Things I love about winter

After three years back in the Northeast US, I'm basking in the change of seasons. Spring is so hopeful and romantic, brimming with life and new beginnings. Then there's Summer – what’s not to love (so says a Pacific Islander)? And Autumn, charming you senseless with its burnt shades of color and kicking off the onslaught of festivities worldwide. Winter? It took living the past seventeen years in the tropics, without the seasons, to come around to winter’s magic. This year I am all about the dark bleak days of winter and embracing the chill. It’s well into January now, and so far it’s a mild one. But we’re looking at double-header snow systems this coming holiday weekend and I’m crossing my fingers! Photo at Mohonk Mountain Lodge … [Read more...]

Weekend at New Paltz, NY, and Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, NY, is a picturesque village in Ulster County (Hudson Valley region), just under an hour's drive from NYC. We spent the weekend at a farmhouse before moving on to the hotel where I was attending a work meeting for three days. This is the second year I attended a meeting held at Mohonk Mountain House, in the Mohonk Preserve that's set in the Shawangunk Mountains. It's the dead of winter, with very few activities and most of the trails closed due to ice. But it's such an isolated, idyllic environment that the winter solace makes it so peaceful, notwithstanding the creepy "institution" vibe the setting gives!   On the weekend before we went to Mohonk, we stayed nearby in … [Read more...]