Seven State High Point Road Trip, part 1

Superman has this list of things he needs to do….No, not cleaning out the garage, that’s on my list of things for him to do. One of the things on his list is to go to the highest point in every state in the country. He has done over half of the high points so far. It is quite the task to not only climb to the top, but to actually make the plans to get to each of the states. Now some of them are just drive ups or just a place in someone’s backyard, but many are require hours or even days of hiking. Superman came up with the idea to do a little road trip. We would hit seven states in four days in order for him to check off the northern states. Was I up for it? Yeah! Sign me up!

Day 1. So we hopped on a plane and flew from South Carolina to Burlington, Vermont. Rented a car and drove an hour and half to Stowe, VT to hike Mount Mansfield.

Can I just say here, that Superman and I live in a conservative, button down, sorta preppy little town in the south and we landed in the land of granola? Don’t get me wrong! Vermont is a gorgeous state and people are lovely, I just felt a little out of place. We began the first of seven hikes for this trip, Mt. Mansfield. It was a crisp day and of course I didn’t pack very well. The temperature was about 30 degrees below what I had left first thing that morning in SC. In the parking lot I pulled on some hiking pants that were too small, so they crawled in all sorts of uncomfortable places. Superman did all he could to not laugh at my situation. He claims if I had “proper” hiking pants this wouldn’t be a problem. I say that if I hadn’t gained all this weight I wouldn’t have to be writing this at all!

Oh Look! There’s the summit!

As we reach the top, we see that, nope, it’s just a false summit. Hike on.Oh I see it! There it is! Just kidding. Another false summit. (Superman thinks this is hilarious.) Hike on.Finally, after steep climb we made it to the summit.We grab a bite to eat, get a sip of water and enjoy the view, but we have to get down and on to the next state!Hey, did I show you the itinerary Superman wrote up for this trip? This is why I don’t get too worried about what the plans are, because he thinks of everything! Now, what he didn’t plan for was a tour of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory! (And I haven’t figured out how not to take blurry selfies.) This little side stop was worth every lick of goodness, but it did get us off schedule.This way to Lake Placid ,New York. Unfortunately, the drive took a wee bit longer than we expected, so we arrived at the lodge late at night. We walked into the Adirondack Loj (Yes, that’s how you spell it) to a warm fire in the fireplace and this sweet group of people gathered around the piano singing. There were others who were reading and a few playing a game of cards. After a long day of plane rides, car driving and mountain hiking, and cold rainy weather, this lodge felt wonderful. We drag our bags upstairs to our room and try to figure it all out. First off, the guys bathroom is upstairs and the girls is downstairs, which isn’t as bad as you would think. Some rooms have single beds, others a couple of twins and a couple have multiple bunk beds. Luckily we got the one bed option. I’m all about singing around the fire and having a communal bathroom, but I’d really rather share a bedroom with family. The walls are thin, so if your neighbor is a snorer, please feel free to grab some earplugs downstairs.Day 2. After a hot breakfast, Superman started his 15 mile, 3500 foot climb to the top of Mt. Marcy in the cold rain. I, on the other hand, sat with my feet up in front of the warm fire reading a book. Superman made it clear before we left SC, that I could stay in the lodge and not have to do this baby. Yup! It’s on the schedule!😊I had a lovely day reading, drawing, reading, drinking hot tea, reading, checking out this gorgeous lake and reading until Superman got back in the afternoon. No rest for the weary, We had to get a move on. We had more states to see. We drove as far as we could before Superman just had enough for one day. Day 3. Early the next morning, we hopped in the car and drove a couple of hours to High Point, New Jersey. This fortunately was a drive up, literally we drove right up to this monument. Next stop…Philadelphia. Superman planned a quick visit here to see Independence Hall and the Revolutionary Museum.I had never been to Philly before, so I am so glad we stopped. Especially in this day of our country it’s good to hear the truth about how our country was brought to be.Can’t go to Philly without having a Real Philly CheeseSteak sandwich. Being from South Cackalacky, I didn’t realize there was a difference in CheeseWiz. Did you? In my part of the world, cheese wiz comes in a neon orange kind of hew. Here in Philly it is white! Now if I had known that! Needless to say it was delish without the melty goodness. It’s been fun Philly, but we’ve got to get to Delaware!I know it doesn’t look that far, and you’re right! It was only about an hour away. Here is Superman at the high point of Delaware, Ebright Azimuth looking quite pensive. This was an easy one to mark off the list. The hardest part was when we drove past it and had to turn around and park in some neighborhood. Ok, check✔️Now on to Washington D.C. Let me remind you that this is only day 3. Old Mar here has a bag of caramel popcorn and the google maps in my hand, so we were good to go. I am an awesome navigator if I say so myself. 😉

We arrived in DC, quickly dropped our bags in the hotel and got to walking. If you have been on a trip with Superman, you know there will be walking or hiking involved. Well, here we were in DC, one of his favorite cities, so we started walking.I think this is where we say goodbye until tomorrow. Part II of this adventure continues. Oh, we aren’t done yet folks!

Thanks for dropping by!

A No Yellow Quilt

After seeing his brother’s quilt that I had made, he wanted one too. Thomas wanted fish to be his focus.Finding fish fabric that isn’t childlike or doesn’t look like it came out of a hunting and fishing magazine is tough. But I felt like I lucked out when I visited Five Eighth Seams in Charleston. One of the gals there helped me pick out these four fabrics for the quilt. I showed Thomas, it he didn’t like the yellow. Bummer, I thought. Well maybe if he saw it all together, he’d see how the yellow will help make the quilt “pop”. I decided on a large hexagon shape. I cut 200 half hexies in order to avoid sewing “Y” seams. I played around with the color placement. I realized that with only the four original fabrics, it was not going to work, so I bought the solid green. Thomas still didn’t like the yellow.

Aargh! Ok. Maybe that was too much yellow. What if there were only a few spots of it? Well, if I take out even a few yellow hexagons, I’ll need to replace it with another fabric. So I bought some fabric that looked like it had fish scales on it. This is it. I started sewing row after row, each half hexie to the next. Thomas came home one afternoon as I was working on the quilt. I was about half way through sewing the rows, when he kindly said “Mom, I love everything about this quilt, except the yellow.”

Ok. Ok. I accept it. No yellow. I grabbed my seam ripper and took out all the yellow. These two of course wanted to help. Unfortunately, Sam’s happy tail knocked the bottom two rows off the wall. After sewing each of the rows together, I knew it wouldn’t be long enough, so had to sew more half hexies together to make .I had lots of encouragement to continue on.When it came time to pin the layers together, Coconut was there to supervise.For the backing fabric, I used this bass fish. If you look closely, you can see the bass with his mouth wide open.I chose to do an easy, straight line quilting. I just went from one corner to the next. Easy Peasy.Here is the front….And here is the back! All Thomas approved. And not a spot of yellow in sight.Thanks for dropping by!