Friday, March 1, 2019

Traveling Tote - The Shenanigans Continue

If you are here for the first time, welcome to Mountain Breaths. Today I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you our 18th Tales of the Traveling Tote. 
According to Wikipedia:  The "Tales of the Traveling Tote" is a group of well-preserved, dynamic women that bring a MacKenzie-Childs tote bag on a trip and take pictures of it in front of famous (and infamous) landmarks. 
Believe it or not, I have enjoyed the winter but am now looking forward to spring and getting my garden ready. I hope you'll come back on June 1 to see where I am off to with my new bathing suit. 

As you have already guessed, Joe and I have a winter anniversary so Miss Aurora and her sister have been enjoying winter activities in the mountains. Just when we thought we would like to warm up in Key West in February, we changed our minds and made plans to travel to the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid and spend time with our family and friends at our camp for our anniversary. The groundhog said we will have an early spring, so we have been skiing and snowshoeing as much as possible.
My sister Diane and I love to visit the Old Forge Hardware Store near our camp. And let me tell you, this hardware store has everything you can (and cannot) imagine. I don't think there is any tourist that passes by the hardware store without stopping. It is an icon! They also have beautiful clothing. 
Joe and I have been staying at the Mirror Lake Inn for 20 years, and enjoy their lovely meals. The distinguishing feature of this inn, which has been in business since 1924, is that all 131 rooms have a view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. The sunrise and sunsets are amazing. 
Miss Aurora has fond memories of Key West, and is waiting patiently to return. 

Thoughts and prayers for our fellow toter RJ @ The Sketchy Reader as she is away caring for a family member.

Come along and travel with:

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths (you are here)
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs @The French Hutch
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home  
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda 
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron 
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Cherry Kay with Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women -- Cherry Kay is hosting the giveaway!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Love the picnic photo! I am glad you love the snow, but I have had enough of winter!! I want key West weather!! it was fun 'traveling" to the Adirondacks with you!!

  2. Lovely pics! Mirror Lake Inn looks so are totally photogenic!

  3. First of all, I love your new bathing suit that's waiting for your next trip! I would love to visit the hardware store (I could probably stay there for hours) and the Mirror Lake Inn (which looks enchanting). I have to say that I really love Miss Aurora's pretty and smaller sister. You look adorable in all the photos!

  4. You two make the very best of all the seasons, and I love that. Miss Aurora goes well with every season. Love the new suit, and your picnic in the snow is adorable!

  5. I know you enjoy the snow and winter sports Debbie, and your cabin looks like so much fun, but I can't believe you opted out of your Key West trip! Key West in the winter months is such a great place to be! But the Mirror Lake Inn does look beautiful and very romantic! Of course you found a black and white check bathing suit!! I hope Spring does come your way soon, happy travels!

  6. What a nice inn to celebrate your anniversary and take that cute tote along with you. I enjoyed looking at all of the photos. :)

  7. Debbie, you, Joe and miss Aurora have some fabulous travels. The snow picnic is unique. Love your accessories. Your new bathing suit is so cute. I am looking forward to hearing about your travels in June. Mirror Lake Inn looks lovely. How special to be going there for 20 years. You look so adorable in every photo. Happy weekend.

  8. Deb, what a wonderful anniversary trip for you and Joe (belated congratulations!) The winter tote picnic looks so fun and festive and the hardware store looks amazing. I never pass one without going in. Tip, I found a lot of wonderful buys in hardware stores in Paris and all over France. Yes, they have hardware stores there :) Love the swimsuit, how perfect for you. Happy March......

  9. Debbie, I admire you and Joe and the way you embrace the winters of upstate NY. It is beautiful, and your two make it look fun too! I can imagine that you are looking forward to spring and looks like you have some great plans in the works. Cute swimsuit and I spy some books on a favorite destination. Happy March!

  10. Happy Anniversary, Deb. Looks like you had a wonderful one! I wish that I could love the Winter as much. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. You and hubby and Miss Aurora really know how to celebrat winter and snow. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. What a wonderful place. But yes I am looking forward to sunshine and the tulips and blossoms!

  12. I love how your tote gets around, Debbie! One day maybe it will makes it's way to Joshua Tree National Park :) I love your tote set in snow with a big plaid bow!


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