2008 LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE NEW HAMPSHIRE BORN FREE RALLY

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2008 LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE NEW HAMPSHIRE BORN FREE RALLY

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LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE NEW HAMPSHIRE BORN FREE RALLY

Sept. 8 – 14, 2008
Hosts: George and Sue Boley
Assistant Hosts: Gary and Hope Keighley

New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region sets the stage for this Rally, expertly organized and hosted by George and Sue Boley and ably assisted by Gary and Hope Keighley.
A variation on a theme, this rally was on a roll for 25 enthusiastic Born Free units.
First day’s event was set in a congenial dry camp on the grounds of the Faith Community Church in Loudon, NH. The church youth fellowship treated us to their very first venture, a Spaghetti dinner. It was thoroughly enjoyable and a huge success.

The next day, we traveled to the Canterbury Shaker Village for a private tour providing a fascinating look at a remarkable religious community. Industrious and devout, this sect thrived from the 1700s until now, diminished by their celibate beliefs. A bountiful Shaker lunch followed, courtesy Born Free. After lunch, many managed a spirited walk of the grounds, despite the pouring liquid sunshine. Onward we rolled to our Meredith NH campground to enjoy 3 nights with full hookups, impromptu campfires, s’mores and sing-alongs and mornings of steaming coffee and humongous muffins.

Day 3’s adventures took us aboard a private dining car on the Winnipesaukee railroad. Traveling the scenic lakeshore, we were served a scrumptious fresh turkey dinner, the roasted turkey being carved and served as the train jounced down the tracks. The balance of the day gave us time to explore the lovely town of Meredith.

On Day 4, we were shuttled to the largest steamboat meet in North America, then on to the Loon Center to learn about this extraordinary bird. Then we had a nifty private buffet lunch, followed by a visit to the oldest (1781) general store in America.

Rolling on, on Day 5 we drove to the charming hamlet of Wolfeboro and dry camped at the WWII Museum. This campsite was loads of fun. We had full access to the Museum - where we had a delightful ice cream social among the cannons – and town was a mere 10 minute stroll, thus encouraging gatherings for breakfast as well as evening pizza. As well, the Antique Boat Museum was only 2 miles up the road.

On Day 6, we boarded M/V Washington for a cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee and a tasty buffet lunch on board. Final night, reluctant to say goodbye to old friends and new, we gathered for one last ‘virtual’ campfire, before setting sail for home ports in the morning. We greatly appreciate this well-executed event organized by the Boleys and Keighleys. Special thanks to Gary Keighley, who provided transportation for the less fleet-of-foot among us.

Submitted by Ann Sasaki

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