I'm starting this blog with remnants of Irene, which was downgraded to a tropical storm here in New England. After she blew her way through and the rains stopped, I decided to sit out on my swing in the backyard. It was absolutely wonderful, a little cool, but so relaxing.. I just wish I could figure out how to eliminate the sound of the wind in the microphone when I record.
Now Tuesday was my day at the beach and it was SPLENDID! There are three local beaches I've enjoyed visiting as I was growing up, but none more so than Salisbury Beach. Hampton & Salisbury were equally entertaining, while the third, Seabrook, which was sandwiched between the two was more of a quiet retreat. My aunt & uncle always rented a place at Salisbury, which us kids liked the best because they had all the rides, dodge 'ems, roller coaster, ferris wheel, go carts, as well as the penny arcades, etc. It was like I giant, stationary carnival.
So on Tuesday, my friend Sandy & I first decided to walk around Salisbury beach board walk to take in the sites, and boy has it changed. There are NO more rides and only a minute few things, compared to when we were young, of course we're talking 45 to 50 years ago. HOLY MACKEREL that's a LONG time ago. It's funny, but when I think of my self as a kid and think back to the 1950's & 1960's, it doesn't seem that long ago until I say how many years ago when we'd go there. Heck, the last time I REALLY got to enjoy it all was after my senior prom & that was in May of 1964. WHEW!!
Any way, I thought I'd share a couple of the pix I took of Salisbury beach & their board walk.
Some of their homes & cottages are pristine, as noted by these two pictures above.
While other are completely dilapidated and should be torn down.
Willey's Candy & Ice Cream has been there since 1913 & is a third generation family owned business. Yes, they DO take online orders.
These two pictures show the present day board walk. As you can see, There isn't very much activity here.
These two pictures show places that USE to be really alive with arcades & dancing halls. They were on the main street coming from the cottages. As you might be able to see, they are now boarded up & falling apart.
One of the beach accesses though is still as lovely as it was so very many years go.
This is a picture of Seabrook Beach, NH which, as I said earlier, is the quiet little beach between, what once was, the two party beaches.
And here is a picture of the nuclear plant that sits directly across the inlet from Seabrook beach.
Down the street are several seafood restaurants, one of which my friend Sandy & I stopped for lunch. Unfortunately, it was a complete waste of money because ALL of the food was QUITE over cooked. The one good thing about the meal was that I ate only about half of it so saved myself quite a few calories.
After our late lunch, Sandy & I ventured down to Hampton Beach where I, once again, walked, in the water, against the tides of the ocean, for a good mile and a half. I would have preferred to walk back to our starting point the same way, but my friend hadn't been to Hampton Beach in years & really wanted to go walk on the board walk before heading home.
Maybe I'll take another trip or two up to the ocean for just a couple more walks, BY MYSELF, while the weather is still nice. If I put my bathing suit on just before I leave work at 4:00pm, I could make it to the beach by 4:45/5:00p.m. and stay until at least 7pm. Hmmm, that sounds like it could work.
Now for another change of subject. Remember I said I was going to have my son's children over on Friday night for a camp-out? Well, that plan fell through the cracks, BUT my son brought the kids over on Saturday for a cook-out. I wasn't 100% bad as we roasted FAT FREE hot dogs & I bought low fat, whole wheat rolls. It's desert that was bad, but good.
Look, here's what I mean. My granddaughter really enjoyed using my camera.
There's nothing better tasting than marshmallows toasted on the grill.
FYI: I am NOT sitting down, it's my grandkids who are growing so tall!
My granddaughter spent the night so this morning I taught her how to play the card game "cribbage".
Boy, oh boy I'm good two weeks & bad one week, but all in all, even though this passed week was 100% off, it was so darned good and I had a REALLY FANTASTIC time with everything! NOW it's back onto the straight & narrow, AGAIN.
Thanks for taking time to stop & say "hello". You are GREATLY appreciated!