via email from Betty AnoninTX...the (awesome) saga continues:
On our way to and from Maine and Canada, we made a few side trips that we enjoyed very much.
Pennsylvania, we spent several hours at the Flight 93 memorial near
Shanksville. We were there on September 10. All I can say is that it
was very moving and overwhelming.
After spending the night in
Binghamton, New York, we made our way through beautiful Vermont and New
Hampshire. I found a neat place while looking at hotel reviews on
TripAdvisor, and I just had to see it! It’s called the Flume Gorge,
which is located in Franconia Notch State Park. We barely made it to
the Flume in time to rush through the door to pay the admission before
it was closed for the day. I forgot to grab a Betty book! Rats. The
Flume is an 800 foot long natural gorge. A boardwalk runs up the gorge,
and it is a beautiful walk. At the top, we turned around and came back
down the boardwalk instead of walking the trail back. We spent the
night in Twin Mountain.
The next morning we rode the cog train to
the top of Mt. Washington. It was fun. The PRT has a fascination with
the crazy weather and the weather observatory on Mt. Washington. It’s
the highest peak in the NE US. In 1934, there was a wind gust of 231
mph there. It was a bit hazy that morning, so we could not see all the
way to the Atlantic. Betty posed for a shot looking out at the
beautiful view. I didn’t think to pose Betty with the train.
the way back, we made a stop for something that was really exciting for
me. We went to West Point Military Academy! In another post I mentioned
being very interested in the Battle of Little Bighorn. General Custer
is buried at West Point, and I paid my respects at his grave. Then we
visited the West Point Museum, and I was able to see a tiny scrap of
paper. Wow! It is Custer’s last written order, written out by Adjutant
Lieutenant W.W. Cooke, and carried by Giovanni Martini to Captain
Benteen. Benteen saved it and gave it to a friend later. Eventually it
was sold in an auction, and the buyer donated it to the museum. There
were other Bighorn items there, too. We didn’t have the time to explore
the whole museum, but I am so glad I was able to see the order.
did manage to have a cup of tea on Delayed Bettysday! This is at a
rather rundown hotel in Wells, Maine. After the beautiful Bayview and
both wonderful B&Bs, this one was a bit of a shock to my system.
The PRT left me to drink a cup of tea and read a chapter of Roses Have
Thorns so that I could adjust. He, bless his heart, went to the guest
laundry to wash a load of my knickers and socks. The PRT knows what it
takes to soothe me.
More to come….