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Jul 20, 2018 - Day 11

Before I tell you about today's activities, a word about our hotel. We chose this hotel in Bethlehem, New Hampshire because the online description called it "Charming". We are guessing that the rooms in the main building were charming. The room we got in the adjacent building was, as Cheryl described, "rustic". When we checked in we were given a key to the room. It was a real key with a plastic holder with the hotel name and our room number on it. It has been a while since I've seen one of them. On the other hand, the beds were comfortable,...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Cog Railway, New Hampshire

Sept. 7, 2012 It was a short three hour drive from Burlington to Franconia, New Hampshire. About half an hour east of Burlington we exited at Waterbury, VT, and put the motor-home into a parking lot at the Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Factory. We took their short tour, had a small cup of Triple Caramel Chunk ice cream. It’s sort of like “moose-tracks” only better! We were unable to escape the visitor center store without several pints of ice-cream: Triple Caramel Chunk, Cherry Garcia, Peach Cobbler (“To die for”), and American Dream. We stayed...

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Aug 5, 2011 - The Falling Water's Trail

Since we are leaving on Saturday, we decided to hike the 1.2 mile Falling Water Trail. After a short time on the trail we discovered it was steep but we could do it. We got to the first waterfall and took some great photos. Then it really got steep with lots of rocks and roots on the trail. After the second waterfall, Tim stopped and Susan went ahead a short distance to the final falls. The way down was really tricky due to the rocks, roots, and wet spots. Susan was walking ahead of Tim and slipped on a large granite slab that was very...

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Aug 3, 2011 - Woodstock--Not That Woodstock!

We took a little driving trip down thru the Franconia Notch to Woodstock, New Hampshire. This is not the Woodstock of the 60's--that is in New York. The town was really a typical New England community along a slow moving clear river with kids playing in the COLD water. We would never get in it. We had lunch at the Woodstock Inn & Brewery. The flower gardens at the Inn as shown in the photos and they were beautiful. The day was also great. After lunch we wandered around a bit and found Kenners Sugar House and hardware store. It was a great...

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Aug 2, 2011 - The Flume

The Flume is a cut out of solid granite and has a small stream tumbling down the chasm. We started up the Flume and the clouds got heavy. Then the rain came down. The trees did their best to protect us but still it came down. We all made it to the top and then came back to the base area. As we were leaving the crowds were arriving--time to head home for lunch and a nap! The RV Park wifi is really working and I am able to update the trip journal with photos. Hope everyone is enjoying them.

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Aug 1, 2011 - The Basin and the Old Man of the Mountain

This morning we drove down the Franconia Notch State Park to the Cannon Ski Area. The New England Ski Museum was there and we enjoyed visiting the museum. Bode Miller's Olympic medals for Salt Lake City and Vancouver were on display. It was impressive to see his gold, silver, and bronze medals. He grew up in this area and learned to ski here. Further down the Notch road is the Basin that is a series of small waterfalls over the granite. A little further down the road into the Notch was the Basin area. It is a nice walk down by a creek with...

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Jul 31, 2011 - Mt. Washington on the Cog RR

After checking the weather, we decided Sunday afternoon would be the best time to ride the Cog RR to Mt. Washington. The original Cog Railroad was built in 1869 and used steam engines to make the trip. This was also the first Cog Railroad in the world. We had the 1:30 train up the mountain. The brakeman in our car was very talkative and really made the trip up alot of fun! The trip is 3.5 miles. In the early days, workman would ride a single seat slider down the mountain from the top. They made the trip in 3 minutes--at about 60 miles per...

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Jul 30, 2011 - On to New Hampshire!

Yesterday we had an easy day with a Dutch Pancake breakfast at a Stowe Inn--a Dutch pancake is about 12 inches in diameter and very thin. It was a great brunch! Then we hit the local library to get the trip journal updated. Home to the RV park and then down to Ben & Jerry's--the ice cream factory tour. The tour was very good but the ice cream was GREAT! Ben & Jerry's use about 20% more cream in their ice cream and it taste so smooooth. We met another Texas couple who were out of Texas for the summer and had a great time talking to them....

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Aug 20, 2006 - Continuing East

8/18 and 8/19 We wrapped up our quiet stay in Vermont with a little nature outing to the Quechee Gorge. It's been touted as the "Grand Canyon of Vermont", so I thought we just had to go. It was pleasant enough, but after that buildup, a bit underwhelming. I don't think these places do themselves any favors with such ostentatious claims. The expectation is never satisfied by reality and you come away disappointed. The Gorge was pretty on its own and they should just talk about that rather than lure you with false claims. We made a little...

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Jul 8, 2006 - Littleton, New Hampshire

July 8 - Littleton, New Hampshire Today, we had to find our way across Maine and through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. But first we stopped at the L.L. Bean factory store in Freeport, Maine. There was a factory store with cut rate items and then a full blown retail store for clothing, a biking and outdoor store and a fishing store. We all managed to get some good deals on items we needed. Northwest of Portland seems to be cottage country. Lots of lakes and hundreds of boaters jam packed since it was Saturday. Reminded me of cottage...

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Sep 25, 2005 - Santa's Village

How to sum up Santa's Village. That thought perplexed me the entire 84 minutes I spent wandering through the park. I finally hit upon the perfect description as I was walking through the gift shop/park exit. I don't think I could have had a gayer experience without actually being gay. Think talking Christmas trees, the dreams of Chet and MAry Ann DuBois, who always dreamed of opening a Christmas theme park, for children to experience the magic of Christmas in the summertime. Penguins as garbage cans. Reindeer - which have the worse smelling...

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May 14, 2005 - Crawford Notch

Notches are a high level pass. The Crawford Notch is halfway between Fraconia and Conway. Just north, the magnificent Mount Washington Hotel stands in splendid isolation in the wide mountain valley of Bretton Wood. The hotels white façade, capped by red cupolas and framed by the western slopes of Mount Washington rising behind has barely changed since the hotel opened in 1902. The hotel is famous for the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944 which laid the groundwork for the postwar financial structure of the capitalist world, by setting the...

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