With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, it didn’t work out for us to go to New England for the holiday like we usually do. It just so happened that one month later, the Fourth of August, worked out great, so off we went!
That is Stamp Act Island across the way, on the left.
We flew into Boston and drove up to New Hampshire with Matt, Molly and Lucy and their dog Buddy. They also had a new addition for us to meet this year, a one-and-a-half-year-old mastiff, Sophie.
Also staying at the house were Tommy and Marinella, with their dog Koukla, who happened to really like riding on the kayaks. Note Ross’s new toys are these fancy kayaks that have a pedal mechanism so you don’t have to paddle. They were pretty awesome.
Tommy, Ross, Koukla, Dallas
Ross & Koukla
The week before we went out East, Rob stayed overnight at our house in Chicago. He always stays over one night every year when he does the sailing race to Mackinac Island. Rob and Ross and Matt all lived in Boston at the same time so we mentioned to Rob that we were going to Ross’s and suggested he come down from Maine, so he did. So glad he did!
Rob and Dallas taking a snooze.
There was lots of eating and drinking and fun, like always. Ross has been on a paleo diet, but we still had a lot of great food and drinks. One thing was clear, that we are all getting older. Things were not as rowdy as previous years, for sure!
Steak and Scallops.
Ross broke out the good stuff (but I still didn’t like it!)
Brought my aloha shirt koozie.
I don’t know why Ross had these bling-y ice cubes!
Long Trail Ale is a beer from Vermont.
And we still had a ton of fun playing on the lake and relaxing outside.
Lucy had her own adirondack chair, a gift from Uncle Ross.
Ross, Koukla, Rob
Matt and Lucy.
Lucy and I were playing with leaves and pine cones.
Rob and Dallas.
Lucy getting a haircut.
After her haircut.
The rest of our trip was spent in the greater Boston area where Matt and Molly live. Dallas and Matt golfed, I took Lucy to the park, we watched a ton of Olympics, visited a diner where Lucy is a regular, and spent one night watching The Dark Knight Rises followed by drinks and dinner in Marina Bay.
There’s a rule somewhere that when you’re on a roadtrip you have to stop at Taco Bell. I finally tried the Doritos Locos Taco.
Lucy at Target.
Lucy at the park.
Oh, and on the way out to Boston, we, of course, had drinks and lunch at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare!
As of right now I have 167k miles on AA.