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Summer vacation

  1. Jun 18, 2011 #1
    Next week I'm packing up the family and heading for Laconia, NH. We'll be near, but not on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Winnipesaukee is, of course, a Native American name reputed to mean either "The Smile of the Great Spirit", "Beautiful Water in a High Place", "Lakes Region", "Good Smooth Water at Outlet", or "Land Around Lake", depending upon which person who doesn't know that you ask. To me it means "Many Fond Childhood Memories" as my grandparents lived there and ran a cottage resort in the summers. Actually, their place was on the shores of Lake Winnisquam. That's also a Native American name that means "Kangaroo". We'll spend a week in a timeshare resort that we got in exchange for our unit in Fallujah during the bombing season. What are your summer vacation plans?
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2011 #2

    BobG

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    Makes sense to me. After all, how many buffalo are there between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario?

    Must be the Native American spelling of the French word for baby carrier. Native Americans must have had as many problems pronouncing French words as European Americans did.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2011 #3

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    Jimmy,

    Not a vacation, a day outing to the Loudon Raceway next Tuesday for a Track Day with 30 or so guys from our local Cycle Shop. Hopefully, the experience will will be one that results in "Many Fond Adult Memories" with no moments of sheer terror, or worse yet, injury. I have confidence in my friends at the shop, and with the instructors at the track. I saw how track days are conducted about a month ago.

    That being said, venturing into the the unknown always produces a bit of fear and anxiety (in sane people that is, hehe). If this turns out to be something that moves me, there are people locally that go up and down the coast (Vanson Leathers staff for instance) and go from track to track to ride, and have fun, promote and sell their products as they go. Not a bad way to spend your summer if you are into that sort of thing. If this turns out to be something that I really like, I will try to make it happen, and more often.

    I fall kayaked/camped for a weekend on an island off of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squam_Lake" [Broken] in Holderness with a small group a few years back and had a good time, very relaxing. It was fun because I never kayak camped before. Have fun with your family in the condo, it should be a blast.

    Rhody... :approve:
     
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  5. Jun 18, 2011 #4
    We won't be there. However, I remember Motorcycle week in Laconia when I was 7 years old. Some of the bikers were staying at my grandparents' resort and they were lined up to give me rides. I spent a good part of one very happy day on the back seat of about a half dozen bikes.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2011 #5
    That would be porte-bébé. I guess the e sounded like i to Native American ears.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2011 #6

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    Or kangourou (as in poche kangourou).
     
  8. Jun 18, 2011 #7
    Oooh, I missed that one by a mile. Sorry.
     
  9. Jun 18, 2011 #8

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    We are going South, but on different continent.

    There are two parts of the trip. First, I am going alone, somewhere around July 4th. I have no plan - that is, lack of the plan is part of the plan. The only thing that limits me is that I have to be at Split airport on July 14th to meet Marzena. This is when second part starts. We will go for about two weeks at Hvar island (most likely in Jelsa or Vrboska, but who knows). In early August we have booked room in Budapest. Whatever happens in between will be decided on a daily basis.
     
  10. Jun 18, 2011 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    Haven't had a vacation in twelve years and don't plan to start now.

    Still can't bring myself to consider anything involving an airport or hotels, a vacation. At this point I'd be happy if I never saw an airport again. A bit ironic given that Boeing is my main customer.

    And I hate driving. To me, a road trip is akin to Chinese water torture.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2011 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    Correction, my next planned vacation is a trip to Russia to fly a Mig. For that I'll travel.
     
  12. Jun 20, 2011 #11

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    I haven't done an unplanned trip in a long time. They are fun though. No worries bout the next destination or if you're on schedule.

    Next vacation is a Transatlantic cruise in August. That will be very planned. :biggrin:
     
  13. Jul 2, 2011 #12
    We just got back from our vacation to NH. There wasn't much traffic, I guess everyone else was away on vacation too. We saw Concord where the first shots of the American revolutionary war were fired. Salem, center of the tobacco industry and site of the infamous witch trials. Manchester, home of the industrial revolution. Rochester with its famous Institute of Technology. Nashua, home of the Dolphins. But we spent most of the time in Laconia, with its spartan beauty. We took the tour of Lake Winnipesaukee on the Mt. Washington. The original mountain burnt down in 1939 and all that's left now is the boat. This was my first trip on the boat. When I was a child, my parents owned a hotel in Gilford on the lake. The hotel is still in business and we visited there and talked with the current owners. Thus I was reminded of what the place looked like and was able to recognize it from the boat as we passed by. I remember quite well as a child watching the boat go by the hotel. The weather was perfect all week long and I spend most of the time by the pool or on Weirs Beach. Although I spent a lot of time in Laconia and Tilton as a child, my parents never took me to Weirs Beach. As a small child I thought of it as an amusement park. When I became a teenager, I thought of it as a place to meet girls. However, I never actually got to go there until this vacation. It's a 1 block long row of game arcades, junk food emporia and a very nice beach. Atlantic City in miniature.
     
  14. Jul 3, 2011 #13
    I haven't been back to N.H. in over ten years. It surprises me to find out they moved Salem, Massachusetts to N.H. That must have taken a lot of work. Good for the economy, I guess: lots of jobs.
     
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