Live Free or Die – Cardigan Mountain

It was surprising warm this past weekend in Lebanon. My brother got off work around 9am, earlier than expected. We debated on what we were going to do that day since the next day we decided to go ice climbing. We got some breakfast at the local diner. They had some great bacon!

We then went over to Eastern Mountain Sports so I could rent some snow shoes. EMS is like REI, but so much better in my opinion. They have kayaks and bikes and climbing gear plus clothes. There is also a LL Bean next door to this EMS, so we looked around in there as well. After we got changed and got all the gear in Jake’s car we headed out to Cardigan Mountain State Park in Orange, NH. It spans over 5,700 acres. It is absolutely gorgeous. During the summer there is an access rode that takes you to the parking lot, but since it is winter. the access rode was covered in snow. This is where the snow shoes comes in!


It is hard work! There were a lot of people out that day since it was so nice. Even the dogs had little shoes on their feet. We stopped some a few times to rest and to also take pictures. A nice group of college kids took our picture for us.


I also had to take a goofy one.


We finished our hike and returned the gear to EMS. We got some take out from a great little Indian place near my brothers place and card loaded as he called it before the big adventure in ice climbing the next day. It was an early night for both of us. We were in bed by 8pm.

With the snow showing activity, I was able to cross number 35 off my 101 in 1001 list and that is go hiking. My brother said snow shoeing counts as hiking. He is the expert after all. I also completed number 86 too, go to the mountains.

Next up, the White Mountains.


1001 in 101: More Items Completed

Creative juices are not flowing, so that means another update to my 1001 in 101 list!

 3. Go on an adventure, big or small, every month (Completed September 2013)
I was going to try to make this all the time, but decided to change it. I had some great adventures before moving back to Nashville, and I am sure they will continue. I just honestly cannot keep track.

11. Start rock climbing again
Completed October 2013. Having rheumatoid arthritis in the hands does not make climbing very easy. At least I gave it a shot!

26. Go kayaking at least once a month, weather permitting (July 2013)
I am ending this one as well. Kayaking is just not as easy in the cold weather back in Nashville!

33. Go to state I have never been to (September 2013 – Kansas)
This was on part of my Adventure Across America Series

Kansas is flatter than a pancake

Kansas is flatter than a pancake

45. Write down my thoughts more (November 2013)
Hey, I like it.

That’s it for now!

It’s the Best Week Ever!

That’s right! It is SHARK WEEK!


That one time I dove with sharks…

I am back in Nashville for my vacation I guess you could say. I would not call going to the dentist a vacation, but oh well!

Since there is not much to update on, how about a little update on my 101 in 1001! I know y’all really want to know what is going on with that, so here we go!

40. Read 50 new books
23. Pirate Latitudes 

200px-Pirate_Latitudes24. Getting Stoned with Savages books25. Sunk without a Trace41jMZ7jOtYL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-66,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_26. Islands in the Stream w_islandsinthestream

63. Don’t use a flat iron on my hair for one month – DONE! Thanks no humidity.

71. Become a Master Scuba Diver – 23 July 2013
For PADI, this means having 50 dives and 5 speciality certifications. I decided to go with these wonderful 5 – wreck, deep, night, enriched air, and peak performance buoyancy.


75. Go to a MLB game (June 2013)
Padres Game, and they won!

92. Go to a professional soccer match (July 5, 2013)
USA  v. Guatemala , USA won!


That is it for the moment! Here’s to a great vacation with the family!

Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post


There Is No Place Like Home

I have been home for a little over a week now, and it has been relaxing. Currently I am on a plane headed to Sun Valley, Idaho for a little vacation. Wireless on planes is still strange. Last weekend I went out to the boat and had some friends out for a spur of the moment thing. Here’s a recap in pictures.

Matt and Eddie 

The sunset was gorgeous that night. Mom made some rib-eyes and other food for everyone to chow down on. Some interesting events occurred, but the day was fun. They were also the only ones to go tubing. Matt is a champion tuber in my opinion.

Images from the day

As you can see the sunset was very pretty. Without even realizing it, I had some members of my family tree from AOII out. As one would say, “party with pandas.”

The week kept me very busy. Tuesday night Amber and I went to see Eric Church at the Opry. I think I am going to make it a point to try and see him every time I come home. He’s my husband. His set was all acoustic. Just him and his guitar. It was really personal too and he also told the story behind two of his songs. More pictures.

He’s just so handsome

Wednesday was spent at Bluewater Scuba Center in Franklin. I had my first pool class for my open water certification to become a PADI open water diver. The instructor kept things interesting. I knew at some point when we went under the water my air supply would be turned off, I just did not know when. One of the most important things from that session, do not panic. I didn’t, and hope to not panic if that were to ever happen in a real life situation. After the pool session was complete, we went over the written work. I took my quizzes and passed my final exam! One step closer.

Thursday was the lsat day pool work. I had to hover for 30 seconds without moving my legs or arms, and without touching the bottom, surface or side of the pool. Difficult. I eventually got it.

The next day was the open water dive at Pennyroyal Scuba Center in Hopkinsville, KY. It is a old rock quarry, and it is beautiful.

After taking a giant stride into the water, we started our work. We did three dives and went over a ton of stuff. The only thing that gave me issues was finding my neutral buoyancy. We say two huge largemouth bass taking a snooze around 35 feet. Scuba diving feels like you are flying. I love it.

pink tanks!

Saturday was my final dive. I was not looing forward to the hover at all, but it was much easier when you can’t tell you are upside down. I did navigation drills and passed those! Once I ascended to the surface I didn’t see the instructor, so I started looking around. All of a sudden I see this little board come up from the water and it says “Congrats Diver Leslin!” I let out a yippie! We did our final dive I was presented with this nifty card

Pass to the quarry!


Well I have to go! Almost in Salt Lake!

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

I know it’s a tacky thing to take a song title as a blog post title, but the creative juices are not flowing tonight. Work was busy for a Tuesday, but I am not complaining 75 bucks in the vacation fund. $36 more to go before I reach my goal!

So I completed number 43 on my list of 101 in 1001 yesterday. I went on a date. We saw Prometheus in 3D. I was not impressed. For one, I don’t like all that science fiction stuff. It was 3D which means stuff flying in my face and me jumping out of my seat. That didn’t happen, but it was nasty and bloody and I didn’t like it one bit. The ending was horrible. We just sat there and both said thats it? Strange. I also saw the preview for the Lincoln and zombie or vampire movie. Seriously? I just want to see it for the heck of it and try to figure out how on earth they came up with the idea! It was an overall good Monday. I went for a 10 mile bike ride since the whole trying to run thing isn’t going to work out. Cue the stupid rheumatoid arthritis saying now.

Another reason why I liked yesterday, I got a graduate assistant spot! More info to come once I am presented with it. With that being said, I turned in my notice at work tonight. I also met Billy Currington at store in downtown Savannah. He’s really nice and talkative. He was also jealous that I go to SCAD. Well, thats it for today. Hopefully I won’t go crazy from all these bug bites!

But You Go to an Art School…

Maybe it’s the people I have met, but this seems to be the excuse for lots of things. Excessive drinking, smoking, drugs, and other things that are illegal in all fifty states. Oh, but it’s an art school!

Yes, I go to an art school, no I do not feel the need to express my emotions through painting while on something because for one, I cannot paint. You do whatever you need to do to get going, I’ll just sit by the pool and read.

And that is what I have been doing. Reading. I’ve learned a ton about European Architecture from the beginnings. It’s interesting to go outside and know what type of thing you are looking at and where it came from. My preservation class is all finished with learning how to cite papers (YAY!) so now it is on to learning about interiors and how to draft. Speaking of drafting….

Draft away

It’s so pretty. It will be put to good use this week from what I have gathered. Im excited about it! I also had to pay a visit to the eye doctor because the pollen here hates my eyes and me wearing contacts. The resolution, cuts under my eyelids and new glasses. Here’s the “I look like I go to art school” photo.

I think it’s a pretty good picture of myself. New hair and new seeing eye glasses. Yes, I also got my hair trimmed, but because of the humidity here it does not stat straight. At all. Gasp. My glasses seem to attract looks from guys, either because I look like a fool or there’s something in my teeth. This happened Thursday at the Savannah Sand Gnats baseball game. I got the stare down a few times. Ha. I also sat next to this little creature before they were kicked out of the game.

It was a good game and they won. Not much has gone on here. I went to my first Young Life club tonight and had a ton of fun. I also found out that I received the History Associates of Wilson County award tonight from my undergraduate institution. It is given to someone who is very interested in the subject and insight too. It figures the one time I get an award is when I no longer live in the state. I am very thankful for it, and wish that I could have been there to accept it. So thank you Cumberland for giving me the love for history.

That is all for tonight. Bed calls me so the books can do the same in the morning.