Friday, October 9, 2015

Mike and DiAnn come to New Hampshire

We enjoyed a visit from Mike and DiAnn (Sheri's mom) for a long weekend in New Hampshire. This was their first visit to the chalet so we were eager to show them the local sites.  Thankfully the rainy weather associated with the hurricane went off-shore and we enjoyed fantastic weather for the entirety of their visit. We had sunny skies every day with temperatures in the high 60's.

The first day of their visit we toured the town of Jackson and stopped at many local businesses to see  the Pumpkin People (stay tuned for a Pumpkin People post), and also went to Jackson Falls.  We then traveled west along the Kancamagus Highway to The Basin in Franconia followed by a stop at the Mt Washington Hotel for cocktails on our way back to Intervale.  We really enjoyed the unfolding of autumn with colors seemingly changing before our eyes.  

We also spent a day at the Freyeburg Fair in Freyeburg, Maine which is just across the border from Conway, NH. It was an impressive event with plenty of healthy food and interesting demonstrations.  We enjoyed the very  popular woodsman events including cross-cut sawing of logs, and chopping of blocks of wood and wooden timbers.  We saw grapenut ice cream being made the old fashioned way and took in some local music too. 

On the last day of their visit we took The Cog Railway to the summit of Mt Washington. Our journey started under the clouds but ended with bright blue sky for our tour of the Mount Washington Observatory.  We had  great tour and learned a great deal about the challenges of measuring windspeeds that can exceed 200 mph.

We enjoyed our visit with Mike and DiAnn and appreciate the long journey they made to come to visit.  We hope they can come back to our chalet on Dundee again soon.

Sheri and DiAnn at the Basin

Mike and DiAnn at the Basin

A-Day-old calf at the Freyeburg Fair

Little Maine humor - spotted on the way to the fair

Pumpkin People in Jackson - Mike completes the foursome as Pres. Adams

The Cog as we approach Jacob's ladder

The Cog just below the summit, only moment later

Waiting to board The Cog

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