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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Brodie Mountain

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Green snow! Brodie Mountain Ski Area of New Ashford, Massachusetts — also known as Kelly’s Irish Alps — was so committed to an Irish heritage and theme that the resort would make green snow to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Despite top-notch snowmaking and this legendary annual tradition, Brodie closed in 2002. Please read more about this Lost Ski Area at NELSAP.

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Ski-Doo: Otis, 1975

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Today is my birthday, forty-two!  This photo was taken in the winter of 1975 and is one of my all-time favorites:  Mom and Dad taking me out on our Ski-Doo sleds by our camp on Benton Pond in Otis, Massachusetts.

At three years old, I was pretty into zooming around out in the snow.  And I remember really liking my snowmobile gear – the fun and excitement that this specific uniform enabled, picking out cool patches for my mother to stitch on the cozy one-piece suit, the movement of the fur around the snorkel hood and thanks to a friend of the family – a custom Tweety Bird paint job on my helmet!

Snowmobiling has always been a family activity for us and the first thing that taught my brother and me that wintertime is playtime.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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D2R2: Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée

Apparently, I needed a little break from blogging and spent the extra time the past couple weeks riding my bike.  So this post is a week late but I still wanted to share a few photos from the excellent Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée.

The D2R2 is a fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust of western Massachusetts and has become known as a favorite New England cycling event.  My husband and I rode the 115k loop and were not disappointed – a spectacular rural route running from Deerfield into southern Vermont with gorgeous vistas, wicked climbs, amazing event staff and the best weather imaginable.

vintage cycling jersey hudson d2r2 bikeSo many fantastic vintage cycling jerseys!  I was more focused on riding than collecting photos but was fully engaged by the variety of kits — from the newest Rapha to classic Ibex wool to retro jerseys dusted off for this event.

team awesome bike deerfield d2r2 2013Mostly cyclocross bikes, some road bikes and a few of us on big fat mountain bikes.

d2r2 cue sheet bike shredly shorts garmin gpsWith four segments, tons of turns and landmarks – our simple DIY cue sheet holders worked like a charm.  Thank you Shredly – my MTB shorts and YOGACHAM liners were super comfortable for the entire 72 miles – a much longer test than a typical mountain bike ride!

d2r2 lunch guilford vermont covered bridge bikeLunch by the covered bridge over the Green River in Guilford, Vermont.  It was so hard to leave this setting and get back on the road!

geekhouse bike frame you got thisYou Got This!  Great encouragement to have rolling with you – very needed for the Pennel Hill and Patten Road climbs!  Check out the colorful style of Boston-made Geekhouse CX bikes.

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Drive Like A Girl: Women, Cars, Skis

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Treasure Hunting: Brimfield Antique Show

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