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Legendary Wolfman At “Clark’s Trading Post”, 1994 — 2008, Passed Away April 2, 2018, Aged 60.

by Anura Guruge


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Given that I have been going, eagerly, to “Clark’s Trading Post“, on a fairly regular basis, since the 1990s, I knew this Wolfman well. Once even had a chat with him when he had finished for the day. Very nice guy.

Until I read the obituary I had NO IDEA that he had health issues. He looked so hale and hearty. Wow. I feel bad.

He has been impossible to replace. They were indeed BIG shoes to fill.

He will be remembered. He will be missed. He will be talked about.

Wow, my 3rd ‘passed away’ post in 2-days! I have never done so many this close together. Sobering. Another, alas, who died, younger than I. This when you start to realize how old you are.

Bill “Wolfman” Farrand
(JUNE 19, 1957 ~ APRIL 2, 2018),
RIP.


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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Second Visit In Two Years.

by Anura Guruge


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Teischan, then 9, went to ‘Polar Caves’ (in Rumney, NH) for the first time last year on a school field trip. She loved it. Come the Summer (of 2015) she insisted that this was the #1 place she wanted to visit. We had never been though we had driven past it numerous times. So last August, while Devanee was at camp, we took her. We were impressed and had a good time — as I elaborated in my post. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, we visited again — this time Teischan, Devanee & I (while Deanna went to some medical appointments).

We got there around 10:15. Glad we did. It never got super busy while we were there but we definitely beat the ‘rush’. That was good. Three bus loads of kids from various camps came along and it did get quite noisy and boisterous. But that was OK.

We had fun. It wasn’t as ‘great’ second time around for me as it had been last year. The novelty was gone and I knew what to expect. Teischan still loves it and claims that it is still her #1 spot though she had a good day at “Clark’s Trading Post” last week. I would go to Clark’s any day of the week. Clark’s is way more fun, has more to do, has a wonderful festive air (always) and is more colorful in every way (with way more flowers than there were at the Cave’s).

There was more emphasis on rock climbing that I recall from last year. A few of the granite faces, along the Nature Walk, had been equipped with ‘hammered in’ acruirments to facilitate climbing and rappelling. Way of the future, I guess — a way to get more visitors.

But, all in all not a bad day. It is NOT a full-day out as is say Clark’s or ‘Storyland’. Teischan did all the caves (nine in total) twice — once as soon as got there and the second time after we had lunch. I accompanied her on the second circuit, climbing the 87 steps to the top of “Raven’s Nest”, but didn’t go through the caves — each cave having a ‘detour’ for those that wish to give them a miss. I also walked the full nature course (the hard way) twice — though the girls opted for the easy route the second time. We took out time. Teischan mined for minerals — for $10. But with all of that by 3pm we were well and truly done. At Clark’s last week, we were there till 5:30 and could have stayed for at least another hour longer IF they hadn’t closed! So that is a big difference.

IF you haven’t been, definitely give it a try. That said I am surprised that there aren’t many serious accidents at this place! It is dangerous. Devanee and I both banged our heads, twice each — and we are not that tall or bulky. We both sport BIG bumps on our heads and I am not pleased because I haven’t had a bump like that on my head, which hurts like that, for decades. parents let little kids run through the place and I spoke with a mother, who had been there before, who was trying to navigate the caves, which invariably have slippery floors, wearing rubber flip-flops! To exacerbate matters one of them broke, to her consternation, while she was in a cave — behind us.


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“Clark’s Trading Post”, New Hampshire — Cheer & Charm Persists.

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I have been a huge and unequivocal fan of “Clark’s Trading Post“, Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘), N.H. from the very first time I visited 15 or 16 years ago. I like everything about Clark’s. The bear shows are heartwarming in that the Clarks treat the bears like we treat our dogs. They, as they do like to point out, are their family pets. And you can tell. The bears are so at home with the two (Murray and Maureen (these days)) Clarks. So while I cringe and close my eyes when “Ringling Brothers” insist on putting on Big Cat acts I have no qualms, whatsoever, about the bear acts. You can tell that the bears are pampered and loved and doing the show is part of their lives. So no issues with the bear show. On Tuesday, July 12th, when Teischan and I visited, we (as is not unusual), watched both bear shows.

The train ride is always fun. Yes, I know the routine and the spiel by heart (and knew the now retired Wolfman). But it is still fun and it is nice to see the reaction of kids.

The new 300′ feet Anaconda water ride (up a 40′ platform) is sure fast (20 to 40 seconds max., top to bottom) but does give you pause since part of it is in PITCH darkness. It was fun though I am not sure I will do it again.

I did the Segway ride the first year it was open. We did it twice each on Tuesday since the lines were short. Though short, i.e., 3 minutes, it is enjoyable.

The Chinese Acrobatic and Contortionist Troupe, though different to the Chinese father and daughters act from a few years ago, is compelling though we have seen lot along these lines.

The water blaster boats do get you soaked — which was good since it was broiling hot.

In my opinion what is there NOT to like about Clark’s? Yes, it is very compact BUT they pack a lot in. But this is true of all the New Hampshire attractions of this genre, Befitting the State’s smallness they also all tend to be small. That said I will maintain that Clark’s is my favorite amusement-related attraction in New Hampshire — ahead of Storyland, Santa’s Village & Polar Caves.

Tuesday’s visit, and Teischan and I were there from 10:45 am to 5:15pm, was a success. I got to talk with Murray Clark, in depth, twice — once about his dad’s 1908 Ford Model T which he was restored and the other time about his kids. That was a bonus. I used to always chat with his dad. He was neat. He was missed.

I always recommend Clark’s unstintingly. Wonderful place for kids.


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We Went To ‘Story Land’ (Glen, N.H.) Today. A Uplifting, Fun Day As Ever. A Very N.H. Treasure.

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Any day at ‘Story Land‘ (providing it is not pelting down with rain), as is the case with the Laconia Multicultural Day, is a good day by definition, though the caveat is a bit redundant since ‘they’ really do try hard to make one’s visit to Glen fulfilling and rewarding. Kids love it. “Story Land” and “Clark’s Trading Post” are my perennial favorite amusement spots in N.H. (albeit I preferring the latter by a tad because I love the bears, like the train and enjoyed the Segways the last time I was there, though I did not thoroughly trust them not to deposit me, unceremoniously, on my face). But, given a choice, with Devanee at a 12-night camp, Teischan, as we expected, plumped for ‘Story Land’. She has been a few times and remembers that she liked the overall experience. We did go to “Santa’s Village” in 2011 — but that was a hike. Really felt like you were driving to the North Pole. Story Land, 65 miles from home, is just right.

Talking of ‘just right’ today was a Goldilocks’ day: the weather was just right as were the crowds. Right smack bang in the middle.

We try to go to Story Land at least every other year but it is possible that we haven’t been as of 2010 — with the 2011 diversion to Santa’s Village.

P1040604A few new things in particular: Splash Battle, the re-done Loopylab & Imagination Theatre. But, the catchy French adage, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) really applies in vengeance to Story Land — and that is NOT a bad thing; it is really part of its abiding magic. Deanna used to go to Story Land as a child with her Dad. Given the 17-year age span of my kids, I have been taking kids to Story Land since the 1990s. So we have mental images of Story Land and in reality it maintains a reassuring continuity despite the gallant efforts to reinvigorate. They try and for that they do deserve kudos.
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The Pharaoh’s Reign ‘Splash Battle’ is essentially their ever popular Dr. Geyser’s Remarkable Raft Ride on steroids. Now you really do get soaked. But now they have Fully Body dryers. I want one for the house. If it accepted credit cards I would have used multiple times and being who I am invited others to join us in getting dry.

The revamped Loopylab is ball pit with semi-rigid foam balls — without the pit. It is a load of fun. I stood around catching balls coming my way. It was just like fielding practice — the only thing being that you couldn’t move too much because there were kids underfoot. I think they should bring the Sri Lanka cricket team over here to practice their catching with these balls. Might help.

The Hanneford Circus (which has nothing to do with the Hannaford Supermarkets, though I didn’t spot the difference in spelling) had three world-class acts — two done by the same, amazing, and I mean amazing young man — who may be from Argentina (as is the pope). I will do a separate post on the circus. It was beyond impressive.

If you haven’t been to Story Land of late give yourself a treat, get up there this year. You will have a ball and get soaked.

This young man, who did this balancing act today, is beyond amazing. He can juggle and balance. Both at extremely high levels -- and I don't mean just the height. He is world class.

This young man, who did this balancing act today, is beyond amazing. He can juggle and balance. Both at extremely high levels — and I don’t mean just the height. He is world class. From the ‘Hanneford Circus’ Web site at http://hannefordcircus.com/

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