And, of course, I completely mis-planned it. Normally for our road trips, I plot out oddities and then more or less take the back roads to get to them, seeing what else we can see on the way. But for some reason, I didn’t plan this one well at all.
But it started out decently enough. A stop at the gas station to fill up ended with me buying a scratcher (the first time I’ve ever done that) just because it had an evil clown on it. We ended up winning the price of the ticket, which we then cashed during another pit stop for another evil clown, which again netted us the price of the ticket. I assume I’ll be doing that the rest of the season. I also learned that a great road trip tip is to give your kids a coin and some scratchers. You get some quiet out of the backseat and, if you’re lucky, they might earn you a retirement nest egg.
My next mis-plan was not doing enough research on Kimball Castle in Gilford, New Hampshire, a more-than-century-old medieval-looking residence that’s been abandoned for years and is currently on the market. I knew it was on private property, but was hoping for a nice vantage point on it from somewhere legal. We got within sight of its tessellated tops, but that’s it. I’m chalking it up to field research for a future jaunt.
We did successfully hit one oddity, the Great Wall of Sandwich, New Hampshire. A strange tale, that one. And, since I have no idea when I’ll get around to telling you my version, I’ll send you here instead.
Finally we hit a random corn maze at Moulton Farm in Meredith. Didn’t mean to. Just pulled into the farm stand to look at pumpkins and pet cows and peek into lobster tanks (New England, guys). But they had a four-acre maze out back. So we did it. And I had my annual lesson that I absolutely stink at them. So bad, in fact, that I had to settle for finding the entrance again and hoping nobody outside was looking at me as we nonchalantly walked out through the in-door like we meant it. They gave us a sheet with 20 questions on it, the answers to which were spread throughout the maze. We found about a third of them.
But I take heart knowing that I overheard a family a couple of rows away asking Siri for the answers to the trivia.