Archive for the ‘New Hampshire’ Category

Last week, I was blessed with some time off work, good weather and family who were up for doing a little exploring!

I headed down to Dover, NH, and we headed out to see the local area.

LOST RIVER GORGE

Wednesday, August 21:  What a cool experience! Located in North Woodstock, which is located among the White Mountains, Lost River Gorge is so peaceful and scenic.  Driving up, I certainly did not know what to expect, and was thrilled with what we found!  It had been several years since Uncle Billy and Co. had been to Lost River Gorge, and we all enjoyed the experience.  We took a scenic drive through the White Mountains, and stopped at a beautiful scenic overlook along the Kancamagus Highway… the view was just amazing!

OLD ORCHARD BEACH

Thursday, August 22:  On my list, as I may not be back in Bar Harbor next year, I wanted to see Old Orchard Beach!  I started collecting older postcards of places I have been about two years ago, and the postcards representing Old Orchard Beach were just so unique, I couldn’t wait to get there in person.  After talking about it all summer, Uncle Billy and Co headed out to Old Orchard Beach for lunch, a walk along the seashore and wandered through some shops in town.  I actually stuck my feet in the Atlantic Ocean!  (First and last time, it’s COLD!!!)

On Thursday night, Brisbee and I headed up to Portland, where I was meeting the HAL Veendam to work their maiden call.

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Amazing how this week feels like it is flying… but, it is only Thursday!

Richard signed our contract and received keys to the house last Wednesday. I started making calls to transfer and cancel services on the apartment and he rounded up a couple of guys to actually do the move on Sunday.

So, officially, he stayed in the house on Sunday night.. we are homeowners. Unbelievable still. Maybe I am still in shock. Might be that way til I actually get home (T minus 23 days and counting, by the way.)

I actually ended up with a few days off work… Tuesday til Friday… and made the 4 hour drive to Uncle Billy and Auntie Heidi’s place. Having a wonderful time.. I slept in til 10:30am yesterday… Thanks Uncle Bill for the wake up call! I definitely felt rested… even though I fell back into bed before 10pm last night. Oh well, what can one do?

Apparently I feel asleep in the middle of that update… let us jump ahead, and catch up again.
Billy took me to a fantastic little Italian place in downtown Dover and we had a great time… Even though it had rained all day, and was a little chilly for this Florida girl, I still enjoyed getting to spend some quality time with him. 🙂 I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant though…

Hannah’s birthday was on Thursday, 10/7.. 9 years old. I am the oldest of the grandkids on my Dad’s side.. Hannah is the youngest… and oddly enough, her birthday definitely made me feel old. Ugh. But, we had a fun time. We went to the USS Albacore, which was a research vessel in the early 1940’s. Billy was in the Navy, so it was neat to hear some of his stories aboard ships similar to this one. The vessel looks so large from the outside, I couldn’t believe how small the interior is.. and the fact it holds 55 persons. Amazing. Makes me glad I work with cruise ships, and not for the Navy!

Headed back to Bar Harbor on Friday, the weather definitely picked up and it was an uneventful ride home.

Saturday was Costa Atlantica. Inspection of over 1800 foreign nationals… but, done by 11:30am, I was pretty impressed. Oh, and one of the sailors slipped right off the dock into the water. My jaw hit the ground, and it is funny now, but at the time… “Oh geez” was all I could think.

Sunday was RCCL Enchantment of the Seas. 4 medicals, 3 still in the hospital. Need I say more? The day finally ended at about 11:30 last night. Double ugh!

Today was RCCL Jewel of the Seas, and a fairly easy day.. No real dramas.. only 1 medical… Brisbee was at work with me all day, I think she loved all the attention she got.

I fell asleep, again!!

These days are just so long..

Yesterday was HAL Eurodam. Nothing too exciting, only 1 medical.

And now I am trying to figure out what to do about today. I need to hit the storage unit and get that cleaned out, and maybe start packing up. The weekend is going to be a long and busy one, and I need to start shipping stuff home next week. Wa-hoo!

The ducks in one of the ponds along the Hobo RR.

The NH Family + Rachel V. at the Hobo RR.

The underside of the calfs’ flipper, s/he was slapping it in the water to make splashes.

The calf rolling over.

Cool photo b/c you can see the fin under the water.

The calfs’ tail.

I drove to New Hampshire yesterday afternoon to see my uncle and his family, and stayed with them last night.

Today we went to the Hobo Railroad (http://www.hoborr.com) in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. It was such a neat trip! We went on a railroad that has construction dating back to 1882, very neat. There is a boardwalk along the water, and motor vessels that operate two hours cruises daily. Oddly enough, as I was reading the history of the railroad, it turns out that in the early part of the 20th century, one of the favorite routes was into White River Junction, Vermont, which is where Mom and I stayed when we went to Quechee, Vermont to ride on the hot air balloons! Such a small world…

We had a “hobo lunch” while we were on the train… a brown paper bag with sandwiches, chips, a cookie and a drink, and a hobo stick to carry it on. Very cute.

After the railroad I headed back to Bar Harbor bringing my two cousins along, Kelly and Rachel. We stopped for dinner at Lori’s Cafe, I think we found it on Route 3 just before Searsport. Tiny little place, but very good.

We finally got home late, and are going to watch a movie. Night!