Foxboro, MA and the Catskills of NY

We just returned from a week with family and friends, this time heading north and east. Our weekend in Massachusetts was a bit damp and chilly, but we loved spending time with grands Thomas and Ethan at Normandy Farms in Foxboro.

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Ah, nothing like s’mores for dinner

On Monday we headed to the Catskills to see friends who had recently moved to Saugerties. Good food (Sarah’s a wonderful chef and we ate in the restaurant where she works), good music (James is an outstanding singer-songwriter and treated us to a lovely evening by the campfire) and good just being together! They suggested we hike Overlook Mountain (near Woodstock), which happens to have a  Tibetan Buddhist retreat center across the street from the parking lot.

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Our friends from Honeoye NY were camping with us, and we hiked together to the top of Overlook .  Almost at the top are the ruins of an unfinished hotel, home to Timber Rattlesnakes and black bears (which others saw, but not us.)

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As advertised, the views from the top were spectacular!

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