New England Tour: Day 5

Day five was spent mostly in the car.  We drove from Portland, ME to Stowe, VT.  On the way to saw some of New Hampshire including a trip up Mt. Washington. 
 About to drive up Mt. Washington
 GPS not too much help
good thing there was only one road
At the summit
(a little colder  and windier up here)

It gets so windy up here this building is chained down

The stairs from the parking lot to the summit
I got to climb these twice carrying kids
got to love last-minute potty "emergencies"

View from the top

Warning signs on the way down

We made it
After that adventurous drive we stayed in the car enjoying the scenery until we reached our hotel in Stowe, VT.

How one with a glued head enjoys a bath


New England Tour: Day 4

Day four was also our eighth wedding anniversary.  Today we made our way from Boston to Portland with stops in Salem to learn about witches, New Hampshire for some ice cream, a lighthouse, L.L. Bean and an unplanned stop to make sure we never forgot this anniversary.
Salem, Massachusetts:



Had to stop

and take a picture

 at every one
Back on the road: 

We made a special stop in Portsmouth, NH for ice cream we couldn't pass up the chance to try Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream.

So Excited

Showing off her White Pistachio

Enjoying their New Hampshire Pure Maple Walnut
Back on the road.

Our next stop was at the Portland Head Light.  We enjoyed the view and stretching our legs after spending so much time in the car.

Flamingo Stance

Running Free
We then headed up to Freeport, Maine and the flagship L.L. Bean store before heading back to Portland and our hotel.  The kids enjoyed playing in the kayaks and seeing the animal displays.

With the boot

Going for a row

Big Indian on Route 1
Once we got to the hotel the kids still had a little more energy.  Their roughhousing got a little out of hand and Annabelle's head met the corner of the wall.  With that we got to add one more stop to our trip: Maine Medical.  She did great and got her wish (no pokes) they ended up gluing her head back together.

The Patient
We returned to the hotel to enjoy our cold pizza and toast our eight years together.  Definitley an anniversary we will never forget.


New England Tour: Day 3

On Day 3 we were headed to Boston, but took the scenic route.  Our first stop was at the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory.
Before heading in

After wih the truck and their free samples
Our next stop was Plymouth, MA to see the rock of course. 



Then we were on our way to Boston.  Our first stop there was visit to the Public Garden and a ride on the Swan Boats.  We then enjoyed a late lunch at Cheers before tackling the Freedom Trail.


With George Washington Statue
Our tour guide starting down the red line

Massachusetts State House

Graveyard, where many important historical people are buried
including Samuel Adams

Ben Franklin and Annabelle at the first public school site in America
Riding the Democratic Donkey
"Standing in Opposition" to it
Old State House

Site of Boston Massacre

 Us with statue of Sam Adams in front of Faneuil Hall
Annabelle and the macaroni
Becca, Annabelle, and Paul Revere

Old North Church

Annabelle had to have pictures with all statues even the fish
After seeing the Bunker Hill Monument from afar (we had done enough walking and carrying children) and the USS Constitution up close we took a boat ride (again to avoid walking) to our car.


After a very busy day we got settled into our hotel.  I forgot to bring in our bag of books, but that didn't stop Annabelle from getting a story before bed.