I did not know what street I had left him on and so I kept saying
to myself, turn right, turn right. Obviously, I found
him, much to my relief and he took over the driving
chore and we found the restaurant. The food was still
the family home-style cooking that I remembered, and
Bob thoroughly enjoyed his pot roast and potatoes.
Driving thru Connecticut was lovely. At one point, on
the way to dinner and a visit with cousins, we drove on
a back road that was so gorgeous. Trees were old and
large, on both sides of the road, and so close together
that they formed a colorful arch for us to drive
through. It doesnít get much better than that.
We went on the Mt. Washington Cog Railroad in New
Hampshire, which goes at the great speed of 2.5 miles
straight up! It looked kinda scary, but we went anyway
and loved the adventure. Actually, it averages a 28%
grade, and at one point is a 38% grade. A two year old
boy thought walking up and down the car was a riot.
The fireman on board had to shovel a ton of coal to
keep the train running, and the brakeman had to get out
of the train a total of four times to change the direction
of the tracks!! At the highest point the temperature
was 45 degrees with a wind velocity of 4.6mph. IT WAS COLD!
After years of living there, I discovered a good thing
about New Jersey. All gas stations are full service.
There are no self-serve pumpsin the state! Donít know
about you, but that is one job I just hate to do. Yea! New Jersey.
Then we discovered another good thing. In Jersey City
we went to Liberty Park which is sensational. The
Science Museum was not only tremendous in size, it
was stupendous in displays. The park area was
beautifully maintained, the statues depicting the war
heroes were wonderfully sculpted, and with the
beautiful New York skyline the park is a grand place to
visit. There was one statue representing the soldiers of
WW II, and another honoring the soldiers of the Viet
Nam Conflict. I was delighted to see this great addition
to an area that was in desperate need of renovation.
In New Mexico we saw, but did not go on, the Sandia
Tramway. The Tramway is similar to a ski lift. The
view from the Sandia Mountain was inspiring. This
country is so beautiful and exciting.
We went to a glass factory in West Virginia and
watched them blow glass bowls; and yes, we bought a
few things for gifts. We saw one of Abe Lincolnís log
cabins; rang the gong at the Blue Spruce B&B in
upstate NY; stayed in a renovated B&B that was the
Woolworth family summer home; went to Hyde Park
and did a quick tour of Franklin Delano Rooseveltís
Museum. The facility is huge, with one building for
FDR, another for Eleanor, and a third for other