Mystic, CT and Newport, RI

August 24 – August 28, 201620160825_083456We stayed at Seaport RV Resort in Mystic, CT. by the advice from Helen and Bryan Salgado. This is a Beautiful place.20160824_173904Site #69. Very level and long.  They have 50 amp service with water, but no sewer.  They have a pump out service that comes by every 3 days for free and 2 dump stations on the way out.

Thursday August 25, 201620160825_094644Heading to Newport, RI.20160825_09473420160825_094806Nice bridge 20160825_094830Rose Island Lighthouse.  It is hard to see through the glare of the window. Sorry.20160825_095410Newport Shipyard, right behind the Visitor Center. Look at the tall masts.20160825_101322Repairing this huge sailboat. History of the America’s Cup had a strong influence in Newport.20160825_10170720160825_101916The bridge we came across to get here.20160825_102440Beautiful sailboats.20160825_103112The big one is named Sun Chaser.20160825_103116Another Big boat.20160825_104249 - CopyWe took a Historic Trolley Tour with Nate.20160825_110853 - CopyThe Bernardo Cardines is thought to be the oldest baseball field in America.20160825_111027 - CopyWhite Horse Tavern, est.1673, is thought to be the oldest Tavern in America still in operation.20160825_111808The International Tennis Hall of Fame. Known for their 13 grass courts. 20160825_111841The most recently restored building in Newport.20160825_111854This is the front.20160825_112012Mansions everywhere.20160825_112535The Breakers. Vanderbilt’s Summer home, 70 rooms. Click on the link and see all the cool photos. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt(1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad. The Commodore’s grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, purchased this property in 1885. There was a small wooden house on the property then. In 1893, he commissioned a new Italian Renaissance-style palazzo.      Nate, the tour guide, was great at explaining the history of Newport and how Doris Duke was mainly responsible for saving a lot of the mansions in this city. This is my cup of tea.20160825_114334_003And real breakers.20160825_114854Striped cows.20160825_115419The trolley makes a short stop at Fort Adams.20160825_115540Remember this ship, you will see it later getting under sail.20160825_115814There is a nice food truck here at Fort Adams, A Fork in the Road.. We split a Mediterranean Chicken sandwich, which was very good.20160825_121410These moorings have little docks (look between the sail boats ahead). Never seen this before.  Everywhere else they are just buoys.20160825_125315Large Sailboats.20160825_131655New England churches are beautiful.20160825_131709Newport harbor.20160825_135416Remember the big old sailboat at Fort Adams? We caught sight of it going out when we crossed back over the bridge.20160825_135439Pretty cool. We need to spend more time in Newport, RI. Loved it!!

Friday August 26, 201620160826_084017We drove to Mystic, CT. (Our campground is in Old Mystic)20160826_084957Draw bridge20160826_085056Mystic Pizza anyone?20160826_085115Beautiful churches.20160826_090957Then on to New London, CT. Kind of a rainy day.20160826_092948Beautiful colonial homes.20160826_092959New London had some pretty homes. 20160826_09300220160826_09324620160826_093410Private lighthouse.20160826_094508Art out on an island.20160826_094908Plenty of boats.20160826_09532920160826_095355New London is a lot bigger than we expected. 20160826_09540220160826_095427Very cool fountain.20160826_095500Large bridge to get here.20160826_101240Back to Mystic to go to the Mystic Seaport. The Museum of America and the Sea.20160826_102454There is a whole lot to see here.20160826_102722This Live Oak log grew on the coast of South Carolina for over 600 years, until it was blown over by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  Live oak is a dense and strong wood, long favored by shipbuilders for frames and parts of the structural system within a wooden ship. Mystic Seaport workers salvaged this tree along with ten trailer loads of prized live oak.20160826_10283620160826_103414They have an active shipyard here where older vessels can be repaired authentically.20160826_103953One of the ships being repaired.20160826_114051This was a general store.20160826_114329There is a large building that demonstrates how rope is made.20160826_114305The yarn runs through this spinner to make the strand.20160826_114320The strands are twisted together to make the rope. They can make all different sizes of rope, depending on how many strands they use.20160826_114918Replica of Brant Point Lighthouse.20160826_115041You can take a sailboat ride for $4.00.20160826_115050We met the Captain in charge of this beautiful sailboat. He takes students, ages 15-18, on a five or 10-day voyage on this sailboat. The students learn teamwork, leadership and traditional nautical skills while sailing as the crew under his direction.  The students stand watch, steer, and help navigate through New England waters.  They go to places like Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Cuttyhunk.  Sounds great for a teenager.20160826_115853Beautiful wooden sailboats.20160826_11585620160826_120223These large old sailboats are massive.20160826_121503Mystic Bank – 1833.20160826_121154This is the museum’s pride and joy.  The Charles W. Morgan.  The oldest American merchant ship still afloat – and the last surviving American wooden whale-ship. When launched in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Morgan was one of more than 600 American ships hunting whales to supply the world’s need for oil.20160826_121413Check out the girl climbing the rope lines from the whaleboat to the ship.  You can barely see her just above the whaleboat with the yellow strip.20160826_121838The guy standing on the railing is singing as the crew and visitors pull the whaleboat up.  These boats weigh over 2,000 lbs.20160826_121841The Charles W. Morgan is 106 feet long.  Named for it’s original owner, Charles W. Morgan, a whaling merchant.  The vessel made 37 voyages during an 80-year whaling career.20160826_121919Hunting primarily in the Pacific Ocean, the Morgan often spent 3-5 years on each voyage. Seventy whales were killed during the first voyage, filling the hold with 2,400 barrels of oil. A crew of 30 to 36 men were needed to sail the ship, row the six-man whaleboats used to hunt and kill whales, and render oil from the blubber in a brick tryworks on deck.20160826_121928And there is the whaleboat and the man is still singing.  After the ship’s retirement in 1921, the Morgan was preserved as an exhibit near New Bedford, Mass., before being brought to Mystic Seaport in 1941. It was named as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.  It is a beautiful ship. (Trivia: the difference between a boat and a ship – you can put a boat on a ship, but you cannot put a ship on a boat).  Learn something new everyday.  Love it.20160826_123033This is just a beautiful boat.20160826_124155We learned about Scrimshaw, the Whalers’ Art.  And learned about oysters and how they are harvested.  Very interesting place. Highly recommend going.

Saturday August 27, 201620160827_102457Leaving Mystic, CT today, heading to East Stroudsburg, PA, about 220 miles away. We went through New York state.20160827_111449Across the Hudson River.  Dang, this is a big river.20160827_115519Into Pennsylvania.20160827_131944We have 2 nights at the Moose Lodge in East Stroudsburg, PA.20160827_13195220160827_173407They have a lot of property, with an outdoor pavilion and a small creek in the back.20160827_173424Not a bad campsite, it was level, 30 amp and water.  $15.00 a night, we love these kinds of places.20160828_093734Sunday they had a bike ride for charity.  Nice place and pretty easy to get to.

Monday we are off to Lancaster, PA, about 114 miles from here.

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