I know you are all just anxiously waiting to see if Dom and I got a life this weekend. After dropping the kids off we went out to the Windward Grille in Essex, Ma. The food was great. The building is over 200 years old with low exposed beam ceilings and huge fireplaces, very cozy for a drizzly afternoon. After that we headed up to Maine to wander around the Kittery Trading Post. Then we headed back for a quiet evening at home. On Saturday we headed up to the White mountains to do some hiking on the Dry River Trail. We had done this trail once before a long time ago. At the trail head there was a sign that warned that the bridge that crosses the river was damaged during the heavy rains we got in the spring and we would have to find an alternate route to cross the river. We decided to hike in anyway and see what the situation was.
As we hiked it quickly became apparent that because of the warning very few people had hiked the trail this season. There was a lot of debris and overgrown branches along the way but we made it to the bridge without incident. I admit I was expecting major damage to the bridge but there was only one support pulled out and some warped boards, not the mass destruction I had envisioned. The river was fairly low and it would be easy to hop across rocks to the other side. But instead we picked a nice spot to sit on the rocks and hang out. Dom had brought a fishing pole and quickly caught several small brook trout that he threw back. While he fished I checked things out and discovered the biggest spider I have ever seen. This spider hunts for its food. I am not a big fan of spiders but had to take a picture because it was just so huge!
After our little adventure we headed back home, making a stop at a place called the Margarita Grill to eat. The food was good. We chose to eat on the patio and I kinda wished we hadn't. It was too close to the road and the traffic noise was annoying. Also everyone with kids also chose to sit on the patio so the noise level was doubled, not really what we had in mind when it was just the two of us. We did agree that it would be a good place to bring the kids. Sunday was a lazy day at home until it was time to go get the kids. Unfortunately we got caught in the"mass" exodus of tourists leaving the state. I say "mass" literally because 85% of the cars were from Mass.
The kids had fun being spoiled by Nonna and Nonno with trips to the park and 2 different toy stores.