Here's the page and the scrapbooking process video. Enjoy.
This page is about who the mother of my great grandmother, Ellen Louise Joyce, is: Mary O'Brien who was listed in my baby book or Mary Shutters who Ancestry DNA shows I'm super connected to DNA wise. I don't know the answer yet but this page gave me the opportunity to make notes so when I revisit this issue I can remember what I knew right now.
We had another un-photographed adventure with Debbie Hodge on the river which included talking up Mainahs and ill-advised jumping off railroad bridges (not it); and fabulous rope swing jumping - which Debbie lead the pack with her bravery! After leaving Debbie and New Hampshire (sniff, sniff - we had so much fun), we did the human hamster balls (so exciting) in Massachusetts and then drove through the night back to Philadelphia.
York, Maine was delightful - I'd never been there before - but we weren't going to be able to get all the way up to Bangor, Bar Harbor or Calais, Maine (places where I grew up), so we went over the Maine border about a 1/2 hour and found a very friendly beach with Candlepin bowling, a Fun O Rama, lots of rocks to climb and a lighthouse down the street with one of the best lobster rolls of the trip. Plus! Today when I went back to work I was delighted to see that on my screensaver was the exact lighthouse that we saw in York, Maine!
Another favorite days of the trip - this was the day that Debbie Hodge, her son, and Allison and I kayaked down the river to an island, then walked through the woods to a waterfall which we then bravely went down on our bottoms! And then a long walk back through the woods and country roads - barefoot - to her house. And we didn't even get any pictures of that adventure! We topped off the day with a trip in to Portsmouth for lobster rolls and a stroll through a cemetary where I found one of my great-grandma's graves and at the exact same moment Debbie got the message on her iphone that Two Peas in a Bucket was closing - definately a memorable moment for me as a family historian and scrapbooker! Debbie and her family were wonderful hosts and we decided to stay on for several days in her beautiful New Hampshire woods on the river.
Ok so I think Plymouth was actually day 8 in the evening but I ended up putting the photos with Salem which was Day 9. Salem is a charming little city; Plymouth Rock is sort of underwhelming. We have family ancestor connections to both places.
We took the ferry from New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard for another one of our very favorite days of the trip. Our family history goes back centuries on this island - and I loved seeing Allison discover it - even if she wasn't all that interested in the family history of it. We rode the Flying Horses, played with a live scallop in the ocean near the lighthouse in Edgartown, buried Allison in sand shaped like a mermaid tale and even got all the way in to the freezing ocean at South Beach and wandered around the Gingerbread Houses. It was a completely delightful day that we wished we could extend for the whole summer. It is definately on our bucket list to take a week or two vacation in Martha's Vineyard someday - and Allison says she's going to buy a house here one day. I hope she does!
We spent the first part of the day with my aunt on her goat farm and I took lots of photos of her old family scrapbooks - she has the motherload of Fenderson and Grieve albums; and the second part of the day we spent walking down memory lane in Padanaram, Massachusetts where I spent much of my childhood.
I spent some time photographing old family treasures at my aunt's house, she will be moving soon. And then we drove from Philadelphia to Mystic, Connecticut - crazy, insane traffic in Connecticut - we got a hotel at 2 am and it took the guy one hour to check us in - long, long day.
We spent our time in Philadelphia at my aunt and uncle's house which contained lots of old family photos and treasures and at my cousin's place in the city where he fed us a feast of vegan food and wine.
I'm not sure how I'll scrapbook our 20 day epic summer road trip - chances are I'll make a Shutterfly photo book and do a few scrapbook pages. I took about 9000 photos - I'll qualify that with the fact that I took thousands of photos of my aunts' old family photos - so not all the photos are of the trip - but, still, there are a lot of vacation photos. Here are some from our first day in St. Augustine, Florida: