I’ve become quite fascinated with watching the cloud formations moving through the sky here in New Hampshire. California certainly had its cloud-filled skies, but for some reason the New England skies are more dramatic and varied. Perhaps being near the Atlantic Ocean has something to do with it. July weather, always a topic of conversation, was mostly hot and muggy with occasional thundershowers. For New England, it was a bit warmer than usual and the clouds, as always, beautiful.
But, whatever the weather, New Hampshire remains an interesting place to explore.Most people have heard of Salem, Massachusetts, and the witchcraft trials of the late 1600’s. New Hampshire also has a Salem, famous for a very different reason. Outside the city proper, there is a forested area once known as “Mystery Hill” and now renamed “America’s Stonehenge” because of its maze of man-made chambers and walls over 4,000 years old. No one has yet figured out who actually erected the walls and chambers, but the builders were obviously well versed in both astronomy and stone construction. The site is an accurate astronomical calendar with large standing stones marking the summer and winter solstices as well as the fall and spring equinoxes. Some of the stones in the various structures weigh over four tons and are groove-scored so they fit together and drain effectively. Another fact adding to the mystery is that a straight line extended eastward from the summer solstice stone in Salem, America, would pass exactly through one of the trilithons at Stonehenge, England.