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A Few of My Favorite Things

Or, All the great New Hampshire stuff we'll miss

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When preparing to leave New England for seven months, one of the last things one thinks of is all the wonderfully quirky cultural tidbits that have convinced us to make the Live Free or Die state our permanent dwelling place.

To wit:

  • Milly's pumpkin beer in a rimmed glass


  • Apple-picking, apple pie, apple crisp, and mulled apple cider


  • Running along the Goffstown Rail Trail and swimming in Namaske Lake, just outside our back and front door, respectively


  • Sunday blues jam at the Village Trestle


  • The first snowfall and snowshoeing up Mt. Uncanoonuc


  • The unique zaniness of New Hampshire's presidential primary


After the flurry of securing passports, booking tickets, reading travel guides, and setting up automatic bill pay, one can finally contemplate the special bites.tm

  • "Special bites" is a term that Stuart Ritter and I made up on the top of Pedernal mountain in New Mexico while in Boy Scouts, probably around the summer of 1993. We were sharing a batch of re-hydrated chili out of a pouch. This brand of chili was, oddly-enough, meatless. (A fact I found distressing; Stuart it seemed, didn't realize that chili is, ipso facto, a meat dish.) We decided to add small chunks of his superb home-made beef jerky. Thus, bites that contained said meat were termed "special bites."

Posted by kevindhodges 08:37 Archived in USA Tagged memories

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I'm gonna miss you guys!!! I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis so post as much as possible :-)

by Jenn B.

Time does tend to evaporate quickly. At least all those quirky, cultural things that make New Hampshire, New Hampshire, will be there to welcome you back once your adventure and sojourn is complete. Linda and I passed a milestone, on 9/11 no less, we passed our written and practical motorcycle safety tests to successfully complete our four day course at Harley Davidson. Nice thing is that it allows flor the motorcycle endorsement on your license in all states.
As they say in motorcycling, Be Safe and Enjoy the Ride!

by Ed

And now you can join all the fun bikers at Bike Week in Laconia every June! Now, that's one special bite I haven't tried. :)

by kevindhodges

It will take awhile for that experience. The interesting statement made at the course conclusion was that the successful people who had passed the course were now certified to ride any motorcycle at 20mph in any parking lot! We each now had to assess our own personal skill level and build up slowly from there. Now, I ride our cycle every day in that same staging area in which we took the course until I feel ready to hit the streets! One step at a time. Ed

by Ed

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