A beautiful relaxing trip for my Dad's 80th birthday. Oh, who am I kidding. I was ready for a vacation too! Started in New Hampshire, where we had a celebratory dinner with my Dad's two best friends from childhood. What a treat! The next day took us into Kennebunkport. Of course a must-see was the Bush family compound. Surrounded by a characteristically rocky New England shoreline, but not at all ostentatious. We enjoyed some chowda and seafood for lunch. Subsequent days took us along Route 1 through Kittery and Portland. The journey home took us back through Dad's hometown of Lowell. I do love New England, it's quaintness, beauty and quiet strength. I'll be back.