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Day 35 (10.6.07) - New Hampshire Fall Colors

They are just getting started, but nice so far

overcast 82 °F
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Miles Driven: 80
Ending Mileage: 115397
Weather: Overcast, but warm (82 F), Rain starting at Dusk

We got up early and took care of the Laundry & RV (dump tanks, fill tanks, etc.) - and till left the RV park before 10 AM. Before we left, we drove down to the beach area since this was the Keyser Pond RV Campground. Sure enough there was a lovely, large pond (or small lake) and the tree's were starting to turn colors.


On the way back to the highway we saw a small gift shop. What caught my eye was the name, "Golden Pineaple Gift Shop". Outside was a large, golden pinnaple about 6 feet tall (2 meters). It was carved out of wood and painted golden - quite an interesting object to find in New Hampshire. It had many neat things inside but somehow I managed to get out without spending any money. Mom wasn't so lucky.


Nearby was the town of Warner, NH - which had a Telephone Museum and an Indian Museum that looked fairly interesting from the travel brochures. On the way to Warner, we saw a sign pointed to a covered bridge. This turned out to be from about 1820 was near a place called Waterloo:


We drove on to Warner only to find they were having their annual 'Fall Folliage' festival. While it sounded like fun, there were huge traffic and parking problems. It took us an hour to go a few blocks around the downtown detour - so I elected to skip the Telephone Museum (which was downtown). The festival looked like a lot of street vendors (like garage sales), a fiddler and juggler - nothing spectacular (nice, small town festival - but I think it had outgrown it's small town parking & traffic).

After sitting in traffic for an hour, we were able to make it to the Indian Museum. We were allowed to take one photo in the lobby, but none in the Museum.


This museum was started from a private collection by "Bud" Thompson, who had become fascinated with Native American Culture as a young boy and had collected artifacts throughout his life. What was expecially interesting is that it covered tribes throughout the US, not just in New Hampshire and was organized by region, so the exhibits could be viewed for the northeast tribes, the plains tribes, etc. The most spectacular exhibits were the baskets - some of the basketweaving was unbelieveable and we both liked the museum very much.

Next, we decided to try a Mine off of Hwy 4. Fortunately we took a wrong turn and took Hwy 4A instead. I say 'fortunately' for two reasons: (a) I hadn't read the brochure carefully enough and the Mine was actually closed today, and (b) Hwy 4A went over a low mountain and the fall colors along this drive were the best we've seen yet (in New England at least, maybe better than upper Michigan, I'm not sure yet.) Because of the climate and large variety of tree's, New England is said to be one of the two places in the world with the most brilliant foliage, the other is in Japan. Because of the warm weather recently, we hope to continue to see fall colors for some time (stay tuned!)


OK, the rock isn't really fall colors, but we'd been seeing so many rocks an bolders in New England, thought I ought to photograph one. We did also see a stone house on this drive, what was odd about it was that it looked somewhat like a brick house because the stones were so regular - but it was stone. We also saw many houses connected to barns. In most places, barns are built away from houses both for sanitation and also to prevent a barn fire from burning down the house. However, we suspect the cold winters here dictate a different approach.


There is one more reason why it was good we tooked the wrong road - near the end of Hwy 4A, we came to the Enfield Shaker Village Museum. The community was founded in 1793 and last Shakers moved to another settlement in the 1923, but the museum was still interesting and informative. Enfield, NH has the largest building ever constructed by the Shakers. It is a six story high granite building built in 1837 that was the center of a three family community (family is the Shaker term for a group that shared a communial house - not blood relatives).


While Shaker artwork and furniture are known throughout the world, the sect has almost completely died out and there are only three members left in a community in Maine. Their motto was "Put your hands to work and your hearts to God." Their devotion to work and never ending quest to make their efforts more productive resulted in a long list of making things first or making things better, including the flat broom and common clothspin. Mom & I both learned a lot more about this interesting sect and period of American history.


We drove on to Vermont where I visited the "Welcome Center" in White River Junction. Dusk was just setting in and I learned we could park there for $3/night (no hookups) and figured 'why not'. We didn't make it very far today, but I figure why drive in the dark and rain if we don't have to? The water and propane tanks are full, the holding tanks empty and battery fully charged. Sleep tight!

Posted by jl98584 15:57 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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