"A mind once stretched by a new idea can never regain its original dimensions." ~Oliver Wendall Holmes
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
For about a month this summer, I had my friends dog Roxy with me because he had a difficult time getting her a flight to the Lower 48. Since I was planning a visit to see him in Vermont anyway, I offered to just bring her along with me because the airline that I was flying with is much more pet friendly. Our first summer stop was in NC where my friend Chirsty also has a dog named Roxy. Roxy and Roxy really got along quite well. I think this little piece of heaven in NC was a nice transition for Roxy coming from Alaska to the big wide world of the Lower 48. We ended up calling the brown one Roxy and the black one Box-o-Rox just so they wouldnt get confused. I think the nickname stuck.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
How about both?
P.S. I hope your not weirded out by my feet pictures. I dont have a thing for feet. I think they're pretty gross actually, but there's something about bare feet that just make me feel like it really is summer. You know, the whole toes in the sand, footloose and fancy free kinda feeling? Yeah, I thought you'd understand :)
Some of the features...
250 rooms in the mansion
175,000 sq. ft.
8,000 acre estate
original furnishings and artwork
7 story tall dining room
bowling alley in the mansion
indoor pool in the mansion
early 1900's gym and workout facility
a working farm
2 story library with over 10,000 books
75 acres of formal gardens
fire alarm and intercom systems
43 bathroom and 34 bedrooms
It's a very interesting place to visit and I would recommend it if you are every near Asheville.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Since moving to Alaska, I usually spend my summer's traveling around the Lower 48 visiting friends. My friends have been good to me and let me borrow theirs often, but not having a car has been a hassle. So this year, I decided it was time to get one. I spent weeks searching. I drove about 15 cars and probably looked at about 30. I spent a whole week of my summer basically car shopping as a full time job. Thanks to my friend Christy for letting me use her car to run around searching for my own car.
Then I found this one. It's an 04 Ford Escape with 101,000 miles on it. It was owned by a urologist (boring doctor) who was very
anal particular about keeping up on the regularly scheduled maintenance, keeping it clean, and in good working order. That works out well for me anyhow. I love the roof racks and have already had paddleboards and a canoe up there this summer. I also love that it is 4WD, which is specifically what I was looking for. I love that it is clean and that it has a good amount of cargo space. The only things I dont really care for are the leather seats, but I guess that will give it good resale value if I ever want to sell it in the future.