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White Mountains trip Day 6… rock lovers rejoice.

 

What do you do when you wake up to a rainy morning and you’re on vacation in Bethel?

 

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You visit the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum…

 

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Where it’s all about the rocks!

 

 

No, really…. it will be great.

 

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Before we even made it inside there were awesome rocks.

 

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Folded marble? Who doesn’t love that…

 

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And check it, pink girlie rock!

I knew this was going to be good…

So you can imagine my disappointment when we discovered the museum was undergoing renovations and only had one room of rocks open to the public.

One room?

 

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Okay, there was the Maine state fossil.

 

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And one seriously freaky fish.

 

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But….

But…

Only one room of rocks?

 

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Even a chicken sighting didn’t cheer me up.

 

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There weren’t nearly enough fossils.

 

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Or gems  and minerals to satisfy me.

 

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But there were some pretty cool space rocks.

 

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And they were certainly out of this world.

 

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Some of them didn’t even look real.

 

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But they’d make a fantastic kitchen countertop all the same.

 

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Moon rocks rock…

 

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But actual martian rocks?

 

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Disappointingly dull…

The final case held Maine tourmaline.

 

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Hugely popular for jewelry up here.

 

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And in honor of our visit…

 

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I had worn my pair of raw Kyanite bracelets.

 

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Do I know how to coordinate or what?

 

 

A few polished balls later…

 

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And all too soon…

 

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We were done.

 

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We’d seen all there was to see.

 

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Except for the gift store…

 

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Which had some absolutely fabulous jewelry!! With absolutely fabulous prices… and the husband couldn’t get me out of there quickly enough.

 

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But if they ever finish the renovation, I’d go back.

 

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One can never see too many rocks.

Diana’s Baths Part 5… rocks, foliage and zombie toes.

 

Okay… I lied. When we discovered the cairn garden I thought we were at the top, but it turns out we weren’t.

 

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Yes ladies and gentlemen….

 

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There will be more rocks.

 

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And trees.

 

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And trees that hug rocks.

 

 

 

But I promise you…

 

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This time we had found the top.

 

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But standing there, it really does make you wonder where all the water comes from.

 

 

 

The pools are shallow and yet the water keeps flowing… and flowing… and flowing.

Flowing so much in fact..

 

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You knew that was coming, right?

Add another christened outhouse to the list.

Done with the Baths, we back headed down.

 

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Through some lovely paths…

 

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Where sometimes you just have to look up.

 

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And soak in the splendor of autumn.

Naturally, when you look up…. you’re apt to trip over something you would have seen if you were looking down.

Like I did.

 

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees a half buried zombie toe here.

 

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And here.

Overgrown toenails et al.

It’s enough to make a girl shiver…

And crave a fortifying alcoholic beverage.

 

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Which I found here.

 

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At the Black Cap Grille, one of our favorite spots in North Conway.

 

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Happily fortified with cocktails and a yummy grilled Caesar salad (If you’ve never eaten it this way? Start now)

And some succulent crab cakes…

 

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We called it a day.

 

 

 

Diana’s Baths Part 4…. in which the husband builds a cairn.

 

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At the top of Diana’s Baths we found a cairn garden.

 

 

Cairns…

 

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Everywhere you looked.

 

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Small cairns, big cairns.

 

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Precariously balanced cairns…

 

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Even one slightly Zen cairn…

 

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Although technically not, as it’s singular.

 

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But I liked it all the same.

Cairn:

Because it’s my job.

 

Bringing weird and not so wonderful products to my reader’s attention.

It’s what I do.

 

 

And I know you wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to have one of these for your very own, so…

 

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Yes.

It’s a onesie that’s also a seat.

How can you go wrong?

No more standing for endless hours at your kid’s soccer game. No more shuffling on sore feet while waiting on line at the DMV.

There’s a stupid product made just for you.

And a stupid video to accompany it.

 

 

 

Admit it…

You want one.

I bet you didn’t know….

 

A woodpecker pecks wood 12,000 times a day.

 

 

But I did, because…

 

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Did you know…

Welsh mercenary bowmen in the medieval period only wore one shoe at a time?

 

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Well, you have to admit, a pair will definitely last longer that way.

 

Did you know…

The liquid inside a young coconut can be used as a substitute for blood plasma in an emergency?

 

 

It’s official.

I shall never bleed out…

 

Did you know…

During his lifetime, Herman Melville’s classic novel of the sea Moby Dick only sold 50 copies?

That’s a frighteningly small number of Dicks….

 

 

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Did you know…

Alfred Hitchcock did not have a belly button?

 

 

It’s true, but you have to admire his work out routine.

 

Did you know…

Apollo 11 only had 12 seconds of fuel left when it landed?

 

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That’s some high tech NASA equipment right there.

 

Did you know…

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat to keep his head cool and changed it every two innings?

Why not…

Anything beats eating it.

 

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Diana’s Baths Part 3

 

After a few hours of happily poking around, we were nearing the top.

 

 

 

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A few more rocks.

 

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A little more tip toeing through the tree roots…

 

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And there we were.

 

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The top.

 

 

Quiet pools…

 

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The husband, back on the wrong side…

 

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And some big rocks.

 

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Did that rock just wink at me?

 

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Cheeky things, those rocks…

 

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We enjoyed the view and the feeling of accomplishment.

And then…

 

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We saw something a little farther up…

 

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That made us realize we weren’t quite finished with Diana’s Baths yet.

Cairns!

 

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Sorry.. no.

Not that kind.

 

 

 

Diana’s Baths Part 2.

 

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What?

 

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You thought we were done with the rocks?

 

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Uh, no.

 

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There were stacked rocks…

Rocks with roots…

 

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Rocks with husbands…

 

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Videos of rocks…

 

 

 

And rocks with bloggers taking selfies.

 

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Baby got rocks!

 

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There were big rocks.

 

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Rocks with water.

 

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And rocks with husbands who had to climb on the opposite side from their wives because they thought it was a better path….

 

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Then couldn’t figure out how to get back across…

 

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And had to turn around and go back the way the wife did.

 

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I love those kinds of rocks.

 

 

And no matter how high we climbed?

 

 

 

There were always more rocks!