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A few weeks ago I posted here that my dh and I were planning a trip to New England and asked for input about the area.  Well, we left Ohio on Oct. 8th and will be home tomorrow afternoon--almost 2 weeks on the road.  It has been an amazing trip and we packed as much into our time as we could. I did get to Keepsake quilting and Quilting threads in New Hampshire. LOVED my time in those shops!  We then made our way over to Bar Harbor, Maine.  Loved our time there.  Then made our way down the coast  stoping in little towns and villages, looked at as many lighthouses as we could.  I have to say, Maine is my new favorite state.  I loved it!   We eventually made our way to Boston, Mass.  We rented a houseboat to stay on right there in the Boston Harbor instead of a hotel room.  It was great fun. (one little adventure we hadn't planned though.....did anyone hear about the earthquake that hit the Portland, Maine area on Tues. night, Oct. 16th?  Well we were watching TV on the houseboat when we saw the headline about the earthquake.  Shortly  after that we began to feel the boat rocking much more than the usual gentle, normal rocking it had been doing.  It continued for about 10 minutes before returning to normal.  We were feeling the earthquake on the water!  That was special. And added to the adventure.)  Loved our Boston stay, so much history there!  Came home through Connecticut, another beautiful state.  One of the hallmarks of this trip is that we didn't have many set plans other than the reservations for the bed and breakfast in Bar Harbor and the houseboat in Boston.  Had to make those reservations early. Otherwise, if we came to an area we wanted to explore, we just stopped to see what there was to see.  One of those areas was Hartford, Connecticut where we visited Harriet Beecher Stows home and Mark Twain's home.  I learned they were neighbors..I didn't know that.  Also didn't know Harriet Beecher Stow was such a prolific writer, writing over 30 books!! I'm now very interested in finding and reading more books written by her.  I could go on and on and on....but I won't.  I did get to stop at several quilt shops along the way too and now have more fabric and patterns to add to my list of things to get done.  An amazing trip.  I have been across the Plains and out West several times and am in awe of the beauty of those areas.  I had never been to New England before and now love that area too.   I just really appreciate and love this great and beautiful land of ours!  Whenever you get the chance, get out and see it!!!  

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Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on October 22, 2012 at 4:08pm

Kathy your trip sounded wonderful!!  So glad you got to do so many things and see places and things that will forever be a part of you.  We do live in an amazing country.  Thank you for sharing with all of us!!!

Comment by Joanna liguz on October 22, 2012 at 1:42pm

I am glad you had a nice trip..so happy you finally did it.!! Now we would like to see the fabric and the quilt from New England, when it is done..

Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 21, 2012 at 8:20pm

What a wonderful trip you've had! WOW! Thanks for telling us about some of what you did and saw. Any pictures soon?????

Comment by Barb/WI on October 21, 2012 at 5:31pm

Oh, my gosh!  Sounds like the perfect trip!  Way to go!

Comment by Janet/MO on October 21, 2012 at 8:18am

What a great trip Kathy!  I'm so jealous.  LOL   I have always wanted to visit New England; especially this time of the year.  My mom & I talked about that doing, but then she got too ill to travel so the trip never happened.  Renting a houseboat sounds like great fun. 

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on October 21, 2012 at 6:45am

Sounds like a wonderful trip, Kathy.  So happy for you.  Next time we get together I want to see lots of pictures, please.  Welcome home!


Comment by Irene Gallway on October 21, 2012 at 6:28am

I think this kind of trip is the best.  Just doing what you want to do as the day unfolds.  New England has so much to offer in scenery and quaint shops. I'm glad you had a super trip. 

Comment by Pam/NY on October 21, 2012 at 4:46am

Sounds like you saw the best of New England...when you get settled, I would like the name of the houseboat company. We love renting like that. Rented one for four days on Shasta Dam. Wasn't Bar Harbor gorgeous...Great trip!!!

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