The trip down New Hampshire to Northwood was another leisurely, short drive through some great scenery. We even passed right by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway just outside Louden, NH and were fortunate enough to fill up the mothership for 2.55. That was our first fill up since Boston and the least expensive in a long time. We have definitely been driving much less in the Mothership this year so far.
Saddleback Campground is a very nice campground a couple of miles south of Northwood, NH about 20 miles east of Concord, the state capitol. We only have 30 amps and water but since it hasn't been over 65 degrees the whole time we have been here, no A/C required so no 50 amps required. It is heavily wooded around a pond and we have one of the few sites that can get through to the satellite for DirecTV. They have done something here I wonder why more wooded campgrounds haven't done. They have mounted a DirecTV dish and have cables distributed for many of the sites to use so they don't have to use their own dishes. This doesn't cost them anything except the cost to mount the dish and run the cables as everyone uses their own receivers and DirecTV subscriptions. In one of my campsite pictures you can see the dish as well as my own dish. I went ahead and used mine so that I could have the two lines needed by our DVR to record programs.
On the way down New Hampshire we stopped off at the Canterbury Shaker Village
which was started in the late 18th century. Shakers believed in community ownership, pacifism, dancing in worship, equality of the sexes, celibacy, and living simply. They were the most successful communitarian society in American history. They grew as a result of converts and taking in orphans. Their eventual downfall was the celibacy part of their beliefs as when other orphanages sprung up and the Shakers no longer received the many orphans they had received in the past, their numbers fell and eventually died out. The Village has operated exclusively as a museum since 1992 when the last Shaker sister in residence, Ethel Hudson, died. In the mid 19th century, the Canterbury Shakers numbered 300 living and working in over 100 buildings on the 3,000 acres they held at that time. The Canterbury Shaker Village is the most preserved of the 19 Shaker communities located from Maine to Kentucky. The remaining few surviving Shakers live in the last community located in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.
Thursday we made the 40 mile trip to Wolfboro, NH to see the Hampshire Pewter
factory. We were the only two on our tour but it was still very informative. They are the only pewter company in America using what is called the "Queen's Metal" formula to make their pewter. This results in a harder, brighter pewter which is really beautiful. They are also the only U.S. company hand casting their products. I only have the one picture as only one caster was working at the time of our tour. Click on the link if you want to see some of their products.
Friday broke a little clearer and we went hiking at the Northwood Meadows State Park which is only about five miles from the campground. It was a nice hike and considerably easier than our White Mountain hike even though it was longer. Sadly, no badges were available for us to add to our sticks. Doris was in withdrawals again after the hike so I hurried to the local supermarket, Hannafords, to get her lobster fix. It worked and she was fine afterwards. I guess we will have to get her one at least weekly to prevent severe symptoms.
Today, Saturday, it's raining again so we are just sitting around the Mothership enjoying the down time and watching a little TV. We are anxiously awaiting tonight's Gator baseball game, hoping we can win and make it to the College World Series next week.
Tomorrow we head for Saco, NH from which we will drive around Portland and Kennebunkport. Who knows, we may even see George H.W.!!!