A Day of Pasts- Dad's Memory Journey

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  Mom&DadMOM and DAD  1942                                               

My Dad is 88 years old. He was traveling this Father's Day.  Giving me the opportunity for Reflection.

Coming up with creative "Gifts' for Father's Day, Birthdays and Holidays for a man of his years is a challenge...it has been for some time!

So this year I decided to write a "Memory" Blog documenting in words a trip we took together in 2004.

It was for his 85th Birthday. I sent an invitation for him to join me, my husband and son on a Memory Journey. A journey to re-visit places in New Hampshire I remember he and my Mother taking us to as kids. Places I knew he hadn't been to in many, many years!

 

 

  A MEMORY JOURNEY WITH DAD  2004

  We started the trip in "The Notch" as kids every year the family would go to. The Old Man, The Basin, Echo Lake and of course The Flume. The Flume is quite a challenge so we contented ourselves with a great shot at the "New" fancy entrance and a shot of the Falls!The Flume            

 

THE FLUME

 

 

 

         TWO GENERATIONS Dad&Mike

  Then on to the Mount for  mid-morning rest and refreshment! Mon and Dad often took us to "The Mount" (Mount Washington Hotel) just to sit on the Veranda and have an ice cream. It is such a beautiful Place! Many years later my husband and I stayed there for our 25th anniversary and it did not disappoint!

                                                                  Mt Washington  THE MOUNT WASHINGTON HOTEL

Dad on Veranda

 

 

 RELAXIN ON THE VERANDA                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 GRAND ENTRANCE Entrance

                                                                                   Our next stop...Diana's Bath's      Dianna's Baths 

  Back in "The Day" when we went as kids there weren't any State signs or markers. This was a place know only to a few . The information passed down from Father to Son. My Dad's Dad had shown him this place and he showed his children. The path to the Baths was through a farmer's field it was a well worn path, but if you weren't looking for it ......   

Trail Head      

The Baths are made up of large smooth sliding rocks and many crystal clear pools for swimming!

                                                    Baths 

The Water is usually loud and furious but this year was a dry Spring and it was not as he remembered!  Dad Resting  

 

  After a brief rest...it was on to our last stop!

          RestingTHREE GENERATIONS

  The trip would not have been complete without visiting The Wright Museum in Wolfboro, New Hampshire. This place is a remarkable tribute to the Men and Women who served in WWII.                                                                                           Wright Museum

 

  My Dad served in the 4th Armored Division on the European Front and was thrilled to find an actual tank  that  would have been used by his Unit! 

 

 

 

 

 

  It was a great day for all of us and I think my Dad really enjoyed his trip down Memory Lane !  The Birthday celebration ended with a great dinner and Birthday Cake at a local Restaurant!                                                                Birthday Dinner                              

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Joan Mirantz - Joni is a Realtor® with Homequest Real Estate, a locally owned, Customer Service oriented Firm.
Joan Publishes a monthly Newsletter "Food For Thought" under the pen name Realtor Sherpa.
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Silly you!  Your mother is absolutely adorable!  And has a little wicked grin...
June 19, 2007 07:10 PM
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Joan - what a beautiful post to honor your dad.  Love the pictures you included - great way to show off our wonderful state and what a fabulous day you all must have had!

Ann

June 20, 2007 11:36 AM
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Joan Mirantz
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Thanks Ann...but as you know it isn't hard to take good pictures in this state!
June 20, 2007 03:49 PM
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mark foynes, wright museum
I am delighted that you made a visit to the Wright Museum a part of your special day. We take great pride in preserving and sharing the stories of the Greatest Generation. Please thank your father for his service to our country. And you may be interested to know that Ken Burns, America's best-known maker of historical documentaries (e.g., the epic "Civil War") has produced a 7-part, 14 hour film on WWII simply titled "The War." It will air this fall.
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Thank you for your comment Mark...I'm sure everyone who reads this will be interested in the new Ken Burns production!

It was not the first time my husband and I have been to your wonderful museum. But, it was for my Dad...he was thrilled!

Thanks for reading!!

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