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Non Witchy Salem

Non Witchy Salem

“I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.” ― Arthur Miller, The Crucible   Salem is definitely known for being one of the major sites of witchcraft hysteria in North America, but there is much much more to this lovely city than just 1692. Here are a few ideas of things to go check out if you find yourself in “Witch City!”   Street Murals Thanks to the shipping trade, there are a ton of large…

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A Bite of Fall: Cider Donuts

A Bite of Fall: Cider Donuts

Apples might be great, but donuts are wicked awesome. So, while some people think that fall isn’t official until they’ve had their first hot (possibly mulled) apple cider, I think fall hasn’t started until I’ve had my first hot cider donuts. Cider donuts have been around for a while, but have only recently become something that people obsess about. And why not? They are little bites of fall that are perfect to munch on while picking pumpkins or apples. There…

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Monarch Migrations

Monarch Migrations

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ~George Carlin Humans aren’t the only ones in North America who travel south for the winter. Right now, most of the East Coast is in the midst of a huge migration in preparation for the winter: monarch butterflies. Beginning in September and October, the eastern/northeastern populations travel from Canada all the way down to central Mexico! They will overwinter there, like many other snowbirds, and then start…

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Spooky Boston

Spooky Boston

Spooky.  Probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Boston… Historic? YES. Confusing to drive through? YES. Spooky? Nope…Salem gets that crown. But never fear, Boston has two really unique spooky spots that not a lot of people know about if you are willing to search them out off the beaten path. Warren Anatomical Museum Years ago, putting skeletons and casts of genetic oddities on display was thought of as the normal thing to do….

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The Sunflowers of Newbury

The Sunflowers of Newbury

Sunflowers are one of the last types to bloom and definitely are a herald of summer’s last days. Cooler weather and early sunsets are on their way! Colby Farm in Newbury, MA has been using these beautiful flowers to make a carpet of yellow every fall for the last 12 years. People travel from all over New England and even the Northeast to catch a glimpse of them! Luckily, this year we had a good amount of rain and pleasant…

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!! Have fun celebrating tonight, especially if you end up going to Salem, MA! Dry up your tears surviving friends Mourn not for me, but for your sins! Die unto sin, but live to God! The grave must soon be your abode.

The Old Stones of New Salem

The Old Stones of New Salem

While others might go in search of ghosts during the month of October, we usually can be found in other places…though no less spooky: historic burial grounds and cemeteries. Luckily, New England is chock full of old stones!   There are 3 general designs being used during this time period: The winged death’s-head which began as very ornate and then became less elaborate. The winged cherub, which looks like a much more pleasant version of the death’s-head. Finally, somewhere near…

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Autumn Fills the Air

Autumn Fills the Air

Yesterday, we decided to be tourists in our own backyard and join the crowds going to view the beautiful foliage of New Hampshire before it was too late.   We were blown away by the views!     After buying our tickets, we waited in line for only a little bit. There are two tram cars that take 80 people each in a ride that takes about 10 minutes each way to the 4,100-foot summit for views that can’t be beat….

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The Buttonwood Inn

The Buttonwood Inn

Overlooking several mountains that make for wonderful hiking and skiing, the North Conway area is rife with places to dine and stay a week or a weekend.  We fought the Boston traffic for several hours to spend a weekend at the Buttonwood Inn.     Our room consisted of a huge sleeping area and a sitting area with its own gas powered fireplace.  The hardwood furniture and blonde plank hardwood floor created an airy ambiance that was inviting and relaxing…

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Last hike of 2015

Last hike of 2015

We were lucky enough the other day to be able to get one last mountain hike in before 2015 came to a close at Kearsarge North in North Conway. Peaking out at 3,268 feet, it isn’t high enough to be a 4,000 footer but has a really steep climb in the middle. One of the newest experiences that we had on this hike was a large amount of ice along the route! Oddly enough, most of the ice was shaped…

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