Mt. Washington, NH

We had a fun time while in New Hampshire.  Not only working, but exploring on our time off.  We were slowing down after going almost non-stop for the past three months, but still on our list to see in New Hampshire was the  Mt. Washington Road.  So one of the last site-seeing trips was to drive THE road.  It is privately owned, takes you to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak. It ascends 4,000 feet in eight miles.  The landscape varies as you drive.
The beginning  of the road was tree lined with beautiful color

 Then the evergreens

which became smaller and less as we climbed,


then disappeared above the tree line.

At the very top,  the Mt. Washingnton State Park 


with fabulous views!  The Cog Railway was another choice to get to the top, but we wanted to be able to stop and take in the views on the way.

The Presidential Range, Mt. Clay, Mt. Jefferson, and  Mt Adams, Mt. Madison


The Tip Top House is the only original building, built in 1854, that has survived.  It was used as a hotel.



The Summit Stage Office (on the left) is chained down to prevent it from being blown away!
This is where the highest winds observed by man was recorded, during a storm on April 12, 1934, measuring a wind velocity of 231 miles per hour.


A weather station and observatory are still in use.

Ten days after we were there, this picture was taken up at the top, covered with Rime Ice!  Glad we went when we did!

On the way, we drove through the White Mountains, where we stopped to view some of the color, especially near water~


On the way back, going through North Conway, we couldn’t help but notice that the pumpkin people were back;

We still have more to see up in the NE… it is a beautiful, historic area. We will have to return again!  On the way south, we stopped in Chattanooga area to get the mirror, and a couple of things finished up and fixed on the coach.  
Aaron, Nate, Chris, DJ and Dottie came to visit us on Monday afternoon.  It was a treat to see them and hug on them all!  When we think about  all we have done, it seems like a long time since we left home. We don’t realize how tired we get after working several projects (and of course doing all the rubbernecking I can get in) until we start to relax and then it hits us hard…..So today, after Paul did some maintenance and cleaning in the RV bins, we are relaxing before heading to Telladega, Alabama, in the morning to start our November project.

MMAP, Oct. 2013, Maranatha Ministries, New Durham, NH

This has been a different project.  It was hard to differentiate between each, because we were at Maranatha Ministries for all three months.  And this was the last month of a great three months.
Paul had a variety of projects.  He and Art ran the PEX for the floor heating, then they installed the manifold, and ran the inch size PEX back to the boiler room.

Then they were assigned a project at the Ski Shed, completing the ceiling, installing the lights and  insulation,

V-mac (beautiful wood walls),

and finishing the molding on the exterior with Art.
In the basement, Bill and Harry installed silver insulation as part of the heating system,

 and put bracing up for the drop ceiling, then installed the lights and panels of the ceiling during the last day!


While the rest of the team were in the basement working on the heating system, Paul spent several days power washing SEVEN decks.  It was cold, though, especially when he got wet.  Since he is an outside person, he enjoyed being outdoors, enjoying the weather and the color!

The color was just absolutely beautiful.  All of the above were taken at the camp.
Although there were several electrical jobs the camp wanted done, Paul was only assigned to one, removing a large telephone/light pole (he got to play with the jeep) and setting up a new sub-panel which included ditch-digging (causing headaches!) and extending wires.   He was glad to get rid of the pole before we left, since it was a hazard for any bigger vehicles coming into and out of the campsites. 
I think the ladies really worked hard this month!  We ladies followed up at the Ski Shed and finished painting the interior and the exterior, including doors,

and then organized the boots, hung the poles up again and replaced the skis!

We also painted the bathroom in the basement, including the toilet room behind the door, and the cabinet itself.  The guys came behind us and installed the ceiling and the backboard on the sink.
We also painted the sound booth upstairs,

sanded and painted windows, doors, and railings at the main lodge!  Dee took over grinding responsibility, while Tamara and I did the sanding and painting.

Lois updated a telephone and address directory for the camp as well.

Can you believe, I thought I got a completed picture of both the basement and the shed, but did not.  Both turned out beautiful~
We got to celebrate Bill and Joyce again, since this month was their 50th project.  They are a sepcial couple.  They were on our buddy trip and were our coordinators on our first official project.


On Columbus Day, the ladies helped with their annual Fall Fair.  This is a free outreach to the community. We helped out two years ago when we were there.  This time I was assigned to the popcorn machine, until it broke down; then I helped out at the cotton candy machine.  They also offered the opportunity for everyone to make their own fresh fried donuts, and have freshly pressed cider.

There were so many activities, I didn’t get a chance to get around to get pictures of them.  There were also arts and crafts, face painting, puppet show, and a chalk talk.

A chainsaw wood carver carved this bear during the day from a piece of pine, stopping to answer questions as he did. 

Besides all of the painting and other work the ladies did, we still took a day out to visit Antique Alley, several antique stores along Highway 9.  I had to take Paul back to this one…. the name was The Betty House Antiques, a little way off the highway on a side road.  It consisted of these four buildings, and had lots of tools and spinning wheels (he finally found one!).

And we even had time for a couple of afternoons of sewing…. resulting in a new pink purse for me, and a start of Christmas gifts for Lois.  These ladies have inspired me to begin sewing again.
Like a family, we work, play, worship, and occasionally eat together.  We will miss each one.  And we will also miss:
Daily Devotions, which were always a special time.  Thanks to Lois and her piano playing ability.

One morning I had to take this picture of the sunrise from the Lighthouse Room.

Our hosts, the Edmund family treated us to a pancake supper almost every Sunday night during our three month stay, at their home, and dinner at the end of each month at their ‘off the grid’ Log “Castle”, a special time of reflection, singing and getting to know one another.  We are going to miss the Edmunds…. little Nathaniel has grown so much this last three months… we watched him as he went from crawling to walking to running, and turned one year old while we have been here.  I got my baby hugs from him while here!  They feel like family.

We will also miss  the wild turkeys,

Hey Girl, the curious pony, 

and the goats.
and the occasional deer which were too fast for the camera!
Merrymeeting River runs beside the road to the camp;  we will miss the beautiful reflections on the water, especially this month.

We could not resist buying this mat, which totally describes Paul!  This is the end of the project; Paul has worked hard, now he has a little bit of time to nap hard before the next project in November ~

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod…..what can I say?
Although it was different than what I expected, I can’t say what I expected….
It was more built up than I thought, wider at the southern end than I thought, and of course, not like the Pacific Ocean waves (or even like the strong Atlantic waves that hit the Canadian shore) like I thought!  But the atmosphere was all that I expected, with the salt air and friendly people.
After Maryland, we headed south to Cape Cod. There were some pretty pricey places to stay,


but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at a little Sandwich (which is the oldest town on the Cape) mom-and-pop family-operated motel.  The  Country Acres Motel took me back to my childhood!


A field of cranberry plants was just down the road,


as was an old cemetery.


Our timing was in synch with the government shutdown, but that did not stop us from getting up close and personal to the many lighthouses.  We just walked up the road that would normally be open to traffic.

Restrooms were closed, and we could not see inside any of the lighthouses we visited.  I felt bad for the people on the several buses that pulled up and expected to be able to use the facilities.
We decided to go to the farthest point of the Cape, Provincetown, where the Pilgrims first landed.  Although they did not stay there for long (about five weeks), and moved on to Plymouth it is a significant place, with the Pilgrim Monument a tower at High Pole Hill Historic Site,

which is 252 feet, 7.5 inches tall with 116 steps and  60 ramps.  It was an amazing structure, being the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.

The cornerstone was set by President Roosevelt in 1907 and three years later, President Taft presided over the dedication ceremonies in 1910.
Yes, we took the challenge, and climbed to the top.  The views were worth the climb.

The adjoining museum was also filled with interesting displays, not only about the pilgrims, but of the area as well.  

The Mayflower Compact confirms we began as a Christian nation.

On the way to Provincetown, we were able to see where the first intercontinental cable was installed,


and the site of Marconi’s first wireless telegraph.


The beach along that area of the Cape were beautiful!  Actually all of the beaches were lovely.

When I realized there were a lot of lighthouses along the Cape,  I wanted to see how many we could see.  Maybe even ALL of them!  Thank goodness for zoom lenses, since some would take a lot more walking and time to get to than we were willing to put in.  Some history and info on them can be found at the website www.capecodlighthouses.info 
I think we missed a couple, but did see most of them, some up close, and some through zoom lens:
Nauset Lighthouse,

The Three Sisters Lighthouses,
Race Point Lighthouse (which took us on a walk in the sand for about a mile, and then we did not get all the way there), 

Long Point Lighthouse, which, to get to, would have taken 45 minutes to cross on this jetty of rocks,

Woods End Lighthouse

Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse

This was the first lighthouse built on the Cape, ordered built in 1797 by George Washington, to warn sailors of the area known as the “graveyard of Ships.”  It was moved  450 feet in 1996 to its current location from only 100 ‘ from the eroding cliff.
Nobska Lighthouse


Across from this lighthouse, overlooking the ocean, is a memorial stone honoring a local flight attendant killed on 9/11

Chatham Lighthouse

with a memorial to sailors who have perished at sea, known and unknown 

Hyannis Port Lighthouse


When we visited Hyannis, we did not know if it was possible to see where the Kennedy compound was or not.  But we did find it.
The beach is typical,

the post office was classic!

We talked to a local man on the beach (who did not particularly like the Kennedy’s) and he pointed out the first mansion as being owned by  the CEO of GAP.  

and said the one next to it was Rose Kennedy’s, then the one next to that with the white rock fireplace was Ethel’s.  JFK was the third, behind that (I don’t think we could see it from where we were)


We started going down this private road, but a security guard stopped us.  The roof line of the house the security car is in front of is the same as the second house over on the right  in the above picture, and we were told sometimes when family is there, a security guard is hired.

So now I have seen another president’s family home!  I guess I would not want to be them, with people like me trying to see their homes.  We did meet another young man with a dog on the beach, heading toward the compound.   When asked if he knew who owned  the CEO’s home, he replied “Not the Kennedy’s”;  when asked about the others, his reply, “can’t say”.  The dog came up to me and I made a comment on the dog being the official greeter, he just grunted.    We think with the attitude and looks, he may have been related…..
We visited the JFK Museum located in the town, which was very informative.  There was also a Baseball Hall of Fame in the basement.   Apparentlly this is where the stars come to be trained.  A great percentage that are trained here become stars.

The Holcomb’s went back to camp after Hyannis Port, but we wanted to see Plymouth, so the last day of our trip, we moved on to Plymouth.
We checked into a hotel that was right on the bay.  Thanks to the end of the season, the price was very reasonable, and this was our view…..

We checked in early in the day, and took some time to relax.  While Paul took a nap and slept in one of those lounge chairs, I sat and played with my camera.

It was a high tide the next morning, and no sand could be seen.
The next day we visited Plymouth and Plimoth Plantation.  Yes, Plimoth is spelt the way they spell it.  I read that since there were no set of rules for spelling, they spelled phonetically.  Words were spelled a number of ways, and this spelling was used most frequently.  To differentiate the Museum from the  modern town of Plymouth, the founders chose this spelling.
The Plymouth rock was really small!!  I always thought it was like a mountain that you could climb up on!  It is protected by  the structure.

Plimouth Plantation is a privately funded historic reenactment of what pilgrims lives were like.
A Wampanoag Indian Village exhibit is a re-creation of the homesite depicted the lifestyle of the Indians during the 1600’s

At the craft center, artisans create items traditionally made in the 1600’s.

A 17th-Century English Village re-created to depict the year 1627, which was well documented, showed how they built their homes 

their meetinghouse,

and even how they stacked their wood in a circle.

In the bay, the replica, Mayflower II,  can be toured.  We did not take the time to tour it.


The Kennedy Library was on my list to visit.  I thought presidential libraries were privately funded; apparently not, since it was deemed non-essential in the shut down evaluation, and was closed.  Another trip.
We saw Boston and Cape Cod in a week!  We had a great time, enjoyed the Holcombs company, shared a lot of laughs and learned a lot.
We are back at work now for our last month here in New Durham, New Hampshire, and enjoying lots of color.






Lexington and Boston, MA

After the September project, we had a week off.  It sure came quickly!  One of the other MMAPers had done some research on Boston, and asked if anyone else was interested in going to Boston for part of the week.  That is what we were planning to do anyway! We were the only ones who said yes, so we and the Holcombs explored Boston and Cape Cod together during the week off work.  We had a great time!

The plan was to go to Lexington first, so we could see the Minute Man National Historical Park and the associated historical sites there.  Good thing we visited this first, since it was closed later in the week due to the government shut down.
The Battle Road follows the events of April 19th, 1775.  
Paul Revere was captured here

This is the Hartwell Tavern.  Three members of the Hartwell family joined the fighting that day.

A musket shooting demonstration took place while we were there.

There are 11 homes along the road that existed that day.  Some only have foundations left, others have been restored.  Besides the Hartwell tavern and home,  Captain William Smith, leader of the Lincoln militia, had a  home that still stands

The Noah Brooks Tavern, along with other homes made up the Brooks Village.  The sides of the house were made of brick, but the front was wood

The Wayside home, owned by the Alcotts, parents of Louise May, was not open due to major work being done.  (So much scaffolding and trees, I did not even get a picture).  But this historic home was host to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, as well as an enslaved man traveling Underground Railroad.  The house was later owned by Nathaniel Hawthorne, then Harriett Lothrop author of the Five Little Peppers series.  I did not realize all of these writers lived so close to each other!
Another home, the Orchard House was owned by Louise May Alcott and wrote Little Women here. 

The North Bridge is where the “shot heard round the world” was fired.









































The bridge separates the commemorative British soldier’s graves and the minute man statue where they took their stand.


The hotel we stayed at was convenient to the subway station, so after getting a crash course from a sweet employee on the first day, (she saw us with the bewildered look of tourists) we became confident with using the public underground transportation!

What a privilege to visit Boston!  I thought about Washington being historical, but Boston is where the nation began!  

When we arrived downtown Boston, we purchased  a two-day, hop-on-hop-off ticket for the trolley.  That gave us an overview and helped with the decisions of where to get off and what to see.

We stopped along the Freedom Trail, seeing: 
Boston Common and State House
This is where we came out of the subway when we arrived in Boston.  We caught the trolley here, at the oldest public park in the US, established by Puritans in 1634.

Old South Meeting House
First built for a house of worship, many historical meetings have been held here.  It is still used as an active meeting place.

The carvings were amazing.

Even the altar had some amazing carvings! 
Above the altar is a sounding board, which helped send the speaker’s voice, like our PA systems of today.

Can you see the person in the left window?  He is painting the exterior window  frame. The exterior of the building was being renovated.  Between the scaffolding and netting, you couldn’t really see what it looked like.

Old Corner Bookstore
Just down from the Old South Meeting House, I saw this building, built in 1718.  It was later I recognized it. Glad I took the picture! It is a restaurant now.


The Old State House
This building looks so small compared with the skyscraper buildings surrounding it.


The small balcony outside this door is where the Constitution was read for the first time.
Just below the balcony is the site of the Boston Massacre.  In 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of Bostonians.  Five victims died that day.


On loan from the British, is their copy of the original treaty of Paris.

Just across the street from the Old State House is the Historic Faneuil Hall with the statue of Samuel Adams,


as well as the Historic Quincy Market, where we ate lunch (under the  blue tents to the right)

The Paul Revere House
We walked several blocks to get to the Paul Revere House, since it was not directly on the trolley route

These were the buildings beside his home.

And this is the neighborhood church which he attended.
We ate at the Bell in Hand Tavern, established in 1795, making it the oldest tavern in America.  The first owner was the town crier for fifty years.  He reported on everything from the Boston Tea Party to the birth of the nation.  It was after he retired that he opened the tavern. 
There is still acobblestone road in front of it.
And just on the other side, in a city of American history commemorative pieces, they do not forget to honor and remember the suffering and oppression of others. This is their Holocaust Memorial.  

The Old North Church
We continued to walk to the Old North Church, Boston’s oldest church building, where Paul Revere devised the plan to place a lantern or two in the belfry of the church;  “one if by land, two if by sea”, to warn citizens of the invasion of the “British Regular Soldiers”.


A statue of Paul Revere is in the garden courtyard, 
as well as a commemorative display of dog tags from deceased soldiers.
Like the Old South Meeting House, the interior was impressive.























There is also a third lantern hanging in a front window.
On the 200th anniversary of the hanging of the two signal lanterns, April 18, 1975, President Gerald Ford dedicated the Third Lantern. 
Bunker Hill
We ran out of time and energy to walk up to the Bunker Hill Monument.  It was dedicated in 1864, to commemorate the Revolution’s first major battle.  There are 294 steps in this 221-foot Oobelisk.  We will have to return to climb those steps!
Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
These date back to 1660.  It is located on the north end, just up the street from the Old North Church.  It has many blacks and Mulattos buried here who worked in the shipyards.
We saw the Kings Chapel and Burying Ground, the Granary Burying Ground, and the site of the first school in America from the trolley, but could not get pictures from the trolley (too fast, traffic, whatever!)
The trolley ticket included a harbor (“Habah”) cruise.  It was a great way to see the skyline of Boston

If you look really close, there is a great shot of the Old State Building, seen between the big skyscrapers!!
We had the opportunity to stop and get off the boat at the Charlestown Navy Yard, part of the Freedom Trail. The USS Cassin Young represents the Word War II era destroyers.
Paul bought a souvenir, a flag that was flown over the oldest active commissioned navy ship, the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).  It is take out once a year with a 21-gun salute to maintain the title.

Some random Boston shots……
Placed around the city are pianos, for anyone and everyone to play to their hearts content!  This one was at the Old North Church.  (I thought I had a picture of another one, but could not find it.)  People would just sit down and start playing.

This signage was prevalent in the early years, to indicate the type of store that was in the building, since so many people could not read.

There was also one with a tea pot, beside Starbucks! (not a good shot, through the dirty Trolley window).  We were told it was insured a Lloyds of London for a million dollars.

There were so many beautiful buildings with various carvings.  This one  caught my eye, because of the bells.
and this beautiful reflection of an old church in the modern glass building…. what a contrast!
This is the road…..Imbedded with copper.  I only saw this at one corner, and I don’t know the story behind this, but it was very interesting and eye-catching!
And this was just the first three days.  Poor Paul……

MMAP, Sept. 2013, New Durham, New Hampshire, Part 2

We started the last month of the project this week, but let me backtrack just a bit. I’m a bit behind in my blog. 

The last week of the September project, a few of the jobs came together and were completed.
First was a project that Harry was working on.  Two of the signs needed a roof.

A couple of us helped with the painting.
I was curious because of the time and effort spent on these, whether they were for looks or some practical use?  So I asked…. it was practical…the roof somewhat protects the signs from the weather!  Then I noticed there were other signs in the areas that have these roofs.
So at the end of the month, they were both mounted.


 They really did look good!
The wood for the ski shed interior walls was sanded,  (all of the ladies worked on it) and was completed.

Joyce completed the urethaning of the wood.  They are ready to be put up in the ski shed.

The rest of us completed urethaning doors and frames inside the Summit building.
The installing of the PEX pipes for the floor heating was completed by Paul and Art.
It is being installed from the basement, below the floor of the meeting room.

and tied into a junction connecting point to the boiler.

Antifreeze will be heated up and run through these pipes.   They are now ready to be hooked up to the manifold.

One of the camp board members lives in York, Maine.  He had Chris and Brenda take us over to York for a special evening.  On the way, we stopped at Portsmouth, NH, (on the coast and border of Maine) where there is a beautiful garden.  It was still in full bloom and the weather was perfect to wander around.

When we got to York, we took a trail, that lead us through the woods, 

over a bridge
(made to resemble the Golden Gate!)

through historical area, 

 where John Hancock owned this wharf,
 

and along the coast!

Then he took us out for Lobster!  This was JUST Paul’s!!

It was a great way to end the project and the week!

As we begin our third and last month, it doesn’t seem like we have been here for over two months.  It is exciting to look back on the accomplishments of just a few old folks in a short period of time.
God has truly blessed us with strength, excitement and love for the work here in New Durham.