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The last few days have been mostly about driving, walking and downtime up on a Vermont mountaintop. Lots of pictures with commentary in this post. I did a lot of pulling over to the side of the road and jumping out for photo opportunities.
We spent one day poking around the different neighborhoods of Portland before heading to the far north. I've spent time in Portland twice, both times in late fall, and both times ...
... crepes (Lamb Merguez sausage...yum).
Cate and I then took our combined 3 dogs (Stormy, Cinnamon and Addie) for a beautiful hike in a local conservation area. Stormy, the fierce Chihuahua, did his level best to put Addie in her place, attempts which were mostly ignored. A good time was had by all.
Tomorrow I visit WEBS, the yarn mecca in this neck of the woods, then we head east and south towards Mystic, CT.
... that day.
After the great exercise, Brian decided to make homemade pasta. Tony and Michelle had a pasta maker and Brian showed them his technique for making pasta from scratch in a very short amount of time. We made two types of sauce: a tomato based sauce and a pesto. Both were delicious.
Looking at the pictures I took, I wish I had taken one of David! =(
We had a great rest of the evening watching TV on their projector screen ...
Debbie and I have talked on the phone from time to time, over the 36 years since we got out of the Air Force in 1978 but... I never thought I'd find myself just 70 miles from her home in Massachusetts!!! She was SO SURPRISED when I called her and asked if we could stop by for a visit!! Spending time with her was absolutely one of my favorite experiences on our ...
... climbed the 294 steps to the top. It was overcast and cool with drizzling rain at times but we could still see the city from the top.
We walked from the Monument to the USS Constitution which is a sailing vessel. It has sailed 5 times this year and will go out again in October before it is taken into dry dock for some time. The crew were very knowledgeable and obviously loved their jobs and spoke animatedly about the ship. Children a young as 7 years served on ...