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Bugs and Humidity — What New England and the South have in common! (Renee)

by on June 30, 2014

Today we find ourselves in Vermont – but just barely over the border. On the way here we visited Hanover, NH, the childhood home of Uncle Eric. We walked around Dartmouth College — which looked a lot like the campus of the University of Alabama — only TINY! There were lots of pretty buildings, dorms, and a football stadium…only it seats 13,000 not the 92,000+ that the stadium at Alabama seats. But it WAS covered in Ivy — which is the point I guess.

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We also visited Hanover Center, which is where Uncle Eric’s home was and a fantastic old ‘neighborhood’ cemetery, the church and the Parade Ground where they trained troops for the revolutionary war. Lots of history here!

The kids are adjusting well to life in the back seat of a Chevy Impala. So far the only real issue we’ve had is whether the Wifi at wherever we are staying is capable of downloading the latest episode of “Dr Who”….

Overall the first week of the trip has been good. We saw LOTS of Maine, the lighthouses, rocky coast, mountains, trees, trees, trees and then more trees when we got to New Hampshire. The mosquitoes (and I use that term to mean any flying/biting/stinging bug) are horrid here in New England. Today the kids were riding the Alpine Slide at one of the mountain resorts and they had a sign encouraging bug spray as it is “black biting fly”season. No kidding. We are using DEET bug spray liberally and still have bites all over us.

The other great surprise this first week has been how delicious the ice cream is. Most restaurants/ice cream shops make their own ice cream and it is exceptional. In fact, we now won’t stop unless the sign says homemade or made on site.

Today we also found ourselves in the same town as the “Worlds Longest Candy Counter” — and at 156 feet of glass gallon jugs 3 to 4 high…it was impressive. Of course we had to try some of the usual and unusual offerings — gummi lobsters anyone?

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A highlight for me this first week was touring a full-sized replica of the Nina and the Pinta, the sailing ships used by Columbus to discover the New World. These ships are SMALL — and when the Santa Maria sank the Nina had to take 120 people back to Spain. This is amazing considering that they all had to be on deck all the time – the only thing below deck was storage for food and water. Certainly makes you appreciate the Disney Dream Cruise ship!

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2 Comments
  1. apple_is_good (Ishan) permalink

    “Today we also found ourselves in the same town as the “Worlds Longest Candy Counter” — and at 156 feet of glass gallon jugs 3 to 4 high…it was impressive. Of course we had to try some of the usual and unusual offerings — gummi lobsters anyone?”
    Sounds yummy…

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