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September 15, 2013

WordPress Daily Prompt 8/24/2013: These Sandals Were Made for Walking…Where???

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Hugs for my sister Nancy Lee on her September 15th birthday…

WORDPRESS DAILY PROMPT 8/24/2013:

THESE SANDALS WERE MADE FOR WALKING…WHERE?

ON NEW ENGLAND BEACHES BETWEEN

LAMOINE BEACH, MAINE

AND

WALLIS SANDS BEACH IN RYE, NEW HAMPSHIRE

The wordpress daily prompt for August 24, 2013, is These boots are made for walking…

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As soon as winter releases its cold to a warm spring, and sandals become comfortable footwear, I dig a ragged but solid pair of sandals from the back of my closet, where they were relegated while Old Man Winter blew his chilly bitter-cold breath over our community.

These sandals bear fond memories.

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NOTE: These sandals are making more fond memories this September 2013—yesterday (September 14) they walked Nantasket and Duxbury beaches in Massachusetts. They plan on  trekking many more beaches before we leave New England. The sandal photos in this post were taken September 6 at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island on the third day of our New England travels.

In 2003 my husband and I traveled together for 85 days in a “tin can.” That was how we referred to our vehicle of the day, which took us from our retirement home in Laurel Mountain Borough to the coastline of New England.

I’d decided I wanted to walk as many mainland beaches as possible between East Lamoine, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I excluded the beaches on Maine’s islands to decrease complications—the KISS rule.

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I chose East Lamoine, Maine, because seven generations ago a French Revolution émigré wed a third-generation Downeast Maine English-Irish pioneer. These were my ancestors, and two of the characters in my historical romance novel-under-construction.

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Ending my walk at Wallis Sands Beach (actually in Rye, New Hampshire) was a no-brainer. I spent 11 years of my childhood in Portsmouth (29 Spring Street and 108 Spring Street), and many summer hours at Wallis Sands Beach.

I was joined at Lamoine Beach by some new-found relatives I had just met. Xxx des Isles and I are probably (more…)

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April 3, 2011

Ocean Views: The New England Coast

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OCEAN VIEWS

THE NEW ENGLAND COAST

Photography

 

     There is nothing more soothing than sitting on the rocks at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye, New Hampshire, and watching the waves roll in. These are the same rocks from which my grandmother, May Isabelle (Mable) Briskay, supervised my sister and I as we played on the beach, caught crabs from pools of saltwater, climbed the rocks, and challenged the waves.

     Last week the subject presented by the WordPress weekly photo challenge was ocean. Granted, I cannot get to the ocean to meet the challenge. However, my photo archives are filled with pictures I’ve taken on my visits to the New England coast—where I was born and spent half of my childhood. The camera is a tool by which I save the images of waves rolling in and crashing before the water reverses direction and returns to the sea.

     I posted three photos on www.carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean), where I am meeting the challenge to do a post every day. Below are additional photos.

A wave surrounds Googin's Rocks at Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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August 21, 2008

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

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CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS 

While traveling along the road on a work/vacation trip to New England, we met many people in libraries, courthouses, beaches, stores, and restaurants. Interactions with children provided many wonderful moments. Below are stories of some of these meetings.  Carolyn

the JOY…of something other than McDonald’s food…Monte and I ate a buffet lunch at an Indian restaurant in Brunswick. We chose to sit outside and then discussed which customers were tourists and which were locals. As I began a survey, a couple with two young sons entered. They said they were from Canada. I said I hoped the boys liked the food, and the mother responded that they did, they were used to it, that she cooks it at home quite often. In fact, the boys preferred it to (more…)

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