What could be better than meandering through six New England states, in all its splendor, except sharing it with special and dear friends? Not only were we side-by-side every step of the way but each turn in the road brought a new experience and memory to be cherished forever.
As we trekked together through Boston, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and back to Boston there was beauty and history everywhere. It was like taking Paul Revere’s ride but with different side trips…..checking out the site of John F. Kennedy’s White House, sailing over to Martha’s Vineyard, visiting “The Vanderbilt’s estate, touring Mystic Seaport then on to experience Norman Rockwell’s Museum and Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace. As we wound through the White Mountains and tasted pure maple sugar and on to the seashore of Maine, seafood was on the menu everywhere. We were told that Maine’s rocky coast, strong wave action, and cold, nutrient-rich waters help create the world’s sweetest and best-tasting lobsters. We got to taste lobster rolls, which were popular everywhere, and even had our own fresh lobster dinner before we headed home. For a seafood girl like me, this was heaven on earth!
It was like a continuous picture postcard everywhere we went. The lush green, the gorgeous flowers, when combined with so many profound destinations, made our journey one to cherish for sure. Yes, I knew much of our country’s heritage and foundation was rooted in New England but to experience it up close and personal….well, this was beyond words. And, when surrounded by picturesque landscapes, just punctuated it all.
Of course, the best of all, was the memories we made with such dear friends. The happy hours in our rooms at the end of each day…..all cramming into the family pew at the Old Church…….seeking out the Cheers watering hole…….sharing the Blah Ba Blah Ba Blah of Greg, our tour guide………our lime-green girls’ day on the water……..getting lost in the Casino….Clare’s maple cookies…….and the sing-a-longs on the bus……..and of course the numerous photo opportunities, these we remember fondly as they celebrated the special bond we all have with each other.
This is was a time that will be tucked away in our hearts as most precious because of the personal connections we had that were already in place. What a gift to one another…..and to ourselves!