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April 6, 2014

A Wonderful Spring Weekend

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 5:28 pm
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Spring is finally sproinging around here, and it’s about time after the lousy, frigid, snowy winter we had!

Saturday brought a delicious visit to Pickity Place in Mason NH. I’ve blogged many times about this favorite lunch place of my sister, our best friend and me.
Lunch was good and tasty, but the dessert yesterday was OFF THE HOOK! Check this out:
Fabulous dessert (1)

Fabulous dessert (2)
That gorgeous thing is a vanilla flan with caramel sauce, raspberries and mandarin oranges.

Happy pansies and jonquils decorated the little cottage in the woods:
Pickity pansies

as well as the perennially sleepy Pickity Kitty:
Pickity kitty

Today brought sunshine and a high temperature around 60 degrees F! That in itself is a wonderful thing. The hike that we were rained out of last weekend was rescheduled for today. I have a friend with an interesting goal this year – to hike all 92 miles (the width of the state of Massachusetts not including the north shore and Cape Cod) of the MidState Trail. It runs from Douglas MA on the Rhode Island border to Ashburnham MA on the New Hampshire border. I said I’d like to join as often as possible, so we began our quest today! We did a little over 3 miles today, but that included looping back to the parking lot, so we still have around 90 miles to go. Next time we will strategize with parking cars and such so we can accomplish more of the route in one outing.

But for today, we enjoyed each others’ company and being out in the spring air. Our dogs enjoyed every puddle they tromped through and getting muddy!
Rhode Island-Mass border
Group portrait of Sherry, Greg and me (and Angel, Teddy and Daphne) at the Rhode Island-Massachusetts border.

Rhode Island line, Midstate Trail
The marker

78 Miles to the Ocean!
A crossing trail, running through Rhode Island. Only 78 miles to the ocean! Let’s go!

After lunch on our spring hike
One more group portrait, after our lunch break.

I’m looking forward to making my way up my home state throughout this spring, summer and fall – I hope we can find the time to complete the full trail.

Happy spring everyone! Is it finally feeling like spring where you are too?

P.S. WordPress has nicely informed me that today is my 4 year blogoversary! Still carrying on the “when I feel like it” way, 4 years later! 😉


  1. What a great spring break! Congratulations on the 4 year anniversary too!

    Comment by Dawn — April 6, 2014 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

    • Hopefully it was more than spring break – and spring has finally arrived to stay! Thanks Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — April 7, 2014 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  2. An admirable goal you have, and I wish you luck and joy!

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Carol — April 6, 2014 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Carol – that’s what I’m in it for – the joy! Joy of dogs, the outdoors, and great friends.

      Comment by Karma — April 7, 2014 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  3. what a great goal to have, hiking across your state. good luck (and that little cottage sounds charming)!

    Comment by Kate — April 7, 2014 @ 8:56 am | Reply

    • The little cottage where we go for this sumptuous luncheon was the inspiration for illustrations in “Little Red Riding Hood” – charming is a great word to describe it.
      Thanks Kate!

      Comment by Karma — April 7, 2014 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  4. Happy Blogoversary! 🙂
    Your dessert looks delicious, and hiking the entire trail sounds like a lot of fun!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 7, 2014 @ 10:55 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela! I’m looking forward to enjoying this time with my friends (and dogs, lol!)

      Comment by Karma — April 7, 2014 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  5. Happy Spring and Happy Blogoversary, Karma! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I love your hiking goal. And that dessert? It has me drooling. 😀

    Comment by Robin — April 7, 2014 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

    • That dessert was most definitely drool-worthy! The hiking goal is a good one for me and my dogs and getting us out into the fresh air. Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — April 8, 2014 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  6. This is such a joyful post Karen! I wish you well with your walking goal, and Happy 4th Blogoversary too! 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — April 9, 2014 @ 4:20 am | Reply

    • Thank you Joanne. It was a great weekend!

      Comment by Karma — April 10, 2014 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  7. You are so correct about the horrendous Winter we have just been through, and Spring (such as it is) has been less than sterling to boot !

    Must dogs be kept on-leash on your trails ?

    Comment by sybil — April 9, 2014 @ 8:53 am | Reply

    • I’m not sure about the leash laws for this trail, but I wouldn’t trust Teddy as far as I could throw him for listening to me when I need him to the most. That time would be when other dogs are encountered on the trail. He is very aggressive toward other male dogs – despite being neutered. Our other doggy companions – my Daphne and Sherry’s Angel are both female so they get along fine.

      Comment by Karma — April 10, 2014 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  8. How wonderful to get back here and find you at Pickity Place and on the Mid-State Trail! I enjoyed the joy by proxy. Always good to follow an astonishing dessert with a nice walk. Your plan to hike the whole trail this summer is an excellent one. (I used to hike in the Upper Peninsula with a group of friends–we’d spend a whole weekend in October each year, and covered quite a bit of territory over time. It was very rewarding.)

    Comment by Gerry — April 18, 2014 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  9. […] friends and I did Hike #2 of our MidState Trail hike last Sunday. That morning, as I bustled about getting ready for the hike, I paused a moment at the […]

    Pingback by Finding Joy in the Simple Things | Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — April 18, 2014 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  10. That vanilla flan was certainly off the hook (whatever that means)! The sort of photograph I’d expect to see on a foodie blog.
    As my friend Sybil (who lives a few minutes away) has already mentioned, the winter here has been pretty nasty, but it looks like spring is finally here 🙂

    Comment by flandrumhill — April 23, 2014 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

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