Tulula's Blog
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
  My Weekend in the North Country
My friend and I had a delightful trip to New Hampshire's North Country, home to the former Old Man in the Mountain and some 6,500 moose.

Our first stop was to make reservations with Pemi Valley Excursions, a small company that provides moose tours in the area. We disclosed to Tony, the tourguide, that we were in search of waterfalls, and on his suggestion, wound up at Georgianna Falls. At the entrance to the trail, we saw a yellow warbler (I think).

The hike was beautiful and cool, although at some point the trail seemed to disappear and we found ourselves climbing up some steep and slippery rocks. It was well worth it though, because at the top we sat on a nice flat rock with a fabulous view of the waterfall. The crevices of the rock held some leftover rainwater, and bending over, you could see what looked at first like tiny little fish, only they whipped around in circles instead of swimming. After doing some internet research, it appears likely that these creatures were mosquito larvae. I'm glad we got there before they were flying around and sucking blood!

Later that afternoon we checked into a bed and breakfast, the Northern Star Inn. This place is great, because the innkeepers, Debbie and Jimmy, allow guests to use their kitchen facilities to make their own dinner. Their shelves were well-stocked with stacks of pots and pans, and although I tried, they wouldn't allow me to wash the dishes after I cooked up a storm of stuffed peppers. I highly recommend staying there. The rates are reasonable and the rooms are clean and charming. We awoke to the scent of sausage and bacon, and I even got to play their piano.

The next day, we did the two-mile circular hike at Flume Gorge.

It was fantastic, because there was this wood walkway that went alongside the waterfall and then over it. Here is a picture of Avalanche Falls:

Well I must be going to bed now. But I'll tell you more about my trip and brief encounter with New Hampshire wildlife tomorrow.

Friday, May 27, 2005
  Off to the White Mountains
I'm off early tomorrow morning to the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

It looks like it will rain and storm all weekend, so most likely we'll be trudging around mud, but I won't let that dampen my spirits. I hope to see some meese

and breathe fresh air. Enjoy Memorial Day weekend! With love, Tulula.

Sunday, May 22, 2005
  Octopus Births
Check out these cool videos: Video of a octopus being born Another one
Friday, May 20, 2005
Cephalopods are truly the most fascinating creatures to roam the ocean floors. Octopuses in particular are experts at taking note of their environments and then focusing their energies to transform the color and texture of their skin to match! Check out the incredible video at the bottom of this page. Truly magic! They also mimic other animals. I love this picture -- I think our prototypical conception of an alien was designed after Paraledone octopuses:

I also love cuttlefish -- both to watch and to eat! They look so thoughtful as they swim. They also camouflage themselves, though not quite so precisely as octopuses.

My dream is someday to learn to swim well and scubadive, so I can visit cephalopods in their natural habitat, without getting eaten myself, of course. (This video demonstrates that this is a reasonable fear! WARNING: DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART!!)

Thursday, May 19, 2005
  Plum Island
This past weekend we visited the lovely Plum Island, off I-95 near Newburyport. We spent the majority of time scouring the beach for snail shells and other interesting sea carcasses. At one point, we came across a small grey and white bird that was scurrying at an impressive clip across the wet sand.

Curious, I chased it for a couple of yards, only to learn further down the beach that it was an endangered species, stupid human that I am! Later we went to the other end of the island, where there is a bird sanctuary. We heard the red wing blackbird sing and saw an assortment of bright yellow birds. If you ever get the chance, you must go there one day! It seems the perfect place to have a family picnic.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Yesterday we attended the Harvard Arts Festival. The various societies at the college gave free performances in music, dance, comedy and magic. We heard a group of Franco-Flemish polyphonic singers in a beautiful stone atrium, a piano duo playing Rachmaninoff and a string quartet playing Brahms in the courtyard of the Fogg Museum. It was a wonderful way to spend a rainy day. Later we ate at Marcello's restaurant on Newbury Street, a hidden treasure of mixed Iranian and Italian cuisine. We tried to attend the Mariners-Sox game at Fenway, but unfortunately it was rained out and postponed for today. I can't make it, so a friend is going in my place to root for the M's. Instead we came home and played dominoes. We didn't have any dominoes, so I made some out of cardboard and whiteout!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
  My First Blog
Thank you for visiting my blog. This is a blog about all the things I love that can be shared. As I come across them in my daily life, I'll post them here so perhaps you can experience it too, for better or for worse.

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