Bark in the park - and a moose hunt
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Today was all about the animals - dogs and moose to be precise! Holly's day - Holly is Doug and Trish's loveable little dog who is a Katrina (the hurricane that devastated the New Orleans area in 2005) refugee that they chose from the local rescue centre here in North Conway. Each year a day is set aside for fund raising for this worthwhile cause. So today Holly did her bit to say thank you.
Dogs (and their owners) take part in a sponsored walk and in many other doggie events set out on the 'village' green. If ever there was a dog centred community then surely it is here, one look at the numbers who support this event and the sheer scope of the traders show that this is truly a land where dogs rule!! Some of you may remember that we were here three years ago on the same day, but it has grown even more popular with over $12.000 being raised this year. So browse the photos...they tell their own stories from sweet to fanciful!
After all this excitement we turned our attention to rather larger four legged animals. We have been to this area several times and have yet to see a moose, despite all the warning signs and stories galore these iconic animals continue to allude us.
So Doug and Trish took us on a 'moose hunt'. Now this started with a leisurely drive up through the Conway valley and on to areas where Doug was sure we would see not one but loads! Not long after we began he and Malc spotted one, now it was some distance away and standing in water so I think I should be forgiven for not spotting it straight away, in fact it took me a good few moments to locate it...but yes there he was.
However I was eager to see one up close and personal, well not that personal but certainly near enough not to need the zoom on our camera to recognize it! We drove north through Berlin and lunched in Errol where the restaurant was sadly out of elk! But there were some interesting shops, http://www.llcote.com/ .
We continued north through Dixville Notch, famous (well famous in the States) as the place that returns the very first votes in the election.
By this time we had also passed through Milan - no chance for me with getting the navigation right when they do things like that! - and we were within looking distance of Canada! In fact we turned around at the border. I know that's where we are heading, but not on a Saturday afternoon moose hunt. It was a great day and once more we are indebted to our hosts who again have gone out of their way to look after us...but I still want to see that moose.
We wanted to make a gesture of our thanks and knowing Trish's penchant for rocks (not the girl's best friend sort though I'm sure she likes those too) we got them one of their very own.