Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Celebrating the New Year with Aussie Cruising Buddies

A dusting of snow was appreciated by our Australian friends
Celebrating the New Year in Vermont with Julie, Heather, James, Scott and Sean  (Peter's taking the photo)
We did some hiking around our town of Shrewsbury
Our townhouse time share condo at the Bethel Inn.
Dinner in the Bethel Inn Tavern - two for one
 entree special on Tuesday evenings
Julie and Peter at Sunday River Ski Area

The Town Green outside the Bethel Inn was lit up as were
many of the houses around it.
Rather dark shot of the entrance to the historic Bethel Inn
The formal dining room is also lit up beautifully
We had dinner there our last night
Bob and his new Sheltie "Ruff" lead the way on our walk
to the Albany Covered Bridge near the Kangamagus
Highway in N.H.
Ruff, Bob, and Scott take a break along the river. 
Peter and Julie Gowan, our buddy boat cruising friends from our trip around the Bahamas last spring came for a visit. They are New Zealanders now living in Australia and spend half the year on their boat "Anything Goes" in Florida. They took AMTRAK from Toronto, where they spent Christmas with their son Kristian, to Albany, NY. James and I picked them up there on 12/27. It's about a two hour drive away.
Our sons James and Sean stayed with us through New Year's and then they drove back to Washington DC while Peter, Julie and ourselves went on to spend a week at our time share at the Bethel Inn near Sunday River. We bought week 52 there many years ago and when, every few years, we get an extra week to even things up, we use it ourselves. Otherwise we rent it out for the holiday week. We don't recommend buying a time share in general but it has worked out all right for us.
Sunday River didn't have much natural snow but we enjoyed one day of skiing and the rest of the time, used the great health club and outdoor heated pool at the Bethel Inn. It's a lovely area and we enjoyed just spending time with Julie and Peter.
On the way home we stopped to visit Bob DeFeyter in Conway and had a great hike along the river and a fun evening with him and his new dog, Ruff.

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