I\’m thrilled that we are here as I have wanted to show off the New Hampshire seacoast ever since I started at Travel Channel. Of course, it\’s understandably hard to convince the execs when your series take place in Europe, Latin America and China, but now that we are doing a lot of American travel, I tell anyone who will listen how we HAVE to do my hometown. But it is a little strange being home and having to work. For the last 15 years, this has always been the place I returned to to clear the mind, be by myself and spend some time with the family. Very strange to look up and see a camera crew. I have to fight to keep from daydreaming, because it\’s just so automatic when I come here.
I got the producers\’ notes for the show and read some of the historical points and thought, \”WOW that really happened here?\” I had no idea, well maybe at one time I had an idea, say in the four or fifth grade when we really covered the early years of America, but John Paul Jones, the father of the American Navy, lived in Portsmouth? Who knew? During my formative years, there was no time for history as boys and trying to dress like Madonna took up all my time.
I think I\’m fighting an ear infection since I have vertigo. I feel very odd, like I\’m always on a rocking ship and even to look at food makes me nauseous. I have felt this way for five days now, and it\’s really starting to wear me out, but while shooting at Portsmouth Brewer, Todd the Brewmaster offers me a small glass of his masterpiece, Catherine the Great. It\’s a beer that was voted the second-best beer in the U.S. by \”Beer Advocate.\” As he pours me the glass, I think that I couldn\’t be rude enough to turn down the drink, but I know this could make me feel even more ill. I take a sip, and it\’s really good, wholesome, almost nutritious in its full frothy brew. I drink the whole glass because it really is an amazing beer, and I actually start to feel a little better. My head just feels like it\’s more aligned. By the end of the night, all feelings of vertigo are gone. I\’m positive it was the beer, and drinking it was certainly a more pleasurable experience than going to the doctor and getting antibiotics.
Great day with a walk on the beach with my family. The entire night there was such wind that it shook the entire turret that my room was in. I\’ve never heard such a ruckus in all my years of living on the seacoast. I thought the beach scene might be scrapped, but the skies are beautiful, and aside from some strong gusts, it\’s a great day. This scene was the most important to me as that beach has been a part of my family ever since we moved to the seacoast. Every time I come home, I either bike to that beach or drive, I\’m alone or with my sisters, mom or my dad. There\’s something neutral about a beach, and this is where as a family we have always come to do our talking. It\’s also such an inspirational and uplifting place, so every trip there ends with an affirmation of hope.
We shot a scene at a Portsmouth local favorite hangout the Pressroom. These are a few of my buddies from High School: Eric Morrow, Gregg White and David Olson. This scene was later cut from the show (don\’t know if it made it to the web) but since they have ragged on me since High School I had a lot of fun telling them they made it to the editing room floor.