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Braxton’s 3rd Birthday, July 20, 2016 — At Alton McDonald’s.

by Anura Guruge


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Per what is now a fairly long-standing family tradition we take the dogs, on their birthday, to the local McDonald’s (in Alton, NH) for cheeseburgers (in addition to the other times during the year they get treated at McD). Yesterday, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 3rd birthday. Given that he was a rescue dog we don’t know his real birthday. The vets believe that he was born around the third week of July in 2013. ‘July 20’ was Deanna’s (now deceased) father’s birthday, so she opted to make it Braxton’s official birthday since it would be easy to remember. So that is what it is.

I have no compunctions about giving dogs McD cheeseburgers! I eat them (but not the buns) and the kids eat them. If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for the dogs. I really doubt if there is anything in those (ordered plain) burgers that can truly harm my dogs. The fat, carbs and calories are NOT a problem at all. These dogs get a LOT of exercise — and the vet confirms that they are as fit as can be. They run (at least) 2.5 miles most days and now it is Summer swim in our lake, Halfmoon, for 30 – 40 minutes, non-stop, at least a couple of times a week. Actually that is what we did after the burgers. Down to the beach to swim — and no, the no swimming for 2-hours after a meal does not seem to apply to dogs.

This is trying to put them on leashes and get them out AFTER they have been swimming free, far and wide, for about 30 minutes.


This was a picture from Maya’s 3rd birthday May 15, 2014.

Not much seems to have changed in 2 years!

May 15, 2014 — Maya’s 3rd birthday. Compare with above pictures. Deja vu all over again.


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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Second Visit In Two Years.

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Teischan, then 9, went to ‘Polar Caves’ (in Rumney, NH) for the first time last year on a school field trip. She loved it. Come the Summer (of 2015) she insisted that this was the #1 place she wanted to visit. We had never been though we had driven past it numerous times. So last August, while Devanee was at camp, we took her. We were impressed and had a good time — as I elaborated in my post. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, we visited again — this time Teischan, Devanee & I (while Deanna went to some medical appointments).

We got there around 10:15. Glad we did. It never got super busy while we were there but we definitely beat the ‘rush’. That was good. Three bus loads of kids from various camps came along and it did get quite noisy and boisterous. But that was OK.

We had fun. It wasn’t as ‘great’ second time around for me as it had been last year. The novelty was gone and I knew what to expect. Teischan still loves it and claims that it is still her #1 spot though she had a good day at “Clark’s Trading Post” last week. I would go to Clark’s any day of the week. Clark’s is way more fun, has more to do, has a wonderful festive air (always) and is more colorful in every way (with way more flowers than there were at the Cave’s).

There was more emphasis on rock climbing that I recall from last year. A few of the granite faces, along the Nature Walk, had been equipped with ‘hammered in’ acruirments to facilitate climbing and rappelling. Way of the future, I guess — a way to get more visitors.

But, all in all not a bad day. It is NOT a full-day out as is say Clark’s or ‘Storyland’. Teischan did all the caves (nine in total) twice — once as soon as got there and the second time after we had lunch. I accompanied her on the second circuit, climbing the 87 steps to the top of “Raven’s Nest”, but didn’t go through the caves — each cave having a ‘detour’ for those that wish to give them a miss. I also walked the full nature course (the hard way) twice — though the girls opted for the easy route the second time. We took out time. Teischan mined for minerals — for $10. But with all of that by 3pm we were well and truly done. At Clark’s last week, we were there till 5:30 and could have stayed for at least another hour longer IF they hadn’t closed! So that is a big difference.

IF you haven’t been, definitely give it a try. That said I am surprised that there aren’t many serious accidents at this place! It is dangerous. Devanee and I both banged our heads, twice each — and we are not that tall or bulky. We both sport BIG bumps on our heads and I am not pleased because I haven’t had a bump like that on my head, which hurts like that, for decades. parents let little kids run through the place and I spoke with a mother, who had been there before, who was trying to navigate the caves, which invariably have slippery floors, wearing rubber flip-flops! To exacerbate matters one of them broke, to her consternation, while she was in a cave — behind us.


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NH’s “Old Man of the Mountain” Has Reappeared At ‘Thunder Hole’, Acadia National Park.

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What it looked like when it was in New Hampshire.
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I took the above three pictures on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at ‘Thunder Hole’, Acadia National Park. It is part of a rock formation to the right of ‘Thunder Hole’ (looking towards the Bay). No, you can’t see it, as such, from the steps or the walkway. Well, we don’t, when we are at Acadia, just stick to the well-trodden paths. We do like to clamor among the rocks and cliffs — and, in case you are wondering, you are permitted to do so, at will, albeit at your own risk. Teischan, of late, really has become addicted to rock clamoring and rock climbing. Most of the time I am trying to keep up with her. So it is she who finds these interesting places on the rocks.

You can’t deny that there is a definite resemblance. I recognized it at once. So I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.



‘Krazy Kids’ Indoor Play Center In Concord, NH. It is ‘OK’. Nothing To Write Home About. Tad Underwhelmed.

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Friday was Teischan’s 7th birthday. I, much to Deanna’s chagrin, insist that birthdays are celebrated on the birth day rather than on another day more convenient to all. A birthday is supposed to be the day you were born. Yes, by all means you can celebrate a ‘birthday’ on another day — but that other day is not the birthday. This was a lesson I learned from one of my uncle’s — the doctor. He was very particular about this. Your birthday was your birthday. Every other day was not your birthday. On your birthday you could have the day off from school. Since he had delivered me and many of my cousins we took him as the authority on all things birth related.

Since she started going to school two years ago we had been doing large, 20+ kids, parties at the local community center. This year I told her that she couldn’t have a big party. though she is reading, I am not too happy with the progress she is making. She understood. If her reading improves she can again have a big party next year. So this year she was allowed to invite just three friends. Only two could make it on Friday afternoon and she was not interested in inviting another to make up the number. So it was just her and two kids plus Devanee and us.

Deanna found ‘Krazy Kids‘ in Concord on the Web. We had not been there and we didn’t check with anybody who had. Just went by what we saw on their Web site.

We were going to pick up the kids straight from school at 2:40 pm. On the invitation I had promised that we would provide McDonalds cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, fries and apple pie for the kids to eat in the van. That we did. Had to make a second swing through McDonalds in Alton to get more drinks.

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To be fair ‘Krazy Kids‘ was OK. It just didn’t knock my socks off. Big climbing structure similar to what you find at McDonalds, though bigger. Inflatable jumpy things, slides and climbing things. The kids liked it. They had one specialty activity room. The laser game showed on their Web should have been in that room. Appears that they change the games every few months. Then they should also update their Web page.

The whole place seemed very much geared towards doing parties — especially birthday parties. 

It wasn’t crowded. That was good.

My biggest problem was that it was not uplifting. If anything it was a tad gloomy, at least to an adult. That 70% of the adults that were there were obese didn’t help.

Oh, it was $10 per kid, which I guess is ‘OK’.

It sure wasn’t ‘FunSpot‘ at Weirs. Not sure why we hadn’t thought of that. We have done birthdays there.

But to be fair it was OK. Kids had fun and that is all that matters. We were there for nearly two hours.

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