AK Month-to-month Recap: October 2022

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After I final left you within the September recap, I used to be coping with my first spherical of COVID. I’m completely happy to share that I started testing detrimental shortly after October started, and solely needed to miss just a few days of my long-planned New Hampshire journey.

And the foliage was magical.

Critically, you’ll assume that rising up in New England would get me to understand fall foliage a bit extra. It’s higher right here than anyplace else on the earth.

However this journey was an absolute pleasure, begin to end. Even with the crowds and the excessive costs and the general craziness. Now I wish to come again dwelling for foliage yearly!

Kate wearing a blue plaid shirt over a burgundy tank top and smiling, holding up a stick in front of lots of vibrant fall foliage.

Locations Visited

Woburn, Studying, Wakefield, Chestnut Hill, Boston, Newburyport, Danvers, and Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Lincoln, North Woodstock, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Littleton, North Conway, Albany, Gorham, Jackson, Conway, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portland, Freeport, Cape Elizabeth, and Ogunquit, Maine

Prague, Czech Republic

A road heading downhill surrounded by bright orange and yellow trees.
The view from driving down Mount Washington, NH.

Highlights

I discovered my wedding ceremony costume!!! THAT is the spotlight of the month! I went on two buying journeys with my mother — first BHLDN in Chestnut Hill, then Bella Sera Bridal in Danvers. As a lot as I like BHLDN and their quirky, inexpensive robes, none of these clothes felt proper, and I hated being rushed by means of an hourlong appointment (one hour is not sufficient).

I had a beautiful expertise at Bella Sera Bridal and extremely advocate dropping by for those who’re wedding ceremony costume buying on the North Shore. The costume I selected has Previous Hollywood vibes, and that can information my total look. I already discovered some cool earrings and a hair clip (no veil for me).

Extra wedding ceremony stuff booked! We’re having two weddings: a much bigger one in Prague in Could and a smaller one in Boston in July. Charlie and I made a decision on our Boston reception venue — a restaurant within the monetary district that serves up INSANELY good meals. The ceremony shall be exterior. (I’ll be sharing extra particulars after the occasion.)

A number of the finest fall foliage I’ve ever seen. I took Charlie alongside to New Hampshire in early October to do extra analysis for my New Hampshire web site, New Hampshire Way, and to get a LOT of foliage photographs.

Early October is peak foliage within the White Mountains, and we timed it PERFECTLY. Critically, this foliage was among the finest I’ve ever seen. It was at its absolute peak in northern components of Franconia Notch and Pinkham Notch. Artist’s Bluff, my favourite mountaineering viewpoint in New Hampshire, was a zoo.

I liked getting to point out Charlie a few of my favourite locations in New Hampshire, we did the hike to Franconia Falls for the primary time (straightforward and enjoyable however a bit lengthy at 2.5 hours spherical journey), Charlie drove us up the Mount Washington Auto Highway (OUTSTANDING throughout peak foliage!), we went to a number of retro diners, and we even camped in a single day in a glamping tent at Huttopia in Albany, full with campfire and s’mores.

A beautiful little journey to Maine. My pal Beth and her household moved to Portland late final yr, and Charlie and I visited to see their new home. We strolled round Portland’s colourful neighborhoods, ate lobster, took a visit to the enormous LL Bean retailer in Freeport, and Charlie and I grabbed a lobster feast at Two Lights and strolled by means of fairly Ogunquit (Ogunquit submit coming quickly!). We did a bit aspect journey to NH Brewfest in Portsmouth, too!

Small white pod cars driving on a track.

I bought to check out the little self-driving pods at Heathrow. These driverless automobiles have existed since 2016, and I had no thought! I had a 14-hour layover, so I wanted to sleep someplace. The Yotel at Heathrow is now gone, so I stayed on the Thistle Resort. To get there, you might want to take a bit pod from Terminal 5.

It’s fairly cool! You press buttons and it simply takes you the place you might want to go. Extremely really helpful in case you have an extended layover. (Convey earplugs for the Thistle, although. When somebody checked in subsequent door I may hear them respiration!)

Getting dwelling to my kitties and again into a standard schedule. As grateful as I’m for my travels this yr, I overdid it a bit the final 5 months. It felt like I used to be preparing for the subsequent journey as quickly as I bought dwelling and I may by no means really feel settled.

Now that I’m again, I’m in a way more productive work schedule and far more constant health schedule.

Lewis and Murray are nonetheless the ABSOLUTE BEST! They’ve been so candy currently. I like waking up in the midst of the evening, Lewis snuggled into the aspect of me, Murray coming over searching for cuddles.

Murray, a large gray tabby cat, sprawled across a desk and sleeping, curving around a keyboard.
Murray loves being a desk bear whereas we work.

Challenges

I’m sorry to say that the Sugar Hill Inn was a disappointment. That is at all times listed as top-of-the-line inns in New Hampshire, together with one of many state’s finest eating places. I needed to remain right here a lot, I booked my keep and eating reservation in MAY. I used to be planning to write down an in depth submit on the complete expertise on New Hampshire Approach, each inn and restaurant.

I emailed to substantiate the eating reservation just a few days earlier than and bought, “Oh, we’re not serving dinner on Wednesdays anymore. Sorry.” They by no means knowledgeable me. The inn was booked stable in any other case. And the one different evening I had free in that area I used to be planning on having fun with my favourite brewery in New Hampshire, Schilling Beer Co in Littleton, which closes at 8.

I made a decision to not dine on the inn altogether, and I don’t remorse it — Charlie and I attempted the wonderful Chilly Mountain Cafe in Bethlehem on Wednesday, and had a terrific night at Schilling with pizza, poutine, and bizarre European-style beers on Thursday, not having to fret about driving as we had been staying proper in downtown Littleton.

That’s the factor — in an space with out public transit, you might want to be SO cautious about consuming and driving. I deliberate my schedule round staying strolling distance from the place I used to be consuming that evening.

As for the inn, it was cute — however extra of a notable historic property than a luxurious keep. Each inch of the ground creaked, and partitions had been skinny. We did have one of many most cost-effective rooms (the Rose Room); maybe a extra upscale room would have been totally different. However it wasn’t the expertise I had anticipated. Breakfast was scrumptious, although.

The Conway Scenic Railroad was a little bit of a letdown. Perhaps that’s too robust wording. Taking this prepare experience throughout peak foliage is meant to be top-of-the-line issues to do in New Hampshire.

The railroad has one-hour, two-hour, and five-hour journeys. We did the two-hour Sawyer River journey. And whereas classic trains are cool, and there have been often beautiful views, the vast majority of the journey was by means of forested areas with no actual views. And the commentary was on such scratchy audio system that I struggled to grasp something.

A gradual scenic prepare experience is sweet, sure. And actually, it’s a terrific choice in North Conway for individuals who have mobility challenges. However evaluating it to the Mount Washington Cog Railway that climbs the best mountain within the northeast, I’d take the Cog any day over the Conway Scenic.

Lewis the gray tabby kitten having his cheeks rubbed by two hands as British Bake Off plays on a nearby iPad.
Lewis love face rubs…and British Bake Off!

Weblog Posts of the Month

24 Fab Issues to Do in Cape Cod, Massachusetts — The Cape is improbable, and there’s SO a lot to do past simply having fun with the seashores.

Find out how to Go to Studlagil Canyon, Iceland — Studlagil Canyon is a extremely cool pure surprise in East Iceland that was solely found just a few years in the past. Don’t go to earlier than studying my recommendation first, as a result of we had some points right here!!

Visiting Stokksnes and Vestrahorn, Iceland — You understand that jagged black mountain in Iceland on the black sand seashore with inexperienced sand dunes? That’s this place. It’s very cool and surprisingly straightforward to go to.

Artist’s Bluff, my favourite NH viewpoint, within the fall

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales which you can entry for $6 per 30 days. We even have a non-public Fb group and members get free entry to the E-book Membership every month.

I posted a giant recap submit of my New Hampshire/Maine fall foliage journey, together with particulars on one of the best and worst and methods to do it your self. That’s greater than I’m going to write down about on the weblog itself, so you will discover it there!

I additionally wrote a couple of bizarre and scary incident that occurred whereas I used to be in Brno in September. It’s known as “Zombie Run.”

Kate and Charlie standing side by side on a rocky top with a sign reading Mount Washington Summit.
This automotive climbed Mount Washington!!

E-book Membership This Month

Our subsequent E-book Membership will happen on Sunday, November 20, at 1:00 PM Japanese Time. And that is going to be a particular ebook membership — the writer is becoming a member of us for a dialogue!

We shall be studying An Ocean Apart by my pal Sarah Lee. So excited to be taught in regards to the Windrush Technology and assist Sarah have fun her first novel

“Impressed by actual life tales of the Windrush Technology and her mom’s personal experiences as a nurse within the Nineteen Fifties, Sarah Lee’s debut novel is a should for followers of Name the Midwife.

It’s 1954 and, in Barbados, Ruby Haynes spots an commercial for younger ladies to coach as nurses for the brand new Nationwide Well being Service in Nice Britain. Her sister, Connie, takes some persuading, however quickly the sisters are on their method to a brand new nation – and an entire new world of experiences.

As they begin their coaching in Hertfordshire, they uncover England isn’t fairly the promised land; for each door that’s opened to them, the sisters discover many slammed of their faces. And although the ladies discover friendships with their fellow nurses, Connie struggles with being so removed from dwelling, and maintaining secret the daughter she has left behind looking for a greater life for the each of them . . .”

You can sign up here. Patreon members have a separate signup within the Patreon.

The view from a relaxation cease close to North Conway, NH.

New Hampshire Approach Replace

Final month, I shared that my New Hampshire web site had lastly been accepted to Mediavine. This month, the adverts turned on! I began incomes cash from adverts on the location on October 8, and I completed the month incomes just below $1000. As a result of Mediavine pays Internet 75, I gained’t see my October cost till January.

It’s a very good begin, however a lot of that was my New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2022 Guide submit going completely nuts earlier within the month, then tapering down after fall colours peaked. I feel issues are going to be fairly quiet traffic-wise till early subsequent yr, however I’m planning a bunch of Christmas and vacation content material within the interim.

Some posts I loved scripting this month included guides to visiting the waterfalls Glen Ellis Falls and Jackson Falls, a submit in regards to the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge becoming a member of New Hampshire and Vermont, and my favourite, a Guide to Conquering the NH 48: New Hampshire’s 4000 Footers!

We went a bit overboard with the seafood in Maine: fried clams, fries, clam cake, chowdah, lobster roll, cole slaw, and a huge whoopie pie!

What I Listened To This Month

This month I bought a tip on Twitter — the rating to the movie The Hours, composed by Philip Glass, is the very best music to work to. Seems it’s a cult favourite.

I gave it a try to WOW. This music is PERFECT. It hits the right stage of light strings with out being too obtrusive or loud. It really works for inventive writing and it really works for busywork. It retains you productive!

I’ve been listening to different scores, too. Au Bout des Doights, composed by Harry Arrouche, is one other glorious selection, although a bit extra showy at instances (omg, the prelude is SO GOOD). By the Sea has one other great rating, composed by Gabriel Yared, although you might want to pick the opposite songs in between his compositions on the soundtrack.

However nothing beats The Hours. Truthfully, for those who want a bit assist with productiveness, give it a hear!

What I Watched This Month

Have you ever heard of the present Reboot on Hulu? No person I do know is speaking about this, however we began watching it on a whim, and it’s INCREDIBLY FUNNY. Oh my God, this present!

The premise is a couple of group of actors and writers rebooting a cringey 90s sitcom within the current day. Doesn’t damage that it has an unbelievable solid, together with two of my all-time movie star crushes, Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville, in addition to Judy Greer, Rachel Bloom, and Paul Reiser.

However for those who’re trying to snort — Reboot, What We Do within the Shadows, Abbott Elementary, and By no means Have I Ever could have you sorted!

A large yellow tree in Prague next to Prague Castle.
Prague’s fall colours are good, too.

What I Learn This Month

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (2022) — Jeannette is a 30-something Cuban American wrestling with habit whereas residing in Miami. When Jeannette takes in a baby whose mom was detained by ICE, she and her mom Carmen should reckon with their household historical past. The ebook transcends a number of generations of Jeannette’s household and weaves forwards and backwards between Cuba and Miami.

We learn this for our ebook membership this month, and all people preferred it (or principally preferred it). I used to be within the principally preferred it camp. I liked the characters, the ladies’s tendencies to repeat historical past era after era, and the colourful descriptions of Miami and particularly Cuba.

My essential concern with it’s that it felt like a number of unrelated tales strung collectively that would have been a bit deeper, and the way in which it jumped forwards and backwards in time was complicated. Total, an excellent ebook.

A steep street with yellow buildings on each side of it.
Lisbon circa 2012

Coming Up in November 2022

I’m staying put for the primary three weeks of the month. After which I’m heading to…Lisbon! Sure! This journey got here a couple of bit organically — Charlie shall be main his firm’s group assembly in Sevilla for every week, and I thought of dropping by afterward, however we determined to satisfy up in a better gateway to Boston. Lisbon was good!

I’ve been to Lisbon twice earlier than, however solely as a backpacker on a very restricted price range. I’m trying ahead to attending to strive among the nicer meals in Lisbon, and assembly up with buddies, together with the Lisbon meals specialists 2FoodTrippers.

After that, I shall be within the States for every week to have fun Thanksgiving and attend my 20-year highschool reunion! Are you able to consider it’s been that lengthy?! I’m trying ahead to seeing everybody. And once I come again…we shall be in Christmas market season! So excited for markets and pastries and sausages and gluhwein!

What are you as much as this month? Share away!

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