stand4Hereos with the Bob Woodward Foundation ten year anniversary.  It was lit for just that night.  I was too tired to take a picture and just took in the moment, kicking it old school.  When I saw the picture on a facebook post and learned more I smiled and sent it to my fiancé.

He thought the same thing I thought that it was that way all the time and I knew he felt what I felt.  We pushed through to have this over moment knowing we had witnessed and shared something special.  It came after twenty-six hours of him driving and yet if we had not pushed on we would have missed it.  You end up right where you need to be exactly when you need to, most of the time.  The key is to go with the flow and take in those chores, task and work commitments while enjoying the over moments in between with those you care about the most.

I am proud to be a New Yorker, an American and enjoyed being viewed as Canadian for fifteen hours on this particular road trip.  I plan on staying no matter what the election brings.   If you have not taken a road trip, or it has been a while put it on your list of things to do.  We are diverse and we are fortunate.  Get out there to see it for yourself.  It makes coming home better and our task seem smaller as they are just mile markers on the road while what we need to focus on is enjoying the view.

Thank you to all who serve and the heroes who support them for their continued fight to get the care and services they deserve once they come.  May they all come home soon.


Falling for LaTourelle

Fall swept us off our feet with increasingly dark morning commutes, followed by busy days and longer nights.  The upside, when you catch it, is the seductive sunsets on warmer than usual fall nights.

We had tickets to see alt-country artist Sturgill Simpson.  I found a hotel,  LaTourelle, online.  It was unknown to us as was the State Theatre where we were going to see the show. It felt like the right choice and I promptly made the reservation.  Summer has ended and school has begun. The days have become a blur. We were excited to head west to see the show.

Two days before the show, we took another look at our destination.  I learned it was family owned and seeing all it had to offer confirmed that we made the perfect choice.  We wanted a place to relax after a drive and unwind before our show.

The day arrived. Time to pack and hit the road. We were ready.  The foliage was in full peak but was not to be cast aside by the the light rain that started as we drove.  Nothing would hold them back as they gleamed through the gray clouds as we neared Ithaca through rolling farm country.  Spectacular views charmed us all the way.

Pulling in it was unassuming and quiet.  The tasteful signage and understated grounds as you approach the main hotel entrance are inviting. You park in the circular drive and begin to notice delicate details.

After entering under the arch, you arrive in the lobby.  You feel a part of the theatre experience already as you look up and see all around the  State Theatre performance framed signed posters.   You feel a part of the scene as you search them all to find your particular favorites. It is in this  moment, my musically inclined fiancé fully appreciated our lodging choice.  As he scanned the room for musicians.  I found my favorite. Although not a musician, writer and humorist Mr. David Sedaris photo adorned the wall. He had just appeared that week.

We were there celebrating many things and planning our wedding for next fall. Our planning  was not really meant for this particular trip.  But we then fell in love again as we sat on our deck overlooking an outdoor chessboard, queens and knights included.  Castle elements were prominent among a beautifully painted yellow barn on one side and a camp with upscale tents on the other. “Where are we?,” I asked myself.

We were compelled to take a hike after settling in.  We headed out through the hotel back door and took a short walk to the Firelight Camps area of the property.  An oasis appeared among the trees with these cool, chic tented camps on large deck like platforms. Every grown ups inner child dream realized.

When we saw the tree house style tents we knew this was our honeymoon spot.  The way they hug the trails to Buttermilk Falls State Park is so peaceful.  This was only our arrival and the experience just kept delivering.  A spa, the dining, the wine tasting, and s’mores by the fire with cozy blankets.

Check it out for yourself to fall in love in any season, for any reason, it’s not that far and offers the complete Ithaca experience.  Take the time to unplug, unwind and enjoy all LaTourelle has to offer. Your stay will be unforgettable.

We are counting the days to our return as Mr. and Mrs. Over, Under and Through.

Thank you LaTourelle and the Wiggins family for creating such a find and reminding us all to take time to live simple and well.  It was a pleasure.