Northwoods Textures

looking out

Spring had arrived two days prior to our drive to visit Meghann in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. We found little evidence of the change of seasons except perhaps thermometer readings that were climbing to the upper 20’s along with lingering light at the end of the day.

porch window

Snow fell for most of Saturday, adding to the 3-foot depths still on the ground. Much of the weekend was spent comfortably near the wood stove, reading, chatting, playing Scrabble, and sharing good food with Meghann and her Northwoods Stewardship Center colleagues.


Whenever we visit I find myself drawn to the textures of Meghann’s surroundings. There is a feeling that’s hard to describe in this place that is so intricately connected with the forests that surround it.

mukluks and basket

Many of the Northwoods staff carry pack baskets that they made themselves from black ash. Marion and I have been encouraging them to schedule a class so that we can come and make our own.


Moosehide mukluks remain an effective barrier to the winter’s snow and sub-zero temperatures.


Wood glows warmly throughout.


Under the eaves of the woodshop, a working sled hangs, ready to haul.

turkey feathers


  1. MegMeg03-30-2014

    It was so great to see you guys! These photos are great 🙂

  2. KevinKevin03-30-2014

    Always great to spend time with you!

  3. CharleneCharlene04-08-2014

    Kevin, you have a great eye. I love how you find a way to shine beauty on everyday things.

  4. KevinKevin04-08-2014


    Thanks so much for the kind words. The camera lens offers a great view of so many things that might otherwise go unnoticed. I’m glad you enjoyed the view of Meghann’s surrounds.

  5. SusanSusan04-12-2014

    Hi Kevin,
    A friend noticed your blog. I own an 1987 Pacific Seacraft Cutter 34 currently on the hard in Malletts Bay.
    Did you sell Raven?
    Susan S

  6. KevinKevin04-12-2014


    No thoughts of giving up Raven. She’s still home during the weekdays when my work brings me to the shores of Lake Champlain. Even if I weren’t living aboard I don’t think I could ever give her up. She’s quite a special sloop and my island of sanity amid the ever-increasing pace of life Chittenden County.