Friday, July 6, 2007

Our Star Spangled Adventure Day Thirty-Nine

Saturday, June 30th, Day Thirty-Nine:

Had a very full day exploring Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts.

It was quite the literary day :) visiting the homes of Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne (just think, we walked where his daughter, Rose, who is up for canonization for sainthood, walked), Margaret Sidney for FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS fame and Thoreau. We also viewed ........I am having a blank.....someone else's home. WHAT was his name???? I can see his house...oh, yes! Duh! Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I picked up three books.......INHERITANCE by LM Alcott..........which Anne says has been hilarious...not sure why. We loved the movie called Inheritance.......I guess it is not quite the same as the book.........we not surprised, are we? More info: The Inheritance edited and with an introduction and notes by Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy Recently re-discovered in manuscript form, this book has been called Louisa's "first" novel, written when she was seventeen years old. It tells the story of Edith Adelon, a poor orphan who finds family and fortune in the most unlikely of places.

I cannot remember the other is a picture book and one is a book of short stories by LM Alcott.

Oh, here it is:

The Brownie and the Princess
Ten short stories filled with characters who have all the warmth, liveliness, and appeal of Jo March and her sisters.

Louisa May & Mr. Thoreau's Flute by Julie Dunlap and Marybeth Lorbiecki; illustrated by Mary Azarian A story of young Louisa's adventures with Henry David Thoreau, illustrated with beautiful color woodcuts by a Caldecott Medal-winning artist.

We also took in sites about the Revolutionary War, of course. We even spoke with George Washington a bit, as there was a living history program going on that day.

We finished our day trip with a hike around ALL of Walden Pond. Sure reminded all of us of Castle Lake at home....and made us homesick. We had been in the concrete jungles for a while lately and it was nice to have a bit of nature.

We were able to top the day off with a short drive to our family in New Hampshire. Marty's brother David lives there with his wife, Chris....and most of the ten kids live there, too. We enjoyed a happy reunion, as some of us have not seen each other since they moved away from Mount Shasta almost 11 years ago. Looking forward to a couple of days of hanging with "cousins" as we have always called this family :)

Good night......hopefully more coming soon!

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