Spruce Mountain, VT

We hiked up Spruce Mountain this weekend. There’s not much to say. The pictures will — hopefully — speak for themselves.

Hiking up Spruce Mountain

Frozen pond

Hiking up Spruce Mountain

View from Spruce Mountain

Click to see a panoramic view from the top (low quality cell phone photo).360 view from the top of Spruce Mountain

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I went to Miami

This past weekend, Laura and I went to Miami.  My mom turned 60 last month and my dad had the great idea to treat her to a vacation in Miami, where we had a surprise mini family reunion! It was a lot of fun and we saw some pretty epic halloween costumes. Our visit to the Everglades was definitely a highlight, swimming in the warm Atlantic Ocean water wasn’t too bad either and finally seeing Eclectic Method perform live was awesome!  I’d post some pictures here, but in my attempt to declutter the internet, I’ll just refer to Laura’s blog instead.  Also, the pictures are on the desktop computer at home and I’m at work.

Storm King Art Center

Yesterday, Laura and I went to Storm King Art Center. Only an hour north of New York City this sculpture park is a great place to enjoy fall foliage and escape the city for a few hours.

As big fans of Andy Goldsworthy we especially enjoyed his works. That’s right, works! if you’ve been to Storm King you will remember his famous piece, Storm King Wall (1998).

This year he added another work to the collection, Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wall (2010). This work is smaller in scale, but the concept is similar to Storm King Wall, because of the title it forces you to think about the resources that go into creating sculptures of this size.

After seeing the amazing Goldsworthy documentary, Rivers and Tides, I was already really impressed with the scale of his work and the patience he has in creating it.  What I like most about site specific, outdoor sculptures is how they change with the seasons.  This is especially true for Goldsworthy’s work.  How spectacular must the Storm King Wall look when it’s covered in snow, snaking through the forest and disappearing into a frozen pond?  Too bad the park is closed for the winter season…  There’s always Google image search but that’s just a meager substitute for the real experience.

Of course there is much more to enjoy at Storm King than Goldsworthy’s work, even the park itself is so beautifully landscaped it’s worth the trip north.  Visit the Storm King Art Center website and start planning a visit!

For more pictures, check out Laura’s blog.