|L-R Joan, Don, Steve, Ginny, Deb B, Jim, Deb D and Dale|
|The daughters Daniel & Jessica|
Diana also mentioned that her nephew Michael was hiking the Appalachian Trail and would be in our area in a few days. Joan got all the pertinent information and we made a plan to meet him. Sure enough, a few days later we got a call from Michael telling us he would be camping overnight just a few miles from where we're camped. At the appointed date & time we drove to the trail crossing on Hwy 302 near Crawford Notch and met up with him. We drove to a nearby diner and spent a couple of hours listening to some of Michael's stories about his trek. He's been hiking for a little over 4 months so far and has about 3 1/2 weeks left to complete the entire 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail in mid September. Quite an accomplishment as only a little over 12,000 hikers (only 10-15% who make the attempt) have completed the entire trail since it was built in 1937.
|Lake Champlain Ferry|
|Fort Ticonderoga Ferry|
|L-R Johnny, Denise, Jim, Deb, Joan & I|
We drove over to Portland, ME with Jim & Deb to visit with long time friend Johnny North and his bride Denise.
We made a trip into the Boston area to see Joan's oldest friend, Florence, who turned 95 in July. She's still living on her own and drinks 1 beer a day, which she claims is the secret to her longevity.
Last week Joan & I hosted the First Ever Russell Pond Volunteer Putt Putt Challenge. Almost every Tuesday evening since June, our volunteer group has gotten together to go out and eat. We changed that up a little and set up a putt putt outing.
Awards were handed out for 1st Place.......
1st Hole in One.........
and Highest SPD (strokes per dollar....or in other words, Last Place). Everyone had a blast and we're thinking we might do it again before our season ends.
|The abandoned radar tower|
We climb up the ladders......
A little scary...but well worth the effort. The views were absolutely wicked.....
|Our radar adventure guides Jake, Lindsay & Ethan|
Shout out to my oldest son, Happy Birthday Doug!
Well, that's it for now. Stay Tuned. More to Come.