• LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

  • LITTLE ADVENTURES

The Coast is clear.

On the spur of the moment, we drove 2 hours to Brookings along the southern Oregon coast. On a beautiful day, we discovered the Secret Beach which turned out to not be secret but nonetheless only had a few intrepid visitors. We had to pick our way down a rocky slope to get to the beach: again, fear conquered. What a great feeling to walk along this pristine beach with the waves gently kissing the shore.

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Escape to Maui

While snow and freezing temperatures are assaulting Ashland, we are enjoying the tropical weather and balmy skies in Maui. We didn't realize our trip would be so well timed. I guessed we just lucked out. The magnificent sunset above greeted us on our first night here and so far, we've had the same beautiful every night.

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Full Circle(s)

Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

We drove from Franconia, NH to Holliston, MA, near Boston, yesterday and landed for the night at the home of a college friend I hadn’t seen in 50 years. Our hosts suggested we spend our last vacation day in Newport, RI, only a 1.5 hr drive from Boston. So . . . Newport was the end of our trip, (one small full circle) and Newport was the beginning of my adult life when I was stationed there as a LTJG in the Navy Nurse Corps (a bigger full circle). The Navy no longer has a base there and the town has changed so much it was unrecognizable. I’m glad I got to experience it when it was still a ‘real town’ not a tourist mecca.

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Franconia’s must-see attractions

Echo Lake

We had a leisurely morning at the comfortable Horse and Hound then set out to see the sights of Franconia. First stop: Echo Lake. OK, it’s spring fed. I guess that’s what makes it special but I-93 runs right along it and it’s pretty small. Guess we’ve been spoiled by all the Canadian lakes we’ve seen. Then: the aerial tram to the top of Cannon Mountain. Great views of all the peaks that form the Franconia Notch. Then: the Flume. A hiking path and a series of wooden walkways take you up to several waterfalls through the narrow slot.

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Fall - into New Hampshire

We took the back roads to New Hampshire, in awe of the red and gold hills all around us. On the way we stopped at a huge Benedictine monastery, Saint Benoit-du-Lac. The monks run a farm making cheese and wine and have masses daily with gregorian chanting that visitors can observe. The monks and nuns are getting old and with no new recruits one wonders what the future holds for the monastery. Arriving in Franconia, New Hampshire we visited Robert Frosts farm and then checked into The Horse and Hound for a 2 day stay.

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