Oh so sad, to visit this capital while the Vermont one is still fresh in our minds is just not right. This one is pathetic. Dirty inside, smelled of must, no tours other than a mimeographed brochure that was illegible… it just wasn’t nice. We learned that they believe in a population representation of one member for each 3200 people in their house -that means they have 400 representatives! Working in their old digs, those hard working people are crammed into old theatre style seating when they are in session. Not even a desk! They only have 25 senators in the other chamber.
While I was reading about the portraits in the hallway, the kids and Dan were using the wifi in the house visitor area. They said one of the house reps came by and introduced himself, but politician that he was, he was “too busy to stay and chat”! So glad I wasn’t there to ask him any sassy questions.
All but 6 of the portraits are of men. I found many Nathaniel’s and made Nate pose by the one I liked – the picture will never be shown anywhere because he was not happy about it – hilarious!
One of the female portraits was of Mary Baker Eddy – the founder of the Christian Science Church. From right here in little New Hampshire! We had no idea. There is so much that has been created on the East Coast and we run across this almost daily.
After our quick tour, we headed south to… Walmart! We had a huge shopping to do, and since we changed our plans, needed a night before our next campground. We haven’t stayed in a Walmart since our fun experience in northern CA with the cop car chase, and we were all hoping for something similar.
Unfortunately, it was smooth sailing. We filled up every available nook and cranny with groceries and sundries – our last chance at no sales tax until Oregon. It was a new store, set on a bluff. Dan asked the manager if we could spend the night, as many cities don’t allow it, and he said “yes.” When I was in later and told a clerk, she said they never let people camp overnight anymore because they’d had so many problems. Once again, my very kind husband won someone over! No surprise.
So it was another fun day on the road. We celebrated 220 days of freedom and adventure with a little exploring and a little shopping. Together. Still talking to each other. Perfect.