Virtual Hike to the Kittery, Maine

The next destination on my Virtual Hike was Kittery, Maine.

kittery maine, virtual hike, maine, hikingNo direct family connection this time, but it is the only place where I have been in Maine and it is on the way to my next major destination.

kittery maine, virtual hike, maine, hikingThis segment of the Virtual Hike started at the Saugus Iron Works in Massachusetts where my 10th great grandfather Joseph Jenks worked.

Joseph Jenks (Jenkes) came to Massachusetts in 1646. Jenks had originally come from England where he was last recorded in 1639. He did not come directly to Saugus as he was recorded as operating a blacksmith shop on the Agamenticus River about five miles north of Kittery in 1641.

kittery maine, virtual hike, maine, hikingMore than 30 years ago when I visited Kittery I went over the river on I-95 and took the first exit. After a short look around I headed back down to where I was staying north of Boston.

kittery maine, virtual hike, maine, hikingThe virtual hike took me across on Highway 1. This of course is a more scenic route and also safer. When Google Maps calculates my routes it does not include places where pedestrians are prohibited, such as Interstate highways.

kittery maine, virtual hike, maine, hikingIt was only fitting that there was a sign for a lobster restaurant just over the bridge in Maine.

The next destination on my virtual hike is a town that is the title of a great Historical Fiction novel set during the American Revolution.

Can you guess the title of the novel?

Steven

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Where are the Roses?

On Friday I made my usual trip to the library and then walked over to the Community Rose Garden.

community rose gard, tracy, california, roses, garden workAs I approached the garden I noticed that there was something missing.

community rose gard, tracy, california, roses, garden work I could not see any blooms on the rose bushes.

community rose gard, tracy, california, roses, garden workI have been used to seeing many blooms each week during my visits.

They must have just done some work cleaning up the rose bushes and removing spent blossoms. They definitely cleaned them up well.

community rose gard, tracy, california, roses, garden workI did find a few rose buds, but they were mostly tucked away in the lower center of the bushes.

Must not have been easy for the gardeners to get to.

community rose gard, tracy, california, roses, garden workIt was a nice sunny day so I decided to get a shadow picture of myself.

Here you can see me on one of the walkways with a bag of books hanging off of my shoulder.

Hopefully there will be more rose blossoms next week.

Steven

 

 

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