Sunday, August 11, 2013

New England Adventure

An update on our summer adventures is long overdue.  This past week, we returned home from our BIG summer adventure--two weeks in New England.  Made even bigger and more adventurous by the addition of my sister's kids to our entourage.  Traveling with a group of seven was an absolute blast, and prompted us to do some wonderful things.  I'll have to break it down into digestible bits, because we packed so much into 15 days.
 
Here we are on Day 1 at San Jose Airport.
 























We arrived in Manchester, NH at midnight Eastern time, so we spent the next day recovering at Mark's sister's house in Hollis (near Nashua).  Mary Kay had a new game to teach us:  Yaniv.  Apparently very popular in Israel, it was quick, easy, and absolutely addictive.


After our day of rest, we headed up to Lincoln, to Mark's childhood home, which remains in his family.  There, we played more Yaniv.


But we eventually tore ourselves away from the kitchen table and did some exploring.



Our first visit was to The Flume.  Now, the only context in which I've ever heard the term "flume" used is in describing a man-made trough used to carry logs.  But apparently that is the second definition.  The first is a natural feature:
  1. A deep narrow channel or ravine with a stream running through it.
  2. An artificial channel conveying water, typically used for transporting logs or timber.
Here are the all the "kids", including our niece Carley, ready to head upstream.

Definitely starting to look more narrow and channelly.


 
Isn't it amazing how linear these walls are?


Casey had this obsession with taking handstand pictures in each of our adventures.  She didn't quite make the handstand here, but I thought it was even more interesting!
 


Megan even got into the action.  Here we're headed down to see the Old Man in the Mountain historic site.  He tumbled down in 2003, but they have a really neat viewing site, with a profile that you can superimpose on the rocky face.  You'll just have to take my word for it, though, because my camera battery was dead for the actual visit.

Now here is the teaser for my next post--guess where we went the next day?


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