-- Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, preserves the home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's foremost sculptors.
Step into the world of one of America’s greatest artists-- Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Enjoy summer concerts, explore nature trails, or indulge your hidden talents during a sculpture class.
It took a few hours to drive but we were already headed to North Conway. We just took the scenic route and we are glad we did. This estate was beautiful!
|His studio. They had a concert performing the day we visited.|
|The property also included rustic studio which is still used today by local artist. It sits near a ravine the boys were excited to explore. I made them go inside before hiking down to the river.|
|It was pretty cool to see how these sculptures are started.|
|This is all out of clay! Very talented peeps!|
|Here's the hill and the boys ran down the entire thing.|
|They were so happy to be out of the city and back in their own element. They were also pretty happy to have a break from the car. It would be awesome property to own.|
|I couldn't pick so you get two similar photos.|
|Abe Lincoln. Augustas Saint Gauden's was a talented man for sure!|
|I explained to Lucas that this was artwork and he was amazed.|
So, that was our pre-wedding NP adventure. The post wedding adventure would take place in North Conway where 12+ family members agreed to be on their best behavior. :) They rented this beautiful and it was perfect for a big ol'happy family reunion.
|The "little" cabin in the woods.|
|We were surrounded by lush hills and you wouldn't guess we were just minutes from North Conway.|
|View of Mt. Willey from the highway.|
|Axel & Lucas really enjoyed getting some alone time with Rachael.|
|It's pretty much up hill the whole way to the top. The tree canopies protected us from the rain but made for some slippery rocks. Here you can see Rachael and Lucas hiking away.|
|The rest of the crew was not far behind.|
|Lucas our brave hiker wasted no time to get the answer.|
|It's pretty stunning. Rachael said we would like it and she was right!|
|At the summit of Mt. Willey at 4285ft!|
|Silly faces are a must!|
|We were very proud of Elias and his Mom. This was their first big hike together and the did awesome!!!!|
|Josh, Lucas and Rachael.|
|Lucas was in love...|
|It poured rain on the way down but that didn't stop the boys from sprinting back to the car. They did stop a few times to point out a pretty orange mushroom or a cool water hole.|
|This place was cheap and the ice cream cones and sundae's were huge!! This was the brownie sundae and it was tasty!|
|I discovered THE CLAM SHACK on Food Network months before and the lobster roll looked too good to pass up.|
|Fried Clams...AMAZING! Should have ordered more...sorry Grandpa! - Photo Courtesy of Google|
|The lobster roll! - Photo Courtesy of Google|
|2013 - 2013 America's Best Lobster Roll!|
|I showed the boys what a real lobster looked like. They could not figure out why anyone in their right mind would want to eat such a thing!?!? I like it that way...I don't have to share!! :)|
We drove down the coast of Maine to Salem to get another NP stamp. We also checked out a few Harry Potter stores and noted all the witchy-witch craft around the town.
|G&G J were happy as clams!|
So cute...what a happy family?! Say what?! Okay, they don't have kids yet but I'm sure this would be a funny Christmas card for all their family members bugging them about starting a family!
|We had a great time catching up. Thanks for joining us Keely & Matt!|
|Here's a cute family too!|
|We hit up the bakery one last time. The boys got suckered into "free" balloons...okay, it was Mommy who got suckered out of her $5 bill when I got no change back for my tip! O'well, live and learn.|
Well, that just about sums up our six weeks of summer adventures. The next morning we were up at 3:30am to catch the airport shuttle and off to Atlanta we flew. Daddy met us there and after some rock climbing at Stone Mt. Summit, we were finally home.
|5:00am Dunkin' Donuts while watching the sunrise.|