As we mentioned in a previous post, Rose and I were in Hanover at my house over the weekend. It was a perfect fall weekend with a little bit of rain and a lot of cozy sweatpants and fun activities. We were surrounded by the changing leaves and couldn’t help but snap a bunch of pictures.
We left from Boston right after lunch on Friday afternoon. As we drove from city to countryside, the view became breathtaking. From all the color-changing trees to the roaring mountains in the background, it was a sight to see. We tried to take some photos in the car, but I don’t think they quite captured how pretty it truly was.
Once we arrived at my house we were greeted by my horse-dog Olive, who was happy and a little bit confused to see us.
While my Mom cooked us a yummy dinner of taco pasta Rose and I grabbed our cameras and went out to explore my backyard. There is a huge tree that I used to climb when I was younger that had the most amazing colors on it.
Eventually Olive joined us so we tried to engage her in a game of fetch but she grew bored and wanted to go back inside.
After our delicious homemade dinner, my Dad came back from his run, and somehow we got on the topic of how I can’t skip in place. This soon lead to both my parents (attempting to) skip in place as well; needless-to-say I now know where my inability to skip and dance comes from. Rose got a good old laugh out of the whole situation. After the whole who skipping routine, Rose and I wondered into town. It was homecoming weekend for Dartmouth College and they had a huge bonfire going on the green. We stayed and watched as it collapsed in on itself and then decided to head back home for what we really came to Hanover for – carving some pumpkins.
Saturday we woke up early and had a slow morning, just enjoying the cool weather and the view from my kitchen window. We had planned to go on a big hike but it was supposed to rain off and on all day so we weren’t sure we wanted to drive an hour to hike in the rain. Instead we loaded up Olive in our truck and went to a place that wasn’t too far away, Gile Mountain.
Gile Mountain is known for its fire tour that you can climb up and get a pretty good view of Vermont. Unfortunately it was really foggy and started to rain half-way through the hike, so there wasn’t much of a view. But it was still fun regardless.
We made it to the top! Olive tried to climb up the stairs of the fire tour, but we had to barricade her off because she wouldn’t have been able to get back down.
The rain started to pick up as we hiked back down.
Olive gets a little wild when she gets wet…
After the hike Rose and I had some lunch and then went to my local food store to pick up ingredients to make some cookies and dinner for my family. Since we were both chilled from being out in the rain we were craving soup and decided to make a hamburger soup. We kind of lost track of time in the grocery store and spent a bit longer then we had planned just pursuing the chocolate and popcorn selections (we came back with a delicious Angies dark chocolate drizzles popcorn). Once we were back home we started on the soup right away and prepared the cookies once it was simmering. We will make a separate post for these cookies because they were a bit tricky to make but very delicious to eat, my whole family approved.
After dinner it was time to carve again. We spent some time figuring out which patterns we wanted to do and then poured ourselves some wine and a grabbed some popcorn and a cookie or two (or three) and then hunkered down to carve all night.
On Sunday we took it slow and just hung out with my Mom and Olive until we decided we should get back on the road. We then loaded up Rose’s car and headed back to Boston. It was the perfect fall weekend spent at home full of beautiful foliage, lots of laughs, delicious food, and dog cuddles. Until next time, Hanover.