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Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Corning New York, check out the World Famous glass museum. The museum features multiple exhibits of functional, artistic, industrial, and historic glass.

Here’s a few examples we saw during our self tour, which took us about 4 hours. Entry is reasonable and you can wander about the place at will.

Early Terra Cotta relief.

Ancient (from the exhibit 35 centuries of glass).

Artistic, from the stunning, to the bizarre.

There are many daily demonstrations of the art & science of glass blowing and manufacture.

And some absolutely gorgeous stained glass.

There are plenty of hands on, fun, and humorous things too.

It’s a great place to spend a day.

Spring Visitors in NH

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sun-edged clouds

You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

the Whitehouse

It’s still cool enough for the woodstove, but Spring is definitely arriving.

The coming of spring brings blue skies, warming temperatures, and a transition from white to green.  The first to arrive are the birds.

Tom Turkey.  He's been around all winter, but looks dazzling in his spring finery

Tom Turkey. He’s been around all winter, but looks dazzling in his spring finery

Coopers Hawk - Hunting Doves and preparing a nest nearby.

Coopers Hawk – Hunting doves and preparing a nest nearby.

Indigo Bunting.  The first one we have seen in years.

Indigo Bunting. The first one we have seen in years.

The small critters show up next.  They have been denned up for the winter and
the warm weather brings them out.

PEEK!!!Chipmunk.

Diving in for a Drink

Diving in for a Drink

Porcupine.

Porcupine.

Weasel.

Weasel.

Last of all come the Hibernators. (Amphibian and Mammalian).

Snapping Turtle in a local pond.

Snapping Turtle in a local pond.

Spring, and Thoughts of Love.

Spring, and Thoughts of Love.

We have taken down the winter birdfeeders, but the hungry bears still need to check to make sure.  This female showed up with her three yearling cubs.

Mamma Bear

Mamma Bear

one happy family_edited-1©

The cubs are very curious, but Mom is on the constantly alert

Did there used to be a birdfeeder here?

Did there used to be a birdfeeder here?

These cubs have been with their mother since late last winter and are just about ready to go out on their own.  Mom will soon shoo them out of her territory and be ready to mate again.  That’s probably why this male has been hanging around.  The female will not tolerate him around the cubs, but he usually shows up sniffing around an hour or so after the female and the cubs.

big boy!_edited-1©

First Visit.

AH!! life in the country_edited-1

The male does not stick around long.

Second Visit.

Second Visit.

Winter Fun in NH

It’s been a while since we posted here on the blog, but we wanted everyone to know that we are still alive and well, and just because we’re not traveling right now doesn’t mean we have given up our crazy outdoor lifestyle.  We are fortunate to live in an area with vast recreational resources at our doorstep and right now the snow conditions are perfect for all sorts of winter fun.

riding the flat tube_edited-1

WHOOOSH! Is that the sound of air leaking from your tube?

heading for crash_edited-1

Three Man Train headed for a Train Wreck!

You know, you don’t have to be 12 years old to enjoy sledding.  Get out there and play in the snow whatever your age.

Just up the hill from our house is a farm with a bunch of open, yet hilly, fields.  The owners of the farm have been most generous in allowing us to play in their fields. On Sunny days after a good snow, half the neighborhood is up there.

Mother-daughter cruiser_edited-1

Mother Daughter Cruiser

T& L trudging back up_edited-1

The Downside of sledding…or is it the Upside?

enjoying the ride crashed and burned_edited-1 doin 12 in a 71_edited-1 tubing ted crazy lady

Seriously, with snow like we have now, you’re really missing some great fun if you’re not out there playing.  A cheap sled, a modest hill, and a 12 year old still residing somewhere inside is all it takes.

gotta do it again_edited-1

Gotta Do It Again.

If you can get there before the plow, even a road will do.

here she comes it's a bird, it's a plane, it's Cheryl Flyin' C

When the snow is Really Really Good, there’s Telemark skiing in the woods.

just havin fun!_edited-1

Always wear helmet and goggles in the woods.

If you are luck enough to be in the woods, You qre lucky enough.

The Uphill side of Downhill skiing.

Look at the spaces, not at the trees.

Look at the spaces, not at the trees.

The Formula:  Up, then down::Repeat.

The Formula: Up, then down::Repeat.

reasons to be happy_edited-1Conclusion:  Go out and enjoy winter.

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