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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Quite The Place, A Ton Of Fun, August 2015.


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Yes, Monday was “York’s Wild Kingdom” and Thursday, August 20, 2015, was “Polar Caves“, Rumney, New Hampshire. These were the two ‘special’ day trips that Teischan got, in addition to going to the beach and Great Waters concerts, while Devanee is at Camp. ‘Polar Caves”, by far, was where she most wanted to go. She had gone there on a school field trip, a few months ago, and since then has been agitating to go back. Now we know why. It is fun. Neither of us, though we have driven past it many  a time, had been. So it was all new to us.

It was good. We were impressed. These are by no means the ‘Luray Caves‘. There are no stalactites and stalagmites (and remember it is the ‘tites’ — like tight — that always come down). One of the caves, the 2nd I think, had some ice. But these caves are more of an obstacle course than cathedral type ones with large open spaces. Yes, they were a bit tight — and I am not that big. But it was fun. Nice elevation too at the top — Raven’s Nest. Lots of tranquil places to walk and explore. Not crowded. Everybody very congenial and chilled out! No lines so to speak. Nobody trying to rush you, everybody being ultra-polite. Lots of kids. Fun place.

Panning for minerals is a big hit and Teischan had already had that planned. It was well worth the $13. As with York there was a deer petting zoo and they had pheasants, some of the same, as York. So a bit déjà vu. Teischan was very happy, and so were we. We were there for over 5.5 hours. Another nice day — not as hot as Monday.

Definitely recommend it. Prices are good too. I think entrance for the 3 of us, and I bought the tickets, online, with a 10% discount, the day before, was $39. Good value. They, unlike York, take credit cards everywhere. I guess that is because we were in New Hampshire as opposed to Maine.

Yes, fun, fun, fun. Glad we went. Teischan is taking all the credit, and she is right.




“York’s Wild Kingdom”, Maine — Largest Zoo Hereabouts — August 2015.

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There was about 3 or 4 years in a row, starting c. 2007, when we used to go to “York’s Wild Kingdom” on an annual basis, usually on my birthday and at least once treating a bunch of local kids from Alton (NH) to a day at the zoo. Then other things like Whale Watches and Acadia entered the picture. Though she has been multiple times, and we have iconic pictures to prove it, Teischan couldn’t remember ever going to “York Zoo”. When Devanee is at Camp Teischan gets to go on two trips of her choosing to compensate. I rattled off a list of possibilities and one she picked was the zoo in Maine. So on Monday, August 17, 2015 we left early and got there sharp at 10 am just as they opened the gates.

It was a hot day and we knew that in advance. We were, however, surprised that it wasn’t packed. It was moderately busy but you could tell that it wasn’t crowded. That was good. Other than the ferris wheel with its cumbersome loading routine there was hardly any lines for anything. It was good in that respect. The heat, and I think it got up to 90°F at some point, also meant that the ‘Duck Pond’ — with its famous paddle boats — had a pungent “eau de duck poop” smell, but that was to be expected.

Exactly 3 months earlier I had taken Teischan to the Philadelphia Zoo. York’s Wild Kingdom is NOT Philadelphia Zoo.

The York Zoo is quaint and cute with its petting deer and the amusement park, but it is also old, dated and in someways very infuriating. Yes, it is very Maine and Downeast. None of the food places take credit cards. That is crazy. It has to be to avoid taxes! Places that don’t take credit cards when they should drive me nuts.

As a zoo it is a funny ol’ mixture. It has lions and two tigers and a fair smattering of other animals. The old elephant that used to be there a few years ago is gone. The enclosures are from the 1950s. Definitely not a modern zoo. That bothers me. BUT IT IS GOOD FOR KIDS. They love the petting zoo parts — goats, deer, sheep …

The rides are old and limited. The Ferris Wheel is an antique and they have to balance the weight of the riders which can be quite amusing in Maine. Teischan and I got called up ahead because they needed some ‘non-heavy’ riders. Funny.

It was OK. The heat didn’t help. But Teischan had fun. I tried the baseball batting cage — a first for me. It was interesting. I connected about 50% of the time. Took a load of pictures. I will try and share as we go along.



Devanee Is At “Camp Spaulding”, Concord, N.H. For Two Weeks.

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Deanna stumbled upon “Camp Spaulding“, on the Web, two years ago — in 2013. We went for an orientation and Devanee liked it. Deanna managed to get Devanee in for a two week stay in August 2013. Devanee just loved it. Cried when she had to leave. Said it was the best 2 weeks of her life. She begged to go back. Well she didn’t make it last year because we had some disciplinary issues with her BUT Deanna signed her up again for this August. We dropped her off last Sunday, August 9th. She was so excited. Check in time was from 1 to 5pm and she insisted that we get there sharp at 1 and we did — pulling into the drive exactly at 1! She is there for 2 weeks. No electronics. No phone. That alone is good. Deanna already mailed her a care package on Tuesday! It is quite the place. Sunday was our 4th time visiting. Very pleasant. Very nice people. I will give you another update after we pick her up.


Nude (Nudist) Beach In New Hampshire As Well As Topless Beaches.

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** NH — “Free The Nipple”
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** New Hampshire — “Free The Nipple”.

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>> Topless Tour.

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>> Topless in New Hampshire.

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It is actually and quite cutely … nhnude.com.


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Google Map of its location. Rather central. Right off NH Route 125. You can’t miss it EVEN IF there is nobody standing outside. Click to ENLARGE.


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nhcedersignGiven that I have ‘topless‘ posts and even ‘topless in NH‘ posts, not to mention the recent posts about ‘Free the Nipple in New Hampshire‘, I do get ‘hits’ here of people looking for nude or nudist beaches in New Hampshire.

Today I felt compelled to address this, once and for all.

Yes, New Hampshire does have a bona fide nudist beach– Cedar Waters Village, 24 Smoke Street, Nottingham, NH 03290. Tel: 603-679-2036.

I have never been but I have driven past the sign on many an occasion.

So that is at least ONE genuine nudist park, with a lake and beach, in New Hampshire.

OK?

As to Topless Beaches …

There is no female topless laws in New Hampshire per se, though there is a rather broad one covering lewdness (which could be used to cover ‘topless’) and then there is always the catch-all ‘disturbing the peace‘. Plus individual towns, Laconia for example, can have specific topless ordinances — and Laconia does have one having to do with Bike Week. Kind of sad. I have lived here long enough to remember when there was quite a bit of female toplessness at Weirs during Bike Week.

Having lived waterfront in New Hampshire for 17 years, 10 of it on Lake Winnipesaukee, I can assure you that there is more toplessness and nudity around the NH lakes than you realize — albeit some on private beaches and ‘when the sun goes down’.

That there are no State laws against female toplessness does not mean that you will not get arrested on a beach if you happen to be topless and somebody complains. And the complaining part is key. Shame. As I have said many a times I grew up in Europe where most beaches are topless. 

So now you have the full story. Enjoy.


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Google Camp (Free) — For Kids. This Week Space Camp.

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Click to access “Google Camp”. You will THANK ME.


Check it out. Tell the kids.
It, like you would expect from Google, is fun & educational.

Yes, there is a ‘Google Footnote’ that tells you about it.

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On standard Google search page for Thursday, July 23, 2015.


‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’ High Stepping To The Dartmouth Hopkins Center June 29 – 30, 2013.

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Click to access the ‘Hopkins Center’ page with ticket purchase links. Also includes, at right, a representative video …


Another video clip of them, this one from YouTube. Click to access.

Another video clip of them, this one from YouTube. Click to access.


A YouTube video on the the troupe going through their motions. Pretty interesting. Click.

A YouTube video on the the troupe going through their motions. Pretty interesting. Click.


They ringing the NYSE stock market bell. Yes, a YouTube video. Click.

They ringing the NYSE stock market bell. Yes, a YouTube video. Click.


We happened to see a huge poster for this ballet when we attended the gala ‘St. Matthew Passion‘ concert at the Dartmouth Hopkins Center ‘last’ weekend.

I kind of knew, at once, when I saw the poster that this was no ordinary ballet troupe. Deanna read the whole blurb to make sure. We Brits are very partial to camp comedy — even ‘Are You Being Served‘ very camp in its own way. This looks like a lot of fun, plus they seem very talented. We are thinking of going.

I am sure the kids will be fine with it. The ballet, from what I can deduce from the videos, is impeccable — all that muscle probably helping too.

Tickets are on sale as of today. I hope it is not sold out. Enjoy.

A Wild Mountain Gorillas In Uganda Paying An Unsolicited Visit To A Tourist Camp.

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My father sent this to me.
It is pretty compelling and heartwarming in its own way.
Definitely worth watching some of it, even if you don’t watch all 6 minutes of it — and you can skip the introduction and still work out the context.
The introduction, however, has a classic line: ‘We woke up before breakfast‘. That is good. Could be messing force feeding tourist while they are still asleep.


Click to watch 5:52 minute YouTube video.

Click to watch 5:52 minute YouTube video.