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Mount Washington Cruise boat

Sail boats on Winnipesaukee Lake

Hooking up the Winnipesaukee Engine to the coaches

Inside the Winnipesaukee coach

Conway Scenic Train Depot and yard

Engine on the turntable

Inside the Conway train.

One of the many layouts at the Hartmann Museum

Saco River - The Conway train follows this river most of the...

Saco Rover Covered Bridge

The Conway train that we rode.

Monday, August 17, 2009 we drove the RV to Littleton, MA to the Minuteman Campground. It is a nice campground with full hook-ups, cable TV and a good WiFi signal. We stayed there on our way to Maine, back in early June. We had been without internet for about a week and a half so it was nice to catch up on e-mails, trip journal and also some rest after the busy last week. Wednesday evening we celebrated our anniversary by going to Outback Steakhouse with a gift certificate from Tracy. Thursday, I celebrated my birthday by driving the RV to Hillcrest Campground, which is eight miles east of Concord, New Hampshire, the Granite State. Friday we went to the Canterbury Shaker Village, which was established in 1792. It is now a museum and historic site displaying this religious colony’s farming, textiles, utensils, shaker furniture and their created tools. We watched a short video and then an hour and a half guided tour of some of the 25 buildings that made up the village. We were then free to look around at all the other building. Three buildings had activities and demonstrations preformed by volunteers of the village. I visited the print shop and the broom making, which they both turn out products for the gift shop. It was a really interesting look at the Shaker life style and work. We took a break mid-day to eat a delicious lunch at the Shaker Table Restaurant.

Saturday, we drove the RV to Twin Tamarack RV Park, which is near Meredith, NH. Sunday we visited the small resort town of Weirs Beach and boarded the Mt. Washington Cruise vessel for their Sunday Brunch Cruise of Lake Winnipesaukee. It was a two-hour cruise across New Hampshire’s largest lake, which is 72 square miles of water and has 200+ habitable islands, many with very expensive looking homes. Monday, we rode the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, which is a two-hour train ride along the western edge of the same lake. We saw many homes, boat clubs and beaches, clustered along the edge of the lake. It reminded Carol and I of the Lake of the Ozarks with about every piece of lakeshore land used except this lake did not have a dam, it was a glacier formed lake. Following the train ride we had lunch at Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant. They make about everything out of turkey from hamburgers to turkey potpie to good old turkey and dressing, which was what we had. I bought a frozen potpie and some soup to take home for later.

Tuesday, we drove the home to Pine Knoll RV Park, which is just outside of Conway, NH, the home of the Conway Scenic Railroad. So, you guessed it, we rode the train on Wednesday. I was disappointed that the steam engine was being serviced but they plan to have it ready for the fall colors “runs” in late September and early October, too late for us to ride. We also visited the Hartmann Model Railroad and museum, where Roger Hartmann had on display static displays and model layouts of all gages of trains that he has been collecting since he was a child. He is a transplant from Switzerland so many of the static displays and layouts have a European flavor. He has a 16,000 square foot display building and a separate building for an extremely well supplied train store. He also has an outdoors, 12-inches between rails, train ride with a mile long track. When driving around Conway one day, we made a wrong turn and discovered a beautiful covered bridge.

Friday (28th) we are driving the RV along Hwy. 302, up and over the Crawford Notch (pass), to the town of Bethlehem, NH. This Oh Little Town of Bethlehem is sort of near the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, which we will ride either Saturday or Sunday.

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