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This is the week when summer ends, just a little bit too soon, regardless of calendar and weather — local schools are back in session. I have stacks of summer alpine images waiting to be shared and will try my best to work in a few more seasonal posts before it is undeniably autumn.
xAtop Aspen Mountain a merry group of skiers demonstrate, among other things, that wine is a fine accompaniment to the winey air, that relaxing can be as much fun as schussing, that skiing isn’t a lonely sport, and that nothing tops ski garb for colorful variety and originality.
Fun and Fashion on Skis – Article by Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky, photos by Don Bronstein.
Music in the Meadow summer concert, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. Photo: Andrew Gergely
Camp Skyland on Lake Champlain.
Lochearn Camp for Girls, Fairlee/ Thetford.
Lake Elmore Bathing Beach. Photo: Harry Wendell Richardson
Nothing big nor far nor out of the ordinary, but I am very happy to be getting out of town for a few days. In a summer of staying home by choice – a glorified long weekend away with family, friends and the outdoors is feeling welcomed, substantial and exhilarating. Hopefully, I can make time to post summertime inspiration from the mountains of northern New England. . .
I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected. In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism. His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.
Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit. I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube. In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites. This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters. Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes. At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!
Found yesterday in The Lure of the Litchfield Hills magazine, December 1949.
Laurel Hill was established in 1941 as Silver Streak Ski Tow. Find out more about this northwestern Connecticut lost ski area at NELSAP.
Today, the Tour de France will conquer the highest point in the 21-stage race with a summit of Col d’Izoard in the Hautes-Alpes. A perfect opportunity to share this humorous vintage French postcard by Gougeon.
To escape from the humdrum daily round, to enjoy the beauties of nature and the open air, to roam far away across the frontiers. . . That is the dream of young and old! A dream which can come true for everyone, however, even without a well-filled purse and plenty of time to spare. No matter how short your vacation may be, you can have a wonderful trip by using the finest of all vehicles for tourist travel: the bicycle.
Vintage travel brochure from the Netherlands National Tourist Office. (Thank you to my husband for treasure hunting this gem!)