Lesson 1404 – Border to Border New Hampshire Walk Announced

 

 

Border-to-Border New Hampshire 

 

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Ta-Dah!

This is what our “Border-to-Border” New Hampshire walk will look like. Although Griffin and I  are still finalizing the actual roads taken, these will be the starting and ending towns for each day. That first day might go from 10 miles to around 23 as I think we’re going to start at a “proper” New Hampshire/Canadian border instead of by a river. As I said, things are still being finalized. But that being said, it’s important to note that this is a walk of New Hampshire and not a hike. We will be walking our state’s roads from the northern border to the southern border.

We are now looking for people who would be willing to put us up for the night in each of these towns. If you know of any person, church, or social group (Lyme support?) please have them contact me. Although we are going to walk close to 200 miles, Griffin and my combined Lyme related arthritis and orthopedic conditions making sleeping in a tent (and carrying the extra pack weight) a no-go.

We are also looking for businesses and attractions on this route which would like to be highlighted. If you have something that’s unique to New Hampshire, we want to learn about it.

I plan on documenting this walk using social media (Instagram, twitter, Facebook, Fitbit, and my and a State of NH blog.) During the walk I’ll be sharing information about local food that we eat, people we meet, history of New Hampshire, and stories of our journey. It will be a journey of New Hampshire and you can bet it will be entertaining.

I’m going to create Facebook events should anyone want to join us on any of the days, the walks through the mountains should be spectacular.

Day Calendar Day Start Finish Distance Total Distance
1 08/09/2016 Daniel Webster Hwy, Clarksville, NH 03592 Colebrook NH 10.7 10.7
2 08/10/2016 Colebrook, NH North Stratford, Stratford, NH 14.0 24.7
3 08/11/2016 North Stratford, Stratford, NH Northumberland, NH 16.1 40.8
4 08/12/2016 Northumberland, NH Whitefield, NH 15.1 55.9
5 08/13/2016 Whitefield, NH Franconia Nh 14.2 70.1
6 08/14/2016 Franconia Nh Lincoln NH 15.8 85.9
7 08/15/2016 Lincoln NH Campton NH 16.9 102.8
8 08/16/2016 Campton, NH Ashland, NH 11.6 114.4
9 08/17/2016 Ashland, NH Sanbornton, NH 16.3 130.7
10 08/18/2016 Sanbornton, NH Canterbury NH 12.1 142.8
11 08/19/2016 Canterbury NH Concord NH 10.1 152.9
12 08/20/2016 Concord NH Manchester NH 16.7 169.6
13 08/21/2016 Manchster NH Merrimack NH 10.2 179.8
14 08/22/2016 Merrimack NH Pheasant Lane Mall 12.4 192.2

That’s it for now. More to come as things get finalized, but know that Griffin and I will be starting very early on the morning of August 9th.

Sojourners are we.

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Some people have talked about sponsorships and donations for this walk. Originally this was going to just be a journey with a mom and her son who because of their Lyme arthritis couldn’t hike but could still walk, but I’m not averse to spreading the  walking in New Hampshire word with sponsorships (or even a donation for a cup of morning coffee.)  If you’re interested in getting involved, please send email and we’ll figure it out together.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1403 – More Chicken Shame

Years ago, I took a photo of our house chicken, Charlie, when for the second time she pecked the “H” key (‘ell no!) off of my husband’s laptop key board. Part of the blame for that one goes to Marc. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… I have seen a recent rise in chicken shaming on the internet and I’ve even seen Charlie’s “H” photo used in various places. (For the record here is the official Chicken Shame Facebook page.) Apparently chicken shaming is a thing.

Anyway, we were having dinner outside on the patio, like we always do in the summer and two of our chickens decided to make new entries into the chicken hall of shame.

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(Don’t you just hate when this happens?)

And of course, Charlie, never to be one bested, decided that she was going to get in on the fun.

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Honestly, chickens these days, you can’t turn your back on them for a minute.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1402 – F*ckin’ Snakes on a husband

 

This weekend Marc and I went to Concord for its annual street festival. It’s always a lot of fun. We got to see tons of crafts and taste food from around the world while working on our daily 10K step count. Win, win, win.

Lucky, lucky us, we arrived right in time for the reptile show. “Look” said Marc as he pointed to a crowd.

I looked, but didn’t see much more than a group of people. Then all of the sudden, like those 3-D pictures, the underlying message suddenly popped out. There was a guy standing there with a HUGE snake around his neck. My heart immediately started beating faster, my voice got higher, and my legs prepared to run (when it comes to fight or flight for snakes, I’m definitely in the flight category.)

“Will you take my picture?” Marc asked me. I figured I could do that for him as long as I stood a few yards away, after all I am a grown woman, right? It was only after I said yes that I realized there was ANOTHER SNAKE just to the right of me. I was surrounded by snakes and my husband wanted me to take his picture.

“These aren’t the ones that bite, these are the ones that squeeze you to death,” he said trying to comfort me.

Oh. Fantastic. Continue reading

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Lesson 1401 – Can Day

 

 

Today is Can Day and we’re all very excited about that.

Obviously this statement needs a little bit of a backstory. I am on a 10-day cleanse that had been recommended to me by my Lyme Disease doc. I did it a year ago and after gaining so much weight while my mother was in hospice, and after participating in our family rib-off, I decided that the time was right to do it again.

It’s nothing horribly drastic. In its essence it includes clean food with supplements added. The supplements are fairly potent with regard to vitamins and minerals (neon yellow pee) which is why it’s very important to drink at least 3 quarts a day of water while on this cleanse (which also means you need to scope out where bathrooms are when you leave the house), but when it is over, your body is basically recharged with what it needs. Go forth and conquer.

I’ve been posting pictures of what I eat on my Facebook page, but here’s a typical example of a meal while on this cleanse. Last year when I did this, I ate animal protein, this year I’m going all out and doing vegan.

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Looks pretty yummy, right? Continue reading

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Lesson 1400 – Stake in the Ground – Walking NH starts on August 9th

 

Many of my readers have asked me “what ever happened to the walk of New Hampshire?” Well life happened this spring and I got kind of busy.

But Griffin and I are putting a stake in the ground and our go date is August 9th (right after I pass in my final grades.)  I had wanted to begin on a Saturday, but I think this makes more sense as now we’ll have some miles under our belt come that first weekend where there might be some gathering interest.

We will start up North and will walk down to Nashua (where I hope we can all celebrate in a pub.) I think it will take about 2 weeks. We will be bringing attention to walking areas in New Hampshire, as well as Lyme disease (which is still grossly under-diagnosed and mistreated in NH.) With regard to Lyme, while it’s an important part of our story, I don’t want to frighten people. I think our message will be, even if you have Lyme, you can still out get outside and enjoy  beautiful New Hampshire.

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Lesson 1399 – Dirty Carrots

 

 

This is the first entry in what I hope will be a long and enduring summer series. I bring you –

“Dirty Carrots”

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(What? I see dirt there.)

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1398 – Walking hand-in-hand

 

 

 

The weather is warm in New Hampshire and the summer schedule has started.  The camps and sports programs of my kids’ youth have been replaced with summer jobs which leave them coming and going, all on different schedules. Last night our new dog Dalai started barking at around 12:00. That dog never barks so we got up to investigate. Turns out we had forgotten that one kid was out for the night (in our defense he’s usually at college) and his knocking on his own front door alerted the dog to a possible intruder. See? Coming and going.

By the way, Good Girl, Dalai.

I’m also not spending two days of the week at the college for classes, although I am teaching on online class, I create the schedule for that. I’ve got time.

Our summer is wide open.

This of course, leaves complete days  just for writing (and trust me, I’ll be taking advantage of the time), but it also leaves days unstructured and if you’re a teen (or a mom who is sitting in front of a computer), you know that that can mean far too many hours spent on social media (OMG!) Sometimes you just have to create something to do. I have a fitbit and I just ordered one for Emma (our soul summer swim team member.) Our goal is to get 10K steps in every day. Which, I might add, is not that easy, especially if you go at high noon and come home a little dehydrated. Continue reading

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