Sunday, September 17, 2017

More from Maine and New Hampshire

From Amherst, New Hampshire, we follow Route 101 north(east) to Interstate 93 north. Once into the White Mountains , we enjoy the slower trip through Franconia Notch, going by Cannon Mountain and the Old Man of the Mountain site. Then there is an exit for Route 3 to Twin Mountain and Route 115 up to Route 2 east towards Gorham. This is the northern stretch of the White Mountain National Forest .
Above is part of a trail within Dolly Copp National Forest Campground.

We so enjoyed Dolly Copp National Forest Campground last year, we came back for Labor Day this year.  The plus is that the sites are first come first served.  We arrive on a Wednesday and have an excellent choice of sites.  Ours has this great view of Imp Mountain.  With our America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass , we can stay for 6 nights at $11 per night. By Saturday morning, most sites are filled for the holiday weekend.  The National Forest is renovating the campground---completely redoing roads from the base up, adding electric and water sites, adding shower houses(yes, there were no showers here), new bath houses, and a trailer dump station.

During the weekend, we joined some family members near Whitefield, NH to look at some sale property(very nice, but just looking). Afterwards, this nice stop at Forest Lake State Park.  This state park is on a beautiful lake and has free admission for day use--no camping.  A wonderful park that sees a number of people come with folding chairs just to look at the view.

After the Labor Day Weekend, we head south on Route 16, past Mt. Washington.  On to Route 302 through the Conways and then west on Route 112, also known as the Kancamagus, following the Swift River to Jigger Johnson National Forest Campground.  Just one night--with some of the most spectacular, loud, and noisy thunder storms in quite a while---for us.
The next day --with less rain, we head back east to Route 16 south to Route 25 west in Tamworth to White Lake State Park.

This is a beautiful state park, with large campsites and a clear lake with views of the mountains above.  Included is a quiet hiking trail around the lake with--as you can see--no private homes, camps, or other buildings. There are several mountains visible from the beach and the trail. This one above is Mt. Chocorua.

Time to enjoy another great weekend with friends and family at Scott and Rachels.

Some time for Mom and daughter to catch up on the new house and the new Masters Degree.

Some serious kitchen talk.  
All the troubles in the world could be solved in a kitchen. 
All of the Maggs kids love cooking.
And they are good at it--get hungry just thinking about it.
They must get that from their mother!

Cousins can catch up around a really neat tiny house.

Good friends Jan and Nancy.  
Alison also having a great time.

Dad enjoys some time with Alison!

Not so serious talk around the table with Sean, Bailey, Dave, and Keith.

Sooooo---how are those dance lessons coming?
Great--would you like to try some positions?
Sure--couldn't be too hard.
And we all had such a great laugh!
Thanks guys!
It's not September until you can pick apples.
Look how many apples just on those trees in the background.
And they have already had some picking.

It is a tradition to eat at least one fresh apple right off the tree.

Rachel sets up another great selfie.

Kids with their own pictures and some school pictures often take serious as well as not so serious pictures.  Which one was this?

Father and daughter relax.

Back at Walnut Grove in Alfred, Maine.
This strange bug loved the side of Lady Blue.
Didn't we see those wings in some graphic design?

This miniature campsite was at the foot of a tree in the campground.
Note the rocking chair, pebble fire place, tiny swing beneath the mushroom, and camp trailer made from small pieces of wood.

We are surprised by the number of people who are unaware of the Marginal Way walk along the oceanside in Ogunquit, Maine.
This access walkway takes you by some very colorful flower gardens. 

Some great views of the ocean, sailboats, fishing boats, and lobster boats on the way from Ogunquit Beach to Perkins Cove.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer 2017 in New England

Almost two months since last post. What have we been doing?  Lots.  Lots of visiting and spending some quality time with friends and family. These pictures are from a typical New England 4th of July parade.  
 Note lots of red, white, and blue for watching along the parade route.
This is about a 1968 Chrysler Imperial that was seen on a cable TV show called Madmen
A slick all white interior.
Some great visits with grandchildren.
He loves playing games with Grandma.
Another visit in Rhode Island.  
Sister and Son.

And, of course, grand daughter.

A great deck to visit and wonderful food.
Don't be misled. Bruce knows very little about tech stuff.

Up to Maine this time to visit with daughter and son in law.
Also a great dinner at Province Lake Golf Club

Also a chance to see the progress on their new home that they are building themselves.  We understand that we will soon see the new home with new roof, siding, windows, doors, and more.

Another grand daughter with her new bike.
A very classy new bike.
Also , a great visit to the White Mountain section of New Hampshire.  This time to visit with another son and his fiancee and her family.  Oh, and also time for a birthday celebration.
A great time for cousins to see each other.  Doesn't happen often enough.
Food. Always great food.
A wonderful back yard with a large fireplace.
Great for socializing.
What a group.
A great pic of most of the two families, thanks to Mike in the lower left.  How do you do that Mike?
Three brothers working on the screenhouse.
Or are they?

Working the smoker always requires some extra supervision.
Some neighborly Alpacas
Also a chance for cousins to have a ride on horseback.
A ride and a great view.

Another chance for Grandma hugs

Older cousins had time for all kinds of books and fun with younger cousins.

Grandpa had time for youngest grand daughter as well.

For old times sake.
Lady Blue likes her camping spot

With a great view out the back window.

Did we mention youngest grand daughter?
Both families had a chance to go for some great fishing on New Hampshire lakes.
Shortly after, everyone heads for Cape Cod.
Our first stop is in Sandwich . Here , we are at the Sandwich Marina on the north end of the Cape Cod Canal. You can watch a lot of fishing boats unload here as well as some larger boats.

Even at the marina, an antique Model A Ford.

While having lunch at a newer restaurant on the canal, we see this yacht entering the north end of the canal.  Note the smaller, but good sized Whaler type boat in the foreground. We counted 4 or 5 decks on this giant. Note all the electronics as well. If anyone cares to look it up, the name on the boat is Annastar.

Back to our favorite campground in North Truro, Mass. Cousins have another chance to get together.

 Special time together

And this time, an August birthday.
Tree stumps can become all kinds of other objects.

The fiancees discover a mutual like for bike rides.
This time at the Highland Light

Uncles can be great for shoulder rides.

At the Truro Vineyard, the youngest finds a new friend.

A chance for a seafood lunch at Bookstore Restaurant in Wellfleet.
One of our favorites.

The Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is always a good destination for kids and adults. 

Right off the walkway are hundreds of Fiddler Crabs to watch.
She may be too young to ride the bike, but she can sure try on brother's bike helmet.
Another visit to the Bookstore Restaurant with its great view to Wellfleet Bay.
This time a great view from Pepe's Restaurant in Provincetown, Ma. In the background one of the sailboats out for a tour and MacMillan Wharf.

Grandma and Grandpa offer to babysit so that the three brothers and significant others can enjoy a night out.
We understand they really did enjoy!
This VW Westfalia was at our campground. But here, the owner was showing off for everyone on Commercial Street.

Jan says "Thank you" to Bailey and Nancy for the lilies and sunflowers.
A good bike ride to Corn Hill with Pamet Harbor in the background.

Typical beach bums.
The youngest enjoying some bayside beach.
Thanks to family members for some of our pictures.
Views of the full moon from our site at North of Highland.
Attention to detail.
This antique-WWII?--jeep also has the extras
like mailbag
Jerry can, knapsack, water canteen.
Also footlocker? in the back and camp shovel with cover by the driver.
Time to leave.  We stay a few nights at Nickerson State Park in Brewster.  Over 400 sites on 1900 acres with 4 or 5 kettle ponds.
Of course, one last chance at raw oysters from the Bookstore
Really enjoying the last day on a Cape Cod beach!