Random photos from the trip
Ken at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead
Kathryn in front of Fort Sewall in Crocker Park overlooking the harbour
Several houses on narrow streets in Marblehead
The building currently at 369 Elliot St in Newton, MA. See Walking
With Paul and Matilda for more details
The view from the Boardwalk
"If I kiss you, can I have a Bud?"
Kathryn with the decorations in front of the Lord Hampshire Inn
One of the many chipmunks who chattered at us during our stay
These are TV pictures about the severe flooding in New Hampshire
I took this picture of myself by the Lake in Meredith using a timer
because Kathryn was - you guessed it - shopping
Foliage in the White Mountains
Photos taken at the Intervale Scenic Outlook. Unfortunately, the
sun was behind the clouds and the colours do not show up well. These
4 photos are stitched into the panorama at the top of this page.
This is my favourite photo of the fall foliage.
We were driving down the road and came around a curve. I spotted the
view, slammed on the brakes, ran across the road and took the photo.
It shows the many colours of the trees in New Hampshire in the fall.
Click on it for a larger view.
Kathryn wanted to have a photo of a white church beside some colourful
Home Sweet Home
Kathryn and Ken's Excellent New England Adventure
Oct. 4: Kathryn and I flew to Boston to begin our fall
vacation. We landed at Logan Airport and picked up our rental car.
We then traveled to
which is a 300+ year old town, 15 miles north of Boston.
We followed a highway which twisted and turned through several towns
like Chelsea, Revere, Lynn and Swampscott. Although we stayed on
the same road, it changed names several times over the 15 miles.
Kathryn had found us a nice bed and breakfast at the Harborside House -
which was really across the road from the harbour.|
|Kathryn loading the car in front
of the Harborside House
||Our quaint little room
|The bed was over 3 feet off the
floor - don't fall out
||The view of the harbour from our
After unpacking we went for dinner at a place called
Flynnie's on the Avenue that had the absolute best clam chowder soup
I have every tasted - and I have eaten lots. We then decided to do
a walking tour of historic downtown Marblehead. This was a mistake
as it soon got dark. The streets in Marblehead never run more then
two or three blocks and then end or head off in different directions.
Many of them do not have street signs or the same street changes names
at every corner. By always heading downhill, we finally found the
harbour and then were able to make our way back home. Most of the
houses have a plaque which identifies the name and occupation of the
original owner - often more than 200 years ago. We went back in
the daylight and fog the next morning to take a few pictures which are
in the margin at left.
5: We started our day by going to nearby Salem,
Mass which is famous for its persecution of witches in 1690.
We did a tour of the famous Salem Witch Museum with a busload of
"Our People" (Our People is what we call the retired old farts that we
now seem to run into all the time).|
We then headed for Newton, Mass, a suburb
of Boston, where my mother was born. I had a street address for
her birthplace and wanted to see if I could find the house. I didn't
really find the house but I found something really exciting about my
grandparents. I have created a separate page
Walking With Paul
and Matilda which has more detail. Click
here to go to
We then traveled 83 miles to Hyannis on
Cape Cod during rush-hour traffic at 5:00
pm. There were three lanes full of slowly moving bumper to bumper
traffic. A few cars were flying by on the right shoulder.
Then we noticed a sign that said that driving in the Breakdown Lane (the
shoulder) was permissible from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
We immediately changed lanes. It seemed so weird to be doing
70 mph on the shoulder while all the traffic on your left was doing
about 20. Only in America! After checking in at the SeaCoast
Inn, we went for a walk around Hyannis and had supper at the Spanky's
Clam Shack - more clam chowder that was almost as good as
|Oct 6: We spent a very relaxing day on a driving tour of Cape
Cod. The temperature has been in the high 70's and low 80's (25 - 30
C). [Hold your mouse over a photo for a caption and click for a
full size picture.]|
A funny thing happened on our last night in Hyannis. Kathryn
always bugs me about the fact that no matter where we go, I always run
into someone I know. After dinner on Thursday night, we wandered
into downtown Hyannis for a look around. I went to the JFK
Museum while Kathryn shopped. Across the street from the
museum was a Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Shop and I figured dessert
was in order. I was standing in line behind two gentlemen while
reading the board to decide what flavours I wanted. The men turned
around and I heard a surprised "Ken Runquist!". Standing in front
of me was a former teaching colleague from when I taught at Dr. E. P.
Scarlett. Kathryn could not believe it when I told her back at the
|Oct 7: We decide to drive along the coast as we headed for New
Hampshire. Our first stop was Plymouth, Mass
where we saw the famous Plymouth Rock and a replica of the
Mayflower. The temperature was still in the high 20's C.|
|Ken at Plymouth Rock
|Kathryn at Plymouth Harbour
Our stop for the evening was in Merrimack, NH.
As we approached the motel, we drove by the Budweiser Brewery,
so, after unpacking we went back for a tour of the Brewery. [Hold
your mouse over a photo for a caption and click for a full size picture.]
Later that night, we drove into Manchester
and Kathryn went shopping for 3 hours at the Mall Of New Hampshire.
Ken went to Best Buy Computers and found a couch and big screen TV to
watch the White Sox/Red Sox playoff game - everybody does what they do
|Oct 8-15: We awoke to rain as we headed the 50 miles to
Lake Winnisquam, NH. Kathryn had again
used the Internet to find us the Lord Hampshire Inn and Cottages
right on the lake. Our cottage was just a few feet from the deck
on the lake.|
|Kathryn in front of the office.
|Ken in front of our cottage.
You can see the water in the background
||Ken on the deck. Our cottage
is directly behind him.
|We had complimentary breakfast in
the office every morning
|Kathryn beside the fireplace - she
made a fire every night.
||The bed and the door leading to
our screened-in porch
||The kitchen. Table and
chairs are out of view to the right
||Ken relaxing with a beer on the
It poured rain all day and night Saturday, so we built a fire
and had a nice quiet evening. We awoke on Sunday to find
that the rain had stopped in Lake Winnisquam but had continued 50 miles
southwest of us. There was over 10 inches of rain and severe
flooding and the governor declared a State of Emergency. It
remained cloudy for the whole week but we did not get any more rain.
West and south of us, the flooding washed out roads and towns and
changed our plans of traveling into Vermont.
On Sunday, Ken drove Kathryn to the Tanger Outlet Mall - over 50
outlet stores - in Tilton which was 5 miles
away. Ken went back home and napped for several hours. We
spent a quiet reading and relaxing evening in the cottage .
Monday was a nicer day and we decided to take a tour of the Lakes
Region including Lake Winnipesaukee, which
is the state's largest lake, just to the north of Winnisquam. We
were gone most of the day. Here are some photos from the trip.
||Old house at Weir's Beach on the
was Canadian Thanksgiving and we found Hart's Turkey Farm in
Meredith, NH which
serves turkey dinners all year round. We were able to enjoy a nice
turkey dinner with all the trimmings for Thanksgiving. We tried to
order pumpkin pie for dessert but they didn't have any.
disappointed Kathryn who loves pumpkins and was impressed with how
almost every house in New Hampshire had already decorated for Halloween
with cornstalks and pumpkins. A few miles down the road we came
across a pumpkin stand and we bought a pumpkin pie to take back to the
Tuesday was another cloudy day so we drove 25 miles south to
Concord, NH so that Kathryn could go shopping
in the Steeplegate Mall. She had a short shopping day and
Ken managed to stay awake.
Wednesday was the nicest day of the week and we went to tour the
White Mountains National Forest, about 50
miles north, which has the best foliage in New Hampshire. After
picking up a pass and info at Lincoln, we started our way through
Franconia Notch. It is perhaps the most celebrated gap in
the East with more scenic spots than any other White Mountain notch.
The grandeur of the notch was first seen by white settlers in the late
18th century and its fame quickly spread.
The first site we encountered was The Flume Gorge, a chasm
extending nearly 800 feet at the base of Mt. Liberty. The 2 mile
walk goes up along a mountain stream which tumbles in a series of
waterfalls and pools between its 60 to 90 foot granite walls. The
Flume was discovered by 93-year-old "Aunt" Jess Guernsey, when she
accidentally came across it while fishing. She had a hard time
convincing her family of her marvelous discovery. The trip down
passes through tree-lined trails and granite boulders left by the ice
age. [Click on the photos below for a larger view. Most
have captions - hold your mouse over the photo].
We continued our journey west along the White Mountain Trail
through Crawford Notch and the Arethusa Falls; past
Bartlett, Glen and into Conway. Then it was back
along the Kancamagus Highway to our starting point. More
This panorama is 4 photos from the Sugar Hill Overlook stitched
This was the best day of our trip. The sun came out for most of
Thursday was another reading and relaxing day. My knee was
a little sore from hiking and the fire was warm.
Sometimes great things happen by accident. We were amazed by the
number of trees that were multi-coloured - part would still be green and
other parts of the same tree would be deep red and various shades of
orange and yellow. Kathryn wanted a picture of one she had seen
earlier in the week so we went looking for it on Friday. We headed
east to Laconia, the biggest town in the
Lakes Region. It is situated between our Lake Winnisquam and the
big Lake Winnipesaukee. We didn't find it but we got some other
great foliage shots around town. On the way back we decided to go
past our motel and continue on west to Tilton.
We crossed the freeway and entered into Tilton through a construction
zone. The traffic was backed up as far as we could see heading
back east. We knew we would be sitting for hours if we tried to
turn around. We found a small highway which headed south. It
crossed over and under the freeway several times before finally turning
east and then back north to our "home". This narrow road wound
through the forest past huge houses and small schools. We passed
through "downtown" Canterbury and Kathryn
got her photos of multi-coloured trees and a white church. It was
an incredibly beautiful drive which we would never had taken if it
wasn't for the construction. The photos below have no captions.
The house in the middle row is an example of many of the houses
throughout New England.
Our holiday was coming to an end. The panorama below is 4 photos
taken from the deck just below our cottage. It was a beautiful
place to stay even with the poor weather.
To see this photo full size, click on the tiny photo here
|Oct 15: The rain started to come down hard on Friday night.
We had breakfast on Saturday morning and hit the freeway south
for the 80 miles to Woburn, Mass. It
poured rain the whole way. After checking into the Fairfield Inn
in Woburn, Ken drove Kathryn 5 miles down the freeway to, yep, the
Burlington Mall. Ken went back for a nap before picking
Kathryn up. We had a nice meal in the restaurant next to the hotel
and called it a night.|
|Oct 16: The rain was gone on Sunday but we had big-time
wind. We had a huge complimentary breakfast, drove through Boston
for 15 miles to the airport and returned our rental car. We killed
4 hours in Logan Airport - the plane was late - and Kathryn had one last
time to shop. We left Boston and landed in
Montreal. If you haven't gone through International
Arrivals at the airport in Montreal, you would not believe the hundreds
of people lined up in snake-lines waiting to go through Customs.
Luckily Kathryn spotted a sign that said Connecting Passengers and a
lady hustled us to the front of a different line and we were through in
minutes. While going through security screening we were in line
with a bunch of BC Lions football players, who had just lost to
Montreal on a last second touchdown a few hours earlier. We
boarded our plane and after a 4 hour flight and an awful movie (Batman
Begins), we landed in Calgary and our Excellent New England Adventure