Pumpkins Anyone?

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Oh what fun to travel in Maine in the fall to see what we could see. And what did we see as we were in Damariscotta and Newcastle Maine? Sure we saw pretty little towns. And some nice fall foliage. These two, next-door neighbors serve as the gateway to Maine’s Boothbay region with its pretty [Read more …]

Great Hikes near Woodstock Vermont


Columbus Day weekend usually turns out to be the prime time for foliage in Central Vermont. Tourists (including us) from all over the world descend on places like Woodstock Vermont to enjoy the foliage and outdoor activities. Peak foliage, however, is subject to the vagaries of nature. Since you have to make reservations well in [Read more …]

Eating Around Woodstock Vermont

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We have been to Woodstock Vermont many times as it is one of our favorite New England places to visit. As foodies, we always try to find the best places to eat. Unfortunately, some of our favorite restaurants are no longer in operation. But some continue to survive. Here are updated reviews of those that [Read more …]

Things to Do in Woodstock Vermont

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No trip to New England would be complete for us without staying at our favorite New England town: Woodstock. We have visited Woodstock so often that we almost feel like natives. This charming late 19th/early 20th–century Currier and Ives-type village was created in 1777 when it became the terminus for the White River Junction Railway. [Read more …]

Portsmouth New Hampshire

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Portsmouth New Hampshire is a 20,000-person city on New Hampshire’s coast. It was founded in 1630, seven years after the first settlers bypassed the site in favor of one that was two miles to the east. Initially, Portsmouth was a fishing and farming community. It soon capitalized on its abundant timber to become a shipbuilding [Read more …]

St. Michaels Maryland

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St, Michaels is on the tranquil side of side of Maryland—the Eastern Shore. CNN named it as one of the 10 best small coastal towns. As we were in the area, we decided to check it out. But first we crossed the very long, but scenic, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and made a quick drive-through of [Read more …]

Annapolis Maryland

Maryland state house

A Short Annapolis History A group of Puritan families founded Annapolis Maryland in 1649 and named it Anne Arundel Town. Shortly after, it became the capital of Maryland. The town’s initial street pattern was laid out across 100 acres in 1674. The town assumed its current name in 1695 and was chartered as one of [Read more …]

Pacific Coast—Rolling Down Route 1 From Mendocino to Bodega Bay California

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State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast in California. We recently drove it for approximately 100 miles from Mendocino to Bodega Bay. The vertigo-inducing twisty coastal route traces steep cliffs, secluded beaches and occasional fishing/tourist towns along the Pacific coast. The road is slow going but very rewarding. While gas is available, we still [Read more …]

Brown Bears Hunting Salmon at Brooks Falls Alaska

Bears catching salmon at top of Brooks Falls

It’s Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park. The brown bears are matched against each other in a “march madness” style competition and online visitors can vote who is ultimately crowned the Fat Bear Week 2021 Champion. In honor of Fat Bear Week, we are reposting our July 2011 blog of when we spent hours [Read more …]

Mendocino Walking Tour

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Mendocino on the northern California Pacific coast is a beautiful small historic town that attracts nature lovers of all kind. Actually, Mendocino isn’t a town at all—but an unincorporated slice of Mendocino County. But for convenience, we will continue to refer to it as a “town”. While we have visited Mendocino many times, we wanted [Read more …]