Hey everyone… meet Mr. Pickle!
Everyone, I’d like for you to meet Mr. Pickle, ummmm, I mean Hank Parkhurst. We met Hank on Monhegan Island in 2008. Hank had worked at the Island Inn kitchen and had come back because it had been 50 years since he’d been there! The staff showed him the kitchen, he said not a lot has changed. He was thrilled to come back to see that not a lot on the island itself has changed. Hank is a member of the House of Representatives (New Hampshire), and has the MOST interesting stories to tell! I remember talking with Hank, and he was telling me of his upcoming travels, then asked about mine…I told him we plan to return the next year, he said he never goes to the same place twice, there are too many places in the world to see. I took some fantastic photographs of Hank in 2008 and sent him some in a Christmas card. I received a note from him shortly before we were due to leave for Maine, enclosed was an article about “Mr. Pickle”. He dresses up as Mr. Pickle for various festivals. The pictures were hilarious! Such a neat guy with a great attitude! I swear some of his gestures remind me of my grandma who has since departed… the note that he sent mentioned that he’d see us on Monhegan! Ahhh, he got the bug, the overwhelming desire to return year after year after year! It becomes somewhat of an obsession… the anticipation is a big part of the trip, I’m looking so forward to that! Hank’s a cool guy, when we left the island last year he sent us packing with a bottle of wine from New Hampshire (that was very good!) in a cool wine cooler coozy thing. Too sweet! See ya soon Hank!