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I have hiked Stinson Mountain twice.  But neither had the clear view of today.  With the last few snowstorms, the mountain is a winter wonderland.  The trees are laden with snow.  The sky was a bright clear blue.

Last spring, I hiked it with some of my family.

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This is the same view in the today.

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But I need to go back and hike it Sunday. Why, because today I cheated, so to speak.  Today I snowmobiled to the top with my husband.  At one point, we were breaking the trail.  It appeared the groomer had made it most of the way but had turned around near the top.  At that point, Tom broke the trail the rest of the way up.

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I wanted to stop and take pictures of the snow hanging from the trees along the trail.  I needed to duck to get under some, they were so heavy with snow.  But if I did stop, I would have sunk in the snow, it was that deep.  I kept saying to myself, “keep going, keep going.”  The reward was amazing.  Below is a gallery of the pictures from the top of Stinson Mt and a picture of the trail map posted at one of the snowmobile trail intersections.

If you are planning on hiking Stinson this weekend, the hiking trail was not packed out since the last snowfall.  But the snowmobile trail is.  I’m sure the hiking trail will be soon. I’m sure someone will hike it this weekend.  Maybe I’ll see you there Sunday.

Have you ever seen a sky so blue?

C

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Blog-tember

Friday, Sept. 30: Picture this, you’ve been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York, and he asks, “What advice would you give to a large group of people?” Share a picture of yourself along with the advice.

Advice? I’m not sure.  I would have to say, don’t be afraid to try something new.  If I had, I wouldn’t be blogging.  I was never really fond of writing when I was in school.  This month has been tough, writing something for every day of the month.  I’m glad I did it.  I’m glad it’s over.new-things

If I had not tried quilting, I would not have grown as a quilter and a sewer.

If I had not tried hiking, I would have never hiked the mountains of NH.

If I had not gotten that cute Brittany puppy, I would have never found the love for dogs I now have.

If I had not tried snowmobiling, I would have never gone to snowmobiling in Yellowstone.

If I had not joined a local quilt guild, I would not have the friends who understand my need for fabric.

Now there are things I don’t think I would ever do.  I don’t see myself ever ski diving, bungee jumping, or scuba diving.  But I will continue to try new things.

What new something have you tried lately?

C

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Blog-tember

Wednesday, Sept. 28: The top five pictures that illustrate your year so far.

How do you narrow down all those pictures?  I’ll try.

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Our one and only snowmobile ride ended with a visit to the emergency room and surgery for Tom.  A broken clavicle and 3 broken ribs.  He’s was back to his old self in no time.  The snowmobile was repaired before he was completely healed.  Hopefully, we will get more snow this year. And no broken bones.

Hiking was a bit difficult at the beginning of the spring.  The mountain trails in NH were packed with ice.  They finally thawed out by mid-May.  This is what we came across climbing the Smarts at the end of March, very thick hard ice. Can you say crampons?!

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I am working on creating a pants fitting class. I’m scheduled to teach at The Victorian Cupboard next month.

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The roots from the Sweat Peas I dug up last year from my aunts are growing better than expected.Sweet Pea

I climbed Mt Washington. This is twice I have been on the top of Mt Washington. Once years ago, Tom and I took the Cog Railway to the top. Both times I have yet to see the view. One of these days I will.mt-washington

I’m looking forward to completing the NH 4000 footers. Hopefully by the end of next month.

I’m excited about my pants class. I have learned so much in researching various pattern making methods.

It’s been a great year so far!

C

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August– Printmaking; fabric or paper

I want to make a quilt for a fund raiser for the Baker River Valley Snowmobile Club. My idea is to use the signs along the trails as blocks. But how do I make those signs into quilt blocks.  I don’t applique well. I don’t really want to embroider it. I thought about using crayons.

But then I saw an episode of Quilting Arts TV demonstrating screen printing.  I knew that would work for this project.  I knew I had some iron-on vinyl used in this process. All I would need is organza and ink.  I have been trying to complete the new craft challenge without spending a lot of money. So this was perfect!

This is the result.  I wrote out my whole process. It’s available here as a free PDF, if you are so inclined. Also, check out the Quilting Arts TV (season 16, episode 5), if you can. The episode shows how to add color to your screen print. The dvd is available on amazon. SilkScreen11

Through this process I learned what not to do.

  • If you have a large design, don’t scribble the whole design with permanent marker. This is done so the design is visible after you cut it out.  My design was large enough that the smell of the marker was potent. It also took a bit to dry. Next time, I’m going to just trace around the design.
  • SilkScreen12Don’t screen print in good clothes. Hopefully the black ink will come out of my tan jeans. I put some dish detergent on it to pretreat it.
  • Make sure you have a large enough area to work. I didn’t realize where I had put my card/squeegee. When I  moved my fabric over, ink got on the back of my fabric.
  • Make sure your water pan is large enough for your finished screen.  I used a pyrex dish I had. It was long enough but not wide enough. I’ll get some of those aluminum roasting pans next time.
  • Make sure you put the vinyl sticky side up.  When I put the little dot on for the center of the P, I notice the dot was still on the parchment paper. Oops. I put the sticky side up and pressed it again.  No problem.SilkScreen9
  • Make sure the screen is taped down and taut.  Once the screen sifted on me and made a mess. Good thing I was still in test mode and it didn’t happen on my fabric.

The following are products I used and links to amazon, if you can’t find them locally.

Once I finish hiking the 4k’s in NH, I’m going to start on the rest of the signs to make the quilt.

Have you ever tried screen printing? Did you enjoy it?

I did. But I’m still learning.

C

 

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Tom and I have been married now for 20 years.  For our 10th and 15th anniversary’s, we went snowmobiling in Wyoming.   We decided it was worth a third trip.  Our first two trips were to Togwotee Mountain Lodge.  Which is a great place.  This time we stayed at a guest ranch in Moran, Turpin Meadow Ranch.  It may not be a big as Togwotee, but it was much more intimate.

The staff actually got to know our names.  They were very accommodating.  With the time difference of two hours, Tom and I were up before most of the staff arrived at the main lodge.  They usually serve breakfast at 8:00 am.  They would serve us whenever we got in.  Which was usually 6:30 am.  Which was actually late by our internal time clocks.  But they were very understanding.

Our first day there was spend riding the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail System.  They had not gotten enough snow in some of the areas, so they were unable to groom all the trails.  But we had 80 miles worth of fun.  Of course I found a really deep spot right of the bat.  Yup, I got stuck.  While I waited for Tom and Luke (our guide) to come dig me out, I took pictures.  The snow was up past my thighs.  You don’t realize the altitude difference until you have to dig a snowmobile out of 3 feet of snow.  You get winded very easily.  But Luke got the sled out and we were on our way.

The second day was spent in Yellowstone National Park.  Our guide was Casey.  You cannot ride in Yellowstone without a certified guide.  We did what is called the Loop Tour.  We stopped to take pictures of a herd of bison resting along Yellowstone Lake.  From there we rode up to the Lower Falls viewing area.  We saw coyote along the way.  Our last stop was Old Faithful.  The whole loop is approximately 150 miles.  It was a great ride, with spectacular scenery.  Unfortunately it was overcast and/or snowing most of the time so the pictures are not a good as they could have been.  But it’s defiantly a must see.

Our third and last day was spent riding the CD trail system.  They had more snow and more of the trails were groomed.  We did some powder riding.  This time I didn’t get stuck.  We saw a couple of bull moose.  We didn’t think they were going to get off the trail at first.   But they eventually moved.  You need to give them the right of way.  They are just to big to mess with.

The weather would go from bright sun to snow.  As we headed back to the ranch at the end of the day, the snow really started coming down.  I could hardly see  10 – 15 feet ahead of me.   In Wyoming, they use long poles to mark the trails.  I was driving from pole to pole.   I was glad I was on a snowmobile and not in a car.   On top of the poor visibility, the light was flat.  That means you cannot see the condition of the terrain.  I noticed a couple of dips a little to late.  But that’s snowmobiling in Wyoming.  I would do it again and again and again.

The snow they got was wetter than they usually get.  This gave some of the staff the opportunity to make a snowman.  Or should I say a snow cowboy.   It was a nice way to end our trip.

We did about 350 miles worth of riding in 3 days.  Great area, wonderful people.  Would I recommend snowmobiling in Wyoming?  Most definitely.  Would I recommend staying at Turpin Meadow Ranch?  Whole heartedly.

Thanks guys for a great time.

C

Click Here for a slide show our our trip

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