Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Traveling Tote - #27 and a Giveaway

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 quarterly Tales of the Traveling Tote. 

We recently took Miss Aurora glamping in the Catskill mountains and we explored the countryside witnessing breathtaking natural attractions, waterfalls and scenic vistas. We enjoyed hiking trails, and climbing fire towers. There are 98 peaks in the Catskill mountains. Truly a hiker's paradise.

Oh, there’s beauty buried in those hills

And as you walk you’ll find

That the scenery gives you chills

For you’ve never seen anything of its kind

And as you’re trekking up hills steep

You’ll enjoy the fresh pine smells

And in your heart you’ll forever keep

The beauty you find in those hidden dells

~Brandon Berman 

 Of course a little picnic is always a pleasure when hiking the mountains. 
In April we went to our local museum for a spring celebration exhibition of fine art and flowers featuring the Museum’s collection and stunning fresh-flower creations. There were fourteen floral arrangements on view throughout the Museum’s galleries. Each presented a creative interpretation of a work of art
 I Love a Picnic. We always enjoy our annual picnic at Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus for a private fundraiser.
I recently went to "The Outlet" to hunt for treasures! They have one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces, discontinued prints and patterns, original samples, high-quality seconds, and more. The staff interaction and meeting with a fellow collector also made it a fun day!  I purchased a boot tray that was covered in dust lol, and a Taylor Two Tier Sweet Stand.

Ricki Jill @ Sketchy Reader is hosting a giveaway, so leave a comment to have a chance to win this adorable Courtly Check switch plate. Good luck! 

I know the other "travelers" would love a visit. 

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths (you are here)
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Have a wonderful summer!
Debbie and Miss Aurora

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. Debbie, your spring outings are so gorgeous! Each photo deserved its own large sizing, but the collages are outstanding recaps of your eventful spring. Love your new purchases scored at the Outlet. Happy June!

  2. Your hiking adventures always look like fun times and great challenges for the great spring we had! Your camping in the dome must have been fun! Isn't The Outlet lots of fun? The boot tray was a good find! Happy travels!

  3. Oh how fun to go glamping! That is definitely my kind of camping! I know you've had a blast hiking, I admire your stamina! I love art in bloom events, so creative and beautiful...and who doesn't love a picnic! I love your new boot tray and tiered sweet stand, it must be amazing to shop the MKC sales and hunt for treasures and one of a kinds. I'm so glad you had such a fun filled Spring, and I know your summer will be full of fun adventures. Are you back working in the office or are you still remote? Happy Summer Deb!

  4. Love seeing the pics Joe takes of you:) Great buy the boot rack and I love that macaron stand;)

  5. I love vicariously living through you and Joe and your fun adventures, my friend!

  6. Debbie, love your travel pics. So nice to be able to go glamping. Miss Aurora is always right at home. Love the boot tray, what a lucky find plus the two tiered Taylor sweet stand. Love the little teapot on top. You and Joe are always so active, hiking, skiing, glamping, etc. Amazing travels Debbie. Happy June and happy summer to you and Joe.

  7. Debbie, I'm always impressed with your hiking trips. Your adventures into the mountains look like a perfect way to enjoy nature. I'm thrilled you found those treasures at the Outlet, and got to meet up with Colleen. Happy Summer, dear friend! May the hiking trails ahead be full of beauty.

  8. How fun to go glamping in the mountains. I enjoyed looking at all of the place you and your bag visited.

  9. Deb, I would enjoy a shopping trip to the "new" outlet store! I would be interested in seeing the one of a kind items and prototypes. I have never been glamping, but I sure would like to try it. The museum event is something I know I'd love....the New Orleans Museum of Art has had similar events in the spring with over the top floral arrangements, but we haven't been to New Orleans since COVID. Fun post!

  10. I am amazed at how much hiking you and Joe do! You are blessed with such gorgeous hills and trails nearby and I loved each little square you shared. I adore the tent pic. What fun those picnics look, and you look like a model arriving with your stylish skirt and tote. How I would love to visit the outlet, that must be a dream come true! LOL, probably good I don't live nearby. Happy June Deb!

  11. It has been so fun hiking along with you two virtually. Wow, 98 peaks - that is amazing, and you seem to have had such a wonderful time. We went glamping a few years ago and just loved it too. Your tent is gorgeous!
    Your tiered tray is just fabulous! That is something my house needs - haha! The boot tray is a great treasure too. So fun that you could grab two really beautiful and unique items. I am sure you will have a wonderful summer, hiking and picnicking, and enjoying life.

  12. Love both the boot tray and the sweet rack, Debbie! Nice finds!


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