After having trouble with my computer for a couple weeks and not being able to upload any pictures or look at any video without it locking up or being able to play any games on the internet, the motherboard went bad and my computer was not fixable without spending more money than a new one would cost. I went without a computer for a week or so and then went to MicroCenter near Detroit and bought a new one. I got one that’s a little bigger than my tiny 13″ – this one is 14″. I worked with my new computer a little but didn’t have much time since I was working a lot on Irish dance dresses, then we went on vacation for a week and I decided at the last minute to leave my computer at home.
I spent 4 1/2 weeks away from home this summer and am ready to stay home for a while! I spent a week with Jessica in June while John was riding on GOBA, then I spent a week and 1/2 with her to help her get ready to move then get settled in at the new house. After that, I stayed with Brian and Michelle to work on the dresses for Becca and Emily. Last week we went to the East coast with Bill and Diane and had a very nice vacation.
We left last Sunday morning after church and drove to Lake George, New York to spend the night. Monday morning, we drove to Fort Ticonderoga to spend the day. There were a lot of cannons and guns for the guys to look at and some nice exhibits to look at. I spent some time with a young woman who was demonstrating hand sewing and examined her measuring tape, pin cushion, and thread bobbins.
When we left the fort, we rode on a ferry across to Vermont. It was a neat experience. We drove on some secondary roads across Vermont and saw many nice homes and lots of beautiful flowers. We stopped in Montpelier at the visitors center and found out there was a yarn shop nearby! After visiting the yarn shop, we drove on to New Hampshire to go see Mount Washington. By the time we got to the entrance of the 8 mile road, we found it was closed until 7:30 in the morning so we found a motel room nearby in Goreham, NH. We went to Crabby Jack’s Mexican restaurant and had a nice supper.
Tuesday morning, it was very foggy so we decided to drive on to Maine. We stopped in Bangor and looked through an antique mall where I found a 1986 Fisher Price farm for $85! Amy has our old FP farm and it’s from the early 1970s – I wonder what price they would put on it?!?
We drove on to Bar Harbor to our motel room and rode the free shuttle bus into the downtown area where we shopped in some of the many little shops. Then we had a nice supper where I tried to eat lobster – it was really difficult to break the shell apart so I could get the meat out! I’m glad I tried it, but I think once is enough 🙂
Wednesday morning, we went on a whale watching trip and thoroughly enjoyed it! We saw at least ten whales and the crew of the ship said we saw more whales than they normally see. It was very cold out on the ocean – the temperature was supposed to be in the 40s and the ship moved pretty quickly from the shore to the whale-feeding area – so we had to buy some warm clothes and definitely were glad we had them.
Wednesday afternoon, we went to Acadia National Park to Cadillac Summit, the highest point on the East coast; Sand Beach, where we waded in the ocean and the seaweed; and Thunder Hole, where the surf splashes up from a hole in the rocks. That evening, we went back downtown to eat at the Main Street Diner and to shop some more. I noticed a lady knitting in one shop and stopped to ask her if there was a yarn shop in Bar Harbor. She said there was one but it was already closed for the day. She told me about a shop that would be on our way to our next stop 🙂
Thursday morning, we slept in! We stopped in Belfast, Maine, where I visited the yarn shop and bought some yarn that was made in Maine. We continued on to Gloucester, Massachusetts to the visitors center to get information on the area. After we got settled into our motel room then went to Good Harbor Beach, a nice big clean beach where we spent quite a bit of time wading and walking along the shoreline. The water was noticeably warmer than the water at Acadia and had much less seaweed. Then we went to eat at Causeway Restaurant, a place that looked like a sleazy bar but actually served great-tasting food. While we were waiting for our food, Diane and I watched a man devour two small lobsters very quickly! We could tell he was very experience getting the meat out of the lobster – every movement was quick and productive.
We left Gloucester Friday morning at around 7:30 to go to Mystic, Connecticut to visit Mystic Seaboard. We spent quite a bit of time touring the Charles Morgan, the last wooden whaler, that is being restored there. The guide told us many interesting facts about the ship and whaling, which sounds like a very dangerous business. Most men only went on one (low paying) whaling trip – if they were lucky enough to return home from it! This ship’s purpose was to process the whale after it had been brought in by one of the five smaller ships that were stored on this big ship.
We also visited most of the exhibits at Mystic Seaboard – the blacksmith, the barrel maker, woodcarver, etc. They had a small replica of a lighthouse, a drugstore with a doctor’s desk I’d love to have, a church, a school, etc. We spent some time in a print shop where we got to see some tiny pieces of metal that were individual letters in size 6 font that were used to print flyers and newspapers. We were told where the terms “upper case” and “lower case” came from – the capital letters were stored in a tray (upper case) that was above the tray (lower case) with the small letters!
We ate supper that evening at Friendlys restaurant and decided instead of spending another night in a motel, we would go ahead and drive home. We got home and into bed at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning. It’s always nice to be home!