|The USS Albacore, first in a teardrop-shaped design,|
now in exhibit at Portsmouth Harbor where it was built
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
It is evocative of feelings Bill and I normally experience during those times we still have to travel great distances but pause before continuing because of the beauty we have suddenly found. I have always loved to dabble in writing poetry since high school when I was a nerdy teenager, socially misplaced in the American School in the Philippines, only able to express suppressed feelings in writing, in poems.
|Home of Robert Frost in Derry, New Hampshire|
Thus I was ecstatic to discover that Frost’s home was
Derry, New Hampshire, just a few miles southeast of Concord, the state capital.
We had just brought the RV to Chichester, several miles northeast of Concord,
where a Camping World branch is located. We needed to have our water heater and furnace checked. So I was simply searching
the web for places to see in to while away the wait.
Although he was born in San Francisco, California, his grandfather brought his family back to Lawrence, Massachusetts. Before marrying his wife Elinor, he gave Frost the piece of land known today as the Frost Farm in Derry. He was unsuccessful as a farmer though. He relocated to Great Britain until the breakout of WWI when he bought another property fondly called the Frost Place, in Franconia, New Hampshire, up in the beautiful White Mountains. Frost wrote much of his poetry in these two homes.
|the rescued barred owl at the Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and Audubon Center|
|Fishway Learning Center in Concord, New Hampshire|
|Scouting Museum in Manchester, New Hampshire|
This is also probably why the scouting movement is extensive in New Hampshire. We found a Scouting Museum, first such find in our travels. Unfortunately it was closed. Bill was a scout master for 6 years when he watched a number of young men in the troop achieve the rank of Eagle, including his son Jim. So this was quite a discovery for him!
|coming out or going in, the sub doors are small!|
|Home of John Paul Jones in Portsmouth, New Hampshire|
|Portsmouth Light at the Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire|
We also had a chance to find two lighthouses, the Portsmouth Light and the Whalebeck Light. The latter is reputed to be the ugliest lighthouse in the East Coast. It is unpainted and lies in a very small islet on the harbor. Bill and I found it to have its own charm, seemingly brave, alone in the midst of the wide blue sea, saving many a soul from disaster.
|Whalebeck Light off the Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire|
|Home of Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the US, |
in Concord, New Hampshire
Finally, it was interesting to find out that New Hampshire produced the 14th president of the US (1853-1857) preceding Lincoln and the Civil War, Franklin Pierce. We went to the Pierce Manse, his home in Concord. Unfortunately again, the museum was closed. Even the American Stonehenge, supposed to be 4,000 years old was closed. Thus we could not verify the claim (as if we could, anyway.. From the brochure, it looked like just a collection of stones, an interesting tourist attraction.
Our visit to New Hampshire, though short, was replete with interesting discoveries. Frost and the submarine were the highlights for me. We stopped by the woods. We also stopped by the seas. And we stopped by the giant fish of the sea. But we have miles to go before we sleep. And miles to go before we sleep!