Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween !

No tricks - grandkids are treats !

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a Difference . . .

An overnight can make after a storm.

This was the scene yesterday afternoon in Lancaster, PA when we left our motel room and ventured to Panera for lunch.


The scene was much different by mid-morning today. Roadways were snow-free, with some of the 3-inch snowfall along the roadsides.PA post-snow collageOur postponed family visit took us past farms in snowy fields.

PA barn collageEarly morning calls to family in CT, NJ and RI reassured us that everyone was OK, aside from a brief power loss in NJ. It was good news to hear after listening to TV news reports of widespread  power outages and downed tree limbs throughout the northeast. We are thankful.

Monday morning we are heading home to the VA eastern shore. It’s been a great road trip. Thanks to everyone who followed (and commented) on our road trip posts. Glad to have you all along.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snowed-in PA

Readers of this blog already know all about Grenville’s excitement over this early pre-Halloween snowfall we’re experiencing this weekend in Lancaster, PA. If you don’t, just check over his recent posts, starting before we left NH and earlier this morning in PA.

After spending most of today in a PA motel room  – the plans to visit family were put on hold until Sunday – we decided to venture out by late afternoon.

The flowers in front of the motel were not ready for winter.

PA snow collage2This couple of true “snowbirds”  watched motorists and pedestrians get around in the slushy mess.

PA snow collage5The snow was still coming down during and after our outing.

PA snow collage3There were some very pretty scenes.

PA snow collageOur destination was one of our favorite eateries, Panera Bread, where we enjoyed a soup bread bowl.  We also bought a baguette loaf for tonight’s fine dining experience – cut up cheese and apple.

Panera collageThe only thing that’s missing is a nice fire, but the Days Inn folks wouldn’t take kindly to us having one in the room. So, we’ll have to “make do” with lighting our travel candle.

HEY!!!!! I was joking!!!!!!!

Really folks, that “I’m Dreaming of a White Halloween” was just a joke. BUT someone at Snow Central has gotten this whimsy of mine all wrong. We are in Lancaster Pa this morning and as we sat munching our waffles the rain outside kept having some white stuff mix in. The guy on the TV just used the term ‘Unprecedented’. I was hoping that he meant no Prez candidates in the area.
us_har_closeradar_medium_usen  This is the Harrisburg radar at 8:30 this morning. We are just below the label ‘Harrisburg’ in that pretty pink area. Pink being a mix of rain and snow, and the white stuff is all moving towards the upper right corner.

On the plus side we will be meeting Daughter #2 at about noon to see THE WEDDING GOWN!!!!!!! Yes we will be taking pictures,,,,, NO we will not be posting till the wedding later this spring (if the snow melts by then). Then back to their NEW place for dinner (depending on weather).
phi- Map Here is a last look for now of the ‘Historic Storm’ the TV guy is saying with a ‘significant amount’ accumulation. Pink is BAD.

UPDATE @ 0934…. Rain has changed to large white fluffy flakes…..
Grenville (in Winter-Wunder Land)

UPDATE 2….. JIMG_1165ust called the North Pole and got the foIMG_1166llowing musical message:::: “You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout, I'm telling you why, you’re getting what you wished for now!!!!!” Hope  is fading fast!!!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Say It Isn’t S-N-O-W

As you know, Grenville was quite excited about the 1/2-inch snowfall we had on our last night in NH yesterday. Actually, that’s putting it mildly because he was downright giddy. If I didn’t know better, I would suspect him of doing a snow dance.

We are now in Lancaster, PA, which is our weekend stop to visit family before continuing home to the VA eastern shore and GUESS WHAT ?

S-N-O-W is on the way tomorrow as the entire eastern seaboard braces for the first snow of the season – before Halloween – did Mother Nature forget to check her calendar?

Could Grenville have wished this event in his earlier post?

Here’s what we saw before leaving NH this morning. These flowers were definitely unprepared.NH snow collage1NH snow collage2

The roadsides looked a bit “wintry” with black ice earlier in the a.m.

NH snow collage

But, the trees were not quite ready for this early blast of winter and are still “dressed” in fall colors.

NH foliage collageWe’re here until Monday morning. It should be an interesting weekend – 6 to 10 inches of snow may be headed this way.

Grenville is in his glory, or maybe just out of his mind.

What do you think?

Friday Funnies

Can you ever have TOO much toilet tissue?

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If you should run out, look what’s on the opposite wall . . .


GOT paper

These photos were taken in a Portsmouth, NH facility, which just goes to show that it’s always good to have a camera handy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

No More Dreaming!!!!!!

YEPPERS,,,, it is SNOWING!!!!!!!
YEP!!!! Big Puffy White Flakes…. and it is sticking in the trees and bushes turning everything into this seasons “First Winter Wonderland.” BUT not on the road surfaces yet, and that is fine since we have to head south tomorrow to see Daughter #2 in Lancaster. 

AND someone forgot to pack a snowbrush in HER car.
BUT for now I’m going to put on some quiet music, turn off some lights, and watch it snow. G’night now.

*****Special Note to Elaine and Grammy G:::: Stop shaking your heads and laughing….This is exciting to me*******

Afternoon with the Grands

CAUTION: photos of cute grandkids below

This weekend we are winding up our month-long road trip through NH. It’s been fun exploring and sharing our adventures with everyone. BUT, we realize you may grow weary of so much history; sometimes we do too.

SO, here’s a change – our grandkids!

And, the adventures continue with family visits in Lancaster, PA before we are home on Halloween.

Before leaving New England, we made a return trip to RI for a visit with grandson Bobby and granddaughter Elizabeth, since we won’t seeing them again until post-Christmas when we re-visit New England.

Grandson Bobby carved a couple of pumpkins with help from Grandpa.

Bobby collage1He was mighty proud of the results too.

Bobby collage8Granddaughter Elizabeth entertained us with many expressions while being fed oatmeal cereal by mom . . .

Elizabeth collageJust 3 months old, she’s already completely captured our hearts (just as her brother did before her).  . .

Elizabeth collage2YES, we most definitely remain besotted. (Aside to friend, Possum, the John Deere booties are still too big.)

ElizabethBobby and Grandpa Grenville played several games . . .

Bobby collage9And, Bobby won !

Our adventures continue with family visits in Lancaster, PA this weekend before we are home on Halloween – that’s no trick.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

NH Lake Region Towns

map lakes region1021Last week, we travelled back roads passing through many small towns in what’s known as the NH Lakes Region and stopping at a few places along this route.MeredithNH collage
Meredith is located beside Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the state at 72 square miles. It was first called Palmer's Town for Samuel Palmer, who taught surveying and navigation, and laid out much of the land surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee. In was later renamed named after Sir William Meredith, a member of Parliament who opposed taxation on the colonies.

Farmers grew corn, wheat, rye and potatoes; the area was noted for apple orchards. The outlet of Lake Waukewan provided water power and by 1859, Meredith had a sawmill, gristmill, blacksmith shop, and tannery. It became a summer destination for passengers who arrived by train or steamboat, the most famous was the original SS Mount Washington, launched in 1872. Meredith is also home to the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Grenville posted about our excursion earlier.Wolfeboro collage
Wolfeboro is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Lake Winnipesaukee,its scenic beauty and its small town New England character. Settled in 1768, it was incorporated in 1770.  It's named after General James Wolfe, remembered  for his victory over the French in the Battle of Quebec. Colonial Governor John Wentworth built an estate on what’s now called Lake Wentworth. This was the first summer country estate in the area and the basis for Wolfeboro’s claim as the oldest U.S. summer resort.Wolfeboro collage2
Like many other New England towns, Wolfeboro was a farming community. Lumber and the growth and sales of apples were a large part of early industry. Wood products remained a major local industry until the early 20th century.
Wolfeboro ladies collageThe tourist industry began to flourish in the early 1870s after the Civil War ended.  The first major hotel was built in 1850, and others followed. The SS Mt. Washington steamboat also brought in tourists during the summer season. Tourism is still a major industry.Weirs Beach collage
Weirs Beach, or "The Weirs" as locals call it, is the name of a wide, sandy, public beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Adjacent to the beach and comprising the center of the village are a boulevard and boardwalk that run along a quarter mile stretch of Lakeside Ave. An arcade and seasonal shops are along this stretch.
The main summer port of the Winnipesaukee Flagship Company's MS Mount Washington is located on the boulevard. A large public dock is a popular stop for boaters on Lake Winnipesaukee. Built in 1925, the Winnipesaukee Pier was a popular venue for many of famous big bands of the time, including the Glen Miller Orchestra.
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The Mount Washington Hotel – seen above on a rainy day – was was completed in 1902 as one of the largest, most modern grand hotels in the White Mountains. Designed by NY architect Charles Alling Gifford, the hotel was financed by industrialist Joseph Stickney who  brought in 250 Italian artisans to construct, particularly the granite and stucco masonry.
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Served by as many as 57 trains a day, the hotel became was one of the most luxurious summer resorts in the U.S. and catered to wealthy guests from the east coast cities of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Up to 50 trains a day stopped at three nearby railroad stations. Omni Hotels & Resorts currently operates and maintains the hotel, which was designated a national Historic Landmark in 1986.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Riding the Rails in New Hampshire

This years trip hasn’t been the greatest for riding the rails. We stopped at both the HOBO Railroad in Meredith and the White Mountain Central at Clark’s Trading Post and were too late to ride either. But we did get some pictures.IMG_1098
IMG_1101 We found these in the HOBO yard in Meredith. The cabooses seem to be privately owned. What a neat weekend  place. Later you will see more of the HOBO RR as it is connected with the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR.

The White Mountain Scenic RR runs out of Clarks Trading post which is home to soIMG_0949me trained dancing bears. But it was after the season and the bears were napping when we got there.  Maybe they were getting ready to watch ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Of course the minor detail of being “Closed for the Season” didn’t stop me from roaming around (through an open gate i found) and taking some pictures of their rolling stock. I’m hoping that on a return trip in the summer we will be able to ride this line.IMG_0937



As Beatrice told you we made a two day excursion to North Conway and rode the Conway Scenic RR. We took the 21 mile trip to Bartlett and back again.RouteMap As you can see they do sometimes run all to Fabyan Station. The coach we rode in was a renovated Central of New Jersey RR coach that used to run on the Jersey Coast line from Bay Head to Newark. CNJ is now part of the New Jersey Transit System.


Our locomotive that day was a restored GP-5.IMG_0995

On our return trip we stopped at an apple cider mill for some coffee and a traditional apple cider donut (see Beatrice post on that).

This past Sunday we ventured up to Weir’s Beach, just outside of Laconia, to ride the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR. As i said, this and the HOBO RR are run by the same company. Our ride was a short one from Weir’s Beach to Lakeport, a section of Laconia. What made this trip different was that there was no “run around” where the locomotive switches from one end or the train to the other. This time we just went in reverse, caboose first.IMG_1147
The lake is the largest lake in the state and alsIMG_1130o the most populated even in the off season. Our ride went along the shore line which while beautiful still had some boats on it. This one caught my eye since i owned a similar one years ago.