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New Hampshire radio days

The Lone Ranger rides again! So does the Green Hornet, Captain Midnight and many other characters who populated the airwaves of America from the 1920s to the 1950s. Their adventures are once more on the radio, at the Inn at Maplewood Farm in Hillsborough, N.H.

Innkeepers Laura and Jayme Simoes have collected nearly 1,000 shows, including "Suspense," "Lights Out," "The Jack Benny Show" and "Fibber McGee and Molly." Every evening guests can gather around one of the 1930s radios in the inn's parlor or retreat to their rooms to listen in on World War II-era radios by their bedsides. All this is brought about by Radio Maplewood Farm, a 100-milliwatt transmitter that broadcasts throughout the inn.

The full-service bed-and-breakfast, built in 1794 and open year round, will be celebrating National Radio Month in May with special events. Write 447 Center Road, P.O. Box 1478, Hillsborough, N.H. 03244; or call (603) 464-4242.

New adventure at Disneyland

Disneyland's newest attraction, "Indiana Jones Adventure," opened last month, with waits for the ride up to two or three hours, according to a park spokesman. The attraction is based on themes from the Indiana Jones movie series.

Cars styled to look like military troop transports take riders on a four-minute expedition through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye into an encounter with the deity Mara. The explorer himself makes an appearance in an attempt to keep the expedition on track and out of danger.

The cars reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour, slow down, spin their wheels for traction, and back up to escape danger.

Indiana Jones Adventure is housed in a four-story temple-like structure in the Adventureland section. Call (714) 999-4565.

Setting sail for Maine

This year Maine windjammers celebrate their 60th season of sailing the coast of Maine as passenger cruise vessels.

The Maine Windjammer Association's fleet includes 10 traditional two- and three-masted sailing ships, representing the largest fleet of merchant ships still operating under sail in America. Most of the vessels are skippered by their owners and crewed by members of their family. The windjammer fleet hails from the neighboring ports of Rockland, Rockport and Camden, located in Maine's mid-coast region.

The area covered by the windjammers contain hundreds of islands, many uninhabited. The varied scenery of their sailing ground provides opportunities to observe puffins, eagles, seals and porpoises, and occasionally whales. Views of lighthouses, watermen at work, fishing villages and historic communities are part of the trip.

Traditionally, windjammer cruises attract adventurous passengers who enjoy sailing at top speed and threading through narrow, rocky passages.

At night, the windjammers drop anchor in a harbor or cove. Evening activities include exploring ashore, singing sea chanteys around the main cabin wood stove, spinning yarns on the afterdeck, and stargazing. One night, everyone goes ashore for a traditional lobster bake.

Depending on the size of the vessel, the number of passengers on board can range from 20 to 44. Guests are welcome to participate in any aspect of running the ship, from raising and setting the anchor to hoisting the sails and taking a turn at the helm.

The sailing season extends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, with gathering-of-the-fleet events scheduled throughout the summer. Air and ground transportation is available via the Portland International Jetport, with limousine and bus service to Rockland. Prices range from $295 to $699 for a three- to six-day cruise, all meals included. For information, contact Maine Windjammer Association, P.O. Box 1144P, Blue Hill, Maine 04614; or call (800) 807-9463.

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