before the latest round of snowfall this week, i took my younger kids out to one of our local treasures – merck forest and farm.  it’s a short drive but easy to forget about – and each time we’re there, i wonder why we don’t make this little journey every single week.  breathtaking views of the mountains, bucolic bliss and always some variety of precious young farm animals to see in the spring along with many sap buckets collecting for the season’s round of maple syrup.