Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26 The Shawn Schlep

Took the day off today to run my buddy Shawn down to Methuen Mass for his checkup on his knee replacement.  Big hospital called Holy Family.

On the way home we stopped at Newick's Seafood in Newington, NH 

I had fish tacos and Shawn had haddock sandwich.  Yummy! 
Also got the motorhome repaired today finally.  Solved the fridge only running on gas with a master reset, then solved a hot water heater leak.  Had the local dial a repairman come out, very reasonable.  Discovered we had boards on the slides rotting, and will need replacement. 
Tomorrow is the train to Boston, Faneuil Hall and then a Red Sox game, hope it doesn't rain!  Supposed to be Manny Rameriez bobblehead day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 24th Game Changer!

Today, we sold the house in Coquina Crossing!  /Full cash offer, plus all the furniture!  Took us 2 years almost to sell it, but now it is done.  We'll find out Monday or Tuesday when we close, then will have to make a car trip down to St. Augustine it looks like to pack and load personal items, then head back up to Maine.  Looking at 2 alternative plans for making the trip, one in July, and one in August.  If we do the August leg, we will cancel out of Cape Cod-  shoot, but that will allow almost three weeks to get packed and settled in SC house. 

Had problems with the mi-fi today, wouldn't connect, took it to Verizon and got it fixed up. 

The repair guy didn't come for the refrigerator, and we have a small leak in the back closet to check out. 

Plans are to stay for the winter or perhaps until May 1 in St Augustine, so we'll address that when we get back to Coquina.  We know of several campsites to look at. 

Big sigh of relief! 

Didn't move around today, will rest tomorrow. 

Saw this plate today:

Friday, June 23, 2017

June 23rd On off to Lewiston/Auburn/Bates College.

Today was a three hour trip up to Lewiston/Auburn Maine.

Along the way, we stopped at Bates College, one of the Little Ivy Schools. 

Got a tee shirt for Taryn McKenna, and a pin. 

Because of a bit of rain, I suspended the search for other things, but did find a new Confederate Memorial in downtown Lewiston.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st Bit of travel today but some disappointment!

Did 269 miles today- lots of hits and misses- 

Started at Franklin Pierce Homestead in Hillsborough, but it was closed!  Open Fri-Sun!

Then up to Sunapee State Park to find a pin, but they didn't have any.  Then a bust trying to find John Jay NWR for a blue goose stamp. 

Did see these 2 markers:

Pierce Homestead
1. Pierce Homestead Marker

The Pierce Homestead was built in 1804 by Benjamin Pierce, a general in the American Revolution, twice governor of New Hampshire (1827-28, 1829-30), and father of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States (1853-57). Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsboro November 23, 1804 and the family occupied this dwelling shortly thereafter.


Birthplace of the Seventh Day Adventist Church

                                     1. Birthplace of the Seventh Day Adventist Church Marker

Inscription. In April 1842, a group of citizens in this town banded together to form "the first Christian Society." In the Adventist movement of 1842-43, they espoused the Advent hope. In January 1842, these Washington Sabbath keepers, after meeting for many years as a loosely knit group, organized the first Seventh Day Adventist Church. Take second left, opposite the Common, 2.3 miles on the Millen Pond Road to the site of this building.



Did find 7 new markers today in Newbury and New London NH. 

Did also stop at Colby-Sawyer Univ, but no pin. 

Did see some NRHP sites:

Got back home by 130 in the afternoon, very tired just now.  May dial back tomorrow. 
Supposed to have the refrigerator looked at tomorrow. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20th Rainout- No marginal way or Perkins Cove

2 things happened today to mess up the schedule- one, we moved over a space, to 185, so we could get TV, and then it rained off and on, so we bagged going to Marginal Way and Perkins Cove, which I rescheduled for the 29th. 

Also ran up to Remy's and found Bette a frying pan that she could use, and then to Hannaford's for provisions and fill ins. 

Tomorrow is off to Newbury NH and New London NH for a college visit, and several NRHP sites, and a NWR.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th Local stops today.

Lots of local stops today, 

First stop was the Rachel Carson NWR, got a free pin there!

Second stop was Cape Porpoise-  did a couple of markers,

The Battle of Cape Porpoise (Goat Island)

The Battle of Cape Porpoise (Goat Island) Marker image. Click for full size.

1. The Battle of Cape Porpoise (Goat Island) Marker
August 8, 1782, a British ship of 18 guns attacked a small force of inhabitants gathered on Goat Island and was driven away by severe musket fire, losing 17 men. Lieut. James Burnham of this town was killed.

This tablet was erected August 8, 1921.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.

1. Veterans Memorial Marker

Memorial to all
Veterans of Kennebunkport

WWII Korean and
Vietnam Conflicts
and to those who
made the
supreme sacrifice

May 30, 1974


Saw this water tower on the way over to Biddeford Pool:

I made an attempt to see Goat Island Lighthouse, but it was all fogged in.  So try to get it later.

Then on to Biddeford Pool where I made an unsuccessful stop for the Wood Island Light House, but they didn't have it.  So, return trip is now called for to get the stamp for there. 

Also did the Fletcher's Neck Lifesaving Station:
The Fletcher's Neck Lifesaving Station was a maritime rescue facility at Ocean Avenue and Fourth Street in the Biddeford Pool area of Biddeford, Maine. Established in 1874 by the United States Life-Saving Service, its original building is one of the best-preserved of the first five stations built by the service on the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. A larger station was built adjacent to the original in 1938. The station was in active use until 1971.

Description and history

Biddeford Pool is a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Maine just south of the mouth of the Saco River on the southern coast of Maine. The Fletcher Lifesaving Station is located on the southeast side of the peninsula, just west of the junction of Fourth Street and Ocean Avenue. The original 1874 station is a small garage-like structure with a gable roof, 1-1/2 stories in height. Its main facade faces toward the ocean, with a large two-leaf equipment door as its main feature. The gable roof has extended overhangs on all sides, with large brackets supporting the eaves, featuring a carved dolphin at their centers. The area under the eaves is finished in vertical board siding, while that below is clapboarded. The interior of the main floor was dominated by an equipment bay, with a common kitchen and lounge space behind, and quarters in the attic story for a keeper and six men.[2] To the left of this structure is the much larger 1938 station, a Shingle-style structure two stories in height, with two equipment bays on the right, and a prominent four-story tower with observation room at the top.
The United States Life-Saving Service was established by an Act of Congress in 1874, as a means to provide rescue services along the nation's coastlines. Fletcher's was one of five such stations established along the coastlines of Maine and New Hampshire, entering service formally on December 1, 1874. The Service was later merged into the United States Coast Guard, which built the larger station in 1938. The station was described as being still active in 1945, and all Coast Guard activity was recorded as ending in 1971

Then some assorted National Register Sites in Biddeford proper:

John Tarr House
St. Joseph's School
So tomorrow is also local:  heading down to the Marginal Way to walk it, then down to a fancy restaurant in Perkins Cove. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18th Total day off

Did rest and recovery today.  2 naps, Sunday papers, and rest! Checked on Shaun,  he was actually out this evening, but not feeling so hot.  Tomorrow is a day ahead of schedule-  ding local travel to Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, and Cape Porpoise, for a lighthouse stamp and some NRHP sites and a couple of markers. 

Here is the current temp and forecast for the week: