Travel Entries

Day 22: Seeking Truth

We have a working checklist of criteria for our Haven – the place we plan to find and settle after spending a year or two on the road. As we continue our preliminary exploration of New England to learn more about areas we might (or might not) want to live ...
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Day 21: Luxury

Although we’re staying at a resort, we’re not “resort people.” That is, we’re not looking to spend any time with the folks we imagine coming to resorts. And we’re not trying to derive status from our visibility here: we’d rather be invisible. Alone in Public It’s summer. That means we ...
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Day 20: Roots

Today we uprooted from our New Hampshire digs for our upcoming week’s stay at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine’s Carrabassett Valley. In winter, Sugarloaf reigns as the biggest ski area in New England. In summer it’s much more quiet, but perfect for us as a nexus for exploring the state’s Lakes ...
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Day 19: Out of My Element

Few know of my small phobia of big water. This unwelcome fear is why I don’t typically seek out water-oriented diversions. That changed a little today when Glenn and I took half a day to paddle a canoe down the Androscoggin River. Land Versus Water Gardening, hiking, biking, and (formerly) ...
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Day 18: An Unexpected Journey

Most of the country is in the middle of an unprecedented heat wave, a dangerous dome of doom that’s crushing records, cancelling events, and claiming lives. Dome of Doom Around us in eastern New Hampshire, the day started cool enough, but developed with temperatures in the low 90s with humidity ...
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Day 17: Halfway

We’re now halfway into our 34-day trip. New Routines At 2 1/2 weeks this is already longer than most vacations. But instead of thinking about how we’re obliged to return soon and settle back into the usual hometown routines, we’re adopting new ones. About every fourth day brings an ascension ...
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Day 16: The Great White North

That’s the nickname for Canada, earned by its vast size that includes much of the Arctic and, of course, its northern latitude. We’re discovering that moniker could just as easily apply to the three New England states we’re touring this summer: Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine – not for the ...
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Day 15: The World’s Most Deadly Small Mountain

Along with the gear essential for every hike, knowledge of your intended trail and its conditions are what make the difference between a safe, enjoyable hike and a dismal one. In the case of Mount Washington, it’s too often the difference between life and death. Rachel’s Advance Work Rachel is ...
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At the top of Cathedral Ledge Lookout

Day 14: Category 1

The Tour de France, happening now, runs almost a month through the Alps and Pyrenees, and includes some of the most grueling climbs in professional bike racing. But none of those climbs are as steep as the mile-long road up Cathedral Ledge Lookout.  There and … Of course we didn’t ...
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Day 13: YEEHAW!!

Welcome to New Hampshire! Parts of which, we discovered today, have a lot in common with the beer-belching, forever down-on-his-luck, yes-we-all-have-at-least-one-of-them-in-our-family, Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation. There Were Signs What drew us to this conclusion, you ask? Well, within minutes of crossing the border from Vermont, the ratio of ...
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