Category Archives: American Road Trip

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

Cape Cod

Continuing with Andrew’s introduction to a New England fall, I reserved  a week at Scusset State Beach Campground in the northern part of Cape Cod.  While most of our days were used to explore the Sandwich area beaches, which are all dog friendly after September, we did manage to get in a few days of sightseeing.  One day we drove along Rte 6 and 6A down to Provincetown.  We managed to enjoy some beautiful beach views, quintessential colonial homes and unique little gift shops, along our route.  By far my favorite stop in the area was the Edward Gorey Museum in Yarmouth.  He was best known for his books and illustration that demonstrated the darker side to his Victorian-Edwardian fusion backdrops, such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies where an alphabet of children meet their untimely demise (poor Leo swallowed tacks, Fanny was sucked dry by leaches and Nevilled died of boredom). 

Sandy Neck Beach
Sandy Neck Beach
Sandy Neck State Beach
Sandy Neck State Beach
Scusset State Beach
Scusset State Beach
Scusset State Beach
Scusset State Beach
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum
Edward Gorey Museum

Fun, Festivals & Family, Connecticut Edition

After a month of fast travel and catch up, we finally arrived in Connecticut, back on track with our original autumn plans.  Back when Andrew and I started talking about locations for the fall, New England was first on our list.  I lived in Connecticut through elementary school, but haven’t seen a New England fall foliage in over 20 years.  Andrew had never see the northeast in the fall.  So, it seemed only right to spend our fall travel around the northeast.

Connecticut became our first stop, so we could visit my home town of Southington’s Apple Harvest Festival.  Something I had celebrated since I was eight.  Our time in CT also included a trip to Lyman’s Orchard for a little apple picking, visit to the Florence Griswald House, a hike to Wadsworth Falls and an abundance of time with family.

Apples, Lymans Orchard
Apples, Lymans Orchard
Florence Griswald House
Florence Griswald House
Wall Panels, Florence Griswald House
Wall Panels, Florence Griswald House
Wall Panels, Florence Griswald House
Wall Panels, Florence Griswald House
Fairy Homes, Florence Griswald House
Fairy Homes, Florence Griswald House
Fairy Homes, Florence Griswald House
Fairy Homes, Florence Griswald House
PaperCut Graffiti, Florence Griswald House
PaperCut Graffiti, Florence Griswald House
Botanicals, Florence Griswald House
Botanicals, Florence Griswald House
Wadsworth Falls
Wadsworth Falls
Southington Mural
Southington Mural