East Bridgewater Raised Betty (Belknap) Stirling Adventures

Betty, a 1954 graduate of EBHS, recently completed a 5,200-mile road trip to/from Minnesota, accompanied by her granddaughter, Brielle Beasley of Saugus. She wrote to share her adventure with us:
All four of cousin Nancy’s kids with Betty in the middle
“We drove through eleven states, as well as part of Ontario, Canada. Among the
highlights of the trip were:  visit to Carlo’s Bakery (TV’s “Cake Boss”) in Hoboken, NJ; Hershey Park and Gobbler’s Knob of Punxsutawney Phil fame in PA; and the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
The purpose of the trip was to attend the 60th birthday party for Naomi Jackson, the oldest daughter of former East Bridgewater resident, my cousin, Nancy (Houghton) Jackson (now deceased).  All four of Nancy’s offspring were present at the party: Naomi, Martha, Christopher, and Susanna (in photo).
Cousin Judy Flood Siegfried who grew up in Bridgewater, graduating from Bridgewater High in 1954.
Other persons visited on the trip included the widow of my first cousin, Tamerin Hayward; and my second cousin, Judy (Flood) Siegfried, who grew up in Bridgewater, both of whom live in Wisconsin. We also visited my husband’s cousin in Watertown, WI; and my husband’s brother Bob and his daughter Scotti in Minnesota.

We visited all five Great Lakes.  I misjudged the distance around the northern perimeter of Lake Superior in Canada, and after driving 641 miles, we arrived at our motel in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, at 1:45 AM!   Moments were tense when we got word that a tornado watch and flood warning were in our area in northern Minnesota.  Fortunately, the storm passed northeast of us.  Another disturbing moment occurred when I realized I had left my clothing at the previous motel and had to have it shipped to my home!  I was disappointed to learn that my first great grandson had entered the world a little earlier than planned.  Domenic Michael D’Alessandro was born on July 12th while Brielle and I were in a motel in Cloquet, MN.  That evening we enjoyed a nice meal at the Black Woods restaurant in Cloquet, after which we saw pictures of the new arrival on Facebook.

All in all, it was a wonderful 17-day trip. We arrived home in 90-degree weather, hotter than any day we had while traveling!”

Respectfully submitted, Betty (Belknap) Stirling