Sunday, July 27, 2014

Minor Miners

Ruggle's Mine in NH.  Everything you see glitters as if a zillion tiny mirrors are set in the walls and ground.  When the sun comes out, it's almost blinding, and your skin sparkles wherever the dust settles.  They give you pick-axes and buckets, then turn you loose to chip out mica, feldspar, tourmaline, garnets, quartz crystals, etc.  We sang the Seven Drawf's song several times as we dug away.  A very cool, beautiful, old-school attraction and we highly recommend it!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Grab Bag Day

We started out running a few errands in the Upper Valley, then moseyed on over to Potter's Place for a caboose picnic, next explored the nearby back roads until we found the swimming hole I remembered from my teen summers, complete with natural slides carved from rock and mini-waterfalls just right for little boys to play in.  Eli was terrifically excited by every new bend in the stream and grinned non-stop as he paddled in the clear pools.  After that, it was on to Lake Sunapee for a lake-themed historical museum and home-made gelato on the marina docks.  Next stop, a river-side farm where we picked a flat of perfect strawberries as the sun set and finally finished up our day with what Ira considered a highlight, an exploding bottle of local, orange cream soda that fell from our grocery cart and broke in the parking lot with a big smash, resulting in several workers rushing over to help clean it up.  Ira talked about it the rest of the way home, or at least until he fell asleep, and we carried him in to bed, berry-stains and all.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wilson Castle

Wilson Castle in Proctor. At the end of a washed-out driveway littered with old signs, logs and a decrepit motorboat rotting in the bushes, the castle was empty of other guests. We wandered around the 32 rooms for several hours, fascinated. Half outrageous opulence, half crumbling ruin, some areas were perfect, some seemed as if you, and the turret you were in, would plummet to the ground at any moment, so broken and moldy. The kids were both delighted and spooked.