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At the border

A go-to hike on days like this…

4 mile along the river.

Found some snow – swam the pups – had a great hike

Understanding being here now


This was one of the best videos to come across Vimeo in a while – at least for me – now…

End of the line


Winters Last Slice from Mittenstock

A strange feast / famine winter for sure. Thought it would never get going at one point, thought it would never end at another.

A few snaps from the last full winter trip to Mittenstock. Cranmore would close the next weekend and I spent two days non stop skiing on peak conditions.

It was also perhaps Jakes last round up at Mittenstock as well.

Time goes on.

Gears have changed on the gap season. Bike is out, and the BD ride is two days away. We are working on building the barn and looking forward to more adventures to come.

Why, hello there


Sure did get cold again.

We went out Nanamocomuk on Saturday, along the river for a few miles. The windchill had to be -20 or so – with the ambient at around 6 and the wind WHIPPING along the river valley.

So cold. Six degrees and 30MPH winds for this shot from the posing rock near the covered bridge.

I decided it was the perfect time to practice flying my new Steadicam. I had the D810 with 20mm 1.8 and the RODE video mic pro. In manual at 1080 /30 onto the SD (compressed, sadly). Bummed with the results. Everywhere I read it says – practice practice practice – story of my life. I will say it was a rough first time out, conditions and all, 30MPH winds with easy -20 wind chill straight into the face. Hard to stay steady in those winds. I put the rough cut up on Vimeo in case you are that interested in the results

I’m Flying from Michael Hassey on Vimeo.

The days stats from the weather station – The image link will take you to current conditions and the history page for March 4.

Sunday was a day of exploration around the hood. A scant mile from the house lies Mitten summit – stellar views up the valley on a cold and clear day. Hiking in crampons up the frozen slope under blue bird skies. Simply does not get better than this.

Looking due north from the slopes of Mitten Summit – Washington dominates the view

The Hood from Michael Hassey on Vimeo.

Sammy during the descent back towards home from Mitten Summit.

Clear the roof


That’s a lot of snow to shovel.

But we did.

Clear The Roof from Michael Hassey on Vimeo.

Champney Snow Shoe


Plenty of parking in the lot –

The day was cold and windy – enough to firm up the surface and provide a day of magical off piste snow shoe adventures up the west side of Champney brook.



Champney – west side from Michael Hassey on Vimeo.

Rain on Snow


It was scattered showers and almost 60. Time to hunker down, read and hope for better come tomorrow

Snow Day !


Snowing hard and cold today here in North Yarmouth




Grabbed my camera and Snapped this before heading to work this morning.

These two are such fine friends, great dogs and loyal companions.

Walk about


We walked along the swift for a few miles on Friday. It was encouraging to see some water back in it after the drought conditions this summer / fall.

We walked from the covered bridge up the Nanomocomuk along a mix of the new road and the old ski trail.

On Saturday we battled the crowds on Peaked in the green hills.