I owe ya’ll a sort of “catch up” post about where we are and what we’re up to lately, but not today. Right now I have a hard drive full of full-color proof that I actually put on something other than flip flops and went out into the real, bonafide oxygen.

We drove about 20 minutes south to Brattleboro VT and swung a left over a gigantic river (the Connecticut) and landed in Chesterfield NH in search of Madame Sherri and her famous castle ruins. There’s more information about Madame Sherri (a wild lady who was a dance hall singer in Paris) and how she ended up hosting wild ragers in this forest-secluded house in Southern New Hampshire (read it here)…and there are rumors about a ghost. A ghost! (We didn’t see a ghost.)

But we did see lots of nature. ALL THE NATURE! And we had a blast…with not iPads or iPhones or Minecraft or Goat Simulator or Halo..or….or…you get where I’m going.

Roll that beautiful forest footage, maestro!

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The info kiosk. Pretty self explanatory. There’s the wild woman herself, Madame Sherri.

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A really handsome guy walking away with my kids…

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“Look up, mom!” No, seriously…look up, Megan. So I did. And saw…

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This crazy-awesome tree.

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Lots of inclines in ALL THE NATURE. And ferns. I never realized before how much I love ferns.

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Riley loved ALL THE NATURE so much, she tried to take some home with her.

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We took a break on a huge rock.

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We found this massive upturned face of a stone giant, too. Or a rock. Maybe we just found a really big rock…

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One of the vistas. Turns out, ALL THE NATURE is pretty spectacular.

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Then we found the pond. And this is about the point in time where Makenna submerged her shoe in muck mud. Yay, Makenna!

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Look! I was there, too!

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Pretty sure hiking experts wouldn’t approve of me carrying a wiggly 3-year-old on my hip down steep slopes. Whatever, safety nerds!

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The ruins! We made it to the ruins! We didn’t see a ghost, but we did check out the ruined foundation up top and it was all pretty neat. There was even a cellar still in tact that nobody would go down. Chickens…

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We’re done with the hike. And the post. But one more shout out to nature. NATURE!

See you next time!