Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day Trippin' in the Mountains!

Yesterday I turned into my grandparents!

Now, don't freak out, but I was a little shocked myself.  When I was younger, they would want to go on these long drives, heading down the most random roads we'd come upon just to see what was down there. I never thought that would be me, but yesterday it happened. The biggest difference was that with fancy GPS and plenty of tourist maps, we knew where we would end up and what to expect when we got there. Did that diminish the experience, not at all.  In fact, I loved it, and so did the rest of the Harrist posse.

To start with, we went up to Crawford Notch in the White Mountains.  I LOVE mountains!  They are so beautiful, covered with green trees and kissing the clouds.  I just sat in awe of them as we drove. 

While Chris did his intern visit, Christopher, Aiden and I headed down the mountains in search of waterfalls and ponds.  Both of which we found.  I love that Christopher is so easy to make happy - put him outside, with water and animals and this kid is lovin' life.  Aiden loved all the fresh air too, and even without near enough nap time he was a trooper and Mr. Smiley the whole time.

Getting ready to feed the ducks at Willey Pond.

And there they all are, fighting each other like no one  feeds them all day long!

Mr. Smiley

Feeding takes a lot out of a boy. Must take a break.

After Chris was done with work, it was on to the neatest little town with the best tourist attraction (just ask any kid).  We went to the town of Littleton, home to Chutter's candy shop. While being a candy shop alone makes it any kids happy place, this particular shop is home to the World's Largest Candy Counter.  At 112', there was so much candy I could just hear the hyperactivity building in anticipation.

One happy boy.

Before heading home we took one more detour, heading down to Bath to see one of the many covered bridges that are still standing in NH.

Taking one last break at the Bath Country store, built in 1790, before heading home.

New adventures await tomorrow. Must rest now.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day Trippin' - Adventure number 1

Since we have not yet had the chance to explore our new home much, we have looked forward to doing that this summer. While we have enjoyed numerous trips to the beach and down into Mass, yesterday we finally got to get out of the Seacoast area and head up into the mountains.

Our first destination for our day trip vacations - the Castle in the Clouds in the White Mountains.  (I love that we can be surrounded by so much beauty and be learning at the same time (I'm such a teacher geek!). )

This place was built in 1914 the height of the owner's fortune. And then, like most millionaires, he blew it all on bad financial decisions.  But, at least he left this beautiful place as his legacy that we can visit whenever we want.

This was "the Pebble" we passed by on the way up the mountain.  It was left there by a glacier during the last ice age.

The Last Song waterfall on the way up as well. The water was crystal clear and amazing!

One of the many breathtaking views along the drive.

The castle from the front.

The secret room in the library. There was so much in this house that was amazing that I can't put it all here.

The wishing fountain outside in one of the gardens.

Check out that cute kid! And the view is nice too.

Tomorrow comes adventure number 2.  On to Crawford Notch and more mountains.  See you when we get back.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It had to be done...

The day finally came.

Aiden's first haircut. 

Hard decision to make, but after he was mistaken for a girl twice this week, I knew it was time. (Besides it was getting a bit mulletish). 

He did great for his first time, of course the endless supply of cheerios didn't hurt. We went to Mr. Ron, who has 15 years of experience working with kids. That guy was awesome! He made sure to take his time and make Aiden comfortable before doing anything. Then no matter which way he moved his head, Mr. Ron just worked with it.  And the end result....