Virginia Shenandoah Valley

Friday September 2, 2016

We left Lancaster County Pennsylvania around 9:00 AM.  It was 59 when we woke up and 67 be the time we left.  We could not stay because they were booked for the Labor Day weekend.  We got really lucky and got a site in Virginia for the weekend.  Someone had just cancelled when I called last week.20160902_085302Wonderful bridges crossing the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.20160902_090954Passed by Middlesex.20160902_094151Wonderful farms along the highway.20160902_1013330Went through Maryland for 8 miles.20160902_102523Drove through West Virginia for 24 miles.20160902_105243This large cross along the interstate was very cool. People can be so creative.20160906_084050261 miles, 5 hours later, we arrived at Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA. This is a family owned campground that hires Workampers for the season.20160902_141502We really like this park. Our site is #68  The sites are long and level. 50 amp, water and sewer.  Cable was not very good and the internet was very slow.  The water pressure changed throughout the day.  The new owners are working on get a pump station on top of the hill to help with that.20160902_134136Even though it was not perfect, it worked for us and we enjoyed it.20160902_134201There is a pond down there.20160902_134204A very nice couple did take this spot for the weekend, but we didn’t care.20160902_141507The pull through sites are very long.  The back in sites have a better view.20160902_141512No big trees or boulders to get in your way.  Some of the reviews mentioned a very steep hill.  I found it while walking and it was steep.20160904_092405Just don’t take sites 107 – 111.  But it was not that bad getting to our site on top of the ridge.  Everyone was so friendly here.20160905_073852Down on the lower level, there is a very nice pond and camp sites all around it.  We liked being up on the ridge.20160902_173444We had a visitor at our site.20160902_173451He just sat there a while, then moved under the pile of camp fire wood.20160902_180832We had a nice campfire and one of the neighbors came over and offered us some Peach Moonshine.  It was probably some of the best tasting moonshine I have ever had.  These people are really friendly, like I said.20160902_185844Then we were graced with a beautiful sunset.20160902_185945We feel so relieved to have a nice camp site for the holiday weekend.

Saturday September 3, 201620160903_121325A trip to Central Virginia is not complete without a visit to Monticello.  Thomas Jefferson’s home on the hill. Construction began in 1769 and he continued to design and re-design for the next 40 years.  20160903_095848It was a 45 minute drive from Staunton.  The views from his hill are wonderful.20160903_110508They give house tours every 15 minutes from 9:45 – 4:30. This does not leave very much time for each tour.20160903_110437I had come here several years ago and loved the tour.  This time was not as nice.  I think they are trying to get too many people through and don’t give you nearly as much information as they used to.20160903_095919And for $25.00 a ticket, I was really looking for more.20160903_121649No pictures were allowed inside, so I only have exterior photos.20160903_121721There were beautiful flowers everywhere.20160903_12173720160903_12250720160903_122224Jefferson’s wife, Martha, died in 1782.  They were only married for 10 years before Martha died.  They had 6 children together, but only 2 daughters survived to adulthood and only one past the age of 25.  Martha only lived 4 months after the birth of their last child.20160903_123419It is a very lovely place with so much history.  Jefferson was an amazing man.  He loved architecture and gardening.  He recorded the weather everyday while at Monticello.20160903_123458Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 and was over $100,000 in debt, mostly because he inherited his father-in-laws debt. It was not an easy life for the author of the Declaration of Independence.

Labor Day, September 5, 201620160905_090341We thought it was a good day for a drive. Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive20160905_091404105 miles of beauty.  Speed limit is 35 mph.20160905_091424Hugh valleys with wonderful views.20160905_09342175 Overlooks along Skyline Drive.20160905_094347We only drove less than half way and each overlook was different.20160905_094711Small lakes throughout the valley.20160905_103722Beautiful rolling hills.20160905_104032101 miles of the Appalachian Trial pass through the Shenandoah National Park.  The A.T. is 2,180 miles, passes through 14 states, 5 National Parks, 7 National Forests, and numerous state parks and towns between Georgia and Maine.20160905_104052Ivy Creek 1.4, Pinefield Gap 1.9, Ivy Creek Spring 2.2 and Simmons Gap 3.320160905_105109Another beautiful overlook.20160905_105229Even some wildlife.20160905_105232Sorry it is so blurring, but this deer was moving fast.20160905_112905A wonderful barn on the way back to Staunton.20160905_122646An awesome home in downtown Staunton.20160905_123708We were told that Kathy’s was the best in town, and it was wonderful.20160905_130624Being Labor Day, we got lucky that they were open.  They close at 2:00 and we got there about 1:30.20160905_130717Saw this marker outside that Staunton is the Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, 28th President.  He was born here December 28, 1856.

Moving on tomorrow to be closer to my Dad.  I get to see him for a few days. I can’t wait. Safe travels to everyone.


August 29 – September 2, 2016

Monday August 29, 201620160829_100912We left East Stroudsburg, PA, heading to Lancaster, PA.  It is only 114 miles, but took 3 hours due to heavy traffic around Allentown.20160829_102155Passed through Virginville, PA.20160829_142024It is hot in Pennsylvania in August.20160829_142204Beautiful campground in Gordonville, PA, Lancaster County.20160829_142228We stayed at County Acres Campground.  Beautiful farmland all around us.  Site #876, 50 amp, water, sewer, cable (70+ channels), decent WiFi. Nice laundry room, $1.75 wash, $0.50 for 30 minutes of dryer.20160829_142234Sites are decent.  Long enough for the 5th wheel and the truck.20160829_142251Not very level side to side, but not too bad.  Easy to get to, right off US-30. Bird-in-Hand Corporation owns a lot of property and businesses in the Lancaster area.  They own this campground, multiple hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc.20160829_140458Had dinner at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In my opinion, it is not as good as The Blue Gate in Shipshewana, IN.20160829_140505Very pretty flowers.20160829_181734“If you build it, they will come.”20160829_181740That is some good size corn.

Tuesday August 30, 2016 – York, PA20160830_110437Decided to drive to York to tour the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations manufacturing facility.20160830_110456They build custom order bikes here too.20160830_112730These are the colors for 2017.20160830_112816They manufacture the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike styles here in York.20160830_112848My favorite.20160830_113215Cliff’s favorite.20160830_113409I like it too. 20160830_113459I had a fun time getting off of that monster.20160830_115947_001We like to check in with new friends from time to time, just to see where everyone is.  Phil and Judy Kerns, full-timers from Oklahoma, just happened to be in Hershey.  They suggested we meet them for a tour.  We made reservations on-line, which we found out later was a very smart idea. The staff told us that most of the time people just show up and the tours are full.  We took the Steel Toe Tour, which was Great!  They don’t allow photos on the tour, so we just got a few in the lobby.  We are very impressed with Harley-Davidson and the commitment to the saying “Made in America”.  Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the area.  If I could ride a motorcycle, it would definitely be a Harley. 20160830_144808The tour was over 2 hours long.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was British, not that really means anything, but interesting. We headed downtown York for an early dinner.20160830_144841It was recommended that we try the White Rose Bar & Grill.  It was very nice and we got to enjoy our time with Phil and Judy a little longer.  We meet them at the Escapees Rally in Vermont in July.  We just love meeting new full-timers and then finding them along the path again.20160830_163231Interesting public art downtown York.20160830_165614Beautiful bridges on our way home from York, PA.

Wednesday August 31, 201620160831_082626The Amish in Pennsylvania ride bike scouters. Cliff really likes these.20160831_083118Since our campground is owned by Bird-in-Hand, they have a free tour of the Lancaster County countryside.  Since we love tours and it was free, we had to go.  The first stop was a farm that make their own, well everything.  The hot pretzel was probably the best I have had in a very long time.  20160831_083018They had peacocks, donkeys, ponies, wild turkey, horses, chickens, goats and anything else you could think of.20160831_083130Sheep and Goose.20160831_083132The donkeys were so cute.20160831_102644Covered bridges.20160831_102719You can take buggy tours too.  Those are not free.20160831_102944Stunning farms.20160831_114356I posted this one on facebook, so most of you have seen this. Cliff was so excited, he stopped the truck to get his picture.  What can I say??20160831_110727Stoltzfus Meat market was nice and had a very large selection.  We stocked up on things for the freezer.  They did not have any pork burgers, which was disappointing.  They are really good if you can find them.20160831_110828There were shops like this one, Wild Goose Gallery.  We actually bought something here.  I will show you when we get back to Florida. A very nice man works there and sells his bird carvings.  Cool place to wander around.20160831_111800There are several road side shops.20160831_111803Roger and Dawn Brown, sorry this is so blurry, but we wanted you to see the flowers made out of horseshoes.  They were painted all different colors and they were everywhere.20160831_114349The hay is ready to harvest.20160831_112711My wings are not very straight….20160831_112726but Cliff’s are.20160831_121246Cliff found his favorite shirt.20160831_121533and his new Heike stick.

Off to Virginia. Till then, cheers.



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.

Wells Beach, Maine

August 17 – August 23, 201620160818_093313Wells Beach Resort, right on US-1.  One mile from the beach.20160817_151222Site #216. Site was very level, but a little tight.  They have large boulders at the corners of each site in the front. You can barely see the one behind the truck.20160817_151313Road is narrow, but adequate. It is a pretty park.

Thursday August 18, 201820160818_13494120160818_103154It really feels like a beach town.20160818_151319I first had “Slap Ya Mama” in Apalachicola last fall. First time I have seen it in a store.  I love this stuff.  Wells Beach and this whole community has a very convenient trolley system.  There is a trolley stop at the entrance to the campground. It will take you from Kennebunkport to York, Maine. It cost money, but nice so you don’t have to fight the traffic.20160818_104504We rode it to Ogunquit, then transferred to Perkins Cove.20160818_114255Pedestrian draw bridge.20160818_12003220160818_120206Had to let this sailboat through.20160818_114306Lobstermen coming in with their catch of the day.20160818_114329Very cute village.20160818_120358One building had these cute birdhouses, all different kinds. There is a little bird in the mouth of the cat.

Friday August 19, 201620160819_084543We took the Blue Line trolley north to the Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk.  This is the transfer spot for the Aqua Line to Kennebunkport.  They ice skate here in the winter.20160819_084608We have seen this all over Maine. Can you see the stick above the fire hydrant?  This is how they find them when it snows.  I never thought I would see this.20160819_093453In Kennebunkport, they offer a Intown Trolley, that is a narrated tour of the area.  This cost extra, but you get the narration. And you can get on and off all day.20160819_093502We stopped for coffee at H.B.Provisions while we waited for the Intown Trolley. Very cool place. You can find almost anything in here.20160819_104133Franciscan Monastery, still operating today.20160819_10404020160819_113737They have a Christmas celebration here every year with little candles.  I bet it is beautiful.20160819_104339Mother’s Beach.  There is a place next door with all day children activities.20160819_104933Beautiful homes along the beach road.20160819_104955Most of them are rentals.20160819_10501720160819_110913The private yacht club.20160819_111104The Colony Hotel.  They have a beautiful view of the ocean out back.20160819_11161720160819_111636It was a beautiful day.20160819_111755(0)President George H.W. Bush’s summer cottage.20160819_111856The trolley driver said these are the Secret Service vehicles and when they are here, that means the President and Barbara Bush are probably here too.20160819_112656The Tea Cup House.20160819_112904“Wicked” anything in Maine. Someone told us, there is more ice cream sold in Maine than anywhere else.  I believe that.  You see ice cream places everywhere.20160819_124343And beautiful flowers.20160819_124413Love locks on the bridge.20160819_124431The bridge separates Kennebunk and 20160819_124440Kennebunkport. These signs are on opposite sides of this post.20160819_12531820160819_130505_001Relaxed at Federal Jack’s.  The birthplace of Shipyard Brewery.20160819_130638Nice view.20160819_131944Love the flower pots that look like boats.

Saturday August 20, 201620160820_085912We decided to drive along the coast after breakfast at Horizon Restaurant.20160820_090926We saw some beautiful houses.

Sunday August 21, 201620160821_074355We decided to head to Boston.20160821_074418It doesn’t look tall enough for our truck.20160821_074425We made it to New Hampshire.20160821_07595220160821_091111We parked at the Museum of Science to catch a Duck Boat Tour.  I think if we ever made it back here we would do the tour that lets you off and on.  I don’t think we got to see enough.20160821_094331And we decided they need to have adult only tours as an option.  There were so many little kids on the tour, it was hard to hear the driver and they kept kicking the back of our seat. I can really tell that I am getting OLD.20160821_095026Beautiful architecture.20160821_095052~2Saw the front of Cheers where they filmed the show, but did not get to go in. They only filmed the exterior for the show.  The show was not filmed inside this bar, it was named the Bull & Finch Pub. Per their website, they have changed the name to “Cheers on Beacon Hill”. The TV show premiered in 1982.20160821_095102I love the architecture.20160821_09533020160821_09534520160821_095349The churches are amazing!20160821_09563120160821_09573920160821_09575220160821_095806This was in Common Square.20160821_100358The John Hancock Tower is Wicked Tall, not to be confused with the John Hancock Center in Chicago.20160821_100548This is the last legal mailing address for John F. Kennedy.  Apparently, you can not use 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as your mailing address when you are President.  20160821_102323And into the River we go.20160821_10253520160821_102548On the other side of the bridge is the Museum of Science.20160821_103409There are symbols of Viking ships on the columns, even though there is no record of Vikings ever being in Boston.(So the tour guide said)20160821_103522They have a large sailing school here for children.20160821_120743This was the old prison.20160821_120956It is now The Liberty Hotel.  We definitely did not have enough time in Boston.  I could come back and spend several days.  So much to see and learn.20160821_075622On the way to and from Boston, you drive through New Hampshire and they have a State owned Liquor Store that is very popular.20160821_133828It has it’s own exit off the interstate.  It is huge.  Large bottle of Jack Daniel’s $34.99. Great price.  We got off the interstate at Kittery to check out the outlet shopping, but it was as busy at the outlet shopping in Lake George, so we drove on through and stayed on US-1 to York.20160821_142033We got to Nubble Lighthouse and this is as close as we could get.  It had already been a long day in Boston and we just did not feel like fighting the crowd to get closer.20160821_142432The drive along the coast was beautiful.20160821_142547We really liked York and would come back.20160821_14261220160821_142802The beaches were crowded.20160821_14383820160821_154425Got back to Wells and went to Maine Diner. Not bad. I am not sure it lives up to it’s hype.20160821_154359We did not have any, but a lot of people did.20160821_154621We spent the next couple of days planning our next leg of the trip.  We are heading to Mystic, CT.

Bar Harbor – Part II

August 14 – August 16, 201620160814_093523Sunday August 14, 2016 – We had reservations for a Whale Watching cruise at 8:30 with our new friends Colleen and Frank Marzigliano.  Trenton is about 30 minutes from the Harbor in Bar Harbor. It was about 60 degrees and foggy with a slight wind. We were dressed in blue jeans and long sleeves with jackets in the back pack. About 10 minutes into our ride to the Harbor, I got an email that the cruise had been cancelled due to the fog and lack of visibility.  So Cliff said “I’m not wearing the blue jeans all day, I have not had on a pair of pants since April”. So we turned around so he could change back into shorts.  We checked with Colleen and Frank and they were more than half way to Bar Harbor.  So we decided to meet for breakfast and then decide what to do.20160814_112649We went to get our refund and the clerk said he could put us on the 1:00 cruise.  He also said that the temperature is about 20 degrees cooler out at sea and that we need long pants, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.  Well, now we have to buy some jackets.  We went in search and found some we all liked.  Another souvenir, Yeah!20160814_125740Before we took off, the captain said we would be motoring into a fog bank and if anyone was not comfortable with low visibility, they should get off now. He said the seas could be rolling.  I don’t think anyone got off.  It was foggy and hard to see anything.  The whole cruise was narrated, so it was very interesting. 20160814_131008Then we spotted some dolphins.20160814_131025Several of them playing.20160814_132807I hope you can see the baby swimming next to her mom in the forefront of the photo.20160814_140347The captain decided to move to another area of the sea, the fog lifted and the sun came out and we spotted our first whale.  A hump back whale.  My first time seeing a whale in the wild.  Very Cool.20160814_135947This was a mother and her calf.  The narrator even knew the name of this whale by the markings on the underside of her tail.20160814_140424The captain circled as long as they would come up.  Eventually, they moved on and we had to get back to the dock.  He hightailed it back too.  He had stayed out longer than usual so that we could experience the whales.20160814_142315It turned out to be a very exciting trip.20160814_152129And we about froze our buns off.  It was COLD. This is Colleen and Frank.  We had such a good time.  We got back about 4:00 and decided to go to Route 66 for an early dinner.  I laughed so hard, my sides hurt for 2 days after that.  Can’t wait to see you guys again soon.

Monday August 15, 201620160815_092823We decided to go to Canada today.  To get there, you go through Lubec, ME.20160815_084501Cute little fishing village.20160815_092839That is Canada.20160815_092848It was very foggy.  Looked like a picture of Maine.20160815_09292720160815_093200There was not much to see here.20160815_093819So we headed to Canada.20160815_09382220160815_093918Wait in line for border check.20160815_094446And here we are.20160815_095532This is what we came for, the Campobello International Park. run by the United States and Canada.  The first of only 2 International Parks in the world. Franklin D Roosevelt’s summer cottage.20160815_094206_001We got a map of the island from the visitor center.20160815_094651That is Lubec, ME from Canada.20160815_102024This is the Roosevelt’s summer cottage. Eleanor was allowed to visit the cottage whenever she wanted after it was sold. 20160815_102335Everything in the home was owned by the Roosevelt’s, except for the wallpaper.20160815_102753It was like they just walked away one day and left everything behind.20160815_10280920160815_10281220160815_103221They had a sign in each room telling you whose room it was.20160815_10321820160815_103405A Davis sewing machine.  I have never seen one.20160815_103519The Dining room20160815_103523The butler’s pantry.20160815_10353820160815_103546The kitchen20160815_103832The laundry room.20160815_104048The view from the back of the house.20160815_104113The back of the cottage.20160815_104426The dark things in the water in the background are Atlantic Salmon breeding nets.20160815_104421The New Brunwick’s salmon aquaculture industry began in 1978. Young salmon are raised from eggs in a freshwater hatchery and moved to the pens to grow into adults (8-11 lbs), which takes about 18 months. Framed with netting, each pen holds tens of thousands of fish. The harvested fish are processed locally and shipped world wide.20160815_111903East Quoddy Lighthouse20160815_111834This is as close as we could get.  You have to come at low tide to get there.20160815_112118Incoming tide rises 5 feet per hour.  You could be stranded for 8 hours.  You cannot wade or swim because that is extremely dangerous. If you want to see some really nice photographs of this area, check out RoadsLessTraveled.20160815_113215Cute houses on the island.20160815_113234The fog is beginning to lift.20160815_114756From Friar’s Head you can see the backyard of Roosevelt’s place. The clearing on the right.20160815_114916The Campobello Company was started by a group of businessmen from Boston and New York in 1881. They bought most of the island and their plan was to promote the island as a summer resort. They constructed large, luxurious hotels.  FDR came as a child.  They stayed in the hotel on the left in 1883. Called the Tyn-y-Coed (Welsh for “house in the woods”).20160815_114918Families came by private yacht, steamship or train.20160815_12013320160815_120607The Mulholland Point Lighthouse.  This is the one at the beginning of this post in the fog from Lubec. Built in 1885. Decommissioned in 1963. It was eventually sold to the Look Brothers, who donated it to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission in 1984.20160815_120301The International Bridge.20160815_121551Back to the Untied States. 20160815_123426West Quoddy Lighthouse. The Easternmost Point in the United States.20160815_124344We made it. I think it odd that the easternmost point is called the WEST Quoddy Lighthouse.20160815_124603It has turned out to be a beautiful day.20160815_125136We were at the tip.20160815_134532We stopped at Helen’s in Machias, ME.20160815_14223520160815_142240Cute place.

Tuesday August 16, 201620160816_173144The Timberland Acres RV Resort planned an outing to the Great Maine Lumberjack Show20160816_172856Flower Beds. 20160816_180140We went with our RV twins, Chuck and Debra from Texas.20160816_182535It rained off and on the whole show.  These guys never missed a beat.20160816_18255120160816_18314220160816_183736Timber Tina runs the show.  She is very funny and entertaining.  Her brother used to own the Lumberjack show in Pigeon Forge before he sold it to Dollywood.  She is very knowledgeable about the timber industry.  I highly recommend this show if you are ever in Trenton, Maine.20160816_183958Climbing the trees.20160816_18420420160816_18420920160816_18421120160816_184214This literally took seconds.  It was amazing.20160816_185457Log rolling. I have a video, but for some reason I cannot add it here.  I need to figure that out.20160816_19151120160816_192049It was very entertaining. A fun evening to end our stay near Bar Harbor.

Off to Wells Beach, Maine tomorrow.

Bar Harbor, ME – Part 1

August 7 – August 17, 2016

We left Boothbay Harbor at 9:15 and arrived at Timberland Acres RV Park  around noon.  It was 96 miles and took almost 3 hours.  Hwy 1 all the way, single lane road.  We even got flipped the finger once when there was enough room for this guy to pass us.  Oh well, he needs to slow down and smell the roses like us. A guy in Boothbay told us it would be slow and travel would be bad through Camden, ME because it is called the “Prettiest Town in Maine”.20160807_091247Well, Camden sure is Pretty.  They have a Sea Dog Brewing Company, which I think is a cute name.20160807_091353The Camden Library is Pretty.20160807_091400Pretty houses.20160807_092331Pretty views.20160807_094459Pretty Harbor.  The traffic was not bad, but slow enough for me to take some photos.20160807_101149Coming into Bucksport, you see this.  The Tallest Bridge Observatory in the World.  Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory & Historic Fort Knox. 20160807_101204We really should have come back to see this.  The Observatory is 420 feet tall and is 42 stories.  It is the only observatory bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest in the world.  Fort Knox is Maine’s largest historic fort and Maine’s first granite fort.  Constructed between 1844 and 1864, it was never completed and never saw combat.20160807_101214Beautiful view of the Penobscot Narrows.20160807_101221Cool Bridge.

Arrived in Trenton, ME (the other side of the bridge from Mt.Desert Island)

Timberland Acres RV Park. This is a great park.  The staff plan lots of outings for the guests. We only attended one, but this is a very nice place to camp.20160809_081638Thanks to Ron and Linda Prater, we got a reservation here for 10 days.  Site #216, 50 amp, water, sewer, no cable, but very good Verizon signal.  Our Winegard Rayzar antenna picked up 6 channels, so no Olympic games for me.  It usually does better than that, but not today.20160809_081651So here we are, all set up.  Very long sites and pretty good room between each other.  We look across the street…..20160809_081702and what do we see, it’s a Twin.  Chuck and Debra from Texas.  This gets even better, they bought their Tradition from RVs For Less in Knoxville.  Same place we bought our SunnyBrook (our first 5th wheel).They have had the same problem with their slide. And their front cap was getting foggy too. They have already been to DRV and got the front cap repainted. You can see the difference between their front and ours at the top. We are getting an appointment to get that repaired next spring.20160809_085017Chuck has the little black strips to keep the slide rubber seals in the correct position. We need those. Other than the outside, not much is the same.  We don’t have the same microwave, light scones, wallcovering, bathroom vanity top and light switches.  You would think that the Twins would be the same, built in the same year and are the exact same model number, but no.  We had a great time getting to know Chuck and Debra.

Monday August 8, 2016 – Bah Haba20160808_081920You do not pronounce the Rs in Maine. There is a large island called Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor is just one small village on the island.  I never really paid that much attention to where Bar Harbor actually is located.  This is supposed to be a map of the island, but I don’t think I did it correctly.  Let me know if you see the map. Thanks.

graphic of Downeast Transportation year-round busMt. Desert Island has this awesome trolley system, Island Explorer. It takes you all over the island, so you don’t have to drive.  Traffic is terrible and the roads are very narrow.  And it is FREE. There are 7 different routes.  It was very easy to use.20160808_084546We always seem to arrive a low tide.20160808_084604They give you a neat book when you check in at the campground called “Acadia Weekly”. It is published every Sunday.  It gives you the sunrise and sunset times, the high and low tide times for each day. It listed the Cruise Ship arrivals times, so you don’t get caught up in a very crowded day.  There are articles about the area, maps, trolley schedules and a list of things to do and see.  It is very handy, but we still seem to only make it at low tide.20160808_085847Beautiful flowers everywhere.20160808_085901They also have carriage rides. I wish we had time to do that too.20160808_090144Whale watching is big here.20160808_090155Nice hotel with great views.20160808_090423The large yacht on the left is paying about $1,000.00 a day to park there.20160808_100846We made reservations on the Oli’s Trolley for the Acadia National Park tour.  It is a 2.5 hour tour of the park.  It follows the Park Loop Road.20160808_111124Idle was our tour guide.  She is from southern Georgia and she drives trolleys in Yellowstone National Park too.  She was very knowledgeable about the area. The roads are very narrow and there is a lot of traffic.  She did a great job.20160808_095052Beautiful sites on our way to Cadillac Mountain.20160808_095616Down below is Bar Harbor and Bar Island20160808_095624At low tide you can walk across the sand bar to Bar Island.  I wish we had time for that too20160808_095935We started off at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, took the Island Explorer trolley to Bar Harbor. This is a great map of the area. In a couple of days, we are going to drive over to Schoodic Peninsula.20160808_095843There were people everywhere.  The Oli’s Trolley only allows you 15 minutes at each stop, so you don’t get to enjoy a whole lot.20160808_09594320160808_095952The views from the top of Cadillac Mountain were awesome.20160808_10000720160808_09595220160808_100318We made it to Cadillac Mountain, not for the sunrise, but we made it.20160808_102946The meadow.20160808_110216The cliffs.  There are hiking trails up there.20160808_111654This is Thunder Hole.  When the tide is coming in, it is supposed to sound like thunder.  Bad timing again, no thunder.20160808_11173420160808_11174420160808_111959Nice views though.20160808_11200820160808_11204820160808_11222920160808_112312It was very nice.20160808_11241120160808_131950Bar Harbor Fire Department.

Tuesday August 9, 2016 – Bass Harbor20160809_09555320160809_095601Bass Harbor is a very small, less crowded village.20160809_100843The path to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.20160809_101002Beautiful views along the path20160809_101034The steps down to the viewing area.20160809_101859The lighthouse is in the right corner of the photo.  This lighthouse is still in operation, so this is as close as you can get.  I was not comfortable walking out on those rocks to get a better photo. Sorry.20160809_101803Tour boats along the coast line.20160809_101829Sail boats.20160809_101946It was very pretty here.  I am so glad we came.20160809_104138Drove to the Natural Seawall. Low tide again, but this time it was a good thing.20160809_104018Looking left.20160809_104025looking right.20160809_094337The flowers are so pretty in Maine.20160809_094339The houses are too.20160809_105953Lunch at the Seafood Ketch in Bass Harbor, ME.  Nice view for lunch. It was a beautiful day. I had the escargot and it was fantastic.  Some of the best I have ever had. Cliff had the Seafood Bisque.20160809_11425620160809_183205The least expensive firewood yet.  $2.50 a bundle.  Some places have been $7.00, but most average about $4.00-5.00 a bundle and you have to buy it locally because of the deadly beetles.20160810_121742We received a wonderful gift from Heike and Chris.  It is the Table 7 sign.  It refers to the group of people who met as strangers in Sevierville, TN at the RV Dreams Rally.  By the end of the week, we had become lifetime friends.  We have already met up with 4 of them on this journey.  Hoping to met up with 2 more in Virginia.

Thursday August 11, 201620160811_102649Our neighbor and Twin was changing his anode in his hot water heater and so we decided we needed to do that too.  We headed to Bangor to River Road RV Repair.  Chuck got his aluminum anode there.  Road construction in Maine means something a little different than in Tennessee.  They remove the whole road, down to the dirt.20160811_123827Then we drove over to Tidal Falls.  It is really just rapids that reverse direction depending on if the tide is coming in or going out.20160811_125248And guess what, we arrived at low tide.  No rapids, just a lot of rocks.20160811_125236The water is very clear and you see all kinds of clam shells.20160811_12532320160811_125706They have this cool Tide Clock.  So I am going to jump ahead here to August 16, 2016.20160816_081039We went back to Tidal Falls an hour before high tide.20160816_082241In the picture above where Cliff is standing on the rocks, they are now under water.20160816_082246The tide is coming in.20160816_090549There was a little seal playing around. He would come up and float for a while, then go back under and come back up again.  It was cute. Now back to August 11, 2016.20160811_13105820160811_131102Late lunch at Ruth & Wimpy’s.20160811_13111120160811_13272820160811_133157Cliff had Lobster Stew.


Friday August 12, 2016

We were going to get up at 4:00 AM to watch the meteor shower, but it was too cloudy to see anything.20160812_094500Once we did get up, we decided to drive over to Schoodic Peninsula. This is the only section of Acadia National Park that is on the mainland. Before you get to the park, there is a small town of Winter Harbor. This street ends right at the water.20160812_094732It was beautiful at the end of the road.  And here we are at low tide.20160812_094800Granite stones everywhere.20160812_095145We see a lot of these configurations.  Not sure what they mean.  Maybe it is just people being creative.20160812_100509Beautiful summer cottages along this road that ends at the water.20160812_10053220160812_100701Pretty church20160812_100814The sailing club.20160812_101340Post Office in Winter Harbor, ME20160812_102038Acadia National Park visitor center.20160812_104523First stop is Frazer Point. At this point the road becomes one way around the peninsula.20160812_10540620160812_104649More rock formations. 20160812_113802It is 1:00 in the afternoon and the fog is so thick you can’t see much.20160812_113812This is Schoodic Point.20160812_113811-PANOGoogle Photos made a panoramic view for me.  It looks better on the computer.20160812_114108Miles of granite.20160812_11445620160812_111959The fog is starting to lift.20160812_115231Thought I was back in Florida for a second.20160812_115554Drove right along the shore line.20160812_120852Got to Prospect Harbor and it is still foggy.20160812_120859Big lobsterman.20160812_12102720160812_154138Decided on an early dinner at Union River Lobster Pot.  The most expensive meal so far and not that impressed.20160812_185003New friends, Chuck and Debra are the 2 on the right.20160812_185005Rick and Diane are from Maryland20160812_185021This family from Mass. Ben is the field spaniel.  They did everything they could while they were here with their son Brian. Great family.

Bar Harbor Part 2 coming up next.

Monhegan Island, Maine

Friday August 5, 2016

20160805_083419A 1-1/2 hour boat ride to Monhegan Island from Boothbay Harbor on the Balmy Days II.20160805_084210We sat on the upper level.20160805_08493320160805_085322It is an island 12 miles out to sea.20160805_085412Waves crashing against the rocks.20160805_085449The wind was blowing about 15-20 miles an hour.  The captain said the seas could be rolling today.  And they were.20160805_100209Monhegan Island only has about 65 residents full time.20160805_100417A small island across the bay has wild goats.  We never did find out how they got there.20160805_101907The Library20160805_101913The School.20160813_143108A gentleman on the boat told us to hike up to the lighthouse and then across the Island to Whitehead. 20160805_102631There are no paved roads on the island.  This is from the lighthouse point.20160805_102802The lighthouse.20160805_103542We made it to the lighthouse.  The Island Inn is in the background, the large building.20160805_10392520160805_103941The Monhegan Store and Ice Pond operated from 1911 until 1972.20160805_104007harvesting ice20160805_103956Mean looking blade.20160805_104015I would not want to be doing that.20160805_110111Whitehead. Oh, what a beautiful place.20160805_110149Waves crashing along the shore.20160805_110207_001Beautiful day.20160805_110208Helen and Bryan both taking pictures.20160805_110303Cliff, hatless.20160805_110345I would not go any farther back.20160805_111701We had packed a picnic lunch and this was a wonderful place to rest and take it all in.20160805_110313The seagull kept trying to steal Helen’s sandwich.20160805_112708It was breath taking.20160805_120143We took a different trail back down to the village.20160805_120209The lighthouse from this trail.20160805_121547The post office.20160805_12202920160805_122041I never did figure out what the Jelly Fish were.20160805_12211520160805_122144Lobster traps stacked everywhere.20160805_12222320160805_12354220160805_123558Cliff asked this young woman if the water was cold and she said “Yes, but you’ll get used to it.”20160805_123635So, of course he had to try it.20160805_123702And yes, it was COLD.20160805_134902Back on the boat. Another 1-1/2 hours and it was pretty rolling at times. Next time, I would like to spend the night and have more time to explore the island.20160805_144526_001The wind was perfect for sailing.20160805_145913Small islands everywhere.20160805_15001720160805_150800If you can see all the dots in the water, that is all the lobster lines.20160805_151454Back to Boothbay Harbor.20160805_163628We decided to try to the pizza.20160805_163800wood fired.20160805_163610Pizza and wine, my favorite.20160805_155226You go up to the bar to order and they bring it to you.  It was very good.

What a wonderful trip to Monhegan Island.  I would recommend this to anyone.  If you have time, spend the night and give yourself time to explore.  The Island Inn was recommended to us if we ever come back. There is also The Monhegan House and several B&B’s.

If you have a tendency for sea sickness, take something with you.  The only mercantile on the island did not have any Dramamine.

Well, we have had a blast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Saturday will be filled with preparations to move to Bar Harbor on Sunday.  Until the next time.  Cheers.