Tag Archives: New England

New England byways part 2

We called into the information centre outside of Freeport and asked the lovely volunteers the best way to get to Burlington Vermont. One of the old timers said, “Well you’ll want to take the Kanc”. I said, “What’s the Kanc?”.

As we discovered, the Kanc is the Kancamagus Highway, a classic American byway, most popular in the autumn for the famous colourful foliage. Always a sucker for a good byway with lookouts and hiking trails and waterfalls, we aimed our rental in the direction of New Hampshire.

http://byways.org/explore/byways/2458/ http://byways.org/explore/byways/2458/Kancamagus_Scenic_Byway_print_n_go_2458.pdf

Here are a few snaps of the sights on the day:

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We headed over the Kancamagus pass and rolled down to beautiful Vermont where we spent a night just out of Burlington. After a yummy Bagel and coffee breakfast we went into downtown Burlington on the western shore of Lake Champlain, which forms the border with upstate New York. There’s a lovely pedestrianised old town centre along Church Street. Down the side streets there are views of the lake.

We decided to take the scenic route through the middle of Lake Champlain. A series of islands connected by bridges take you through to New York state and beyond to Canada. Ottawa was our ultimate destination for the day. Here are a few Vermont memories…

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New York state of mind…

Last Sunday morning sister Beth, her hubby Steve, Roo and I piled into our rental car and headed up the Jersey Turnpike towards Long Island, NY. Other than an accident that caused us to detour a bit, the trip was no more stressful than the usual nail-biting, hair-raising drive in one of the world’s great megalopolises!

Now is an appropriate time to thank Andrew for his calm and measured driving, and Beth and Steve for the navigating. I declared a day off navigating (really, it is stressful) and sat in the back seat to enjoy the view!

The purpose of our journey was to go to brunch with our nephew Sullivan Jessup to celebrate his High School graduation and acceptance to University. We had our fill of yummy foods at the brunch then continued to munch our way through quite a few meals over the next few days.

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We had Paulie’s yummy ribs, great Reuben sandwiches, beefy hot dogs and more. Good thing we got in a bit of walking in NYC to work some of it off.

We took in Hell’s Kitchen, Broadway and Times Square (now with more space for pedestrians and steps for people watching), the Financial District, Tribeca and the very moving 9\11 Memorial with its infinite pools and forest of Oak trees. Out on Long Island, where we stayed with Peggy, Paul and Sully, we went to Fire Island and explored the light house and surrounding surf beaches on a quiet late spring day.

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For a change, we left Long Island via its eastern end, taking the car ferry from Orient Point to New London Connecticut. It was a scenic and pleasant trip and saved us doubling back through city traffic.

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