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Monthly Archives: September 2010

One of my favorite spots along the southern Maine coast is Ogunquit. It’s the perfect little town with a nice beach. I arrived about an hour after sunrise (which I caught this morning at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire). But before I arrived there, I had to pull over after just crossing into Maine. I love the “Maine – the way life should be” road sign. So I had to stop for a… Read More

I set my alarm for 4:00am. I was not going to miss this sunrise. Drove from Manchester, New Hampshire to the seacoast at Hampton Beach. The usual raucous crowds were gone. Just a few souls here and there walking their dog. So I staked out a spot along the seawall and the sun popped up right before me…a beautiful sight! After that, I drove up New Hampshire Route 1A. I stopped at… Read More

I love the good work that The Nature Conservancy does. One of those good works is the Manchester Cedar Swamp Preserve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Great place to go on a short hike!

Crossed into Maine from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My first stop was at Kittery Point at Fort McClary State Historic Site where I enjoyed a picnic lunch and watched the boats anchored in the cove. After that I headed over to Fort Foster Park and walked out on the pier. Next up: drove over to York Beach and to Cape Neddick to see the Cape Neddick Lighthouse (aka Nubble Light). Here are a… Read More

At 18 miles, New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. state. However, that 18 miles is beautiful and easy to explore. I started my morning in Hampton Beach, a fun town to spend at the beach. The waves were a little larger today due to a disturbance out in the ocean. After that, I headed north on New Hampshire Route 1A, stopped by Rye, and then headed to Odiorne… Read More

Drove up to Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire. Of course, New Hampshire is in the news every four years because of its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, which the state jealously guards. Also interesting: the state legislature, known as the General Court, is huge – 424 members. It’s the largest state legislature and the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative chamber…anywhere! Another oddity: Unlike most states, the term of governor is two years instead of… Read More

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire features a great collection of European and American art–including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and a Mark di Suvero sculpture out front. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area!