I kind of feel like all my blog posts are starting to sound the same. Campgrounds with trees, lakes, and fire rings, trails for hiking and biking, meet ups with old friends, tours around charming towns and historic places, and always eating and drinking. Our life is pretty much the same agenda, but in a new place each time. And we LOVE it! So, here is the latest version of our semi-groundhog-day-scripted life.
We moved from the Cape Cod Canal a bit further north to Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, Massachusetts, which is close to Quincy where Mike grew up. Even though his mom and sis now live in Phoenix AZ, he has aunts and cousins in this area. We had a mini-reunion with a houseful at Auntie Cleta’s, but didn’t take any pictures out of respect to her. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone wouldn’t want to have pictures taken, but she has always felt that way. So no one takes pictures around her. Ever. I really felt like sneaking some because I don’t know if we will ever get back this way to see her and the others again. But that would have been wrong to disrespect her wishes, so I didn’t. In any event, we had a great visit with lots of laughter. She has maintained her sense of humor even though she has been recuperating from hip surgery this year, which has certainly slowed her down.
Mike’s cousin Gary invited us to his new house in Kittery Point, Maine, which was so beautiful! They recently ‘downsized’ from their 20-acre 5,000 sq. ft. home with stables to this fantastic ‘little’ home nestled in the woods on only 1 acre. Their horses are now boarded nearby at a spectacular ranch on the coast with endless acres of green grass and white picket fences. They are only minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire where Darlene works, minutes from all the shopping outlets of Miracle Mile in Kittery, minutes from the water, and yet you feel like you are deep in the beech wood tree forest with total solitude. So, so pretty.
Mike’s best friend throughout grade school and high school, Jimmy Wilson, married his high school sweetheart and has lived in Quincy his whole life. There are so many people here with such deep roots! Jimmy and Cindy are retired and talk about moving to Florida, but with grown kids and grandkids and aging parents here, it doesn’t seem likely. It was nice to visit and catch up with them. Cindy has been battling the big “C” for years and we admire her so. Sending our love and positive energy to her.
We moved to the Saddleback Campground in Northwood, New Hampshire, where we camped next to a pond with frogs, turtles, geese, and fish. The camp host warned us that the frogs were quite loud at nights, but I liked it. And it truly was loud. I guess I like the sounds of nature. I also like listening to crickets and birds.
We carry our bicycles on the back of the Bear which has limited us to bicycling only around the campgrounds we stay at. So we broke down and bought a car bicycle rack so we can drive to some of the great bike trails that aren’t right there at the campground. So far, it’s working great and has given us more flexibility.
We read about some local wineries and decided to spend an afternoon doing a little tasting. We went to one winery that had a free tasting room (with a heavy pour on the tastings), and serving a load of appetizers. In addition to the bar itself, the large upstairs room had conversational seating areas with sofas and chairs and coffee tables. It was more like a cocktail party! We had fun visiting with the other ‘tasters’. Such fun!
We pack up and leave here in the morning. We’ll be heading toward Niagara Falls. Cheers!