Stopover in DC area

At the beginning of December we began our journey south towards Florida.  We celebrate the fact that New England’s weather held out, and no major snowstorms hit before we could put our home on the road. 

Our first stop heading south was the Washington DC area.  We chose to camp in Greenbelt Park, a national park campground in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The reviews for this campground were mixed, with biggest pro being its’ convenience to DC.  It is only 2 miles to the College Park Metro Station and 20 minutes by train into the city.  However, the biggest con was the amount of ticks reported by many reviews.  We weighed our option, and decided to the ticks shouldn’t be a problem because the average temperature was forecasted down in the low 50s.  We are so happy with our decision.  We encountered an empty campground and not one tick.

With three days in the area, we took the train into DC only one day to visit my friend Jenny and her daughter.  In the morning Andrew and I browsed the National Museum of American Indian, then met Jenny for a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and National Mall.  We only see each other once a year, and every time is nonstop catching up. It is always so wonderful to visit with her and daughter.

Capitol, Washington DC
Mini Capitol, Washington DC Botanical Gardens
The Mall & Washington Monument

Another Visit to Connecticut

For our final three weeks in New England, Andrew and I owe a huge expression of graditude and thanks to my family.  Everyone has been extremely welcoming, accomodating and delightful for our extended stay. 

With all central Connecticut campgrounds closed for the season, we parked Rosie in my aunt and uncle’s side yard.  This gave us easy access for visiting with everyone on a daily basis.  From many family dinners and game nights to movie outings and holiday events, Andrew and I had the opportunity to reconnect with so many people.  Oh and, Ame scored with a huge fenced backyard to play to ball. 

While in the area we managed to do a little sightseeing with aunts, uncles, and cousins.   We went hiking around Crescent Lake with my cousin, Carina and her oldest daughter.  Even though fall foliage ended and the trees were bare, this hillside trail had some great views.  My aunt Jean and I visited the Hillstead Museum, designed by one of the first women architects, Theodate Pope Riddle, and made a trip to Washington Depot area, which is the definition of quaint and charming towns.  One chilly Sunday afternoon was spent wandering the New England Air Museum, home of a restored B-29 Superfortress, a Fokkerand and a Goodyear Blimp Control Car.

Every moment spent with family over the past four months was amazing and memorible.  Thank you everyone for such a wonderful time. 

Rosie enjoying the snow, Southington, CT
Rosie enjoying the snow, Southington, CT
Mural Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Mural Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Vintage Love Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Vintage Love Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Old Building Envy Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Old Building Envy Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Benches Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
Benches Along Linear Trail, Southington, CT
WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilot Symbol from WWII, New England Air Museum
WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilot Symbol from WWII, New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum
New England Air Museum

A Little More Play in NH

After leaving Acadia and Maine behind, Andrew and I took our traveling home back to New Hampshire for more exploration, play and family time.  For the second half of October and beginning of November, we bounced around a few places, such as Littleton/White Mountain area and Keene.  With limited camping availability after Columbus Day, we had to cross a few places off our list. 

Andrew and I really hoped to hit a few mountain trails while in the area, but unfortunately the weather was poor.  We experienced our first snow of the season, and bundled up while most days had rain and sleet.  We quickly learned that we couldn’t even take the tram to the top of Franconia Notch or the auto road up Mt Washington because they closed mid-October also. 

Settling into more sightseeing, we explored the small of towns of Littleton, Bethlehem and Franconia; we even managed a daytrip to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, VT.   The town of Littleton offered us lots of indoor opportunities with fun little shops to browse and  yummy restaurants to sample.  The Little Grille, an old converted train depot, became a regular lunch stop for us.  One evening ventured to the Bethelhem Library to listen to a lecture by Dustin Pari, one of the paranormal investigators on Ghost Hunters.  Let’s just say his audio recording of an exorcism in Russia is beyond creepy.

In Keene area, we were more stationary at my cousin Brandon’s house.  With 36 acres to explore on his property, we made many adventures into the woods, as well as many other trails in the area.  One day Andrew, Brandon and Brandon’s daughter decided to take our SUV off roading through the trails.  To Andrew’s joy, this involved many trees, winches and well thought out tire placement. Overall, it was a wonderful two weeks visit with Brandon and family.  Can’t wait to visit again!

Andrew enjoying Ben and Jerry's day
Andrew enjoying Ben and Jerry’s day
Ben and Jerry's Cemetery of Dead Flavors
Ben and Jerry’s Cemetery of Dead Flavors
Dusting of Snow on White Mountains
Dusting of Snow on White Mountains
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Off Road Adventures with Family, NH
Keene area, NH
Keene area, NH
View from hike, NH
View from hike, NH
Fungus details, NH
Fungus details, NH
Madame Sherri House Remains, Chesterfield, NH
Madame Sherri House Remains, Chesterfield, NH
Final Fall Evidence, NH
Final Fall Evidence, NH