Franconia Notch

Although my first love is Vermont, New Hampshire is a lovely state. And truth be told, the White Mountains are a little more impressive than the Green Mountains. (We won’t try to do the comparison with the Rockies, OK?).
We took a run up Rte 93 in NH, through the Franconia Notch State Park. Do it if you get a chance, OK? Even tho The Old Man in the Mountain fell off the mountain last year, this is still an incredibly beautiful stretch of country.
Here are just a couple of shots – I took a lot, but somehow they don’t really capture the awesomeness of the area.

Where the Old Man in the Mountain used to live:

Rushing water at the Flume:

I forgot Newport, RI~~~

Although we had the missing wallet adventure in Newport, we did see some amazing homes and sights. Here are some of the pictures from that day….

One of Newport’s Mansions (or Summer Cottages!). All this for an 8 week summer season!

Another simple home – this one near Fort Adams just outside of town.

A View from Fort Adams

A fuzzy Gary & Stephanie at the Fort Adams Harbor.

Acadia National Park – WOW

Ok,OK,OK!
Lot’s of you told us to make sure we made it to Acadia – and made it we did!
Today dawned so beautiful after yesterday’s rain that it was breathtaking. We started the day with an 8AM Worship service right in the part at one of the Campgrounds (run by Christian Ministry to the National Parks). What a wonderful place to Worship our Awesome God! It was a great start to the day.
From there we did the Park Loop road – and you have to know it was impossible to take any bad pictures. The sky was soooo blue, and the rocks were soooo magnificent and the waves were soooooo waves(?)…I’m sure you know what I mean. (I’m posting from a central modem at the campground and a line is forming, so I won’t have time to upload the gazillion pictures I took, but keep checking – they’ll be here soon!)
We did some more biking (about 5 miles) and I was once again reminded what TERRIBLE shape I’m in. (Not to the mention the sore butt thing…) However, a lovely lunch in a restaurant right in the park soon chased those thoughts away, and we headed up Cadillac Mountain (in the truck!). Such vistas! Such an awesome Creator!!!
Hopefully I’ll get more posted later, but I hate to tie up the one camp modem.

Oh – we’ve heard from Judy, Gary’s sister who lives in Punta Gorda, FL. She lost her home to Hurricane Charley, although she (and her two dogs) are ok. Please pray for her (and of course the many other victim of that storm) – it will be a rough time ahead for her.

Thanks – hope all is well with you!
Steph

The Rain in Maine…..

August 20th….
Looks like the weatherman was right – a good old rainy day. We decided not to let it stop us, though, and off to Acadia we went. You know, even on drizzly miserable days, Acadia National Part is still pretty amazing. I wouldn’t recommend driving up Cadillac Mountain (the highest peak on the East coast (all the way to Rio) at 1350 ft., doncha know!)- the rain and clouds made not only the view invisible, but the road was pretty hard to see too! No photo ops there! Walked around Bar Harbor in the drizzle and by mid day the rain was coming down in sheets, so we headed back to Lizzie to get warm and dry. We had wanted to get some fresh fish for dinner, and although you can pick up a lobsta’ on almost any corner, finding that fresh caught Haddock or whatever, proved to be quite a challenge. Ended up at the supermarket! Geeeezzz. Oh – we did check out a local brewery (along with many other “what am I gonna do on a rainy day in Maine” tourists) and tasted some Blueberry Ale. What’ll they think of next!

We decided to do Blueberry Pancakes – real Maine wild blueberries – with Real Vermont Maple Syrup for dinner. You’d be surprises how yummy that is on a rainy night. Even had some “Bog Blush” cranberry wine that we got in Plymouth, MA. A very New England meal.

Sunday we do Acadia FOR REAL!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!