Bobby and I celebrated our anniversary with our first overnight away from Ayla (in the care of the @wildforageflx family!), and it couldn't have been more perfect. We stayed at @thedebruce on the Willewemoc River, and spent a lazy 24 hours out-of-service and meandering through trails, soaking up sun rays on a hammock and pretty much doing whatever the heck we pleased. (It was actually kind of weird.) We missed Ayla, and kept stepping over mole trails which reminded us of her favorite @casperbabypants song "More Moles." (Parents, this is like @phish for kids 😜.) The best part was the "jewelbox," a glass-walled dining room where a multi-course dinner is served by @aksel.t, and I swear the progression is like an episode of @chefstablenetflix. He is a forager at heart, through-and-through, and finds a way to weave and garnish flavors into every dish from the very land on which the hotel is perched. It was so artfully and ethically done and so fun to see some of my favorite wild plants and fungi on the plate, and learn about new ones like sweet fern 🌿, which made the Chaga tea in a sherry glass 👌. The decor wasn't too shabby either 💐. We'll be back!
Meet Summer, a working visitor from Guangzhou China. Summer is here helping prepare for the Northeast Dharma Celebration and we asked her about her experience:
Summer: "The temple is a holy place.. It's beautiful and maintained all by volunteers.. so I feel like the work I'm doing is really meaningful. I'm inspired to do even simple tasks with care." 🇨🇳🌈👌🙏🏽🌺 MAKE YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND MEANINGFUL. For info about the Northeast Dharma Celebration visit:
aspirations: This here beaded Chrysler Building (bracelet, stage left) *aSPIREs* to wrap around your wrist. (earrings, stage right) *Upon completion on May 27, 1930, the added height of the spire allowed the Chrysler Building to surpass 40 Wall Street as the tallest building in the world and the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure. It was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 m).
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The plane at the top of Stoppel Point...
Here is what I found out about the crash:
John T. Grace, who perished when the Piper PA-28 he was piloting (N1316T) crashed in foul weather next to the escarpment trail on May 26th, 1983 (Memorial Day weekend). He had taken off from Poughkeepsie at 9:12 A.M., heading for Watertown against the advice of several other pilots. He filed no flight plan and had only a revoked student pilot certificate. He impacted within a few feet of the top of Stoppel Point at 9:40 A.M.
I don't know how accurate this is. While researching this, I found out there is another plane crash that occurred not too far (claimed six lives). This is all very sad.