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So, why didn’t I walk all the way to the island? Good question. That, of course, was the plan. Explore the island. I have never been to it — Summer or Winter. This is not a pond that I have explored though I drive or walk by it often. It is in Town — not close to home and my daily hikes. This was the first time I had ventured onto it. As you can see there were no other tracks since the snowstorm 3-days ago. That makes me cautious. Don’t want to fall through the ice again. There is a river on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure if there was any moving water below the ice. Moving water isn’t good. Well, as I got to the island I ran into mush — water above the ice. Not good. The ice was probably thick enough but I was not in the mood to get my feet wet. So, that is the full story.
The short hike across the pond was but a diversion on a longer walk — most of it close to water. I was waiting for somebody to finish some testing at school. So, I only had, at most, 1.5 hours. I was timing myself. Did good. Timed it to 5-minutes. It all worked out. She was ready to be picked up. I did close to 4-miles. I topped it up and got my 10K steps for the morning when we got home. Nice walk. I enjoyed it.
Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.
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This is going to be our new go to dining place in Hampton — even though it is not on the beach, but in town. Does not matter. The fabulous dining experience and great people more than make up for not being able to see the sea.
Kind of a serendipitous discovery for us. We usually go to the coast on New Year’s day — either Portsmouth (and surrounds) or Hampton — which also happens to be our wedding anniversary (I savvy enough to have go married then so that I was unlikely to run the risk of forgetting). Last year we went to Hampton, found this delightful place ‘on the beach’ and had a great time. Got to know them and liked it so much that we made 3 special trips during the remainder of the year (though it is a 90-minute drive). Then they inform me that they will be closed this New Year’s Day. I was not amused. We asked around and some folks from Exeter told us about the ‘Galley Hatch‘ and assured us that we will like it. They were right.
Very congenial place. I like the set up and the well-kept fish tank was a bonus. I am a sucker for good fish tanks in restaurants (probably because I rarely eat fish at restaurants).
A menu right up our alley. They had some good specials. I can’t be 100% sure but I think that was a special, Greek lamb burger I had — sans the bun.
The staff were exceptional. Very nice folk. We had a good time.
The desserts and sweets were something else, though as some of you know I do not imbibe in my old age. I am still brown from all the chocolate I ate when I was young. Deanna brought some carrot cake home.
Definitely going back. Yes, I will gladly make the drive. Looking forward to it.
That we were treated to a spectacular sunset as we were leaving seemed like an omen. A match made in heaven.
As is my wont, and since it was our anniversary I was slightly dressed up. Nothing too fancy. Just a bow tie, black sweater and an old jacket. But, suffice to say that was slightly more fancy than most of the other men.
So, one of the waitresses suggested that the next time we come we might want to go their more ‘upper scale’ sister restaurant — Tinos — upstairs. They even wanted us to go upstairs and check. We did. Very nice. But, I liked ‘The Galley Hatch’. So next time I am still going downstairs. Maybe I won’t wear a tie. SMILE.
Anywho … if you are in Hampton (New Hampshire) check it out. You will not be dissapointed. You will, as is invariably the case, thank me for the recommendation.
Oh, the main men’s room has an interesting configuration. Nothing wrong. Just amusing. Cracked me up. Definitely check it out too. SMILE.
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Last ‘Week’ (Jan. 8, 2020)
Today, for the first time, I saw a motorized vehicle on the lake — a 4-wheeler. That is always good as far as I am concerned. If the ice can support the weight of a vehicle it should be able to handle my 146 lbs (66 Kg).
It was cold today. It was 8F (-13C) when I left the house. But, 8F was a few degrees above my 5F cut-off, plus I really needed to get a walk in. I had had two days off — one because it really was below 5F.
Despite what folks often think, I am not as stupid as I look & act. SMILE. There is method to my madness. At 66 I am NOT going to take too many chances with cold weather. Plus, we had some stuff to do this afternoon. So, I kept my walk short, i.e., less than 4 miles. I knew I would be doing some more walking later in the day and that I would be easily exceeding my 10K step goal (and I did by 4pm).
It was bracing. The sun was out. It was still. No wind. There was an ice fisherman. That was about it. He and I on the Lake — or on that side of the lake.
I was happy.
The GREAT Senator is no stranger to I.
The pictures demonstrate that she, a wonderful person, makes me very happy!
And yes, WE campaigned for her.
Of course I follow and support her on Facebook. Why wouldn’t I?
I am very proud of both of OUR New Hampshire Senators. I do not know Jeanne Shaheen as much as I know Senator Hassan. I have only met Senator Shaheen once and that was a long time ago. But, her office has helped us numerous times. For that I will always be grateful.
I saw Senator Hassan, when she was our Governor, at work, at the State House, quite often. She always impressed I. She is an exemplary mother and a wonderful human being.
I am proud and delighted to be Senator Maggie Hassan’s TOP Facebook FAN. It is an honor and privilege.
We went their for dinner on New Year’s Day 2020 — which also happened to be our 17th wedding anniversary. It was good. It had been recommended to us and they were right. Great place. Good food. Great atmosphere.
But, this men’s room was a HOWLER. I kid you not. I talked to the manager (a very nice gentleman) about it. It was to accommodate the handicap access laws. It has been like that for 18-years. Cracks me up. You would think an architect could have come up with some other configuration.
Mind boggles. Don’t think too much about it. SMILE.
2020 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) — Terracotta Warriors & Qin Bamboo Slips.
4-minute BBC documentary if you are not familiar with this
Terracotta Warriors — the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
The 2020 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.
As ever it is a FREE event, open to the public. We have gone to these nearly every year. Without fail they are extremely good and a great bunch of people. Very friendly. Very hospitable.
This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.