Heat Wave Burning Outside
When the weather people are calling for heat advisories all over New England what is a family to do? Go camping of course, silly silly readers. After quite a few weekends of laying low recovering the Old Man decided he really wanted to go camping. I am always down for a camping trip, but when I saw the weather for the weekend I let the Old Man know it was going to be a hot one. Unphazed we planned our trip which was more of hey lets drive to the charger in Hooksett and then call around and see what we can find for walk-ups.
We found quite a few opening at Greenfield State Park (what I am starting to believe is our own hidden little gem) and made our way to a weekend of fun. Camp set up we settled in for a quiet evening around a small fire to scare away bugs and catch up on the day. The next morning was nice and lazy, we read our books, drank our coffee, chased a few chipmunks then it was time to head into town and enjoy breakfast at Peterborough Diner then off we headed to find a charger and plan the rest of our day.
Our original thought was to head into Brattleboro VT to charge and explore the small town, the Old Man felt that exploring a town would be a bit nicer on his back than a full blown hike, more places to sit down and rest the back. Halfway to Brattleboro we decided to change the plans head to Lebanon, NH to see a new town. Let us just say that when we arrived at the charging station and looked around we were not super excited about our decision, but after a quick bathroom and water break, the Old Man spent some time on the internet to see what he could find to entertain us or the rest of the day. Well I can only say he did a great job as we ended up having a great day even in the heat.
First up was the Path of Life Sculpture Garden I will say when we looked at the pictures provided on Google reviews we were good, but could not prepare us for what we are in for. First the Garden is part of large artisan park that includes a Harpoon Brewery and beer garden along with a cheese store (you know we went home with cheese). The garden is HUGE!!!! You receive a map that gives you a short description of each piece along the path. Let’s be honest it isn’t hard to figure out what each sculpture means, but it is nice to learn what materials were used in a few of the pieces. The Old Man and I expected to spend 5-10 minutes at this stop when we planned, but we ended up there for at least a half hour and if it wasn’t 100f degrees we would have been longer. We would have stayed mediated with contemplation, but we did enjoy a bit of respite in the shade of the forest and coolness of the river. If you are even in this area you have to make it a stop on your trip it is well with the six dollar admission they charge, just make sure you are up to date on your maze skills if you are feeling ambitious.
Happily impressed with our stop, cheese bought, and water drank we headed onto our next stop, but first we got to drive through the town of Windsor, the birthplace of Vermont, and by the time we reached the end of the town limits we were already planning a trip back in the fall. But first the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge not a long stop, but it is the longest covered bridge in America and longest two-span bridge in the world!!! I am a sucker for this stuff (the Old Man knows me well), I was downright giddy as we drove through from VT to NH. After a few pictures and sign reading it was time to head Fort at No 4. Number 4 refers to the number 4 plantation once the most northwesternmost village of the British colonies. It is an open air museum and we decided that this was one stop we would have to revisit when it was a bit cooler, and the Old Man’s back was feeling more up for a longer walk about. I am not a fort fan so this wasn’t such a blow to my day, but I feel the Old Man was a bit sad we decided to keep on driving to our last stop before heading home Bellows Falls fish ladders. Bellows Falls is another town I would like to revisit, but we were at the end of our day and we had a mission to see the fish ladders. The ladders were cool, but sadly I guess it was too hot even for the fish so we didn’t get to see any fish climb the ladders. But it there was A/C and we found a new town to revisit on another trip.
We made our way home, the Old Man feeling his back and the rest of us feeling the heat. We sat around reading books, drinking a lot of water, and panting until the sun went down. It was an early night as everyone was excited to get back into our air conditioned car tent and to lay down and stretch out our legs. Sometimes camping is awesome sometimes camping is hot, buggy, and not quite a wonder of nature you hear about.
Our camping trips have been more of a cheap place to sleep so we can day trip new areas that our just a bit too far from home for a day trip. As the Old Man’s back heals and gets stronger we have plans to actual do some hiking and less urban exploring, but for now day trips are better than sitting at home and staring at each other.
I am excited we found some fun new small towns to visit and explore in the future, most likely without the dogs just so we have a bit more freedom, but I am sure they won’t mind a weekend at the farm in New Hampshire.
Any New England towns you feel we should get out of our system before winter arrives?