Sunday, August 29, 2010
We joined in cooking 250 lobsters for 125 people....yeppers, they ate 2 each....including Duchess. I had a steak.
This is what 250 lobsters look like when placed on bags of veggies.....The bags contain: an ear of corn, some "Steamers" (mussels in their shells), an onion, a hot dog, and potato... The lobsters are covered by more seaweed and then the fire lit and they "bake".....The entire meal was delicious. Everything came out just right!
They can buy lobster (1.25 lb. here for about $5 each.....
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Cruise on Sea Princess
The bay outside Somes Sound was hosting a sailboat race of some length.Lovely day, lovely sights. Loved Cranberry Island and its museum.
This is a shot of Northeast Harbor where we boarded the scenic boat. The craft in front is a Nordic Tug (brand, not occupation...actually a trawler live-aboard type.) Out further, in background, were some 100ft + yachts.
While hundreds of these islands were populated in the 1800s, now only 14 host year-round residents. The trades have gone away....salted fish (they had no refrigeration), ice-cutting, etc.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Name That Car!
Crawford Notch on Conway RR
A picture, on the way down, of Frankenstein trestle. The place, and a nearby mountain were named after a local resident of the time 150 years ago.
In the yard by N. Conway station was this assortment of engines and cars...including a snow plow, old engines, a steamer, and old wooden passenger cars. For those not train buffs, the circular pit with a track across is called a roundhouse, and it was used for turning trains to back them off in a new direction. They are very rare today.
Having grown up with a local rail connection behind my house, I am familiar with little steamers....This was a nice trip and a beautiful way to spend a day in the mountains.
North Conway, NH.....& Railroad
We rode most of the trip in the dome car with a marvelous view.
Duke and Duchess at lunch!
A bit costly, but really fun and a trip back in time with a guide who told stories of the mountains, the people and the events of this line. Lovely day!
Monday, August 09, 2010
West Rutland, VT...Part 2
This one is labeled: "?.P.DeLand"....he may have been the 1st "Paul"...
The age of the cemetery is easily noted when one looks at the small, mostly faceless stones left by folks to honor long-forgotten family members. Such a shame that even stone is lost to us in 100 or so years.
I know at least one other family member, Rob DeLand, has also visited this cemetery.
I actually stumbled upon it after talking to a priest and a minister in the area who had no clue where it might be. I was leaving, discouraged...and returning to the main road when I noticed the small cemetery alongside the road. There my bride spotted the 1st DeLand tombstone, and then with help of grandson Scott we located a number more and the obelisk shown in another post below!
Family History.....West Rutland, VT.
A side of the obelisk which has the name DeLand on it. This is for a daughter who died.
The obelisk. The thing celebrates Joseph A. DeLand, apparently a son of Rufus...
In all stupidity, I left my records at home which march me thru the family history. I'll flesh this all out later.
The amazing thing is to go to this little cemetery....just off a main road where it is quiet and many are resting eternally. There, in stone, is a part of my family and my history from many years ago.
It somehow is comforting to see the reality of your family history. Reaching back to my roots made me feel quite good.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Smugglers Notch and Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream!
Then, just a few miles further on....after a LOVELY lunch at "The Shed", a microbrewery, we encountered the original Ben and Jerrys factory and stopped to enjoy some really rich butter-fat ice cream. $21 for three cones.....
Such is the life and price of the tourist!
Trying Folks.....Slow Internet!
Then we looked uplake toward Canada, and there were at least 100 sailboats of mostly larger sizes on the lake....magnificent sight!
This is lovely country, and I believe we could live here in the Summer....but a bit remote. Few food places, and few shopping places.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Here is Mary Jane, his lovey wife and hostess who kept us entertained for our entire visit.
Here is grandson Scott on a tube...following our boat. He rode it for a long time, obviously wearing out his physical self. Then he came aboard and Bud got to do the thing all we adventurous folk do...he "opened it up" and we sped across the lake at 50 mph!!!!
Life is good, ours particularly!
Thanks Bud and Mary Jane for a marvelous overnight!
This is the view of their marvelous home from above in the parking area.
The home viewed from the lake where we went for a ride (pics to follow)...
Loved our time and our wonderful friends!