The month of July started with a week's visit by Doug, Jen and the kids. We took everybody to the White Mountain Cider Company - the kid's favorite local restaurant in Glen. Lucy is now age 9 and John and Red are age 12. Lucy may still like to go to Storyland, but the boys are into real adventures - like hiking in the White Mountains.
The ski areas in the valley have summer programs for all - most have Zip lines, water chutes, etc. Jen took the three kids to Cranmore in North Conway as they has expanded their summer activities quite a bit. In addition to the mountain coaster, the summer tubing, the giant swings and the soaring eagle, it looks like the kids are strapped up for a ride on the Bungy Trampoline.
Doug had to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa and Jen was busy in New York, so a week later, the boys came back up to High Meadow. Grandy had a lot of events planned, so both Reid and John stayed for a full two weeks. One day Katherine and friend Lauren McCormick came up and had lunch on our beautiful deck.
The day the boys arrived we had purchased a Lego set for John to work on. The next morning he got up by six AM and worked all day and finished it twelve hours later. The next day we had neighbor Dawson Santoro come over to inspect the masterpiece - it is a Porche racer. Dawson usually has his masterpieces on display at the Jackson Public Library. But Jonko wanted to take this gem back to Williamsburg..
Grandy had arranged for the boys to take tennis lessons at the local tennis club. She also arranged for the boys to take chess lessons from our good friend Dana Belcher, who has several chess masters in his family. After four days of tennis lessons, the instructor was impressed with the kid's progress. We'll see if they want to continue.
The last event was a trip up the cog railway on a steam locomotive. Usually there is one steam engine per day - the first of the day - all the others are bio-diesels. We had to get up early - the train was sold out. It is a three-hour trip -- one hour up, an hour at the summit, and an hour back. It was a glorious day and the train station was overloaded. It was a lot of fun.