cairn art

Hiking on Gorham Mountain at Acadia National Park, we were guided by beautiful cairns throughout the trail. These rustic guideposts were originally created by Waldron Bates, an early trail builder who built many of the rustic yet elegant cairns seen all along Acadia’s trails.


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We recently got back from an epic fall getaway exploring coastal Maine. Now we’re trying to hatch a plan to get there more often…or perhaps one day live there part of the year. Well, we can dream, can’t we? 🙂


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kelpies falkirk

This week The Kelpies will light up the skies of Falkirk, Scotland. Created by Andy Scott, these stunning equine sculptures — the world’s largest — will receive their international welcome at the John Muir Festival, culminating in the public grand opening on April 21.

For a breathtaking gallery of images visit

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a day on the down

This morning I stopped to let a bunny cross the road. He sat up, took a long look at me, then hopped away into a field. He wasn’t worried…nor was he in any particular hurry. It was such a sweet little moment, and made me think of our trip to England this past spring and a day we spent in the countryside, in Hampshire, with painter Aldo Galli, exploring the beautiful (and very real) area known as Watership Down. Aldo created all of the new illustrations in the 40th anniversary edition of the beloved novel named after the same and — lucky for us — has become a friend. Mike and I took only a few photos that day (we were just too busy taking it all in), but Aldo recently sent us some more, this time featuring the big, beautiful rabbits that still inhabit the area, captured during one of the many walks he regularly takes on the Down.

We think the rabbits there have long since accepted him as one of their own.

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The Beech Hanger


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hidden gems





By sheer dumb luck we stumbled upon Pitlochry when we pulled off the A9 to rest on our way to the Highlands. A magical little village, we should’ve have stayed a couple of days, it was so quaint and full of wonderful things to do and see — not the least of which was Heathergems. Arielle and I knew it was special the moment we stepped inside, seeing craftsmen work at turning heather stems into fanciful jewelry and a gorgeous showroom to boot. If you can’t make it to Scotland, well no worries…you can still order this one-of-a-kind Scottish jewelry at

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