I am so excited to share with you all, a new blog series called Trippin. Trippin was inspired by a conversation I had with Lacey Davidson, the owner of a local unique boutique called Copper Fox. Lacey and I were constantly talking about all the great things nearby, and she suggested we write a blog about it. Life happened and we got caught up in it. I recently decided to publish this post mainly because of the illustration above. The illustration was created by one of the most amazing young men. His name is Hank and he's a super star. He was one of my first student's ever and although I only worked with him for a year, he's been a huge part of my growth as an educator and person. Hank and I exchanged post cards when he was traveling to London, and I was in South Africa. Hank always talks about being "brave." Me going ahead and publishing this blog post is me being brave!

Trippin is a series highlighting trips that I've been taking. I got the travel bug after spontaneously crashing the bar trip of a childhood friend. The guys jokingly invited me to South Africa, and I seriously bought a ticket. It was the best thing I've ever done, and the most expensive habit I have.

This series is going to be great for you. You will have access to my routes, a breakdown of how much the trip cost me, transportation information and I mean who doesn't want to read about trips that are actually possible for you, based on geographic location. I don't know about you, but my pinterest search for day trips from Troy, Ny does not yield many results. These posts will be short, sweet and to the point. I'm busy, you're busy and let's be honest you really only want to know how much it costs, how did I get there and where I went.

Let's Start Already. Below is a key to this trip.

Let's Start Already.

This trip

started in Troy, NY --- Bennington, VT, -- North Adams, MA

Trip Time: 6 hours

The Route

1. Left from Copper Fox, Troy Ny and headed to Bennington Vermont. There were plenty of photo opportunities on the drive and interesting mom and pop shops to stop at. Definitely bring your camera, and consider taking this trip in fall and check out the foliage.

2. Our first stop was the Bennington Battle Monument. Great parking options, and perfect for a nice day. You're able to go up inside on the monument, so even if it's a little cloudy or rainy, it's worth the trip. We went on national park day. So paid $0 for admission. There's a gift shop, and a small museum in the bottom of the monument. The elevator to the top, takes about a minute.

3. Next, we headed to Bennington Potters. Beautiful space, and great decorating inspiration. Stayed there for 30 minutes. Great spot to grab some stocking stuffers, or some dishware.

4. After an eventful morning, we made sure to check out Public Eat and Drink in North Adams, Mass. The service was great, and the food was better. The Rose was pouring. It's right across from Mass Moca, so great spot to stop at after or before heading to the museum.

5. You guessed it, after eating we checked out MASS MOCA and the new James Turrell: Into the Light exhibits. They were breathtaking. We spent about an hour and a half there, but you could spend all day. Some of the James Turrell exhibits require you to book a showing, so Check out the website and see the new exhibits and special events. They also have a free admission day, once a year, January 20th, 2018 , and is free for everyone who enters the museum.

It was super hard to chose which exhibit was my favorite, but I settled on Tanja Hollander: Are You Really My Friend? exhibit. Hollander went into the homes of many of her facebook friends, and asked to take their pictures. What? Freaking cool right. I mean, how many times have we scrolled down our facebook feed and wondered why you were following someone on facebook. It could be because you haven't talked to them in a while, or because you've never actually met them in person. I loved how Hollander, went into the homes of her "friends" and had authentic conversations about privacy, contemporary culture and family. It definitely made me want to reach out to some of my "friends" on social media. I haven't yet, but I'll keep you posted. How many of your facebook "friends" are actually your friends?

After Mass we headed home. I really enjoyed this trip, and recommend this route for anyone that wants a quick getaway. It works as a solo or group trip. As always, enjoy, travel and flourish. Post your pics in the comments, if you decide to take this route.

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