Thursday, July 22, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
One year ago today we were arriving in New Hampshire as transplants from Maryland. We had an apartment lined up with a one year lease with the plan to learn the lay of the land, delve into the lives of our two granddaughters, and help our daughter and son in law whenever we could. We didn't know whether we would like apartment living that wasn't in a retirement community like what we had moved from. We didn't know if we would stay in Lebanon where the apartment was or buy a house or what.
We've experienced summer, fall, and
We love living here. We love the proximity to our daughter and her family. We are loving New Hampshire. It was good decision to move.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The carpenter has returned today after an absence of more than two weeks. He says he'll be here three solid days! We'll see if that happens. He's afraid of rain and heat.
I'm really disgusted with his work ethic! Luckily Dan deals with him. He's more patient than I'd be. I am really tired of not being able to walk out the sliding doors to the deck! Just get the work done, Mr. Carpenter!
He has his trailer parked on front lawn because of the barn work.
The barn whisperer just pulled in as I'm typing this. He was here last evening working when we returned from a library puppet show with granddaughters. Dan went out and helped him until 9 pm. My evaluation of his work ethic is much better now that he's working. I see progress with his work.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
From the park brochure:
"Mt. Ascutney dominates the landscape of southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire, rising sharply from the surrounding gentle hills. The mountain has a complex and unique geological history. The mountain formed over 100 million years ago when magma forced up several times into surrounding metamorphic rocks. The magma intrusion complex cooled slowly into an igneous granitic rock. Over time, the surrounding metamorphic rock was worn down by weather and ice ages but the granite dome persisted. The Mt. Ascutney we know today is a monadnock; it is not related geologically to surrounding hills, but rather stands alone and shares a geologic history more closely with the White Mountains of New Hampshire than that of the surrounding Green Mountains of Vermont."
Mt. Ascutney from New Hampshire view point a couple of days before our hike.
We drove to almost the summit and hiked the rest of the way when my sister and brother in law visited us recently. The road way to the upper parking lot is fairly narrow and very bumpy. It was as though it still had frost heaves. It's a toll road $4 person, 3.7 miles long with an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. Going down requires one's lowest gear!
From the parking lot we had a choice of two pathways up the Slot trail or the Slab trail. We took the Slab up and the Slot down.
At the top I was expecting the mountain to be bald - devoid of trees but it wasn't. Thankfully there's an observation tower - 24.5 feet tall - the provides the panoramic view.