I’ve been super busy this past week, so sadly the blog has fallen to the wayside, but the plan is to get caught up this Memorial Day weekend, starting with a very exciting event that happened last Saturday–my first Renaissance Fair!
I promise I will reward you all with video footage if you make it through to the end of this entry.
I learned a lot about myself while attending my first Renaissance Fair, such as….
-Spelling the word “fair” as “faire” bothers me
-I do not excel in medieval warfare
-I do not like the smell of leather combined with the smell of hay combined with the smell of small animals
-I only like historical reenactments when I can hide behind the safety of my TV screen
Actually, I’d like to revise my last statement: I only like historical reenactments when I can hide behind the safety of my own TV screen, OR when my friends are being publicly humiliated…
The trip to the fair also doubled as a scouting trip for Michal and Noah, who were on the hunt for some movie props for the film they’re working on this summer–NINJA ZOMBIES.
Below is Meredith checking out some possible daggers for the film (she’s heading up the art department).
We also had the chance to practice our skills at throwing sharp objects.
I love the gusto in which everyone is throwing their axe in the next photo.
Below is what happens when you leave your boyfriend alone for two seconds….
Twould be wise to stay on friendly terms with this brave warrior,
and these fearsome two also….
As promised, I leave you with some video footage….
May 29, 2010 No Comments
Who knew that above Heroes Tunnel on the Merritt Parkway is a scenic state park with over 12 miles of trails?
Being a Connecticut native, I’ve driven through this iconic tunnel hundreds of times, but only just discovered the parks existence this past weekend while researching state parks online.
When I first looked at the map and saw a big yellow blob titled, “West Rock State Park,” right over the Merritt, I thought it was a mistake.
Despite my skepticism, I decided to venture up there on Sunday, and was relieved to find it existed.
To be honest, I half expected the park to be a boring open space with some amateur man-made trails. Even after seeing the entrance, I remember thinking, “this is going to be lame.”
And then I entered the park, and I was a bit taken a back by how wrong I was.
Once you enter there is this gigantic lake that appears out of nowhere, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.
From the lake, there are a variety of different trail options, but I mapped out a 3.5 mile course which takes you up along the side of the mountain, and then circles you back down around the base of the lake.
The forest was so lush with vegetation, that it almost seemed foreign.
If someone were to show me the photos I took, my first guess would not be Connecticut.
The path I mapped out was a fairly strenuous 2 hour hike to the top, and there were lots of rocky sections…
So if you’re looking for something a bit more moderate, I recommend sticking to the trails that circle around the base of the lake. I actually merged onto these trails during the last 25 minutes of my hike, and it was a nice cool down
When I finally exited the woods, the sun was blinding, but once my eyes adjusted I got to experience one last view before I left.
I live for pretty landscapes.
May 18, 2010 1 Comment
That’s right, it’s time to get your smelliest cooler out of the basement, because beach season has officially begun!
On Saturday, Michal and I packed a cooler full of lunch items, and headed out to Hammonassett State Park to spend the day at the beach.
The entry fee into the park is $9, but if you’re like me, it will end up costing you more, because the minute you park you’ll realize you forgot to bring any sort of beach towels or blankets. Luckily your entry receipt is good for the rest of the day, so you can go buy towels at Job Lot leave for a bit and then re-enter the park without having to pay again.
I liked that there were a variety of different landscapes at the park.
Scenic fields, picnic areas, bike paths, boardwalks, and of course the beach….
We did a few epic walks to explore the coast line…
Other than the awful sunburn I now have on my right shoulder, the first beach day of the season was a success.
May 3, 2010 No Comments
What is it about cascading water on steep rocks that makes us so happy?
On Saturday, my friends and I took a break from the film festival to visit Kent Falls State Park, which was only a 5 minute drive up the road.
From the parking lot, you cross over a scenic little bridge to enter the park.
Now I knew there was going to be a waterfall here, but I didn’t quite expect it to be right out in the open once you entered the park. It was a pretty incredible view to be immediately hit with.
There is a beautiful sitting area built around the waterfall too. Below is a picture I snapped at the base of the waterfall looking out onto the park.
For those looking to get a nice hike in, there is a steep trail along the stream that takes you to various lookout points. We didn’t have that much time before we had to get back to the festival, so I only climbed about half-way up.
As fun as this short hike was, I enjoyed my time at the base of the waterfall the most.
I felt so relaxed and happy sitting at the base of the waterfall, and I think it was pretty clear that it had the same therapeutic effect on everyone else…
There is nothing cooler than getting to relax in the sunshine with a rushing waterfall as your soundtrack.
And just in case you missed the waterfall, there was this kid to point it out for you…
cute baby + scenic waterfall = sensory overload
After visiting Kent Falls, I became curious if “waterfall therapy” existed, so I googled it, but only came across a spa that offers a”waterfall therapy package,” where you drench yourself in a cold waterfall and then receive a deep tissue massage. I would much rather just save my money and enjoy the therapeutic view from a far.
I’m happy to report that I can now add “waterfalls” to my list of adventures that cost zero dollars.
April 28, 2010 1 Comment
You know you’re going to have a good Saturday when it starts off with Starbucks and a Garmin.
At around 9:30 am my friend Mandy and I set off on our mini-road trip to Kent, CT to attend the Kent Film Festival.
I was extremely excited to attend the festival for a few reasons.
The first was because I love the idea behind independent film making, and how if you’re passionate enough, you can make a powerful film on any budget. And the second (and main reason) was because Michal had a film in the festival!
Mike (Actor), Noah (Director AND Writer), Michal (Cinematographer)
I was extremely proud of Michal, along with everyone else involved in the project, and I’m always amazed to see how much a person can light up when they’re in an area with hundreds of others who are equally as passionate about their dreams as they are.
My parents also drove up for the event, and absolutely loved it. Below is my mom showing off her cool new film festival tote which she purchased to “support the event,” but I just think she wanted to look more “indie.”
The film screenings took place in various buildings all over town, but Michal’s film played in the Kent Community House, which was a really beautiful venue.
After the screening, everyone was starving, so we all split up to grab some lunch at various places. Michal, Mandy, Jesse and I chose to get sandwiches at J.P. Gifford.
The town was packed, but we were able to score a nice table outside.
And the sandwiches were very tasty…
I had turkey with sun-dried tomatoes, topped with lots and lots of pesto. I was very happy that they were generous with the pesto, because that was the best part.
After lunch the four of us explored the town a bit, but be warned, you are about to experience cuteness overload….
These pictures don’t even really do the place justice. You just have to go there and experience Kent for yourself.
After lunch we met back up with the rest of our friends, and decided to all drive up to Kent Falls (about 5 minutes up the street). This adventure deserves it’s own entry, so I’m going to write about it later this week, but here is a preview….
If you enjoy art, Kent would make for a great day trip, especially since there is no charge to explore the galleries, and there are gorgeous sculptures displayed all over town. Below was one of my favorites.
Later on that night, they had an awards ceremony, which was held in the same art gallery that Mandy and I had explored earlier.
It seemed as though everyone (including myself) had some sort of camera in their hand, but around this same time my exhaustion started to take over, so the above photo was my last.
I guess I’ll end this entry then with one of the first pictures I took, so it will be as if this awesome day is just beginning….
April 25, 2010 2 Comments