Make Money While You Sleep
Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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Anyway, today was the day we were in search of Nana and Papa's houses where they grew up, etc. So we headed towards Hartford Connecticut. We passed Hartford and went on to Enfield where a lot of Papa's family resided. We didn't have much luck finding much of anything, not that we tried too hard. But we were reminded that we needed a key chain before we left the state
Then we made our way to East St. in Springfield, MA. This is where Nana's father (Ellen's grandfather) lived out the last of his years. Ellen had even been there when she was in college and recognized it all, except the house! St. Mary's church on the corner, the two streets that merge, a pretty busy street (that has become even busier - a dbl yellow line) but the house was wrong. It was a small single story house with a large pane window our front. This was not the house. She called home and they confirmed they address. HMMMM?
Moving on towards the coast we decided to stay in an area called Monson. Clark ran into the town of Monson for groceries and was delighted by the quaint, classic un- heard-of diamond in the rough; Monson. We may never tire of 200 year old communities considering Colorado hadn't even really been discovered yet. It had the churches, graveyards, main street store fronts, wooden signs, large grand homes you would expect in New England. It is so refreshing to see economically healthy small towns undisturbed by big box stores and chain restaurants. In the midwest and rocky mountain west, it seems that they're boom or bust.
We stayed at a lovely campground where the kids enjoyed riding their bikes through the wooded areas and around the ponds. We grilled and had a campfire or tried our best. The wood just kept getting wetter and wetter and wouldn't stay lit. We roasted marsh mellows and made smores on the burning paper. A nice way to end the evening.