A welcome break in beautiful New Hampshire
Trip Start Feb 15, 2013
44Trip End Jun 23, 2013
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Looking back on our time in Campton, New Hampshire I wonder how do you describe such a magical place? My usual choice words extend to 'beautiful', 'stunning', 'gorgeous', but I don't think it quite captures the wonder that is Campton in the Spring. We were met by Bill and Karen, family in a kind of long-winded-has-to-be-traced-by-ancestry.com kind of way but they are those rare kind of people that open their home and their hearts in a way that makes you feel like the most special people in the world. The last time I visited their home I was a grumpy teenager and it was so special to be once again stepping through the doors of time and memory and feel instantly welcomed.
Bill and Karen generously collected us from the airport and drove us the 90 minute drive back to their home on a beautiful stretch of land with a view over the White Mountains
Our visit here could not have been timed better. After months of travel, some horrendous meals and some tacky accommodations it really was so welcomed to be able to relax and enjoy a warm home, good food and great company. Oh and Karen did feed us well. We were spoiled with Angus steaks, smoked salmon fillet, toasty warm lentil soup, chocolate brownies, fresh strawberries, blueberry pancakes and an assortment of homegrown fruits and vegetables. Michael and I even helped Bill collect Asparagus from the garden to be eating it only an hour later with dinner. Of course it's no trip to the USA without Swiss Miss hot chocolate, one of my fondest memories from my previous visit so this became a regular 'sweet treat' most afternoons too.
We spent most of our days relaxing, sleeping in and enjoying the ever changing scenery. We did venture out on occasion and one of the highlights would be the road trip through Franconia notch and the White Mountain National Forest, topped off by a visit to a maple syrup factory and lunch at the Woodstock Inn
Unfortunately we didn't see a Moose but we are hopeful the Canadian leg will have the goods. During our stay Bill made it his business to fine tune our right/wrong side driving skills (classic left-side driver joke right?) before we head off with our own rental car and we were both given mini tours of the local town whilst behind the wheel. Separately, of course as there are certain times it's best not to be together - this is one of them. I was delighted to have Bill and Karen's second daughter Becky come visit for lunch and we spent a few hours catching up before she needed to jet off
On our final full day we went to a local diner, our first one, for breakfast. We ate like Kings. Michael ate like four Kings and quickly regretted it. With full bellies we drove home via some lovely scenery, some fishing ponds, brooks and forest. Still no Moose but a really gorgeous way to spend our last morning. Another drive n' fly found us back in New York for a night before jetting off to Canada to start the next leg of our trip.
Bill and Karen, we really enjoyed spending time with you both in your beautiful home. Thank you for making our stay in New Hampshire such a warm and welcomed experience.