A few weeks ago we held a vote to decide what our lender car should be named. Sarah suggested Ziggy Stardust, and it won the big vote! As a thank you for naming our car, we sent Sarah some maple syrup from The BALSAMS here in New Hampshire. If there’s anything Canadians understand, its maple syrup, and how to use it, and it looks like Sarah and her friends held a wonderful waffle party in the syrup’s honour! She sent us these beautiful photographs taken with her Minolta SRT 101 film camera (remember film?)! Besides being aesthetically pleasing, these photographs remind us how our projects connect people, and that just makes us feel all warm and fuzzy! Enjoy.
Dixville Notch is a true Winter Wonderland… it snows almost every day, and the natural beauty around The BALSAMS just seems to never end. We have put together some of our favourite wintery photographs that we have taken during our stay so far for you to enjoy.
Recommendation – pour yourself a big cup of cocoa (with marshmallows of course) and find a nice spot near a fire before pressing play!
We saw this gigantic bull moose just meters away from the entrance into The BALSAMS today as we were coming back from a drive down to Berlin. He was just right there on the road and then politely walked into the woods to let us pass!!! I guess even the wildlife are considerate down here in New Hampshire! Someone here at the hotel told us that he will likely be losing his antlers very soon… so we caught him at a great moment with his regal antlers proudly displayed up there on his huge noggin!
Guess I’ll have to update the Statistics Page! (I don’t think either of us actually thought we would see even one moose during our stay here, but I guess we were wrong!)
Oh, and does anyone know what type of birds are around Northern New Hampshire this time of year? Hoping to spy a few next time we head out snowshoeing!
As we near the end of our time in the States, we have started to grow reflective on our journey up until this point. When people ask us what we have enjoyed most about our trip, we often think first of the people we have encountered on the road, rather than the road itself.
It became apparent (almost immediately) that an exploration of this continent would be more about the relationships we formed, fostered and celebrated than about the whimsical roadside attractions or breathtaking vistas we came across. We realise this journey has a lot of legs in it yet, and we have really only scratched the surface in Canada, but we still felt that it was a good time to put together this collection of photos, which tells the stories of the people we have engaged with so far.
Keep in mind, however, that these are the stories only of the people we met in person, and not of the thousands we connect with here online on a daily basis – that slideshow is, perhaps, for another day.
Note… if you have met up with us along the road at some point and you do not find yourself in this video, we sincerely apologize. We periodically clear out space on the computer, and occasionally some of our files get shuffled onto a hard drive. We have not forgotten you or left you out on purpose!
Thanks and enjoy!