Kindling the Hearth of the Soul

Captain’s Log   5,922

And so it is again…..being home.  I crashed really really REALLY early (after putting everything away and starting laundry).  Too tired to really eat anything.  I laid down and tried to read the book I started on the plane.  And that was it.  Down for the count.  I woke up around 2:00 AM ravenous and ready to hit the road.  

It was quite a trip!  We toddled around for six days.  We put almost 1,000 miles on the little silver Mitsubishi Lancer (that performed beautifully).  We traveled to Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  We saw cities and small towns.  LOTS of small towns!

The first night there, we stayed at the Days Inn in Portland.  I have never seen such a long hallway in my life!

heinous hall

Redrum!  Redrum!

We met great and lovely people.  It’s such a pleasure to meet other online journalists you only know through their writing.


At the Boynton in Worcester, MA.  From left to right….  Harriet Vachss Harris, Rebekah Sue Carolla, Heinous D’Clown, Poolie, and Diane Sanford.  Pam Velador took the best group shot so she isn’t in the photo.  Sorry, Pam.

We had more fun telling stories, talking about bloggers who we enjoy (or enjoyed since so many of them stopped writing).  It was like being with old friends.  Harriet, Rebekah, and Diane are all exactly they way I thought they would be.  Lovely lovely LOVELY time!  

We saw so many wonderful things.  One of the highlights for me was stopping at the Ben & Jerry’s production facility in Waterbury, Vermont.


You can’t take photos inside the plant, so this silly thing is the best option.

.  We saw a lot of leaves!  Pretty pretty!

Scenery-Nature 70-08-01214

Sugar maple.  Boil up the sap and make syrup!

rutland road

On the small road to Rutland.  This was in western Vermont where the mountains get high the skiers fall in love with winter.


The town of Woodstock.  It’s one of the few thriving communities in that part of the state.


Covered bridge in the town of Woodstock

The folks in New England really get into Halloween.  I mean REALLY get into it!  There were pumpkin zombies all over the place.  Every house had something in the yard.

vermont crows

Happy pumpkin family!  What is most astonishing is that nobody destroys them.  In San Diego, they would be trashed in a few hours.


Even Darth got into the spirit of things at the cinema in Springfield.  “Luke, I am your Halloween farmer father!”

lake champlain

We took a cruise on Lake Champlain and learned a LOT about the Revolutionary War.  AND we froze our katchookies off out there on the water.

I fell in love with the Portland Pier.  Too bad it was our last day.

portland pier

This place is still in use.  I wanted to see inside!

portland pier 2

On the other side of the bait shack.  This building is still in use too.  So much charm and character!  Here in San Diego, if something is 40 years old, it gets torn down and they build more condos.

But why does everyone go to New England in the fall?  It’s to see this.  I got lucky taking this shot from the freeway.

New England

Miles and miles and miles of this in all four states.  Words cannot describe it.

So yes, I fell in love with New England.  I fell in love with the charm and the grace.  I fell in love with the people and the slower pace of living.  I decided I could be a novelist and live in Montpellier.


Steven King, eat your heart out!  I can live in a scary house too!

But then I remembered winter.  There is always winter.

great blizzard

This should be called the New Hampshire Park and Nosedive!

And while were in New Hampshire, we saw a sign that informed the community they would be spraying for ticks.


How could I forget the ticks?

So all in all, there’s no place like home.  Having lived in three different states, I know that home is not a place.  It’s a state of mind.  So whether I am in California or Vermont, I carry my torch with me always.  The hearth of the soul can be kindled anywhere.


Filed under Captain Poolie's observations

28 responses to “Kindling the Hearth of the Soul

  1. It was such a pleasure meeting you! (I am reading your post for the first time). Honestly, I was afraid I’d disappoint, as YOU are exactly the lady I imagined.

  2. I’m playing catch-up again (as usual) but glad to see you back and posting.

    First and foremost – beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to visit the eastern coast of the US, but it’s never been an option for me. Thank you so much for sharing so I can travel by proxy. It’s such a stunning part of the world.

    It’s also interesting that you pointed out Halloween decorations would be vandalized in SD. I hadn’t really seen them until we moved to the house. Where we live now, however, they’re widespread. G took some photos from the area. Think I’ll post them on my blog when I’m conscious enough to do some coherent writing.

  3. Thanks you two for sending the lovely lady to the Store. She will be bringing her mother’s things to us, and I’m really appreciative.
    Hope you have time for a nap before tonight. You sound wonderful.

  4. goatbarnwitch

    I’m so glad you had a great trip and I hope if you come back east you slip down into NY or … my life may throw me west and we can meet under palm trees … I just would love to meet you in 3D… I think we would find some great ways to laugh
    BTW, what do you mean, you don’t do Halloween out there…. I may have to rethink the western migration…..

  5. Joanie B

    Looked at my email this morning and……YAY!! POOLIE”S BACK!

  6. Valerie

    Such beautiful pictures!

  7. It was such a pleasure to spend time with you, as well as to make a new friend.

    There is a marked difference in mindset, between the New England States and the rest of the country. I have known it for years; I traveled west several times and was glad to get back to New York (which is also somewhat different from New England).

    The main reason I am still here, of course, is that southern California is not my kind of place. San Francisco might have worked…except that I could never accept living in a place that roots for the Giants. Yes, I am crazy. That’s New England too. 😎

  8. Patty O'

    We ALL missed you!

  9. The trip went perfectly ~ at least it sounds like it did. I’m glad you are home again although I’m sorry you have to go back to the Land of Odds….(the Board)

  10. Penny Tushingham

    So glad you got to see the beauty I grew up with. We have changing trees in Montana but NOTHING like the east coast in the fall.

    Pen Pen

  11. farmgirl

    From one end of the country to the other. How lucky you are!! My bucket list is to see the New England states in the fall (me and ten thousand others!) Thanks for sharing the beauty of your trip!

  12. bholles

    Glad you had such fun but I am sure glad you are back.

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