Friday, July 17, 2009

A Quick Trip to Massachusetts

After sitting at home for most of the day on my day off Thursday and debating what to do, I suddenly decided that a trip to Massachusetts to visit Lois, who is temporarily residing on the East Coast, was in order. I told the girls to pack a bag while I saw what I could negotiate on Priceline for a hotel in the Salisbury area. After a couple of clicks I had us booked into the Fairfield Marriot Inn in Amesbury at a pretty good savings (gotta love Priceline!) and we loaded up the car and headed north ... into traffic!

I had thought that getting through Worcester would be the worst of it but that part of the trip was a breeze compared to the traffic we ran into in Lowell, Lawrence, and other places that made no sense at all! I have come to the conclusion that there are way too many cars in the northeast and not enough highways to handle them. Sad thing is, almost every single car had but a single person in it. Sheesh! And people like to talk about the West Coast having commuter problems - ha!

Just a little over two hours later we got off the turnpike and had no problems finding our hotel where we checked in, checked out the room, and then headed down Route 1A to meet up with Lois and her hubby, Hank. Needless to say, Lois is even greater in person than she is on her blog (if that was even possible!) and I absolutely loved Hank - matter of fact, I found myself wondering on more than one occasion if he had a twin brother or a clone hidden away somewhere! Hank and Lois really are the perfect couple and it was a joy to meet them! Amanda and Jamie both thought they were a lot of fun, too.

As for Salisbury Beach itself ... it looks nothing like it did when I was last here way back in 1974 and it was actually purty skeery. We all agreed that it looked like the kind of place Stephen King would set a book in and scare the beejeebers out of people! I would have to say that Salisbury has definitely seen better days but I think we made the best of it and had a good time anyway.


Before heading south today and dropping Jamie off for the weekend at her cousins' house in Shirley, Massachusetts we'll be meeting up with Lois for lunch and another blog friend - Mags - will be coming up from Boston to join us. It should be a lot of fun no matter where we end up dining at - I'll let you know!

17 comments:

  1. I know just where you were in that photo! I use to live REAL close to that! One of my sisters still does. The traffic is horrible there, for sure. And Salisbury was askeery to me back in 19780-71 when I use to go with my school pals and boyfriend.

    Have a blast with Lois and Mags!

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  2. Ummm. that should 1970-71.

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  3. Doesn't look like there was anything QUICK about that trip to Mass. But I am so glad that you got to meet Jean. So jealous that you got to meet each other actually. I think I am too shy to ever have the guts to meet bloggers on purpose. I did it once on accident, Miss Devona from farmhousegreetings.blogspot.com spotted me at the philly flower show in march.

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  4. it was fun. Had a blast riding the Carousel with Jamie and chatting with Amanda. Good news. Hubby is working from the airstream today...So you can get more Hank... Sorry, no clones...

    I'm thinking it may be less scary on weekends... Hoping...at least.

    It definitely was a Stephen King kind of place last night. I half expected the building clowns to jump out and spook us...or being trapped on an out of control carousel with zombie townspeople watching and laughing maniacially (is that a word?).

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  5. The company far exceeded the venue!!!!! I can't wait for this afternoon!

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  6. Oy the traffic!

    Let me know when you feel like heading south into traffic
    The Jersey shore - and me - are waiting for ya ;)

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  7. Lucky, lucky, lucky! Lois and Hank are two of my faves. Can't wait to see photos of all the laughing faces!

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  8. oh what fun! i love lois and hank!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  9. Impromtu trips can be so much fun. :)

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  10. I can't wait for your commentary and photos of the get-together!
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  11. You pack a lot of things into a short time!

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  12. Wonderful fun.. Jean is a hoot!

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  13. Looking forward to all the pictures of your crowd, Lois and company, and Mags. Have a ball. I have to get back east again.

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  14. glad you had a good time...what made it skeery?

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  15. Funny, I was at Salisbury Beach about two weeks ago with friends. We played tons of skee-ball and ate junky food.

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  16. I loved the photo of you playing guitar hero! You looked like you were having fun.

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  17. roadtrip to meet blogging friends...fun!

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