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Thanksgiving in Medway, 2018

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Thanksgiving, 2018, Visiting Medway!

Saturday, 17-Nov-2018 through Tuesday, 27-Nov-2018

 

For Thanksgiving, Sarah and I have been cycling through a three-year plan. We alternate between Thanksgiving in Medway, Thanksgiving with Sarah’s family, and Friendsgiving with our friends. Last year was the lovely-yet-chaotic friendsgiving, where we hosted people at our house and had the kitchen piping explode, so we were quite excited for this years Thanksgiving in Medway.

Obviously, ten days is way too much to put into a single blog post… but failing to write this down would be horribly remiss of me, because I absolutely want to remember it in the future.

As a trade, I’ve created the rough sketch below, to give history an idea of what adventures went down, and will be letting the attached photos stand mostly for themselves:

 

Saturday, 17-Nov

  • Our flight to Medway. We dropped Ollie off at camp in the morning, and then spent the rest of the day before our flight relaxing and finalizing our packed bags. We didn’t arrive in Boston until nearly midnight, but thankfully my Mom and Steve were stoically waiting for us.

 

Sunday, 18-Nov

  • Morning was simply relaxing, decompressing, and catching up. We had a lovely breakfast at home, sipped coffee, and chatted and hunt out. I think we did a quick walk, even.
  • Evening was dinner with the East Coast Lydeckers! Sarah’s Uncle and Aunt had just recently moved to Cambridge to be closer to their children & grandchildren; they’d actually moved right down the street from where I used to live, interestingly enough. Since they were close by, we drove into the city to meet and greet and all have an lovely evening of dinner and chatting.

 

Monday, 19-Nov

  • Bolton Orchard and Nashoba Valley Winery! I mean, we did also have breakfast and such, but it was pretty simple and relaxing, so nothing really to speak about. The real fun was our trip searching for apple cider donuts and wine.
  • We started at Bolton Orchards – an apple orchard in the town of Bolton that has an amazing general store. They have everything, but our goals were specifically to pick up various thanksgiving ingredients, and to eat donuts! Unfortunately, we arrived just 20 minutes too late for hot apple cider donuts; the donuts were still quite fresh, but they weren’t quite the same as “fresh off the machine”-fresh. Still, delicious.
  • Next up was Nashoba winers, a really cool winery nestled in the nashoba valley that specializes in fruit wines. As such, it’s quite different than the wineries that we have in Oregon, and is a favorite or my Mom and Steve.

 

Tuesday, 20-Nov

Tuesday was our prep day – Hannah made it into Medway by the late morning, if I remember correctly, and then we all plotted out a menu and then headed to the grocery store to pick up the bits that we still needed. Mostly a restful day, with a little bit of high-octane planning thrown in for good measure.

 

Wednesday, 21-Nov

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving… I wonder what we could possibly have done…

Ohh right! A bajillion recipes, a flurry of kitchen adventure, and more than a little bit of hectic preparation. Also a few walks to escape said hectic preparation…

Wednesday, for all it’s energy, was a gloriously relaxing day. We had our timetable for cooking, and mostly stuck to it – when we weren’t in the kitchen, we were relaxing by the fire, reading a book, or just enjoying the peace and quiet.

 

Thursday, 22-Nov

Thanksgiving!

The most family day of the year here in the States, so obviously our first course of action was for Sarah and I to drive out and pick up my Grandma, and ferry her back to Medway for the main meal. It was lovely, as driving with her always is, getting to catch up and hear stories about how everyone in Brookhaven was doing. We chatted, heard family Thanksgiving stories (some old, some new, and all appreciated), and the drive went quickly.

Dinner itself was exactly what we’d expect it to be – a huge feast, where we devoured food for the first 15minutes, and then quickly slowed down to a more sane pace while talking and nibbling.

Afterward, we cleaned up, worked on the puzzle (because Eigner/Hutt/Price family Thanksgivings always have a puzzle), and the had dessert. Then Sarah and I spent a lovely drive bringing my Grandma back home.

One nice surprise was that Sarah and I were able to give her brother a call in the evening! Australia time and New England time synched up beautifully, so we were able to chat and catch up for a while, which was an excellent surprise, and a great way to end the evening.

 

Friday, 23-Nov

Slow breakfast, decompress after Thanksgiving

Wander around Medway a bit, then chat in the kitchen for ages

Drive into Boston, and climb a bit at Central Rock Gym in Watertown

Tatto Ramen with my friends (and Fitbit rivals) Dillon and Liz! Parking at the restaurant is a bear, but the food is amazing!

Back to their house, play Gubs, head back toward Medway

 

Saturday, 24-Nov

Meet Daniel, Erin, Brian, and their dad at Lincoln Woods to do some hiking and climbing

Get a little bit of bouldering, but mostly hike around. Though we do see a really cool / ridiculous group of people driving their tricked out RC cars around.

Lunch at Ollie’s Diner, yay Ollie!

Home for a little bit, then off to Molly’s Apothicary to make… Soap!

Make soap, tons of fun

Visit a bit, check out the shop, enjoy.

Chinese for dinner, then a chill night

 

Sunday, 25-Nov

Pack up cars, pick up Dunkin’ Donuts on the way, and drive to Aunt Tovah’s house!

Meet & greet, then head to the restaurant – grilled cheese & world famous chocolates… Yes. That is a very excellent lunch.

Hang out at the house, play with the goats, enjoy, then head home

Drive home, it’s a long drive. But we make it! Have leftovers… so many leftovers!

 

Monday, 26-Nov

Relaxed morning, take a walk down to Galantes for breakfast!

Help move some heavy stuff onto the curb, and go through the garage a little bit.

Go into Boston to see the MFA, Mom meets Kent & Toni, and we see the amazing exhibits: Winnie the Pooh, snack, model ships, propoganda, Singer Sargeant, landscapes

Drive home, Steve’s made an amazing salmon dinner!

Pack up, go through a bajillion old papers… man I had a lot of stuff

Relax and chill, chat and bed

 

Tuesday, 27-Nov

Up & at ’em, have a lovely breakfast and relax

Finish packing, and relax some more.

Head to Brookhaven, and have a lovely lunch

Drive to the airport and fly home 😥

 

Finally leaving New England – driving from Connecticut to Tennessee

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29-May & 30-May, Friday and Saturday

 

Just a quick note about driving down to Tennessee – it wasn’t really anything especially unique, except for the sheer length of the driving that I did in two consecutive days. But… you know, that’s kind of part and parcel for a cross country road trip, right?

Friday, 29-May-2015

  • After leaving Connecticut, I drive far… very far for a single day. Just about 500miles, over the course of 10 hours.
  • I take a mid-length stop once to check on the car’s front bumper and do some quick repairs. Nothing major, just some extra stuff to hold everything where it should be. A cool old dude gives me a quick hand and some advice, & I take some time to do a bit of staff spinning to stretch my muscles.
  • The place I reserved? Excellent campground, though I was a bit worried about bottoming the Mustang out on the trail in. But the site is glorious – directly on the James river with a full secluded campsite just for me. I’d love to bring a group down here and do some canoeing and kayaking sometime…
  • Set up camp, make myself a simple dinner, chill, and head to sleep.

 

Saturday, 30-May-2015

  • I’ve got a long day of driving, but I let myself wake up slowly… even go for a swim before breakfast.
  • Then, I actually make breakfast… followed by quickly breaking down camp, and moving out!
  • DRIVE! The miles go a lot quicker this time, versus the day before, since I’m not really making any major stops.
  • First thing I do when I get into Chattanooga – I hit an outdoors store called Rock/Creek to get myself a real guide book… but the mission is a failure, since they don’t have one. But they do have a lot of awesome info, a guide to another area, and an impressively tall sales girl in an impressively tiny dress. So I count the trip as a success, overall.
  • Quick stop at Whole Foods to get some groceries… this is where all the redheads live. What. Why are there more redheads in Tennessee than there are in Boston?
  • Head into the campsite & set everything up… But this is NOT like the site from the day before. This is a true RV park. We’re talking gravel everywhere, tiny sites, and huge RVs all around me. Balls. Whatever. Can’t change it, so I’ll set up and be the cool kid in the tent.

A stop in Connecticut before leaving New England: Vising and Hiking with Big T

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27-May, 28-May & 29-May, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

 

 

Wednesday, 27-May

Since I’d run into a bit of rain earlier in the day (Ed note: see “Exploring Cairo, Climbing in New Paltz… and getting rained on”) the first thing that I did when arriving in Danbury was call T, and drag him outside to help me carry wet gear into his place.

With that fun dealt with, we set about the the real duty of the evening – rocking out. I hadn’t seen him in months at this point (I think the last time was his surprise attendance to New Years 2.0?) so we had to do a lot of catching up in a pretty short period of time. First up – kicking his sorry gamer self at an old time classic, GoldenEye.

Let’s just say that I totally won, hands down, no question. He didn’t beat me at all. I don’t know what your talking about. Be quiet.

GoldenEye done, we crack some beers, relax, and chat. Then – crash.

 

 

Thursday, 28-May

This is the thing with T – He’s one of the only people who I regularly wake up earlier than. He works the late shift (noon to 8:00, usually), so he’s not used to getting up anytime before 10:00… whereas I’ve been making myself get up earlier than usual on this roadtrip… say, 7:30 or 9:00.

So I had some time before I got fed up and kicked him awake – I got some writing done, I checked on the gear, and I took a gloriously long shower. THEN I got bored and kicked him out of bed.

Library to drop off books. Diner for late breakfast (aww yes, pancakes and bacon and eggs and coffee). Home to get some hiking stuff. Then, car to go hiking. All of which involved walking, chatting, and generally just playing the “Old college friends who haven’t seen each other in a while” game.

The final choice that we made for hiking was A park called Wooster Mountain – It was close, we hadn’t hiked it before… yeah, sounds good, right?

Well… turns out that Wooster Mountain is actually a shooting range, specifically a police shooting range.

Thankfully, it seems that the police take Thursdays off, because the sign said that it was closed every Thursday for the whole day.. Perfect for us… but a strange day to take off, no? Meh. Either way, it meant that we could take the trails behind the range ( Ed Note: Ben assures me that he was never in the firing line, and that he was careful to confirm that there were no people on the range before even thinking of heading down the trails )

The trails weren’t anything to write home about. Humid, poorly packed down, but they had very good blazes on the trees. We walked ’till we got bored, then we headed home.

Home meant grocery store and liquor store, and a massive, drenching rainstorm, by the way.

Home also meant me giving T a quick “how to cook a damn fine steak dinner” lesson, and then us eating a damn fine steak dinner. Ribeye, tomatoes, and sauteed onions. With Whiskey, obviously.

Then more of the same – GoldenEye, chatting, and marathoning Season 18 of Southpark. Seriously. We got through the whole 18th season in one night. We also got through a fair number of beers as well… so those may have helped us with getting through the entire season without noticing. But I admit to nothing.

 

Friday, 29-May

On Friday, I wasn’t so polite about kicking T awake. I had to make a long drive down to Virginia, so I needed to get out of town pretty early… and I couldn’t carry all the now-dry gear down to the car myself. So we carried.

Then, as I was packing the gear, we were watched by a creepy dude in a creepy old truck, who wanted my parking spot. He gave up after 15min of watching us pack though, thankfully. He flipped us off as he drove away. Meh. I told him it’d be a while…

Then goodbyes, and T headed back inside to sleep until he had to head out to work.

While he slept, I hit Dunkin Donuts. Have to have one last Dunkin break before I actually leave New England, right?