Friday, June 1, 2012

I’M SORRY, MOM (PART 3)--Fishducky Friday

(or OH, TO BE IN NEW ENGLAND WHEN THE FOLIAGE IS FOLIAGING*)
When we were last visiting, Bud & I were still roughing it in our squalid quarters at the Waldorf.
          
    On October 1st, we rented a car & started our drive up the East Coast.  We’d never seen the beautiful fall foliage there & we were really looking forward to it.  I even had my new camera with me.  No matter what direction you turned, the scenery
                                     
                                       
was breathtaking—it was impossible to take a bad picture!  Here are 4 of the many shots that I took:
 
    Our first destination was Connecticut, to see our son & his family.  After a few days there, we drove through Rhode Island to Massachusetts, where, of course, we HAD to see Plymouth Rock.  The rock, itself, is now quite small—4 or 5 feet high.  They estimate it to be only about 1/6th of the original size.  The rest of it has gone to museums--& souvenir hunters.  It’s now enclosed in a monument, which protects it from the elements--& people.
 
    Right offshore, there’s the Mayflower II, a replica of the original.  On board, people are living, working & speaking as if it were still the 1600’s.  Very interesting!!
    From there, it was on to New Hampshire.  We rode the funicular railroad up Mt. Washington & saw The Old Man of the Mountain, a natural rock formation.  The following is taken from Wikipedia: Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native,  once wrote: "Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men."  Unfortunately, like the old woman in the TV ads, he’s fallen & he can’t get up.  He fell several years ago but he was there when we were!
 
    Next, we went to Maine.  We had no plans of going there, but we’d heard Bar Harbor was nice.  We loved it!  The town was lovely & the people were very friendly.  We had no hotel reservations for anywhere on this trip—we just went where the winds blew us--& I’m so glad they blew us to Maine.  (I could have used a little less wind, though.  I was getting something out of the trunk of the car & the wind slammed it down on me---OOWWWW!!)  We loved Acadia National Park (below).  It was beautiful!
   
    We had spent our honeymoon in Las Vegas, so we decided to stop at Niagara Falls on the way back to the airport.  It was magnificent!!  We rode on the ship, The Maid of the Mist, right up to the falls.  This is not me—I just wanted to show you the rainwear everyone is issued.  The other picture shows why!
   
              
                                                  
This is me at the falls:
 
    The freeways (or turnpikes/expressways, or whatever they call them there) don’t have exits as often as we’re used to.  We were heading to the airport to catch a plane home—the only reservation we’d made on this trip--& we missed the exit.  We had to go to the next one—25 miles away, get off & go back.  We had a 50 mile detour.  We made it in time, instead of early.  No problem.  We always had lots of laughs--& FUN—when we travelled!
    *I know “foliaging” isn’t a word, but it should be!----fishducky