Let’s Finish This Up

Maine – it’s all about the seafood!

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The food was so good and we were so hungry I didn’t take a “before” picture.  It was the best fried fish I’ve ever had.  The lobster roll was awesome too….oh and the clam chowder!  It was so good we got some to take with us!

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Fisherman’s Grill – go there if you’re in Portland, Maine!  For a while we were the only ones in there because it’s the off season, so we got to talk to the owner who was a total hoot and had a strong Maine accent.  Very nice guy.

We stopped at this beach that turns out is a really nice place:  Kennebunkport!  We had not heard of it, but apparently many people live seasonally or vacation here in very expensive homes.  It was just a random stop for us!

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It didn’t take long for Wyatt to fall in the water, and off came the clothes.

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Harry is so observant!  He noticed the tiny, tiny little sea creatures that you can see in the sand pools. 

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The day was beautiful, but I guarantee the water was still quite chilly – Wyatt, or surprisingly Harry, didn’t care a bit!

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The nicest dog ever!  It’s owner was close by – the dog first came to Harry and dropped a ball in front of him, so we told Harry to throw it and the dog retrieved it.  Then he went to Wyatt and dropped the ball for him to throw it.  It was such a good and well-trained dog!  There were a handful of people walking their dogs on the beach. 

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Yum!

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Visiting our “old” friends (from the Scioto Ward) in Littleton, MA!  They have an awesome house and a great yard for the kids.  I love to see them in it because before they moved they were in a tiny apartment!  They are a neat family and we loved spending time with them.  We all kept the kids up late for a trip to Kimball Farms for super yummy ice cream.  We shared the biggest –literally-banana split I have ever had.  It was massive, we’re talking almost bigger than my head. 

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The boys playing in the dirt pile – a big hit in their backyard!

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We passed the Boston Temple on the way to downtown.  Beautiful as always!

We really enjoyed Boston, especially since we didn’t drive much at all!  I’ve heard that’s one of the worst parts of Boston.  We walked along the “Freedom Trail” and then took a ferry to see the USS Constitution, although it was closed.  We got to see the visitor’s center and the outside of the ship.   

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Being silly.

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We waited at a park while David went to get the van.  He is awesome!!  We were all pretty beat, as it was quite a hot day for March.  We all got a little sunburned!

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Boston really tired us out. 

Then we went to

Providence, Rhode Island

Hartford, Connecticut

Albany, New York

Syracuse, New York

Palmyra, New York

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Joseph Smith Sr. home. 

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Tired and hungry.  This defined a lot of our trip. 

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Another tired and hungry boy!

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The Sacred Grove. 

Rochester

Niagra Falls

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At the Howard Johnson in Niagra Falls. Swimming was a big hit.

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The falls were amazing.  Definitely deserve the hype!

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I was extremely sick this day.  Some kind of 24-hour stomach bug.  Yuck. 

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There was a small group from China that was enamored with the boys!  This picture only shows one person taking a picture, but behind him were about 7 others.  The older people in the group especially liked to rub their heads.  They were all so nice.  

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Trying not to be sick.

 

Buffalo

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Anchor Bar – home of the original Buffalo wings!  Yum. 

Then we were basically on the home stretch.  It was an AMAZING trip!!!  It took me a few days to recover from the fun of it all and get back to a routine!