Aug. 28th, 2011

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I got out of town! After more than a year, Neil and I were finally able to get away for a night in NH. The weather was lovely up there!

We drove up to Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday morning and had a late breakfast at the fabulous Kitchen Cravings near the airport in Laconia. We went on to Weir's Beach and I got a henna tattoo on my fingers, back of my hand, wrist and part way up my arm! We went on a 2.5 hr cruise on the Mount Washington. The views of the lake, the islands and the mountains were gorgeous! We docked in Wolfeboro briefly, then returned to Weirs Beach. We strolled the boardwalk, got N. 4 t-shirts for $10 and then drove over to Kellerhaus, the gifts and candy store extraordinaire.

We stayed at the Fireside Inn in Gilford. The staff were very friendly and the place is lovely, with large clean rooms, an indoor pool and jacuzzi with a waterfall, and an outdoor pool. I found my sister, E, J and my niece at the outdoor pool. We walked over to the Gilford beach...an idyllic spot in the late afternoon sun with huge pine trees and picnic tables.

We had dinner at Patrick's across the street - a huge Irish pub. I tried their seafood chowder, caesar salad, and the lazy man lobster with rice and butternut squash. N. had a very special smoky stew - pulled pork and beans, and then a delicious tenderloin of beef. We strolled back to the hotel and sat by the fireplace in the lobby, watching a new episode of "Doctor Who" on their big flatscreen TV.

We had planned a slow drive home on Sunday with some shopping but N. got antsy to get home before the worst of Hurricane Irene hit. So we got up at 5:30 am and headed out for another breakfast. I had twin lobster tails and eggs! And a grilled cinnamon bun called a "unicycle" that was divine! I got on the interstate and we were home in 90 minutes! It usually takes over 2 hours, but there was no traffic. There was rain, but it varied in intensity and there were only a couple of very heavy patches.

We stopped in at the pharmacy and grocery across the street from our place to stock up, then hunkered down at home, high and dry on the fifth floor. It rained until about 2 pm, and the wind blew but only at tropical storm levels. We saw photos of downed trees and heard of power out, but it was nothing major. Hooray!

I hope you all had a fine weekend and weathered the storm in comfort.

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