Another weekend has come and gone, had some friends up end decided to hop on the boat and head down to Alton to see the sights.  They had a sea side craft fair and antique boat show. Too bad the weather was screaming rain and thundershowers all day.  We got a little wet early on and did our best to enjoy the break in the rain.  This of course meant that many of the babied antique boats were not out - and rightfully so! Apparently if you want to be successful at your local craft fair you need to sell fudge!  That was by far the most popular tent! Sorry, no photos of the antique boats.  I parked right near…

What a weekend!  Started up by Scuba diving on Friday.  Saturday took the Mrs and I on an almost 7 mile hike up two mountains, so it was time to take it easy on Sunday and just float in the water! We started the day by heading down to Sleeper island to see the Sleeper Island Castle.  The Castle has a few different names due to the people that built it or lived in it over the years (been there for 100 years) but most locals tend to call it "Sleeper's Castle" now. The problem down there, I quickly found out, was that across the channel between Sleepers Island and shore, is that there is a small cove / sand…

Let me preface this story by saying that I haven't been diving in over twenty years.  I received my Divemaster's certification when I was 18 and by that age had logged well over 100 dives and many hours underwater. The last time I was diving, my wife was my girlfriend.  I took her diving in the pool just so she could try it.  Wasn't her thing, but for some reason I still kept her around... This year was my time to get back in the water.  I did some research and found a dive shop in Wolfeboro aptly named "Dive Winnipesaukee". They did both Friday evening and Sunday dives.  I decided a single dive to get my feet wet (no…

It was only a matter of time, but I don't believe anyone expected Fidelity to be the first company to come out with zero fee funds.  Vanguard is usually the company most online think of and recommend when it comes to low fee funds.  Fidelity looked them square in the eye and said:  We can do better. The two funds they created are: FZROX FZILX The FZROX follows the United States total market.  The description from their site:  The fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the total return of a broad range of U.S. stocks. The FZILX fund is their international fund: The fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the total return of foreign…

This weekend we were able to check two mountain tops off of our Belknap Range list:  Mount Mack and Mount Klem. We were able to do so by following 6.8 mile loop (I believe the maps say 6.5, but we clocked it in exactly at 6.8 due to some breaks and going around the water - which you'll read about soon enough) that brought us out to an elevated mountain pond called Round Pond, climbed up Mount Mack, went over a col that brought us straight up Mount Klem to then returned us back to Round Pond again for a full circle. It was roughly 1.5 miles and a 50 minute hike along a gravel road for most of the…

Climbed Mountain number three on my Belknap Range Hiking Series, this time it was Gunstock Mountain. My wife and I traversed up the brook trail.  Once we found it, the trail was easy to follow but finding the "trail head" was slightly more of a challenge than we thought it should be. Thankfully the description on our trail map said it was to the left of the Panorama chair lift.  Which it was.  It was the other descriptor that made it more difficult:  Right next to the fire place. Fireplace?  I never saw a fireplace. But sure enough as we found the opening of the trail, just to the left of the trail head, buried behind tons of trees and…

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