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Portsmouth, NH and heading to Vermont

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Hey everyone!

We started yesterday (Monday) off in Dover, NH where our airbnb was located. Cool fact we figured out about where we were staying...it was out on a peninsula. We learned that Dover was the 7th settlement in the United States. In reading a little about the settlement, we learned that the settlers actually settled that peninsula, so we were staying in a pretty historically significant place, which is pretty cool! This airbnb was pretty unique because it was basically in a shed in someone's back yard! They renovated it to have a bedroom and bathroom, and a tiny cove for a mini fridge. It was a tight squeeze in there, but it was really nice. Annnd they had good tissues and TP! Here is a picture of the shed:


After going to a coffee shop where we wrote the last blog post, we headed to a living history museum called Strawbery Banke, which is also the name of what is now Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The settlement of Strawbery Banke was established in 1623. This museum is located in the exact spot that was settled along the river. The citizens of Strawbery Banke decided to change the name of their settlement to Portsmouth in 1653. There had been a significant inlet of water called Puddle Dock, and the community sprung up houses and shops and businesses around that dock. Strawbery Banke (the museum) worked to restore several homes and buildings in that community back to a particular era when someone significant lived there. They put the proper things inside the houses such as what their clothing would have looked like, or what pattern of wall paper would have been in style at the time. Furniture used in some of the homes may have actually belonged to the family that the house was teaching us about. One house was split into two, and one side showed how a family lived in the house in the 1700s, and the other side showed how a different family lived in the exact same house in 1950. This all may be hard to picture, but it was really pretty neat. I took a lot of pictures of the outsides of the houses, but not the insides (would be way too many pictures!)


This is the governer's mansion


The picture above is the outside of the tavern. Doesn't really look like a tavern! It is currently in the process of being restored outside, as you can see.

The picture below has a museum type set up in the downstairs (two separate houses, but they share a wall), but the upstairs of each house is actually a private home. Wouldn't it be weird to live in a museum?


The following are pictures of a store during WWII. We learned about food rationing that occurred across the country as a part of the war effort.


These are the last two pictures at the museum:


After finishing at the museum, which took hours to go through (you probably could have spent days there if you actually read everything!), we went to see a light house. It was off in the distance, and my camera has awesome zoom! The house was off to the left of the light house. Not sure what it was, but it was also in the middle of the water.


Then we went to see a submarine called the U.S.S. Albacore. Again, we were too cheap to actually pay for a tour of the interior, but we walked around it for free! It's pretty darn big!


After that, we walked around Portsmouth, trying to find a walking path along the water. It proved to be a difficult task, but we did snap these pictures of town and the water. What you see on the other side of the water is Maine. One of two Naval ship yards on the east coast is over there that can be seen in a couple of pictures.


We went to two breweries, and met up with a fellow ratebeer website user for dinner. Then, we headed back to the airbnb somewhat early to get some shut eye for the long day of driving to Vermont!

Lots of pictures from our drive...the colors aren't quite as vibrant here as they were in the mountains of New Hampshire. Perhaps that will change during our 5 night stay in VT!


Check out this awesome covered bridge (the first of four we found today!)


I took a picture using several different filters, and I personally think it is beautiful in all of them.


By the way, all four bridges we found today were still in use! We drove across three of them. It is pretty cool!


The next few pictures are of Quechee Gorge. We walked to the bottom of it, which is where most of the pictures are taken. If you look in a couple of the pictures taken down below, you can see the bridge in the distance, which is the bridge we were standing on when we took the first picture. Pretty cool place!


Covered bridge #2 for the day:


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More driving. We set the GPS to take us on the shortest distance for awhile rather than the shortest time, so we ended up on some interesting gravel and dirt roads. Not sure how the GPS even knew about some of the roads it put us on. At one point, we were on a road that was only passable by 4-wheeler, I'm pretty sure. Pretty drive, though!




Covered bridge #4:


And last but not least, our airbnb for the next 5 nights. It is about 2 miles outside of Waterbury, VT. It is a ski lodge with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry (so we can wash clothes for the rest of the trip!). We will be taking various day trips from here for the next few days.


There were a ton of pictures on this one. I hope you were able to make it all the way to the end! Thanks for reading.

-Ashley and Jeremy

Posted by Acw415 18:26 Archived in USA

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