Cricket got invited to celebrate our friends birthday in New Hampshire. Of course, I got to come along and carry his luggage. We arrived at the Manchester airport and were received by Richard, his wife Elyse, and his family. The first thing we absolutely had to do, aside from getting our luggage, is start off the trip with a lobster roll. For years Richard has been telling me that if ever in New England, I had to eat as many lobster rolls at as many places as I could afford. So, we started in downtown Manchester. Downtown Manchester is beautiful. Great old buildings with wonderful architecture. Cricket had to stay outside this particular establishment. NO DOGS ALLOWED! … I made his ass stay in the car. Don’t you judge me. This isn’t Texas weather ya know. Honestly, I wasn’t excited about trying the lobster roll. I decided a long time ago I didn’t like lobster. Of course, my only experience with it was Red Lobster in East Texas, not a true representation. I have to say, it was delicious. After the meal, as we were walking out, I mentioned to Richard that I thoroughly enjoyed it. He just said, “It was okay, there are better ones out there”. I just shrugged, cause what the hell do I know about it. Off to Ruth’s house (Richards sister)
Ruth lives about an hour and a half away in East Wakefield NH on a lake in the middle of nowhere, with her husband Dave and their two dogs. I didn’t think I could find a slower pace of life than 15 in a 55 (see previous post), but yeah, this is it. The view is incredible. The trees are just at their peak in color change (this is a lie, you never see the leaves changing at their peak. It’s a myth!), and seeing the leaves at their peak is just amazing. I can see vacationing out here, but I cannot see living here. Of course, I couldn’t see living back in East Texas, but there I am. We unloaded the luggage and sat around swapping stories for the evening. We ate and more family came. It’s very much like my family. Truly a joy.
Cricket and I got to visit three states, and 11 cities/towns over the last 5 days. We enjoyed the New England landscape and hospitality. Every meal and location was a special experience. We did not eat that many lobstah(that’s how they say it) rolls, not for lack of availability, just wanted to try other dishes. The Galik family is extremely endearing and made this time so much more memorable.
Just a few things before you look at the pics –
All McDonalds are not created equal. North Conway McDonalds serve lobstah rolls… can’t get that shit at the McDonalds in the south.
Stopped at a Burger King for some bladder relief and saw they had a basement with a four sided fire pit that was lit (propane I’m sure) at 1 in the afternoon for people to sit around and eat… won’t see that in Texas.
Lake Winnipesaukee – Was walking by an officer who’s dispatch interrupted my gaze with ” There is a woman topless and sun bathing on the beach and we got some families around there a little upset”. He replied with the usual “10-4, I’ll head that way”. Much as usual, before I could stop myself, I just looked right at him and said, “put me in coach, I’m ready!” … he laughed and replied, “Thanks man I needed that”.
Danvers MA, Peabody MA, Beverly MA, Rockport MA, Salem MA, Gloucester MA, Wolfeboro NH, North Conway NH, East Wakefield NH, Springville ME