Not in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving...
Being back in Hawaii is great - having my friends and my family is the best. I wish I could just take them all with me wherever I go.
I know that I wouldn't be happy with the sun setting so early on the east coast - this I know for sure. -At times it was downright unbearable. But I find myself missing things - the different smells of the different seasons and the excitement you feel when you smell winter coming. I think most of this is brought on by the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for the past 2 years, Amy and I have spent Thanksgiving at Highlands Inn in the tiny town of Bethlehem, NH.
The area that the inn is located is the epitome of "quaint." The cottages and cute craftsman style houses we'd pass on the drive from RI to the Highlands Inn in New Hampshire. Driving through the snow, past the ski slopes, into little villages and towns, Harman's Cheese & Country Store (doesn't that just SOUND quaint???) in Sugar Hill, NH and the main strip in Littleton with the Chutters (candy store with the longest candy counter) and the diner.
The inn has a sign on the main road so that you know you're at the right place. When you see the sign, you turn down that road and you drive down this road which only gives you that feeling of privacy even more. To your left and right are nothing but trees -sometimes covered in snow- and it's just beautiful. You continue driving to that road and you pass one of the little cottages of the inn. Once you get to the end of the road, there's a little turn around and you see the main inn. This is where it opens up. The "forest" of trees that was keeping you straight on the little road have opened up into a beautiful contryside and all you can see are trees in the distance.
We would often order a breakfast to be delivered though sometimes we'd go downstairs to join others. They had a VCR collection downstairs and you could "rent" them and take them up to your room to watch. There was also a large tv downstairs where we'd watch the Macy's parade. They started cooking for Thanksgiving early so there were always the smells. It was just beautiful.
I also miss MHC and the valley. -The leaves changing colors...a mint mocha from the thirsty mind to bribe myself to read something I really didn't feel like reading...or a chai from Rao's as I searched for a place in the library...sometimes to socialize, other times to find a spot where I was as alone as possible. Walking around upper and lower lake...hiding away in Pratt. Not to mention Atkins Farms and Northampton, especially in the winter. Oh, Noho...the shops...used cd's downstairs near the yarn store...going into CVS just to warm up...and seeing all the crazy people waiting in line OUTSIDE in the COLD at Herrel's to get ICE CREAM in the middle of winter!
But you'll always miss something. At least I will. No matter where I am, I'll always miss something. If I had never left in the first place, I would have missed not knowing what I would be missing!!! I don't know if I'm one that can find a place and just stay happily forever. Unless I was able to travel a ton. Or spend part of the year in one place and part of the year in another. That could work. I find myself missing places I've never been or places that I want to visit. San Fran where some of my high school friends are, Washington where my relatives are, places that I've been to and want to visit like college and RI, as well as places that I've just never been to that I sometimes think about Portland, Oregon...Austin...Colorado...Nova Scotia...Alaska...
Though I have to admit that there is something very nice about fireplaces, snow, hot cocoa, and the general feel of winter, I think I'll always miss Hawai'i most...but now that I'm here I'll just miss winter.