Sunday, July 08, 2007

Anniversary Adventures Part II: Sheeps, and Squirrelses, and Toads - Oh My!

So on the last day of our anniversary adventure we decided to do something besides eat and read books...I know, I was shocked too.

First, we went to White Lake. The first thing I noticed when we gots there was the squirrels. Now we have lots of squirrels in Cambridge, but nothing like these. I don't know if city life makes our squirrels soft, but by comparison these lake squirrels seemed like they were abusing prescription stimulants. They were red, and appeared to be able to travel through time they moved so quickly. I would try to sneak up on one and some how it would disappear and reapparate behind me chiding me as it bounded through the woods. Needless to say, I didn't get a photo of one, for if had tried he surely would have stolen my soul. (for more on this phenomenon, see the entry from Eric's blog here.)

We also walked about half way around the lake before Amandina had enough. Along the way we saw this cool toad!


The lake itself was really something. It was incredibly clear and the water was perfectly blue. At first I wondered whether it hadn't been damaged by acid rain. You could walk up to the edge of the water and see white sand all the way out. Not only that, but it was about 75 F. Anyway, Amanda spoke to the life guard and he explained that the lake just has a naturally low pH level and there are no deciduous trees by the lake so there was no leaf litter and very little life in the lake. It was like the perfect natural swimming pool.

After that we went to this place called Russel's Farm. It was a farm that belonged to a long line of county doctors and now its held as a sort of museum and preserved farm. They had pigs and sheepses and other such things. It was nice and Amandina really liked this baby calf. I liked the way it gave the appearance of a petting zoo, but most of the fences were electrified.

Then we came back and we had some random people take this picture of us because it was our anniversary day!

Anniversary Adventures Part I: Pizza, in a Barn!?

So the Amandina and I celebrated our anniversary recently - go us! We went to the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. How did we know when we were in NH, you ask? As soon as drivers stopped honking and cursing each other we knew we were safely away from Boston. But we knew we were in NH when we saw a dude in a flannel shirt driving a pick up truck. That, and the big sign that said "Welcome to New Hampshire."

They have these great signs along the highway that say:

Drive Courteous,
That's The New Hampshire Way!


And it was true! Little driving mistakes that would have earned me death threats from other drivers (and even pedestrians) in Boston, just made people smile at you even more. Its amazing that MA and NH can coexist side by side.

Anywho, we stayed at a cool B&B (that's hip yuppie lingo for a Bed & Breakfast). It was located on 15 acres of nothing but trees, also a pleasant respite from the urban jungle.
The first night we were there we went to this fancyish restaurant and on the way we noticed a lot of vintage cars. Turns out there was a classic car show in the area. Well, anyways, at the restaurant that we went to there was this 1948 Buick out in front and it was awesome. Amandina was very excited.

The next day we went to lunch at this irish pub place and we sat on the balcony which had a really great view.

Unfortunately a duck tried to attack Amanda while I was taking the photo!

Watch out Amanda!

Then, that evening we were so stuffed with pub food, that we had difficulty deciding on where to eat dinner. We drove all over the place and we almost stopped and ate at the Pizza Barn. That's right, the one you've all heard so much about. The pizza didn't look half bad, but I just couldn't bring myself to eat pizza in a barn, I decided it would be an offense to 80 million Italians.