After Thanksgiving break we spent 5 nights in New England visiting Nick’s father in Ellington, a small town in Connecticut. Surprisingly, the weather was mild for this time of the year and there was no snow. In spite of this, we spent a lot of time indoors. Although the temperature was warmer than usual, it was still chilly compared to Austin. I managed to go outside one day for a long run, enjoying the rural scenery and admiring colonial style homes. Unfortunately being on my run, I did not have the camera to capture what I observed, but I made a return with the camera another day via car to document the farmland and nature of the town.
Though the highlight of this trip for me was photographing, I also appreciated and enjoyed a couple of other things: visiting the shooting range and exploring a new plant-based restaurant. Nick’s father took us out to his shooting range one morning to shoot some targets. It was my first time shooting ever, and I didn’t do too bad. I shot with a 22 handgun and a 38 special revolver. Both were very different shots and recoils, but I had more control over the 22. I managed to hit a few bullseye, and many shots were within the target. Quite a few strayed outside as well, but overall I fared well for my first time.
Lastly when it comes to vegan restaurants, it is sparse in all of Connecticut. However, we found one not too far away in Manchester. Just opened in July, this new establishment was tiny and cozy. Nick and I didn’t know what to expect, but we were excited to introduce his family to a new way of dining out. 21 Oak restaurant did not disappoint and everyone loved their meals. I only managed to take a picture of my dish because I was trying to be discreet with my phone, so all I have to share is my entrée: marinated and baked tofu over mashed sweet potatoes, steamed bok choy, and a garlic and ginger sauce. It was so delicious! Everyone’s meals were all tasty and we all raved about the place. If you’re ever in Manchester, I would highly recommend checking out 21 Oak!