by Anura Guruge
1/ Cotton Valley — 1st Spring Day 2014 — Apr. 12, 2014.
2/ Cotton Valley: misty, moisty morn — Apr. 5, 2014.
3/ Cotton Valley Trail by night — Mar. 28, 2014.
4/ Picnic — Cotton Valley Rail Trail – July 31, 2013.
5/ Cotton Valley Rail Trail — May 11, 2013.
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That I walk the exquisite “Cotton Valley Rail Trail” in Wolfeboro, N.H. whenever I can, night or day, right through the year, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall is captured in the posts referenced by the links above.
This Saturday I got another chance — and yet again, as had been the case in early spring, Devanee got to come with me. We saw a snake which made it ultra-memorable for her since she shares the family phobia against snakes.
All of us had to be at the “Great Waters Music Festival” volunteer orientation meeting at 1 pm at the “Inn on Main“. Teischan had a weekly ballet lesson at “Northeastern Ballet“, in Wolfeboro, at 11 am. So, I said lets all do lunch at the “Sea Bird” at noon and maybe get in some walking on the trail.
Well while Teischan and Deanna went to ballet Devanee and I set off from the Wolfeboro station and walked to the end of Fernalds Basin on Lake Wentworth and back to Wolfeboro Falls in about 50 minutes of fairly brisk walking with some stops to chat with the locals and smell ‘the coffee’. It was wonderful — bar the snake.
We got to the “Sea Bird” around 11:50. IT WAS CLOSED though all the signs said it was open! I was not amused. I went to the back and had a short conversation in pidgin English with some folks in the kitchen. I kind of figured out that they told me that they were opening at 4 pm. I was not amused. I was mad. Then it slowly dawned on me. The owners Lan and Guy must have gone to Kingswood for their daughter’s graduation. Well, you can’t be mad at folks for going to their daughter’s graduation. I just wish they had put a BIG sign out saying: “Sorry. At the Graduation“.
As it happened a number of people pulled up, from the graduation, looking for lunch. I directed them to “West Lake“.
Deanna picked us up in the KIA just after noon. We too headed to “West Lake”. Both Deanna and I had frequented “West Lake” over the years — way before we met. But, we hadn’t been there in ages. I like the “Sea Bird” and Guy and Lan. “West Lake” was OK. Deanna raved about the food. It was OK. The service, by a young man, nephew of the owner, down from Portland, ME, for the Summer, was first class. I told him that we only had 40 minutes. He made sure that we got very fast and attentive service. I tipped him well and thanked him. I knew “West Lake” when it was owned and run by the legendary “Peter” before he moved to Gilford. I think that is why I tend to be hesitant about the ‘current’ “West Lake” though Peter has been gone for decades.
It was, overall, a very pleasant Saturday even if the “Sea Bird” was closed and we didn’t get a chance to chat with Lan and Guy.
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They had “NH Boat Museum” Model Yacht Regatta near the start of the trail and they were clearing Milfoil with a diver and a ‘barge’ with a vacuum pump on Crescent Lake.