On Moving: Why Would We Want to Go THERE?!
Moving is always an adventure. For some areas more than others…
Our family is headed east next year, the northeast. The seacoast of New Hampshire to be precise.
“GASP! Why would you want to go THERE?!” I’ve been asked, over, and over, and over.
My hunch is, the people who are asking are the people who’ve never been to the New England seacoast. Who wouldn’t want to move there? Some of our best vacations in the last 10 years have been there, and now we’re going to LIVE THERE. Woot!
Yes, there is snow. An average of 60″ per year, to be exact. But, may I remind you, I lived there before, and I survived. When the roads are icy, we stayed home. When there’s a blizzard, we stayed home. For those days when we couldn’t stay home? Studded tires. Wood-burning fireplaces aren’t illegal, and snow is, in my opinion, far more tolerable than incessant rain. I loved it. I didn’t want to move back to California! Yet, here we are, and now, there we shall go. Returning to my husband’s childhood home, a slower pace, better housing, better schools, beautiful countryside, ocean breezes, lobstah, and…
so much more. Things like….
Elsa Was Here, Lincoln, NH
Be sure and watch the videos….
Tall Ships Parade, Portsmouth, NH
America’s Stonehenge, Salem, NH
Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).
Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year.
Various inscriptions have been found throughout the site including Ogham, Phoenician and Iberian Punic Script
Sunken Forest, Rye, NH
Yes, Gabe is already planning a dive.
The Sunken Forests of New Hampshire are two large areas of tree stumps submerged off New Hampshire’s coast. They sank below sea level after the ending of the Wisconsin Glaciation and subsequent rise in temperature; isostatic rebound has not kept pace with the rise in sea level, and former coastal forests were overtaken by the Atlantic Ocean.
The trees could not thrive, even when they were in the early stages of sinking, because they cannot live in salt water for very long. All that is left of the forests are stumps.
Near Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, this sunken forest is referred to as the “Drowned Forest”. The roots of different coniferous trees (including white pine and hemlock) are visible at most low tides. Core samples taken from the roots indicate that the trees are about 3,500 – 4,000 years old. Scuba divers commonly explore the Drowned Forest to learn about these ancient remains.
Wineries. In New Hampshire.
Bet you never saw that coming. Look carefully at the first portion of the sign…
History. Lots and lots of history.
Strawbery Banke is an outdoor history museum located in the South End historic district of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is the oldest neighborhood in New Hampshire to be settled by Europeans, and the earliest neighborhood remaining in the present-day city of Portsmouth. It features more than 40 restored buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries in the Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style architectures. The buildings once clustered around a waterway known as Puddle Dock, which was filled in around 1900. Today the former waterway appears as a large open space.
Fort Constitution, located in New Castle adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, is likely New Hampshire’s most important and interesting military fortification.
Defenses were first established on the site in 1631, and Fort Constitution was originally named Fort William and Mary, after the king and queen of England.
In December 1774 Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston to warn the colonists of British plans to reinforce the fort, to protect its store of powder. The colonists however surrounded the fort and seized light cannon and 97 barrels of gun powder. Many consider the attack to be the first overt act of the Revolution, and it’s thought that some of the supplies were used in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
All that aside, we’re going to be just a few miles from the coast, an hour from major ski areas, surrounded by hiking and biking trails….
It’s gonna be rough.
Are any of my readers from the northeast? What do you love about living in New England?
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