And I finally finished my One Block Wonder! This one is called “Camping in the Back Forty” ‘cause it makes me think of a campfire in August surrounded by meadow flowers. I know, I’m a dork. Here's a peek:
Isn't it fun to chop up a whole bunch of flowers, put 'em back together and get ... flowers? You'll get a full view later; it's reserved for Things With Wings attendees for now.
We went to Western New Hampshire this summer and rented a lovely little cottage on a lake. It was fun to drive around the lake: “We’re in Maine!” “Now we’re not!” “Back in Maine!” Kayaking and canoeing and food and campfires and long drives, a lovely family vacation.
The cottage – loved those stairs!
The lake in the early morning
I also kept up the family tradition of Tyrant Mom Makes Us Hike Horrible Hills. We went up the Frankenstein Cliffs trail, then to Arethusa Falls. This is a trail?!? Maybe for mountain goats!
I know you hardcore hikers will scoff at me – 5 miles, hah! But this one, rated moderate, involves a serious rise: something like 1200 feet in one mile! There was genuine huffing and puffing. And if I hadn’t “insulted” my arches, as my doctor put it, before then, I surely did with that walk! But the view from the top was totally worth it.
Arethusa Falls was lovely, a great end to the hike. A little dry in August but they were still flowing:
We also saw the Madison Boulder. Get ready for some real excitement, guys: it’s a big rock. Yup, one of the largest erratics (a rock moved by a glacier and unceremoniously dumped) in the world! Notice that I am sparing you the dreaded Covered Bridge Photos. I had to go through it as a kid, so my kids do too; that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.