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!!!