#33: New Hampshire

N is for New Hampshire:  Featured Post Card for the A to Z Challenge.

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When I was young (and even now, much to my chagrin), I mixed up New Hampshire and Vermont all the time. I could tell which was which on a map, and I knew a few key landmarks (for example the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory is in Vermont), but there is just something about them that seemed interchangeable.

In truth, they are very different states, though mainly in ways that don’t matter to a small child (politically, economically, culturally). We visited New Hampshire several times when I was young, partially because it was close to Connecticut, but also because my Uncle Vito (short for Vitold, named after my grandfather Witold) lives in New Hampshire and we got to visit with him at the same time.

I remember our vacations in New Hampshire being tons of fun – primarily because of the timeshare we stayed at (we went back to this one more than once, it was that good). It’s amazing what you remember from when you are young – many of my memories of the different resorts we stayed at focus on the pool at each place. I might not be able to remember where the resort was located, or what else we did, but I spent so much time in the pool on vacation that it is the differentiating factor between resorts.

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In New Hampshire, however, Steele Hill Resorts has the swimming pool to beat all pools. A glass atrium containing a water slide from the kiddie pool to the main pool – this was a 9 year old’s heaven! I’m sure there is more to New Hampshire than just this fancy-schmancy pool, but the memories of a child are rarely comprehensive, and often focused on the fun activities rather than the larger context of a place.

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I’m participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge this year! Over the month of April, I’ll be featuring my post cards for all 26 letters of the alphabet. So get ready to see more of my massive post card collection!

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