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Weekend To The Past

 

Wallingford/Meridian Hilton Gardens Inn

Not the Best of Starts

After a long drive from work to the inn I was looking forward to a nice weekend. Check in with Chrissi was smooth and effortless and she informed me of all the amenities available to me. A cheery smile for the start of my weekend.

My room was inviting, clean and the air conditioning was running and the temperature was comfortable. I was looking forward to a nice weekend, then I used the microwave. Unfortunately, this caused a problem in my room, I think it may have popped a circuit breaker. I understand that these kinds of things happen and I was not upset. What matters in these instances is what happens next.

What happened next was great customer service. A quick call to the front desk to see if anything could be done about this. As it was later in the night the maintenance staff had gone home for the evening. As this had also caused my fridge to stop working and I had stuff that needed to be in there I needed something done about it. Sunni was great at solving my problem, she had a new room for me, got my key card changed and I was in the new room in less than half hour. And my weekend continued on without another hitch.

Sleeping was good, comfortable bed and not a whisper of noise from the outside. Waking up refreshed and ready to take on the new day I went to the in hotel restaurant for breakfast. A mix of made to order and buffet style. A fresh made omelet, a bit of sausage from the kitchen and some toast from the buffet. Breakfast was quick and delicious.

Off for a day of adventure.

Returning to my room after a long day was refreshing. My room was cleaned and the bed made and ready for me for my second night. Another night of quiet, restful sleep followed by a fresh breakfast.

Check out was smooth and easy. The option to have my receipt emailed to me and turn in my key card had me out the door and on my ride home in just minutes.

Thank you to the staff of the Wallingford/Meridian Hilton Garden Inn for showing me such great customer service.

Wallingford 99 Restaurant

Meal Deal for Me

The Wallingford 99 has a very comfortable country feel to its atmosphere. There was no wait for me when I went in for my dinner.

I started with a bowl of corn chowder, the soup of the day, when I ordered the waitress suggested that I take the three course meal deal and I decided that was a good idea. The chowder had a nice creamy texture to it with plenty of clams and potato.

My main course choice was sirloin steak with fried shrimp combo with fries and a side salad. The steak was cooked perfectly to my taste (med rare), the fries where well cooked and crispy, the shrimp was deep fried and very tasty and the salad was nice and fresh. Quite enjoyable dinner.

For dessert I went with the Peanut Butter Brownie Petite Treat (petites are the selection for the meal deal). Decadent is the only word that came to mind while I was eating this delicious treat. A peanut butter brownie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with some chocolate syrup, this and a glass of cold milk made for a great ending to a wonderful dinner.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

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What a beautiful day for a short trolley ride. I enjoy trains and trolley rides and learning their histories.

The museum building itself is not large but a lot of information and displays are packed into the small space. There are a few interactive displays that can be played with as well as plenty of historic articles and paperwork on display as well. There is also a good selection of items at the gift shop.

There is also a trolley ride available. The ride takes you through the museums train yard and then through the woods and marsh. The ride is under an hour long. On the way back to the main trolley stop at the museum there is also a stop in the train yard where you get a guided tour of the buildings housing many different trolleys, subway cars and busses. A great walk through the history of public transportation. Included in the collection of cars is one of the two subway cars that survived in the World Trade Center garage.

A great place to visit if you are into trains or the history of transportation.

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In Between

The ride from the trolley museum to Dinosaur State Park was a little over a half hour. When I left the museum it was a beautiful, sunny day. About half way to the park it started raining, really raining, to the point that I had to slow to a crawl on the highway.

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Dinosaur Tracks In The Rain

On the day of my visit to the Dinosaur State Park the park was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, that day was also sporting heavy rains. A lot of the outside activities where not happening. Fortunately, there is plenty to see on the inside.

The park itself was created as the result of finding a large area of petrified dinosaur tracks. The main building was constructed over the large area of the petrified lake bed. Around the open area above the tracks are plenty of other prehistoric exhibits, dioramas and displays. There is also a discovery room with loads of hands on stuff for the younger visitors to explore.

I enjoyed my visit to the museum, I only wish I could have taken the walk around the outside. I may plan another visit in the future for the purpose walking the grounds.

 

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Surprise, I Got Takeout

My plans for the evening, get on a conference call with a couple of my friends and watch the final Tragically Hip concert. Take out was my best option, it gave a dinner as well as some finger foods to snack on during the concert.

My choices where Crab Rangoon, Beef Teriyaki, Boneless Spare Ribs and Pork Lo Mein. I prefer lo mein over rice personally.

The Crab Rangoon where a little bigger than I am used to, the crust was nice and crispy and they were very well filled. They had a very rich flavor and filling. The Beef Teriyaki was. Beef Teriyaki. Nothing more to really say about the Beef Teriyaki. The Boneless Spare Ribs were also a bit bigger than I am used to, they were well sauced and very tender. The Pork Lo Mein had a nice sauce to it that was rich in flavor but not too spicy.

The evening plans for me as I said was to watch the Tragically Hip’s final concert. I have a friend in Calgary Canada who got me interested into the band, I do wish that had happened many more years ago as I have found to enjoy the band a great deal. Relaxing in my room with my tablet connected to the television for the show and on Skype with my buddy in Canada made for a very relaxing evening and a very cool last night of the weekend.

Sunday morning came after a nice relaxing nights sleep. The drive home was uneventful and under a nice sky.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in Travel, Weekend Trips

 

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Random Driving

 

 

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It started simply enough. Saturdays were becoming a little boring to me. I was feeling a maybe a little bit of weekend cabin fever. So my simple solution was to get in my car and drive. I had no plans, I had no destinations in mind and I had nothing that had to be done on the weekends for the most part.

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This started in the early spring of 2012, Out in the morning with just my phones GPS on following my nose. On the road for until I felt like heading home. At first it was just random driving taking random turn based on random events like going the opposite direction as the guy in front of me.

 

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I live on the Massachusetts New Hampshire border driving in New Hampshire is always enjoyable to me. This has made New Hampshire my main driving area. I eventually started just following some of the more rural numbered highways in New Hampshire, most of them from their starting point to their ending point. I have found this driving to be very enjoyable and still continue this to this day.

 

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Travel

 

Weekend at Old Orchard Beach

 

 

The long New England winter is but a mere memory.  Spring is just about at its end and the summer is fast approaching. Time for me to go on weekend trips again. This past weekend I took a trip to Old Orchard Beach Maine.

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The weekend started on Friday after work with a hour and a half drive to the Admiral Motel. A small place, only ten rooms and the room I had was not very big but for a weekend all I need is a bed and a bathroom and they were both clean.

Diner at Famous Dave’s BBQ on Friday night. Good food and a fun atmosphere for dinner.

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Breakfast on Saturday morning was at the Egg and I. Unique breakfast menu, I opted for the Egg-ceptional omelet, filling and tasty.

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Saturday my plans where to locate a local light house for some pictures. Unfortunately a part of the town was closed down for a sidewalk arts and crafts festival. It made driving a bit of a hassle so I decided against dealing with what could have been a long drive and chose to look for it on Sunday before my drive home.

 

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After deciding not to look for the lighthouse I turned around and headed back to Old Orchard Beach. The boardwalk boasts having the only beachfront amusement park in New England. Having about 30 rides ranging from kiddie rides, thrill rides and roller coasters.

 

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The rest of the board walk is filled with gift shops, t-shirt shops, bars, restaurants and other types of concessions.

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One of the best stores was Dickenson’s Candy Shop. It was a very fun store to just walk around and they even have a sampling of sugar free candies as well.

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After more than two and a half hours of walking around and viewing the sights and visiting gift shops it was off the beach for a nice country drive. Dinner was at the Longhorn Steakhouse. Great food at a good price.

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Sunday morning brought heavy rain. Not a real big deal my main plans for the day is to drive home. I did take a drive to the coast to look for the light house but I think the rain cut down visibility and was not able to see it. Drive home took a bit longer than I had expected but it was still a fun drive. 

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2015 in Travel

 

Cog Railway to Mount Washington

 

 

As has been the norm for me this past summer, August was no exception. This time around it was a trip to take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington and a visit to the weather station located where the worst weather of the US can be found.

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The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a first of its kind. Built in the mid 1800’s for the purpose of ferrying tourists to the top of the mountain.

 

Picture ot the tracks up the side of the mountain taken from about 7 miles away.

Being so steep the train needs a special way of getting of getting it self up the mountain. This is where the cog comes into use, it actually walks itself up the special track.

 

Pic of the cog on the bottom of the steam train.

The ride up the mountain is a hour long providing some amazing views of the surrounding area which consists of the presidential mountain range. Unfortunately it was a bit to cloudy to get any good pics of the mountain range.

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After the ride up there is an hour spent at the Mount Washington State Park.

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One of the things that I found interesting was the restored mountain top hotel.

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It was a place to provide hikers of the Appalachian trail a warm place to eat and sleep for a night.

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Although not the most comfortable of hotels, for a hiker it was like a luxury stay.

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Taking a ride through history, I would say it was a very fun day for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel

 

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Winnipesaukee Weekend

 

In my continuing weekend adventures this summer I spent a weekend on Lake Winnipesaukee in the lakes region of New Hampshire. I stayed at the Tilton Inn in the Sanborn Room which was rumored to be haunted by a young, mischievous girl.

While at the lake I took a ride on the Mt Washington, the main reason I took this little weekend.

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The day was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the sky was clear and the temperature was at a comfortable level. Some great views while out on the lake.

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While out on the lake we passed a bunch of different islands but this one caught my attention when I saw a for sale sign on it. Unfortunately I did not get my camera up quick enough to get the sign itself.

 

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So anyone interested in getting their own island check out Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

All in all it was a good way to spend an afternoon.

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel

 

Conway Scenic Railroad Trip

Conway Scenic Railroad

Last weekend I went for a short weekend trip. Left Friday from work for a 3 hour drive north from where I live. The day was really nice for a drive, windows open and the radio playing, one of my favorite places to be.

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This is a trip I have been planning for about eight months. Last summer I had taken a couple of day trips to North Conway and had even taken the shorter train trips that are offered from the station but I really wanted to take the five hour trip and the only way I could do that was to stay the night before to be at the station in time to board the train.

North Conway Scenic Railroad Station

 

The ride is a 5 hour round trip to Crawford Station, right next to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Station.

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The ride has some amazing vistas to view and the conductor gives some history about the railway and the area as well.

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One of the more noteworthy parts of the trip and history of the railway was the Frankenstein Trestle, named after cliff over which it spans.

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I enjoyed my the train ride so much that I have already booked passage for mid October when the foliage is at its peak.

At the end of the day I went to a scenic view rest area up the road from my hotel and did some experimenting with my new cameras settings. The pic on the left is my favorite, the pic on the right is the same area and taken at about the same time just to show differences in exposures.

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Thank you for reading.

Forrest

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Life as it is, Travel

 

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