Being at the right place, at the right time. This, Alton Bay, at 6:40pm, Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
We were just idling along waiting 15-minutes for our Chinese takeout order to be prepared at J.P. China.
There were two of them, but I only managed to catch one. Heard them before I saw them. Quite the roar.
I have seen plenty of microlights over the Lake in my three-decades up here — but, to be fair, I hadn’t seen any in a long time till today. Neat. Made my day.
Teischan (13) was with me. She claims she can’t remember seen one before. So, I am glad she got to see two. Enjoy.
Happy 30th Birthday
Congratulations & THANK YOU!
I have been singing their praises for YEARS.
How I met Julie 22-years ago.
In case you are interested. Cute story.
This is so, so GREAT. Made my day when I saw it. So, well deserved. By FAR our favorite eatery anywhere on Lake Winnipesaukee. My now 18-year old daughter insists on going there for her birthday for at least the last 10-years. Plus, I have attended at least 22 of the to-date 25 annual JTG musical extravaganzas. I have been going there since 1997, if not 1996 — that been when I discovered Meredith.
You have nourished, entertained and treated us, right royally, for so many years.
Here is to the next 30-years. Cheers.
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Prior instances when it was on April 24 (non-leap years)
and April 23 (leap years).
I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.
Ice Out 1992 to 2019.
Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.
So, it wasn’t April 22nd as most people had expected. It was two-day later.
But, it was 2-days earlier than last year.
Same as 2015.
2014 was one-day off, but was also on a Wednesday.
Nowhere close to being even close to ‘long’. Longest was 132-days (since Jan. 1) in 1888.
Also, not the shortest. SHORTEST was just 3-years ago. 2016. 77-days, March 18,
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Having lived on or around ‘Lake Winnipesaukee‘, New Hampshire for 28-years, I had expected the twice-as-big ‘Moosehead Lake‘ in Maine to boast a similar lifestyle. I had always heard that it was hopping ‘year round’. Well, it sure does NOT hop or show much of any type of animation during the last weeks of April — the so called ‘Mud Season’.
We visited (and stayed at a timeshare) in Greenville, Maine — the gateway to ‘Moosehead Lake‘ & the North Country — for 5-days last week, April 23 – 27, 2019. It was my first visit to that area. I had done some Googling and located some interesting restaurants and places to spot moose. But, I was to be severely spoilt and disappointed.
What I had not checked was the population — in terms of people as opposed to moose — up there. I knew it was up there, close to the ‘tundra’ and that it was extremely rural and isolated.
I did not expect it to be dead!
On Tuesday night there was only one restaurant open, the ‘Stress Free Moose‘. It actually had good food, great service, wonderful folks and was rocking. Alas, though, it is primarily a heavy-duty bar with a few tables crammed in. My 13-year old daughter, a restaurant connoisseur, was not impressed nor amused. I liked it, but I do not enjoy not having any choice. I had hoped to eat at “Kelly’s Landing” but like so many other places they were only open Thursday to Sunday.
IF I had checked the human population I would have been better prepared. I had assumed that Greenville, on the southern tip of the Lake would be similar to Alton (where I live) which occupies that spot on Winnipesaukee. Alton’s year round population, however, is 4 times greater. If you include Wolfeboro, 11-miles away from Alton, the year round population in this neck of our Lake is 10 times greater. That, I came to realize, makes all the difference.
There is no Chinese in Greenville or from what I can deduce in Moosehead (town) nor Rockwood. No Chinese. I had never thought about it much, but I guess you can demark civilization based on the presence or absence of a Chinese. I won’t even mention Indian.
Moosehead Lake, from what I saw, does not have the kind of money that you see around Winnipesaukee or Bar Harbor (Acadia). Nowhere close to the number of multi-million dollar mansions on the water. Far, far less fancy, grand waterfront hotels.
Salubrious is not a word I would associate with the area.
It sure is empty, isolated and rustic.
Though we spent hours looking did not see any moose. Actually a noticeable dirth in wildlife. That we saw no deer was surprising.
This is not to say the trip was a bust. I enjoyed it. Not so much, my 13-year old.
I like solitude and it is pretty desolate up there. Some striking scenery though nothing very different to what we have seen in New England before.
They say that it really rocks in August. I can believe that. But, I think I will stick to Acadia.