“Gravehunting on Friday the 13th” Today was David’s big genealogy day, spent in eastern Vermont. The first stop was East Topsham, where my 3rd-great-grandfather George Washington Lovrien is buried in a small family plot that was not as easy to find as we thought. It is right off the highway but it is only visible for just a second as you drive past. There are only about 15 gravestones here: George W. and several members of the Bixby family (George’s in-laws). After George died at age 32, his widow Sophia and most of her children moved out to Iowa. We also stopped by the farm that was once George and Sophia’s.
It rained all night last night and cooled down into the upper 40’s. After a huge, wonderful, cooked-to-order breakfast at the Woodstock Inn (included with the room), we spent the entire day exploring the White Mountains.
Be sure and click on the small photos on the left at the beginning of each Honeymoon entry to view the daily slideshows… especially this one: spectacular!
(by Grace) We left Portsmouth first thing in the morning, heading northwest towards Salisbury, NH in hopes of locating Samuel Lovrien, David’s Revolutionary War ancestor. The drive was scenic as we began entering the foothills of the White Mountains.
(by Grace) Portsmouth, NH: Today we thought we would take a whale watch excursion, so we began by checking out local sites on the web. Our guide book said the season went to October… and it does, but it appears just to Columbus Day. We did locate a place near Bath, ME that said it’s last tour was today, so we headed off in that direction. We called them when we reached Portland and learned they decided Sunday was the last day. So, we hung around Portland.We located a narrow gauge railway still in operation. Volunteers restore old cars and engines, and run them down a short piece of track for tourists. The track runs along Back Bay, so we had nice scenery to look at.
We spent most of Sunday traveling, so I’m counting today as Day 1 of the honeymoon. On Day Zero, we got a call at 6:30am that our car to the airport had been rear-ended, so we had to wake Stephanie up and ask her to drive us to the airport. By the time we flew to Boston, rented our car and drove up to our first hotel in Concord it was dinner time. We had a great Italian dinner, and got a pleasant surprise when we heard one of the songs we picked for the wedding reception playing in the background (Frank Sinatra – Taking A Chance On Love). Then we went back to the hotel – Grace took a hot bath and I turned on the end of the Cowboys game. Bad choice on my part it turns out. The busy weekend finally caught up with us and we both crashed.
Getting married this weekend; everything seems to be in order. Looks like clear skies although it may be a little warm. We sent out an email last week to everyone with directions and a Q&A section I thought was pretty cute…