After reading several stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne for grad school, I became intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials. In the 1690s, a group of mischevious girls accused innocent citizens of witchcraft, and the town killed the supposed witches for their sins. On our historic trip through Massachusetts, my family explored Salem, the town famous for these colonial witch trials and the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous books.
The day after our jaunt through Boston, Dad and I drove to Concord to visit the former homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Old Manse) and Louisa May Alcott (The Orchard House). To our surprise, Old Manse was only yards away from the site of an early Revolutionary War battle.
After a series of unexpected events, my family decided to visit Massachusetts for Christmas. Although Brother and I visited all the New England states in 2017, our quick tour of Boston did not scratch the surface of what Massachusetts has to offer. My family quickly planned more “touristy” day-trips than we could fit into a week, and we started our explorations in Boston.
Intending to show the best of North Carolina to my brother’s friend who was visiting from Florida, my family journeyed to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday. Although the weather forecast said, “partly cloudy,” we met heavy fog on the Parkway.
We made the most of a less-than-ideal situation, eventually abandoning the Parkway for Boone and Valle Crucis (but not before I snapped some ominous fog photos).
…and I snapped one less moody photo because from the valley, the low-lying clouds made the world look Christmas-white.
I have a friend who (before this weekend) had never been on a plane, so when I found affordable plane tickets to Denver, we began planning a weekend getaway.