Niagara Falls ~ Today was a perfect 10!

Thursday, September 25th ~ Niagara Falls, NY and Canada

American Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S.A., established in 1885.  The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who was the landscape architect for Central Park in New York City.

Here are a few facts about the falls that I found at http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com:

  • 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.
  • Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply
  • Over 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls extended seven miles down river to what is now Lewiston, New York and Queenston, Ontario. Over the years, the brink has eroded, sometimes as much as six feet per year, to its present site.
  • Niagara Falls State Park stretches over 400 acres, with close to 140 acres of that under water.

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Pure Maple Syrup Tasting in Vermont

Wednesday, September 24th ~ Driving through Vermont and into New York

Maple syrup

Maple syrup

I’ve certainly been wine tasting before, but today was a first for us – Maple Syrup tasting!

There were four different types of pure maple syrup for us to sample at the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham.

“Early season sap produces the lightest, most delicately flavored syrup, while darker, more richly flavored syrup is produced when temperatures rise toward the end of the spring “sugaring” season. It’s important to note that grades do not indicate quality; instead, they denote color and taste differences.” ~ VCS

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The Kancamagus Highway ~ Fall foliage in New Hampshire

Tuesday September 23 ~ Driving through New Hampshire

Driving the Kancamagus Highway

Driving the Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway

“The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well-known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture.” ~ Kancamagushighway.com

Todays route is shown in orange

Todays route is shown in orange

Where that strange name came from...

Where that strange name came from…

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Driving from Maine into the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Monday September 22 ~ Augusta, ME to Conway, NH

Today's route is shown in green

Today’s route is shown in green

Our road trip continues as we travel from Maine into New Hampshire. The leaves are starting to turn colors. Fall is definitely in the air.

Here is a selection of photos from today.

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Maine ~ Acadia National Park, Fort Knox and more

Sunday September 21st ~ Maine

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Day 2 of Acadia National Park, plus our drive to Augusta. In case you missed the 1st half of the park, you can click here to see that post.

Todays section of the park is marked in pink

Todays section of the park is marked in pink

The weather God’s were shining on us and after a brief rainstorm, the sun came out and it warmed up to around 72 degrees F.  Oh how I have been missing the sunshine!  Continue reading

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Authentic Maine ~ Popovers, Clams, and Lobster

Saturday September 20th – Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

We managed to catch up with our friends Lise and Charlie. You may recall that we met them while sailing on the Danube River Cruise earlier this year, followed by a day spent together in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This time our paths crossed in Maine where they invited us to join then at their family cabin on the shores of Green Lake. What a warm greeting, complete with yummy homemade popovers.  Lise had tweeted her knee just before we arrived, but still managed to cook them while balancing on one leg.  Continue reading

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Boston, Beantown, The Hub, The Athens of America, The City on a Hill

Thursday September 18th ~ Boston

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

Did you know that all of the above are nicknames for the city of Boston?

I got laid low with a bug and spent a big part of the past few days in bed, simply trying to get well. That put a serious damper in our sightseeing plans for Beantown. We still managed to get out and see a few of the items on the “must see” list including a 1/2 day inside the John F Kennedy Library, walked some, took a harbor cruise and a city tour.

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