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Pick your own vegetable

I’ve always wanted to experience vegetable picking. For most of the people vegetable picking might not be on the top of the list to do. I hail from farming family background. My grandfather and father was farmer they use to own their farm long back time. I still hear lot many stories and experiences from my Dad. Always wanted to go for vegetable picking, use to wonder how the actual plant looks like.

What to wear and carry along:

Vegetable picking is fun activity with friends and family but can be tiring for some. This activity is purely weather dependent. You can beat the sun and go early in the morning. Make sure you dress up in your old pair of clothes for which you won’t really bother if they get dirty. Also wear shoes (closed toe shoes) and avoid wearing sandals. If you are allergic or sensitive to dust make sure you wear full sleeves shirt and pants (Unless it’s blazing hot day). Keep a hat handy and sunscreen if you are sun sensitive.

Carry pair of cotton gloves it will be very handy. Carry knife and scissors to cut the vegetable from the plant. You might not want to damage the plants by plucking the vegetables. Make sure you carry few garbage bags or newspaper to lay it on your car floor. As you will end up bringing dirt along with vegetables.

What to do:

Before you start the day make sure you call the farm whether they are open for the day and check their timings. Most of the farm timing varies, so make sure you read their rules and pricing.

Before entering farm make sure you collect the farm map to make your life easier when you driving and hunting for vegetable in the farm. Some farm requires you to pay beforehand but some like the one we visit every year they charge us on our return. They have typical one size bags, which are generally either $10 or $12 per bag with vegetables. No matter what vegetable you pick from the farm. Here are some of the pictures from the McQuesten Farm in NH. We visit them every year for Pick you own vegetables. They open up around mid of August until 1stOctober. Enjoy!!!

After Vegetable Picking:

Make sure once you go home you clean thoroughly all the vegetables. As they might have a lot of dirt on them.  Wipe them and let it dry for 12 hours at least than place it in fridge or cook the way you like it.

Did you ever go for vegetable picking or fruit picking?

What vegetable or fruit did you pick?

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US Open Experience!!

The US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens, is one of the premier sporting events, is a hard-court tennis tournament. US Open is one of the tennis major comprising each year; along with other three are Wimbledon (Clay court), French Open (Clay court) and Australian Open (Hard court). This two-week tournament is held every August and September at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The main tournament consists of different event championships

  • Men’s and Women’s singles
  • Men’s and Women’s doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

It was our first time experience watching live US OPEN Tennis game at Arthur Ashe Stadium. We were all excited to gain experience and see the match live. We had booked our tickets 3 weeks before the game. We really wanted to go for Semi Finals or Finals but it was too late to get the cheaper tickets. So we ended up going for Men’s &Women’s 3rd Round Game.

We watched very competitive game, Women’s Singles between Sloane Stephens US player and Ana Ivanovic Serbian Player and Men’s Singles between Mardy Fish US Player and Giles Simon French Player. Ana Ivanovic & Mardy Fish were winner, this wins promotes them to the fourth round of the Grand Slam.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium hosts all the top-seeded matches and finals. We were at the entrance by 6pm. Our first game was at 7pm Women’s’ singles following Men’s Singles game lasted till 1:30am. Total hours inside the stadium were almost 6-7 hours.

Please check out pictures of our great experience. Picture Credit goes to our friend Arun.

We would like to hear your experience to US Open as well. Was it your first time to US Open?? Did you meet any top-notch player?? Write to us, we would like to hear from you. If you have any great memory or pictures share with us.

Rhode Island

Few places so far we visited in Rhode Island State Narragansett Beach, Newport, Providence. Please check out below for details.

 NARRAGANSETT BEACH, RHODE ISLANDIt’s located in the center of town, one of the finest beaches in Rhode Island area, good for swimming and surfing. Its clean, has clear water, great waves, soft sand, nice boardwalk across the shore/ seawall and Narragansett pier.  We at least come here once in a summer time.  There’s admission fee to use the beach around $5 to $6 (carry cash). On Duty Lifeguards. Facilities provide showers, restrooms and refreshments. Also there’s rental and lessons available for surfing. Street parking and parking lots are available. Check out Pictures.

Must visit nearby eatery place lot of options – Crazy Burger Café and Juice Bar (http://www.crazyburger.com/ )

Narragansett Pier

 

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

This city has signature and unique event called WaterFire occurs on selective evenings.  Event occurs throughout summer till early fall. Check out the schedule and events before your arrival at http://waterfire.org/ . This event takes place right in front of the Providence mall. WaterFire evenings begin shortly past sunset and last until just past midnight when the fires burn out.  Check out pictures.

Across the street there’s lot of restaurants. We generally go to our one of the favorite restaurant “FIRE + ICE” http://www.fire-ice.com/locations/providence-ri/

WaterFire Event Providence,RI

WaterFire Event Providence,RI

FIRE+ICE Restaurant, Providence, RI

 

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

City mainly known for great Mansions. http://www.newportmansions.org/  We hardly visited any but if someone who really likes architecture, luxury homes and mansions than they must visit this city.  A nice cliff walk along the coast is recommended.

One of Mansions in NEWPORT,RI

One of Mansions in NEWPORT,RI

Newport Beach near Cliff walk

Yellowstone National Park

2012 Summer Trip with friends to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bear Lake Vally – WY, Idaho state, Salt Lake City – UT.

Trip to Yellowstone National Park around 4th Of July weekend (3rd – 8th July – 6 days/5nites).  We were 7 of us 4 friends flew from west bay area and 3 of us flew from east bay area. It was exciting fun and adventurous trip as we all met after 5-6 years recollected all old sweet memories.  At the end please scroll down for amazing remaining picture gallery of the park ( most of the picture credits to my friend Vannie Lu. She captured amazing shots of the park.)

Accommodations and Rentals:

We all flew into Salt Lake City, Utah. We reserved hotel “Comfort Suites” near Salt Lake City Airport for two nites (3rd & 7th). They even had free pick up and drop off shuttle to and from airport. We rented a family size SUV “Chevy – Suburban” to fit us and our baggage’s. We rented a cabin in West Yellowstone called “Cozy Cabin” at 141 Grizzley Bear Dr., Yellowstone Village, West Yellowstone, MT through West Yellowstone vacation rentals. It was nice cozy and spacious rental.

NOTES:

  1. If you are driving from Salt Lake City you have choice of two routes to go through to West Yellowstone.
  2. Drive on I-15. Drive through Idaho State and get into West Yellowstone. (5.5 hours)
  3. Drive on Route 89. Scenic drive through Wyoming State that takes you to Grand Tetons and into south entrance of Yellowstone. (8hours)
  4.  We choose to take Route 89 while going to West Yellowstone and on our return we drove through I-15 thru Idaho State.
  5.  Pack your own lunch and water bottles while in the park.
  6.  Pack a jacket or sweatshirt, umbrella or rain coat as weather is unpredictable.
  7.  Bring Mosquito Repellent and Sunscreen lotions.
  8.  Old faithful and Mammoth Spring are the only two places in the park where you will find food, ice-cream and souvenirs.
  9.  Best Wildlife spotting at Hayden Valley.
  10.  Spotted Grizzly Bear at Mt Washburn.

Trip Layout:  

Day 1 (3rd July) – We all flew into Salt Lake City, Utah almost till midnight. Checked in to hotel. But we were all so hungry, luckily we found Denny’s around the area within walk able distance. And slept around 2am.

Day 2 (4th July) – We got rental car and started our Road Trip towards West Yellowstone around 11pm. We decided to take longest scenic route through Route 89 via Wyoming State which roughly takes 8 to 9 hours without any breaks. It took us roughly 12 hours to reach including all the restroom, restaurants and scenic place stops.

Drive Map From Salt Lake City to Yellow Stone National Park

–          First stop was at Bear Lake Valley, Wyoming. We had lunch took some pictures from over look area and down in the valley as well. Overlook view of Bear Lake Valley is amazing.

Bear Lake Valley

Bear Lake Valley

Bear Lake Valley

Afton WY

Afton WY

Route 89

Route 89

Route 89

Route 89

Route 89

–          Our path took us to next stop – Grand Tetons National Park, we were amazed by the breath taking view of Tetons. Mountains spread wide across standing tall and bracing the nature (blue skies with hue of sunset, snowdrifts on top of mountains, pine forest and beautiful lake at foothill.  Pictures don’t do much justice but it was just an outstanding view.

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park (Pic Credit to my friend Vannie Lu)

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Tetons National Park (Pic Credit to my friend Vannie Lu)

Grand Tetons National Park (Pic Credit to my friend Vannie Lu)

–          Last Stop – Jackson Hills– We did some grocery shopping for oursurvival for next few days in the park.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, WY

–          Arrived at Cozy Cabin – West Yellowstone National Park.

Cabin

Cabin Rental

Cabin Rental

Day 3 (5th July)- It was our first day in west Yellowstone so we wanted to get started early, we left house around 9ish. We had breakfast at Running Bear Pancake house one of our friend suggested (TA ranked 4). Service was slow and they have regular American breakfast “iHOP” types. We entered park from west entrance around 11ish. Weather was kind a gloomy and cloudy. Thunderstorm was expected in the late afternoon. We decide to do first lower grand loop of the park which covers mainly various world famous Geysers and Fountain Paint Pot. I am not going to write the neat details of every point in Yellowstone as there’s lot of information floating on internet to grab from here the park website http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

–          Lower Geyser Basin

–          Fountain Paint Pot

–          Midway Geyser Basin

–          Upper Geyser Basin

–          Old Faithful (main attraction check out eruption timing before hand as it erupts after every 90 min interval)

–          West Thumb Geyser Basin

We returned back home as weather was getting worst due to thunder storm.

Day 4 (6th July) – Second day in the park decide to do the upper Grand loop. Weather was beautiful today unlike yesterday. Day light was there almost till 9:30pm. We had a long day almost covered the  ¾ th of the park.

–          Artist Paintpots

–          Norris Geyser Basin

–          Roaring Mountains

–          Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces

–          Tower Fall

–          Mount Washburn (highest peak in Yellowstone) we spotted Grizzley bears

–          Yellowstone Grand Canyons

–          Lower / Upper Falls (lot of hiking)

–          Hayden Valley (best area for wildlife spotting)

–          Sulphur Caldron

Day 5 (7th July) – We started our drive towards Salt Lake City by taking via Route 20 to merge to  I-15. Driving through Idaho was fast and quick. Several stops on the way.

–          Yellowstone Bear World, Idaho (http://www.yellowstonebearworld.com/) – Its roughly 2 hour drive from west Yellowstone. Here you can enjoy the wildlife sightseeing its drive thru park and you can take your own time to see them and take pictures. Best thing in our entire trip.

–          Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, IDhttp://idahopotatomuseum.com/  – Its like 45min drive from Bear World. We were amazed by seeing Potato history. Never knew Potato has its own history.

–          Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, UT – Temple was under construction so we couldn’t go inside the temple. But we visited auditorium both the new and old one. Also we got a sneak peak at Temple model inside the visitor center.

–          Temple Square – We stroll around Temple square and walk towards downtown in search of Himalayan Kitchen (http://www.himalayankitchen.com/ ) which had good rating.

Day 6 (8th July)Back to Airport. Happy Ending Trip with wonderful friends!! Please Enjoy the remaining park pictures ( most of the picture credits to Vannie Lu. She captured amazing shots of the park.)