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Rising To The Road | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire seacoast. How, in 34 years of life — more than half of which were spent next door in Vermont — I never managed to visit this beautiful little corner of the world, I do not know. Luckily for me and my camera, I rectified that situation last weekend. My 34th birthday fell on a Tuesday this year, which gave me a choice of two "birthday weekends." My birthday itself was absolutely wonderful, celebrated with my parents and my daughter, who made it so, so special (hearing my three year old sing a heartfelt rendition of "Happy birthday!" looking right into my eyes made my soul explode with love). But I wanted to do a little more for myself this year for a few reasons. 

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Rising To The Road | Sydney Fish Market

As I cross the finish line of week one of my Elimination Diet, one of the few non-plant-based proteins in my repertoire is seafood. Thanks be to seafood. Which only inspires me to dream of my visit to the Sydney Fish Market a couple of months ago. If you don't like pictures of dead sea creatures, then I apologize in advance and urge you to choose another post to peruse this AM before you scroll forward one more line. Hate me if you must, but these photos make my mouth water.

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Rising To The Road | Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway

The thing about RV travel is that more often than not, timing — especially at it relates to the weather — is just luck of the draw. Such was the case when we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was one of the few times we had a deadline, as we were attempting to visit friends before they left on a weekend excursion, and we had to hurry from Washington D.C. down to Asheville, North Carolina.

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Rising To The Road | Washington, D.C.

D.C. was a bit of a last minute impulse. I mean, everywhere we stopped and parked our trailer was somewhat impulsive; we planned our route and destinations as we went along. But Washington was not really along our path. It wasn't very far our of the way — maybe a two hour detour or less — between the previous stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania and our next destination, which was Asheville, North Carolina.

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Rising To The Road | Hershey, Pennsylvania

The next day we headed into Hershey to explore Chocolate World and planned to have lunch at the Hotel. While Hersheypark works overtime to be an exceptionally happy place, its surroundings stand in stark contrast. It is so beautifully rural surrounding Hershey — and was especially so in the bright colors of fall foliage — but the town of Hershey itself has a bit of a depressing, been-there-rode-that, old industrial feel. Especially since the rides in the park were closed for the season and we visited on a gray, dreary day. 

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Rising To The Road | Foliage in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region

As I've said more than once, the foliage in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region was pure magic. As a native Vermonter, I'm no stranger to burning autumn leaves. With few exceptions, it's surrounded me nearly every fall of my life. But any time you get to witness something familiar through another's virgin eyes, you get a fresh perspective. And such was the case with the leaves this year and My Love, who had never experienced the season from beginning to end. 

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PHOENIX FAVORITE FINDS | Norway Hill Orchards in Hancock, NH

One fall day, we decided to go apple picking. The New Englanders among us (okay, that's just my parents and me) were craving the typical fall favorite treats: a mile-high apple pie, my mom's specialty (no airplane sex nuance intended, so get your dirty heads out of the gutter) and apple crisp. It's just ridiculous not to indulge in the fall in New England because these apples fall in our backyards, even if it means eating sweet apple treats for ten days straight.

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Rising To The Road | Peterborough, New Hampshire

Peterborough, New Hampshire has, well, burrowed its way into my heart since we first visited my parents' new home in Dublin just over a year ago. At first glance, Peterborough — which is the next, slightly larger town over from Dublin — is a sweet, artsy, rustically beautiful New England small town, with its galleries, gift and clothing boutiques, pubs and upscale restaurants, French patisserie-style bakery, little museums and modernized antique and vintage treasure stores.

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Rising To The Road | Burlington, Vermont

Burlington was a special stop for us en route back to New Hampshire, but it was a bit shoehorned into a short two-day window after Québec City, as we raced to get south of the quickly and drastically chilling autumn weather up north. It was extra special because I lived in Burlington for about six years after college, so I was happy to share a piece of my past with my present, and show my family what my life was like during that time.

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Rising To The Road | Québec City

The romantic cobblestoned streets, cafes and architecture of Québec City are very reminiscent of Europe, and particularly France. Which is not surprising since the city was founded not once, but twice by French explorers. First, by Jacques Cartier and then by Samuel de Champlain some 40 years later. It is one of the oldest cities in America and the second biggest city in Québec (after Montréal).

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