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Sat. Sept. 17 Gaffney SC to Fri. Sept. 23 Statesboro GA

Last weeks blog was on my laptop, ready to go except for two pictures which were on Bob’s computer. My laptop, which is less than 45 days old, would not start and is in for repair. Because the Geek Squad could not start it, they had to send it away. We could not transfer the data to a new computer, so I am unable to just trade it in for a new one. The repair will take 2-3 weeks, so I am using Bob’s laptop. I will post last weeks blog when I get my laptop back.

Saturday- Moving day! We left the Freightliner facility in Gaffney and drove south on I-85 to I-26 east. As soon as we entered I-85 south we passed the famous Gaffney Peach water tower. South Carolina advertises that their peaches are sweeter than Georgia peaches.

Gaffney Peach watertower

We traveled east to North Charleston moving into the JB Famcamp located on the airforce base.  What a beautiful place!

We had specific instructions on how to enter the base. The gate we were using had a large X-ray machine and we had to go through that on the way in. There was only a FedEx truck ahead of us at the entrance. The guard looked at our ID’s and we were waved on.

X-ray machine at JB Famcamp Charleston SC

We drove about a mile into the base and turned right into the campground. We stopped in the parking lot and disconnected the car. While we were doing that, Bob and Gwen, the camp-hosts, showed up in their golf cart. They guided us to a really nice site, #22. The roads are asphalt, the pad is concrete, with an area for a nice picnic table. Both Bob’s figured out where the MH  needed to be positioned so we could receive the satellite feed;  we parked and set up.

Gwen gave us about 15 minutes and came back to collect our $23 per night for FHU 50 amp. Wow, are we happy with this place! We are located right off I-26, about 6 miles north of Charleston. The Famcamp is small, only about 35 sites, but it is very nice!!

We settled in and I started laundry. I was able to do 4 loads before bedtime. Bob took a short nap and I worked on cleaning out the apps on my cell phone and read. We ate dinner in, watched TV and went to bed.

We discovered that Revelry is 7 AM and Taps is at 10 PM, and they ‘retire the colors’ at 4:30 each day, playing the Star Spangle Banner. Different than the base in Boston!

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks of budgeting etc. We left at about 9:30 and went into the city. We went straight to the Visitor Center. We parked in the parking garage for $2 per hour, $16 for all day.

We purchased tickets for the Grayline Tour. We boarded the nice air conditioned van for the 2 hour tour. There are lots of horse drawn carriage tours, but the weather was upper 90’s and very humid. Even the Charleston natives were complaining about how humid it is due to tropical storm Julia, which has been stuck off the coast for quite awhile now.

Our tour guide was Bob Poe. He was a hoot! He talked very fast, as he likes to get all the info in that he can. He had a laugh and spit a lot when talking, with his very southern accent. He did a good job though. Because we were in the city, I was unable to get a lot of pictures.

Charleston SC

Charleston SC

There were hundreds of picturesque houses and I was only able to get pictures of a few from the van. I will have more another day.

We stopped at the seawall and were able to leave the van to look at Ft. Sumter in the distance.

Ft. Sumter

We were also able to set Ft. Moultrie. It was closer to us. It has an interesting history. The fort was built from palmetto tree wood. The British and the Patriots thought it would never hold up under an assault. The Brits shot cannon balls at the fort and it just absorbed them.  The Brits left and came back with more ships to do it again and the Patriots lobbed back the British cannon balls at them. This was a major victory for the patriots. Now we know why the Palmetto is the state tree and is on the state flag. The flag in the picture below is a replica of the flag flying over the fort during the battle.

Ft. Palmeto

Canon to fight off the British

Above is one of the cannons that the Patriots used to fight the British. Below is a cobble stone street.

Cobblestone street

First church in Charleston

Above is the oldest church in Charleston.

Bob returned us to the Visitor Center and we took the free city trolley back to the Charleston Market area. We hopped off the trolley and walked over a block and a half. Our destination was  Sticky Fingers BBQ restaurant that  tour guide Bob thought highly of, but on the way, we ran into a man from Hymans Seafood ( also on our to do list) and he gave us each a free, large hush puppy and a coupon for a free appetizer at Hymans.

So we stopped in there. There was no line, which evidently is unusual, and we were quickly seated. Hymans is famous in Charleston. On their brochure they have listed a lot of famous people who have eaten there. There were plaques on the table noting who had sat at each table. Ours had Tony Dorset, Vicki Lawrence, Rick Flair, and Erma Bombeck!

Hymans

The food was awesome! Bob had wanted to try fried green tomatoes so we had that as our free appetizer. We were supposed to have two entree’s to get the free appetizer, but our waiter, Kyle, asked us if we just wanted the fried green tomatoes, without the fixings. He said he could give us those using the coupon. So we had them. Bob had the coconut shrimp special and I had the shrimp tacos. We had a lot of food. The tacos are not an entrée. Each came with delicious coleslaw and two big hush puppies. Kyle also delivered a plate of four big hush puppies. We waddled out of the restaurant through the gift shop.

The manager came to each table and greeted the diners. When he spoke with us he asked if we had been there before. We said no and he told us, that is okay, you will be back. Before we left we told him he was right, we will return next time we are in Charleston! We highly recommend this restaurant!!

We walked back down the street to the Charleston Slave Market. It is not where they sold the slaves, it was run by the slaves, selling the local items. It is fuve blocks long and is mostly an open market. It was hot and humid inside. Midway through, in the third block, it was air conditioned. Good thing, as we were able to cool off a bit.

Charleston Slave Market Charleston Slave Market

We did not purchase anything, as lots of items were very expensive. Living in a MH, we cannot purchase a lot of stuff, which is a good thing!  We did see these though… Ranch Dressing soda, Bacon soda?? No we did not try them! Yuk!!

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Behind the market was the Custom House.

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We returned on the to the visitor center parking garage. We paid $10 for the parking and returned to the MH. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Monday- Bob took the sheets and towels across the street from the MH to the laundry. $1.75 to wash and $1.75 to dry for 1 hour! Very nice. We left at 10 AM driving back north on I-26 to Columbia. We arrived at 11:45 at the Applebees, right off the interstate. We were meeting up with long time friend, and one of my health coach clients, Sandra Johnston. we had not seen Sandra since 2014. Sandra lives in Greenwood and this was about half way between. Between the two of us we have lost over 80 lbs!

Sandra and Denise at Applebees

We had a great lunch, catching up with her. We left at about 2:30 and drove back to Charleston, stopping at an NFCU branch to have our request for absentee ballots notarized. We arrived to find the place mobbed! Wow, was it busy. We finally found seats and waited for our turn. Evidently, the notary was not all that busy, because we suddenly were called to the counter. She notarized both of our forms and we were back on the road in about 20 minutes.

We returned home, Bob walked the dogs, and it started to rain. We had two thunderstorms this evening. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Tuesday- We left around 9:30 and went to the Nathanial Russell House Museum. We hunted for a parking place. All the signs are clear as mud. We finally decided to stop at an open spot that said “2 hour parking, Resident parking pass B”. Huh? We were confused. So we parked and went into the Museum. We asked at the desk and were told that it is okay to park for 2 hours, you just need a resident parking sticker to park for longer than 2 hours. They agreed that the signs were confusing. Okay! We paid the $12 each to tour the house.

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Below is the garden which we walked through to get to the reception area.

Gardens and entrance to tour

Side of house, Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Above is the side of the house. The house consists of 3 stories and each story has three rooms. Two are square and the center is oval. To access the balcony above you have to exit through the windows.

The Russell House was completed in 1808. Nathanial Russell was an import/export merchant, who was one of the few who sent his ships to the orient, as well as England. He exported rice, indigo, and cotton, the two staples of SC at the time. He imported goods, such as textiles, china, tea, and slaves. At one point he was the wealthiest merchant in Charleston. The family had 18 slaves at the house.

He did not marry until he was in his 50’s. He married a rich Charleston woman, Sara, who gave him entry into Charleston society. Sara was rich enough that she did not have to marry, and she was 36 years old. She did pre-nups and other contracts to protect her independence, and other men would not marry her.  They had two daughters. The grandchildren eventually sold the house. Many families and some nuns lived there before it was purchased by the Historic Charleston Foundation who runs it now. Below is a picture of Nathaniel and his two daughters. There are no pictures of Sara, as they were all burned during the Civil War.

Nathanial Russell, and his 2 daughters Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Our tour guide was Ken. He knew his stuff, but he would never have been our favorite tour guide. He was stuck up and  very stiff; very formal. Actually, so was the lady at the desk who took our money. They were both very stuffy, condescending southerners. But the house was very interesting.

The back area of the house was the kitchen and slave area. Where the entrance is located is in this area. Originally, the house and the kitchen area were separate, to prevent fires. Now they have joined them with the modern visitor center which includes restrooms and a small museum.

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Below is Ken in the reception area. Next to it is the office. The doors were gorgeous!

Our guide in the entrance way,Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

We took the 10:30 45 minute tour starting in this area. Here is an interesting item, a tag. ( my picture did not come out). All the slaves had to wear tags which showed if they were slaves or free blacks. It also showed their position, such as blacksmith, house servant etc.

At street level the tour started with Nathanial’s reception area and office. The reception area and the office were closed off from the residence by these beautiful doors. There were twenty layers of paint on all the walls, which were carefully removed down to when the Russell’s owned the house. All the colors match the original, but the furniture is from the period, not original, as the house was looted during the Civil War.

This house is famous for it’s magnificent free-flying staircase. Because so many visitors walked on the staircase, it was deteriorating, so you can no longer walk on the staircase. We used the servants stairs to climb to the second floor. 

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Formal dining room, Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Above is the formal dining room. Below is the private dining room.

Family dining room, Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Because it was so hot, the family used the family dining room wearing only their underwear. They did not feel it was appropriate to use the formal dining room in their skivvies!  Below are the servants stairs.

Servants staircase, Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Above is the formal drawing room where guests were welcome. It is on the second floor and quite ornate. The picture does not do the gold  and the decorations justice!

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

The tour only went to the first and second floor, because the house is not meeting code to take people to the third floor, plus they have not renovated that floor. The second floor is where the formal area master bedroom are located. The top floor had the daughters rooms and Sara’s room. During the summers, Sara went to England and Nathanial went to the country estate.

Below is the ornate fireplace in the music room.

Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

Music room, Nathanial Russel House, Charleston SC

The carpeting in this room is wall to wall. The rug is from England and is made with a pattern from that time period. I asked Ken how they cleaned it. During the ‘season” the carpet was swept by the servants/slaves. In the summer when the family were all gone, the servants (slaves) took the rug apart. There are lines which are sewn together and the rug is taken apart and they take it outside to beat the dirt out. It would have been put back into the house in September before the family arrived back in town. All the rooms had the carpeting, as the floors are made of pine. The SC pine has a sap that repels termites, which are a big issue in Charleston. We visited Nathaniel’s bedroom, but it is being restored so there was not much to see.

We left and drove through town. Below is one of the streets we used. Almost every house has a plaque on it telling the story of the house and who lived in it. Houses may only be renovated or restored, they may not be torn down. New construction has to be approved and must be appropriate to the city, matching the other homes. 

Street in Charleston, SC

We traveled down past the beautiful houses and gardens.

House in Charleston, SC

The house below is a famous B&B, listed as the best in the country.

Charleston SC

Charleston SC

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Above is the Tiffney doors and a Tiffany glass inside the house.

We crossed the street and went to White Garden Park.

Charleston SC

Charleston SC

Charleston SC Charleston SC

House on Rainbow Road, Charleston SC

Above is the first house on Rainbow Road. It belonged to a dentist. When he was asked why pink, he said it was his favorite color because it is the color of healthy gums.

Rainbow Road, Charleston SC

Here was a pretty garden in front of a house.

Pretty garden, Charleston SC

Governors House, Charleston SC

Above is the Governors Mansion, now a B & B and his brother’s home across the street, also a  B&B. The brother was elected to the Senate and was an ambassador. Note the iron grill out front, it is pressed iron.

Govenors brothers house, Charleston SC

We went in search of another parking place and found one at a meter. We went to lunch at “Sticky Fingers” a rib and BBQ place, actually more Memphis than SC. Here is a picture of Stephen Colbert who is from Charleston and has eaten at the restaurant as well as George W Bush.

We left and went to Kohl’s for me to use my birthday and other coupons. I bought 4 tops and one pair of capris all for $28, after the discounts.

We returned home, walked the dogs, fed them, made our next reservation and went to dinner at La Hacienda. This is a local restaurant, not affiliated with the one out west. The food was okay, but not as good! We would not go there again.

Wednesday- We left at about 9:30 to go to activities office at the base, which is right at the RV Park entrance and asked if we were eligible to purchase discount tickets. The gal said that if you are eligible to be on the base you are eligible to purchase tickets. So we purchased tickets for Boone Hall Plantation for $15 each. The online and at the door tickets were $23, so we had a significant savings!

The camp host, Bob, was there. He asked us where we were going and he told us to go across the street to the Charles Pinkney National Historic Site also. So we drove about 1/2 hour to get there. We stopped at the Pinckney NHS first.

Charleston SC

This is a small park. We found this sign at the entrance delineating Pinckney’s accomplishments. He was instrumental in many of the items that are in the Constitution, although James Madison is given credit for the constitution. Here is the list of Pinckney’s items that made it into the document.

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He was only 28 years old when he was unanimously elected to the Legislature. That was because only 2 people voted, his overseer and himself!  Anyway, James Madison hated him, and I think it was because he was a southern gentleman, like the guide we had yesterday, who was a jerk. But he made significant contributions to the Constitution which are still there today and really were the basis for our government.

Charleston SC

We watched the 17 minute movie, viewed the small museum, and left to go across the road to the Boone Hall Plantation.

Charleston SC

We parked and went to the visitor center. We signed up for the next house tour, which was at 11:30. We had about an hour, so we wandered over to Slave Row.

House slaves and trained slaves lived here.

There were more of these cabins originally, but these are all that are left. These were the cabins for the house slaves and the trained slaves, like the black smith.The field slaves lived in cabins closer to the fields. Below is the church. There was an audio running which explained what the church was like and the rules for the slaves.

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

As we left, we saw the  plantation coach coming up the driveway, so we walked over to board the coach for the tour. We took our seats and the guide/driver, who was entertaining, took us on a 30 minute tour of the plantation. The plantation was originally over 4,000 acres, but is now down to 780. The road the coach took was right along back yards of some of the housing developments in the area.

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Back of the house,  Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Above is the back of the house. As with all the plantations, it is located on costal water, which is how they were able to get their products to Charleston. This is the fresh water lake, which had alligators.

The fresh water lake with allegators

Preparing for Halloween,  Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Above, volunteers were setting up for Halloween. They also have a corn maze. The corn is short right now, but is a fast growing variety.

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

This is a working plantation. They grow many products, corn, okra, cotton, several varieties of squash, peaches, blueberries, strawberries-which grew this year from December to May!

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The garden is designed in the shape of two butterfly wings. It is composed of 22 beds of historical plants and flowers. The Noisette class of roses originated in Charleston and is a specialty on the Plantation.

This is our tour guide for the house tour, Pam. She was very good!

Pam, the tour guide,  Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in the house.  The tour had 50 people on it, one of the largest we have taken. The tour took about 45 minutes and only consisted of the first floor. The plantation is privately owned, by a brother and sister. The brother lives onsite and is in his 60’s. The sister lives elsewhere and visits occasionally, staying in the house on the second floor. She is in her 70’s. The house is air conditioned. I asked Pam what the plans were for the plantation, as the family members are older, and she said that they do not know and are afraid to ask.

We walked back over to the Butterfly Pavilion/ café /gift shop.

Butterfly Pavillion Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens 

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Butterfly Pavillion Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

We left and went to the Boone Hall Plantation Farm Market and Café.  We ate lunch there. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. We would not recommend it. We wandered through the market, buying some vegetables, strawberry and blackberry cider, and a bottle of Stout.

We left and went to Costco, then back to the MH. We ate leftovers for dinner, watched TV, read and went to bed.

Thursday- Moving day! Gosh, we hated to leave Charleston. We only touched the surface of the city and surrounding area. We will have to return in the future!

We drove south on I-25 to I-526. We turned southwest onto Rt. 17 and followed it to I-95. We stopped for lunch at the Georgia Visitor Center, which was under construction. This is when it is nice to travel with your home, we have our own bathrooms and kitchen!

We continued south and turned north on I-16 traveling to Statesboro GA. We settled into Parkwood RV park, where we have stayed before. $33.30 per night with our Good Sam discount, FHU 50 amp.

We settled in. We took the dogs and went to visit friends Jackie and Dr. Bob Hoell. Dr. Bob was at work until after 6, but Jackie was home. They have two dogs, one of which is new. Our dogs recognized their old dog, Trinity, and met Tasha the new family member. After the excitement, they all settled in nicely.

We had dinner, thank you Jackie, and sat talking until almost 9. We left and returned home.

Friday- We did a lot of tasks around the MH. We had picked up a bunch of packages at the Hoell’s, so we opened them and put items away. Bob worked on the windshield wiper and I made some reservations. I did laundry and worked on the blog, plus made some phone calls.

At 11, Jackie picked us up and off we went to pick-up her in-laws, Herb and Lucille at their Assisted Living Facility. We went to lunch at McAllister’s Deli. Dr. Bob, who had to work today,  joined us. After a nice lunch, we went to the Walmart Neighborhood Pharmacy, then off to the bank and we returned Herb and Lucille to their Assisted Living Facility. We toured the very nice facility.

We left and Jackie dropped us back at the MH. We put away our items and took the dogs with us to Jackie and Dr. Bob’s house. Bob and Jackie went to pick up their trailer which was in for repair, while I stayed at the house with the dogs.

They returned and we talked and watched a recorded TV show. At 5,Bob and I returned the dogs to the MH and fed them. Dr. Bob and Jackie picked us up and we went to the local Carmikes theaters to the Mugs and Movies to see the Magnificent 7.

We ate dinner during the movie and they dropped us back at the MH at about 10 PM.

Sat. Sept. 3 to Fri. Sept. 9- Hershey PA to Colonial Beach VA

Saturday- We went to the outlet mall  in Hershey and then on to Costco in Harrisburg. We returned to the TT, ate lunch, and  packed chicken into freezer bags. We had purchased at Costco a freezer bag system. We had one before we went full time, but when we went full-time, we started using the Ziploc freezer bag system. Ziploc has discontinued the bags that we were using. Anyway, this works much better!

We took a short nap then we sat outside enjoying the awesome weather! It remains in the high 70’s with low humidity. We ate dinner at home, watched TV and went to bed.

Sunday- We went to Kohl’s and Famous Footwear in Lebanon. I bought shoes at both stores, as I really needed some new walking shoes. Then we stopped at a grocery store in Lebanon. We returned to the MH. We ate a little something, and went to Hummer town to Hoss Steak and Seafood restaurant to meet up with Pete and Donna Hoffman. I went to high school with both. We had  a great time catching up on about 45 years worth of life! Both of us had the salad bar. By the time we returned home, we were ready for dinner. We ate, then watched TV and went to bed.

Monday-  We started laundry. Bob took the towels over to be washed and I did the sheets. I have been doing laundry everyday, so not much else needed to be washed.

I left and went for a 10 AM hair appt. When I returned,we ate lunch, and then went to Lancaster. We wanted to buy some coffee at WAWA. We arrived to find the WAWA being remodeled, so we had to re-route to another WAWA. We tried to stop at the Costco for gas, but they were closed for the Labor Day holiday.

We went to Bed, Bath and Beyond for new pillows, then returned to the MH. We sat out enjoying the wonderful weather, again. It was in the low 80’s and just a little more humidity, with a slight breeze. Awesome!

We ate dinner at home, watched TV and went to bed.

Tuesday- Moving day! I ran over to the Post Office to mail a package. When I returned, we finished closing up the MH and left the park at about 9:30. We drove thru Hershey to I-83 taking that to I-81 south.

We continued on I-81 south through Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and into Virginia. We stopped at the Welcome Center to eat lunch.

We continued south on I-81 to south of Winchester, then turned east on I-66. We went to the exit for Rt. 17 south and followed that to Fredericksburg. From there, we took Rt. 3 south, crossing Rt. 301 and continuing 14 more miles until the turn off for Harbor View RV Park, free as it is included in our TT plan.

We arrived and settled into a 50 amp FHU site. We can sort of get satellite. It comes and goes due to the trees.

We ate dinner and started watching TV. At about 8, long time friend Barbara Rouse came over to say hello. She is one of the Camp Hosts at the park. This is an Outdoor World resort, which is included, free of charge in our TT plan.

We had a great time catching up with Barbara. She stayed until almost 9.

Wednesday- The Edge has been acting funny when we brake, so Bob made an appt. to get it looked at in Fredericksburg. He left at about 9 to go to a place to have it looked at. We need new rotors, brakes and tires. No surprise there! So he is having the rotors and brakes done today and going back for tires tomorrow, as they had to be ordered.

Meanwhile, I watched some videos,worked on my Health Coach business and did laundry. Bob returned at 2:30. We looked at each other and said lets go do something. So we went down the road to Wakefield, George Washington’s birthplace. It was interesting, but I would not go far out of my way to go there. It is a National Monument, and free to the public.

Wakefield

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We went to the visitor center and stamped out NPS passport. We looked at the exhibits and watched the movie. Then we walked over to the replica of the house where George was born. The original burned down in 1779 and the family never rebuilt it. The farm continued to run. There were 10,000 acres, so we think we are staying on land that the Washington family used to own.

Wakefield VA

Wakefield VA

Above is a house that was built in the 1930’s in the style of the houses of the day. Below is the outline of the original house. I think it is strange that what looks like the front of the house is not facing the water.

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A thunderstorm came up and we took shelter in the kitchen, which is not attached to the house. We waited out the storm, and started walking back to the car. The ranger arrived and, we turned around to go to the replica house, where he gave a presentation on George Washington.

Wakefield VA

The area is beautiful. We learned a lot more about George. The NPS ranger reminded me a little bit of Robin Williams. He really got into telling George’s story in a unique way. Hard to describe…

Wakefield VA

We left and returned to the MH to eat dinner. Watching TV became an issue due to more thunderstorms, which lasted into the night, so we watched shows that we had taped. We love the Smithsonian Channel and have taped a lot of documentaries, one of which was the making of Star Trek. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the show!

Thursday- We drove north to Fredericksburg to have the new tires put on. That took until after 1. So we went to lunch at Ledo’s Pizza. Yummy, we love their pizza. Ledo’s is a Mid-Atlantic chain. and has awesome square pizza!

Because is was so late at this point, we went directly back to the MH, skipping stopping to buy groceries. We arrived back, walked and fed the dogs, and left to cross the 301 bridge. We went to Texas Roadhouse in LaPlata to meet up with friends Linda and John Foote.

We had a great dinner with them, catching up on the last six years. It had been that long since we had seen them! Way, way too long!

We returned to the MH and went to bed.

Friday- A very busy day! We left early to go to Washington for a cardiologist appointment for Bob. Since we will be gone the entire day, we took the dogs with us. We followed the GPS directions and crossed the 301 bridge into Maryland. We drove north to LaPlata, and left the GPS directions and took Rt. 225 west towards Indian Head, our old home. About half way across Rt. 225, Karlie started squeaking.  Huh? We turned right onto Rt. 210 north and about two miles north, Karlie stopped squeaking! We decided she had known where she was! It has been six years, but she spent the first six years of her life there. Wow, what a memory! Guess we tend to underestimate her…Roxie had gotten up and was looking out the window, so we think she knew also!

We continued up 210 noting all the changes on the way, especially at the Harbor in PG county. There is a huge MGM casino going in.

We continued into DC. We were running early, so we went to the tidal basin park. We parked the car, used the restrooms, and walked and watered the dogs.

We left and went to Bob’s appointment. Since we had the dogs with us, we parked at a meter in the shade and I stayed in the car with the dogs. Bob went to his cardiologist appointment. Great news!

This is the cardiologist who Bob had seen in 2012 for a second opinion on the A-fib. They did an EKG and he reviewed all the paperwork from Denver and Minnesota.  The Doc told Bob that he should stop the Fleconide ( the Afib med). He said that he would then need a cardiac monitor for two weeks. If there was no Afib, then he would be able to stop the Xarelto, the blood thinner! Wow, what a birthday present! We were really excited about this new plan. In 2012, we were told that Bob would be on the medication for life! Our problem now is that we are traveling and will have a problem working the plan.

We left DC, crossing over Memorial Bridge. We drove south on I-395 to King Street and stopped at “The Joint”. This is a nationwide Chiropractic franchise business. I had found them in Arizona and went to them there. No appointments necessary, and since I am in their system,  I do not have to have an X-ray and assessment, which costs more. Bob gave the dogs water while I went in and had an adjustment.

We stopped at Subway for subs for lunch and went to a dog park in Shirlington. We ate our subs and took the dogs to the dog park to give them a break. They had a great time meeting new friends and playing.

We left and drove south on I-395, turning onto I-495. Both of  which were  completely different, with Ezpass lanes and lots of new lanes which were being built the last time we were here. The traffic was horrendous! We are so glad that we had not traveled through the Baltimore and Washington corridor, by-passing on I-81.

We turned onto Braddock Road  west and went to Calvary Memorial Cemetery to visit my parents and grandmother’s graves. I took pictures of the grave markers and GPS’d the site to put into my genealogy program.

We set the GPS for Beth Nachman’s house, stopping on the way at another dog park. We arrived to find we were at her old house in Stafford. I had not changed the address in my phone! I have the correct address in my computer. So I called Beth and we re-routed, going to Manassas.

We met with Mary, Beth, Frank (her fiance), David, Becca and Brad. We had a great time catching up with everyone! We had a wonderful dinner and they had a birthday ice cream cake for me. Thank you so much!

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The dogs and Beth’s cats seemed to do okay. They looked at each other and were not impressed, so basically they ignored each other. We left around 9:30 and arrived home at 11. We were all exhausted and we went to bed.

Sat. Aug. 27 to Fri. Sept. 2- Boston MA to Hershey PA.

Saturday-  The best laid plans, oh well! We had planned to go to Salem today as the weather is perfect, temp in the low 80’s, sunny with low humidity.

Bob accidently knocked over his 12 oz.  glass of water. HIs pills were in his hands. The water spilled on the table, my computer, the floor, and the dogs. We got the water cleaned up and realized that we could not find two of the three pills. One of which was his Fleconide, the atrial-fib med. Roxie will eat anything, so we were worried. We searched the floor, counters and everywhere. So finally we thought maybe she ate the pills. We had found one pill on the floor, but could not find the other two.

So we gave her some hydrogen peroxide to get her to vomit. She did not. So we packed up the dogs and ran to the emergency vets. On the way to the emergency hospital, we saw a vet office, so we pulled in. Right after we arrived, the Doc arrived. She gave her more of the hydrogen peroxide, but it was now over an hour. She  eventually vomited up the H2O2, but we did not find any evidence of the pills.

She was looking good and the Vet just said to watch her and if her heart rate dropped to take her to the Emergency Vet Hospital.

We left and went to Petsmart for dog food and Petco for new harnesses. We returned home thru Tewksbury.  Bob went to pick up lunch at a local deli.

Bob noticed that the hydro-hot was leaking, again, so he changed clothes and worked on tightening all the bolts. We are watching to see if it is still leaking. I took a nap, and we kept watching Roxie, who had no problems. We still have not found the two pills!

We finally decided that Roxie was okay, so we went into Lexington to Rancatories, a local ice cream parlor, where we had a ‘buy one get one free’ coupon. We each had a micro hot fudge sundae, with a really great homemade chocolate ice cream, total $5.

We returned and Bob went to walk the dogs, and Karlie’s leash broke, so we off we went to Target and bought a new leash,plus some other items on our list.

We returned, ate dinner, and I worked on the blog. Bob made reservations for a Tall Ship cruise in Boston Harbor for Tuesday. We wanted to go tomorrow, but they only have a brunch cruise tomorrow and it was much more expensive.

Sunday- We were off to Salem in the morning. We drove right into a free 2 hour parking place. We climbed out of the car and realized we were parked right in front of the Salem Witch History Museum. We walked about a block to the visitor center. We walked in and spoke with the NPS ranger. He gave us a nice map and told us that it was about a mile around the tourist area. He also told us that since it was Sunday, it was free parking at all the meters and in the metered parking lots. Across the street was a big parking garage, which cost $18 per day. By walking over and asking we saved $18 dollars!

We watched the nice 15 minute NPS movie about the town, then walked back to the Salem Witch Museum $8 ea..

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It was interesting. Part history and part tourist trap. They used statues, music, lighting and other theatrics to tell the story for about 1/2 an hour in life size scenes. Then a guide takes you through another area and tells you about a timeline through history, of episodes of ‘hysteria’ about witches and other events. When you look at what they said, it makes sense for what is going on today. They talked about Salem, the internment of the Japanese after Pearl Harbor, the Jews and Hitler, Joe McCarthy in the 1950’s, the AIDS epidemic and the Gays. Now of course it is the immigrants. 

We went outside to the car, and moved to the city paid parking lot behind the parking garage, and parked for free! We started the tour by walking through the inside mall to the Salem outside mall.

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We followed the red line on the brick for the town tour route. There were all sorts of witch scenes on the statue below.

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On our walk, we of course had to stop and say hello to Samantha!

Samantha statue, Salem, MA

We also saw this sign about Alexander Graham Bell.

Alexander Graham Bell, tested telephone, Salem, MA

It is hard to read in the picture, but it talks about Bell living in Salem and working on the telephone and how the people in this house, where he was staying, helped to pay for his work. 

Our first destination was the Witch’s House. It was the house of the judge in the Witch’s Trials. It was where the accused persons were taken before being taken to the jail(dungeon). It was the judge’s house, and he basically decided if there was a case. If so, then you went to the dungeon until your trial.

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Cotton Mather portrait

Above is a painting of Cotton Mather. Was he a piece of work! One of the people convicted of being a witch was a minister. He was against the whole process and spoke up for others. As a result, he was sentenced to hang. The Puritans believed if you were a witch, you could not say the Lords Prayer correctly. This poor man recited it correctly. They asked Cotton Mather if they should stop the hanging. He said no, justice had to be served! So they hung the poor minister.

Below are other pictures of the inside of the house.  The original walls, the parlor with a one piece of wood table top and very uncomfortable looking chairs. 

Original walls in the Witch House, Salem MA One piece table where Witch's trials took place

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Above on the right is the original floor, which was still there.

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Above is the master bedroom. In this room, and in this bed, the lady of the house birthed their 10 children. In those days, the women of the town came to the labor and birth. No men allowed. They closed all the shutters and even covered the lock on the door to make sure that the devil did not get into the child. Sure hope they were not delivering on a really hot day, as this was on the second floor and with all the windows and doors closed and sealed, it must have gotten pretty toasty in there!

We skipped the other tourist traps. Below is one, the Witch’s Dungeon Museum.

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We went to lunch at Turner Seafood. On the building we found this plaque.

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We had a nice lunch. I had baked scallops and Bob had clam chowder, a crab cake, and a local amber beer.

We continued our walk, and passed the Witch’s Memorial.  If you look along the wall, you will see attached shelves, and there is one for each person killed. Most were hanged but one man was pressed to death, by rocks being placed on him.

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We continued past the next tourist trap, the Witches and Pirates Museum.

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We arrived on to the waterfront. We stopped at the other NPS visitor center, again stamping our NPS passport, as we had also done at the first NPS visitor center. We have now completely filled the northeast pages of the book!

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We looked at the long wharf and the buildings, then walked over to the “House of Seven Gables”. It is actually the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion from 1668. It is also the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace(1750). We wandered through the gardens, deciding not to take the tour. $8 ea. just  for the gardens.

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We left and stopped across the street at ‘Ye Olde Pepper Company’, the Oldest chocolate store in America.  We bought a small bag, 4 pieces, of ‘seconds’ and walked to a little park to eat them. One was a larger piece, cashew turtle like with chocolate and caramel. We split it and found it had chipotle pepper in it. It was spicey, but good!

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We continued back to the wharf, and went into the Custom House.

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Nathanial Hawthorne had been a Custom Agent working out of this building when he wrote the book. Even with writing the book and it selling 250 copies right away, with his salary and the book sales, he still could not support his family! The customs person really did a lot, not just the customs, he paid out pensions, kept the buildings in repair, and did a lot of tasks for not much money.

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We walked back to the car and drove across the bridge to Marblehead. Originally, Marblehead was part of Salem. There were a few museums, but what we did was drive around the town, out on the peninsula that jutted out into the harbor. We visited Marblehead Neck, which is an island where some really rich people live. We ended up on a one way street next to the Yacht Club. We circled twice, trying to get to the lighthouse. We did, but it was mobbed. So Bob jumped out of the car, took a picture and we continued to the old downtown. That was a waste of time and gas. The streets were narrow and you could not see to the water, as the houses are so packed together.

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We finally left and drove south. The GPS informed us there was an accident on I-95, so we went through town. An issue, as we ended up on toll roads, through tunnels right thru downtown Boston. Ugh, driving thru Boston is not fun!  Here is the Boston skyline.

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We eventually made it to I-95, south of Lexington, and back to the MH. We ate dinner at home, watched TV and of course fell asleep in the recliners before going to bed.

Monday- We went to Lexington to take the Lexington Trolley Tour. This trolley is owned and operated by the town of Lexington. The older lady, who sold us the tickets on Friday, ($25 ea.) was the tour guide today. She was AWESOME! It was one of the best 90 minute tours we have ever taken. Not only did she know her stuff, she was funny and realistic. She also serves on the Town Council of Lexington.

We were told stories of the locals and how things occurred. The battle of Lexington lasted 5 minutes with no one knowing who fired the first shot. The American’s had 70 men and the British had 700. The American’s went to back off, and someone fired a shot. Then everyone started shooting. 8 Americans were dead, 10 Americans were injured, and 1 British soldier was injured.

The whole town could watch the battle from their homes. The area around Concord and Lexington had farms and all the trees had been cleared, so everyone had an open view. All the trees in the area are less than 150 years old!

The British then continued their march to Concord. They arrived in Concord and went to the North Bridge. The Minutemen were on one side and the British on the other. The Minutemen, by this time a larger force, took on the British. The British shot in the air and in the water to frighten the Americans, but the American’s did not back down. This astonished the big bad Brits, as they were used to everyone being afraid to fight them. They would go to peoples houses to check for the ammunition and guns and the folks would just say no to them entering their houses. At this point, everyone was still considering themselves to be British, and they believed that they had British rights

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Above was our tour guide. The statue is commemorating the shot heard around the world. The other picture is of where there are some British soldiers were buried.

Anyway, at the North Bridge,the Brits started backing up. This is where the shot heard around the world occurred, because a bunch of Militia Men took on the the famed British soldiers and won.

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Shot heard around the world American side

Above is the Minute Man statue. He is holding his rifle, for the militia, and next to him is a plow, which shows that he was a farmer.

When Revere and Dawes went to let everyone know that the British were coming, they started basically a “telephone tree”!  They brought the news to a point, then more men would fan out going to other towns, etc. So that the news traveled pretty fast. 

The Brits went scurrying back down the road, with the Americans in hot pursuit. By this time, the American alarm had been rung, and thousands of militia ( Minute Men) were arriving. They did guerilla warfare, shooting from behind rocks, houses and the few trees along the road back to Boston.

Muskets only had one shot before being re-loaded, so the militia would fire their shot and many then returned to their farms. This all occurred on April 19, 1775. Before the Declaration of Independence.

The poor British soldiers had crossed from Boston to quietly gather up the arms that the militia had been stockpiling. They were ordered not to fire their guns or do damage to the area.  It was an ill conceived plan, as the 700 soldiers had to go across in boats from Boston(one if by land and two if by sea). It took all night for them to cross from 10 PM ( Paul Revere and William Dawes started their ride at 10P) and they had to march for miles to Lexington, then on to Concord. They were wet, cold, hungry, thirsty, and now running for their lives. Many were poor men from England who only joined the army because they could not get jobs. Some of them just disappeared into the countryside and became Americans.

Now they were actually marching for their lives, in columns of six,  as the Minutemen were shooting at them as snipers. There were some skirmishes. They arrived back in Lexington, and stopped at Munroe Tavern. Mr. Munroe was out fighting, and had left poor Mrs. Munroe at home with the small children. He had just put up a new tavern sign, and the Brits thought what a great place to stop. When the Missus saw the soldiers coming, she fled with the kiddies, up the hills and into the woods behind the tavern. The Brits took over the tavern and made it a field hospital to care for their wounded and to regroup.

When they arrived in Lexington, they were met by were another 1000 British soldiers who were marching to assist. These soldiers put a cannon on a hill and fired into the town. That kept the militia at bay, until the Brits could care for their wounded. They only stayed an hour and a half, leaving a mess at the Tavern, as they ate, drank, and left a lot of blood from caring for their injured. Then they marched back up the road to return to Boston, with the militia still firing at them. There is a lot more to the story and it was very interesting! About 40 militia were killed and 70 Brits during this all day fighting.

The tour was’ not hop on hop off’, although you could get off anywhere, but it would be at least 90 minutes before the Trolley would return.  No one got off. They returned us to the visitor center in Lexington. We went back to The Petite Crêpe for lunch.

We stopped at the NPS visitor center for the Minuteman NP. We watched the 25 minute movie. It was unusual that the actual building was a long walk from the parking lot. We stamped our passport book, having a problem trying to find a place for the stamp!

We stopped at the memorial where Paul Revere was captured. Dawes managed to jump his horse over a wall and escape, but did not make it to Concord before he was captured. Dr. Prescott, who was with them, got away and made it to Concord to raise the alarm.

Spot where Paul Revere was captured.

Paul Revere is a hoot!  When he was captured the Brits realized they had a prize. So they walked him back to Lexington. As they got closer, he kept telling them that there was an army waiting for them when they arrived. It was good manners that you shoot off your loaded musket when entering a Tavern, so you don’t kill someone by accident, so as they got closer to Lexington, they could hear gun shots. They thought that they would have to fight, so they let Revere and other prisoners go. They did not realize it was men going in to drink at Buckman Tavern!

When Revere gets to the Hancock-Clark house, where he had notified Hancock and JQ Adams that they needed to leave, the two of them were still there. This is when Revere went back to Buckman Tavern and retrieved John Hancock’s paperwork trunk from the Tavern and noticed the 1000 Brits arriving.

We returned to the MH to walk the dogs. We left and went to Concord to actually stop and look at the houses and the old cemetery. Below is the arbor where  the first Concord Grapes were grown. 

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Louise May Alcott House

It is amazing, Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Sidney, and Ralph Waldo Emmerson all lived a few blocks from each other and knew each other!

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There were two old cemeteries. The Puritans believed that you could not take a dead body over a river, so they had a cemetery on each side of the river.

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This Inn is still in business!

We also took a side trip to Waldon Pond. It looked a lot more like a lake, and there was a lot of construction there because they are building a visitor center. I dropped Bob off, he took the pictures while I drove down the road, turned around and came back to pick him up.

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We drove back to Lexington and visited the Munroe Tavern, taking the last tour of the day. There were only 4 of us on the tour.

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If it looks like a home, that is what it was. The tavern was on the first floor. There were steps to go to the third floor, which they rented out to people who were traveling. This building told us more of the British story.

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The soldier in the first picture of the tavern was a soldier. The two in the picture above were officers. The one on the left was the Light Infantry and the one on the right was the Fuselier’s. Note the big hat and on both of them the shiny silver piece at their neck. They made great targets! Once the leaders were killed, the troops fell apart!

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The family was very proud of the fact that George Washington ate here. He sat in the chair on the right. The family served the meal and became Washington groupies. They went into severe mourning when he died.

We returned to the MH, ate dinner, and relaxed at home.

Tuesday- We were out the door by 8:15, going back to the Alewife subway station. This time we ended up on the top floor of the parking garage. We took the red line, switched to the green line, then switched again to the blue line. The subway system runs every few minutes, so we arrived by 9:50 AM.

We walked over to the Liberty Tall Ship dock and waited to board. They of course took a picture of us, which we did not buy. We had a 90 minute tour of the Boston Harbor on the ship.

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The Liberty Star is an 1800’s replica, built in Maine. It is 67 ft. long.

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Passengers could help with putting up the sails.

At first the ship was slow moving across the bay, but when we turned, we started moving right along.

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Above is the Bunker Hill Monument and to the right, the tall white mast is the USS Constitution.

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It was a great adventure which we thoroughly enjoyed. We returned promptly to the dock at noon, and walked over to Legal Seafood’s for lunch. We had a nice meal, sitting outside overlooking the docks.

We left and reversed our trip to Alewife, and drove back to the MH. We walked the dogs, then drove back into Lexington in time for the 3 PM tour of the Hancock-Clark house.

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We were the only ones there for the 3 PM tour. It started with a 15 minute movie, then John, the docent, dressing in appropriate clothing, took us on a private tour of the house. It was fascinating, and he was a great tour guide. The tour took almost 90 minutes. Below (L) is the door where Paul Revere arrived to warn John Hancock and John Quincy Adams that “The British are coming!”. He made so much noise, that the guard told him to be quiet, as he was going to wake up the household. He told the guard off! Hancock and JQ Adams were sleeping in the room to the left of the door.

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Above is the formal dining room.  Below is the kitchen. The table and chairs are original furniture.

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Bed that John Hancock and JQ Adams slept in

Above is the bed where Hancock and JQ Adams slept, yes together. It has a chicken feather mattress. Here is where the ladies slept. Hancock’s fiancé and Adams’s wife.Ladies bedroom, Hancock-Clark House, Lexington MA

This poor house! It was moved twice. First, because the people who owned the house later decided that they wanted to build a bigger house. The town convinced them to move it. Then when the Historical Society took over, they moved it back to its original spot. As a result, look at the original door below which is crooked.

Hancock-Clark House, Lexington MA 

We left and went back to use another of our coupons, having another micro hot fudge sundae at Rancatories . They did not have the same ice cream flavor today, but the sundae was still very good. Fresh home made ice cream, home made scooped out whipped cream and homemade hot fudge! Yummy!

We returned to the MH, walked and fed the dogs, then used another coupon for dinner at Bertucci’s in downtown Lexington. We returned home, and both fell asleep in the recliners.

Wednesday- Moving day! We packed up and readied to leave. We walked over to the office and gave a thank-you card to Ann-Marie for taking walking the dogs for us several times during the 10 days we were here.

We hated leaving Boston, as it was so interesting and what a great time we had! I will miss the morning and evening bugler who at 6:30 AM played Reveille and at 9 PM played Taps. We will not miss being right next to the runway, but the noise really did not bother us. They did not fly past 10 PM or before 6:30 AM.

We drove south on I-95 to the I-90 west exit. We drove across Massachusetts and into New York, turning on to I-88 (south)west. We stopped at Susquehanna Trail Campground for the night. It was a PA park, $25 for FHU 30 amp.  We settled in to a pull thru site, and did not even disconnect the car.

Thursday-  We drove out of the park at around 8:40, and continued on I-88 to I-76 to I-81. We traveled into Pennsylvania, leaving I-81 to go to Lebanon PA. We turned into the Hershey Thousand Trails at about 1:50 PM. We disconnected the car from the MH and ran around to choose a campsite. We were able to get a nice site in the free 50 amp, FHU area. We set up and went to Walmart for groceries. Then we returned and sat outside reading and enjoying the nice weather. It was high 70’s, a little humid, but there was a gentle breeze. We ate dinner at home and watched TV.

Friday-  We had made an appointment for the dogs to be groomed today at Hershey Animal Hospital. As soon as we arrived, we realized we had been there before. When Karlie was younger, she had a bad ear infection, while we were in Hershey, so we had taken her to this Vets. Amber the groomer was very nice, and took the dogs right away.

While she was grooming the dogs, we ran to Intercourse to the Amish Farmers Market. I only bought a small basket. We stayed away from the delicious foods! It was hard passing by the awesome bread and cookies!

We returned to the park and stopped in the Activity Center. We picked up a bunch of books and will take our bag down to trade. They called that the dogs were ready, so we went to retrieve them. Do ya think they were happy to see us? LOL

We returned to the MH and settled in for the rest of the day. We ate lunch, took a nap, cleaned part of the refrigerator, sat outside enjoying the beautiful weather, ate dinner at home and watched some documentaries on TV.

Sat. Aug. 20 to Fri. Aug 26- Wells ME to Boston MA

Saturday-  We did tasks around the MH until about 10:30. We left and went north to Kennebunkport to a craft fair. The traffic on RT 1 was bumper to bumper from Moody Beach to the turn off for I-95. We turned onto Rt. 9 which would take us to Kennebunkport. We turned right and went in search of the Village Green. After a few turns on one-way streets, we found the fair and lucked out and found a parking place.

We wandered through the craft fair. One item that we had not seen before was that some one was using old Post Office boxes and turning them into piggy banks. They were pretty unique!

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I found a cell phone purse for $20, which I purchased. It is small and light, and has room for the phone, money, and credit cards. While I way buying that, Bob found this little garden in the park. The garden was dedicated to someone’s grandmother.

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We left and traveled the 4 miles to Kennebunk. We were going there for gas. We passed a craft fair and then saw a farmers market, so we found a parking place and went to both. We purchased some heirloom tomatoes and wandered through the craft fair. We purchased gas for $2.17/gal. The price had gone up for the weekend from $2.11.

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Above is the Kennebunk Tavern circa 1799. The are famous for their lobster dishes which they will ship. They were not open for lunch.

We turned back south on Rt. 1, again running into heavy traffic, once we passed the turn for I-95. We went to the MH for lunch, walked the dogs, and set out to go to the Woody Car Show.

Because Rt. 1 was still a parking lot, we turned and drove down to Moody Beach and drove alone the ocean. We turned back and entered the Hannaford store parking lot, where we parked and walked across a field to Rt. 1. We crossed at a traffic light and then walked back down to the Woody Show, in a field across from the Hannaford’s.

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We left and went to Ogunquit. We lucked out again, finding the one open parking place in the 1 hour parking lot. We walked along the very crowded sidewalk, and went looking in shops. We found a walk-thru to the beach, and went down to look at the bay. We continued our shopping.

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On the way back, we saw a police escort for the Woody’s. They were driving out to the bay, where we had dinner last week. It is a circle, so we knew they would be returning. It was fun, people were waving at the drivers and passengers. There was a lot of ‘ah- uga’s” from the cars in response. We saw the sign below in front of one of the shops.

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We returned to the car and went back to the ice cream parlor to have another dose of that awesome ice cream we had found yesterday. Again I had the Boston Slam and Bob had the Triple Chocolate. Oh so good on a hot day!

We returned to the MH.  I took a short nap and Bob worked on trying to download the Direct TV app to the TV. When we are in situations like this, where we have no access to satellite, it would be nice to be able to stream directly from Direct TV, which we are supposed to be able to do. Unfortunately, Bob was able to get the app to his computer, but can’t figure out how come he can’t get it from the computer to the TV.

We ate dinner, then left and went to Wells Beach. After 6 PM, the parking is free, it costs $25 a day! Dogs are allowed on the beach after 6 pm. So off we all went. The weather was getting a little cool, in the low 70’s with a breeze. We stayed about an hour. The dogs had a great time, sniffing, digging and meeting other dogs.

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We returned, and I watched some shows on the Ipad, while Bob continued to work on getting the TV set up.

Sunday- Moving day! We left at about 9:45, driving south on Rt. 1. We continued on Rt. 1 to the Irving station at the state line.

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We stopped and bought diesel, $2.32/gal as it was less expensive there then in NH or MA. We entered I-95 and continued to Hanscomb Air Force base near Lexington MA, or actually to the FAM Camp next to the runway. We exited and drove about a mile to the RV park. This is the first FAM Camp where we have stayed. Since Bob is retired Department of Defense, he is eligible to stay at some of the FAM camps. DOD retirees can stay at FAM camps at the discretion of the commanding officer. So we pulled in and there were two sites that we would be able to get satellite at, so we pulled into one of them, after checking a the office. The office was closed, and the message said to set up and pay in the morning.

We settled in and ate lunch as it was about 12:45. We left and went about 8 miles south on I-95 to Costco to pick up a few items. We returned and Bob called Direct TV. He set us up for the local Boston channels. We had been set up for Denver up until this time. Of course, we have been well out of the Denver region for months.

The people here are really friendly. Everyone waved or said hello. When Bob walked the dogs, the folks who had been parked next to us at the Escapade stopped and said hello! It is a small world!! We ate dinner, watched TV, planned for tomorrow and went to bed.

Monday- We were under a tornado watch last evening. The tornado hit south of us in Concord, but we had strong winds and rain overnight. It cleared out this morning and is still windy, but the temp is in the 70’s.

At a little after 8 we went over to the office to check in. The price was a little more than expected, $26 per night, FHU, 50 amp. Much better than the $77-78 at other places! Ann-Marie checked us in. Everyone is so friendly! Ann-Marie gave us hints about going downtown, where to park and will even walk the dogs!

Bob took the sheets and towels over to the laundry and I did laundry in the MH. We left at about 10:15 and drove downtown, on our way to lunch in Quincy, and we stopped at the Quincy Market in Faneuil Market. We parked across the street in a parking garage. $30 for a little over an hour of parking! Whew, really expensive.

We wandered around the market. At one end of the market is Faneuil Hall. It was a meeting house and on the Freedom Trail. The building  was a gift from the wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil in 1742. The building has always functioned as a public market and town meeting place. It is four story’s high. We walked into the first floor, where there is a visitor center. We talked to one of the volunteers and received a map of the Freedom Trail. We used the rest rooms, then went up to the second floor.

We wandered through the meeting room, looking at the portraits on the walls. Then Mike, the Park Ranger,  started a talk on the room. He was excellent! He explained how the American colonies were not taxed for over a hundred years. Merchants were basically smugglers, as the colonies were expected to purchase everything from England. This was how England was obtaining their money. Then England went into a very large debt to fight the French/Indian war. As a result, 78% of all English income went to the interest on the debt. ( The picture in the center is George Health’s Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, showing Daniel Webster speaking.)

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So, parliament decided to tax the American Colonies. Interestingly, the Colonists, who considered themselves good Englishmen, said that they would pay. How much did they owe, and they would collect the taxes. The English Parliament said no, and just put a tax on everything. This ended up resulting in the Revolutionary War for ‘taxation without representation’. The right to a vote in Parliament  had been assured by the Magna Carta.

The meeting room had no chairs at that time and town meetings were held there. There was no stage at that time. Men would just stand in a certain spot and talk. ( Many others spoke there later including Frederick Douglas and Lucy Stamp a suffragette).

The chairs, stage and balcony were added in the 1800’s. When Boston was taken by the British, they turned the hall into a theater. Since Boston was Puritan, this made the Colonists more angry, as there was not supposed to be theaters, parties etc. 

We walked up the stairs to the 4th floor. On that floor is the headquarters and armory of the ‘Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company’, chartered in 1638 for defense of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and an occupant of Faneuil Hall since 1746. JFK was installed as a member in the 1950’s.

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Battle of Bunker HIll

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Faneuil Hall

We left and walked thru Quincy Market.

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We both thought is would be like Seattle, with a Farmers Market and some stores. The stores are there, but no veggies! More Abercrombie and Finch type stores.

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There were a lot of kiosks with various items, and the Cheers replica.

Cheers! @ Faneuil Hall

While we were walking thru, we were stopped by a reporter and I was interviewed for Chanel 2 about whether I prefer shopping in stores or on the internet. We returned to the car and bit the bullet with paying the $30 for parking, ouch!

We drove south about 20 minutes to Quincy where we met up with Joan Robinette at the marina. We had a nice lunch and caught up with each other at Capt. Fishbones.

Denise and Joan Robinette

Can you tell it was windy, my hair was flying!

We left and stopped at Walmart then Hannafords. We returned to the MH , ate dinner, watched TV and planned tomorrow.

Tuesday-  We ran over to the office and asked Ann-Marie to walk the dogs one time during the day for us. We drove south on I-95, two exits, to Rt. 2 east. We went to the Alewife exit, and entered the parking garage for the “T”, the subway. We took the red line to the Park Street exit and walked up the steps to the Boston Common. We went into the visitor center. We left and walked thru the Common where cattle once grazed and the British soldiers camped. The Puritans established the Common in 1634, making it the nation’s oldest public park.

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Boston Common

We climbed the stairs behind Bob, to look at the State House and the statue of Robert Shaw.

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Robert Shaw Moument, Boston Common

The gold on the dome of the State House is gold leaf. Originally, it was covered by Paul Revere using copper, and the gold leaf was updated in the 1970. Samuel Adams and Paul Revere laid the corner stone on the building, July 4, 1795. It was completed January 11, 1898. The dome serves as the zero mile marker for the state of Massachusetts. Oliver Wendell Homes once declared that it was “the hub of the universe”.

We turned right at the end of the block and walked down the hill, along the Common. We crossed the street and walked to the Park Street Congregational Church.  The elegant spire with it’s carillon sounds twice a day, and we were in the burial ground next door when it chimed at 10 AM. The hymn, America, was first sung here.

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Park Street Church

We left and walked a few feet to the  Granary Burying Ground. Patriots John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and the victims of the Boston Massacre are buried here.

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Above is Paul Revere with the the old marker and the new.

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Above is what Benjamin Franklin wrote on the original Franklin marker. It deteriorated, so the city placed the one above. Below is John Hancock.

John Hancock

We continued on our way, just down the street on the corner was the Kings Chapel and Burying Ground. Kings Chapel was built in 1749 for the first Anglican Congregation in Boston. It is a Georgian church and a strong hold of Loyalist opposition. Most of the its members left for England and Nova Scotia in 1776.

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Above is the oldest pulpit in the US, still standing.

Kings Chapel, Freedom Trail, Boston

The burial grounds contained John Winthrop, the first governor of the colony and the gravestone that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write the Scarlet Letter.

Kings Chapel, Freedom Trail, Boston

We walked along the side of the church to the first School site, which is behind the building and there was nothing there, although the next site was the Old State Hall, which is now a Ruth Christ steakhouse.

Old City Hall, Freedom Trail, Boston

We continued on to the corner. We spotted these antique pay phones(LOL)!

Pay phones on route, Freedom Trail, Boston

Behind the pay phones was a little park. We wandered over to take a look.

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Above was a monument to the Irish immigrants. When the potato famine occurred, the Irish were starving. The people of Boston sent food.

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What they did not anticipate was the immigration of so many Irish to the colony.

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My mothers family arrived during this time! Bob’s Irish ancestors came at the same time, but entered through New Orleans.

Irish Memorial, Freedom Trail, Boston

We crossed the street to visit  the Old South Meeting House. Built in 1729 as a Puritan house of worship, it was the largest building in Colonial Boston. In the days leading to the Revolution, citizens gathered to challenge British rule, protesting the Boston Massacres and the tea tax. An overflow meeting occurred on Dec.16, 1773 where Samuel Adams launched the Boston Tea Party. It continues to be used as a meeting place and a haven for free speech.

South Meeting House, Freedom Trail, Boston

We did not visit due to the high fee to enter. We looked for the Old Corner Bookstore, but never found it. It was supposed to be on the corner, but we looked at all the corners and never found a bookshop.

Our next stop was at the Old State House. Built in 1713, it was the seat of the colonial and state governments. In 1761, James Otis opposed the ‘Writs of Assistance’ here, inspiring John Adams to state “then and there the child independence was born”.

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We walked along the side of the building, then to the other end.

Old State House, Freedom Trail, Boston

From the balcony above, the Declaration of Independence was first read to the citizens of Boston.

In front of the building, was this circle memorial, marking the site of the Boston Massacre.

Site of the Boston Massacure

The Boston Massacre was where a group of men started heckling a British soldier. They threw rocks and snowballs at him. The episode escalated and five of the colonists were killed. This was not much of a massacre, but it was used as propaganda to rile up the citizens to join in the Revolution.

We walked another block and were on the front side of Faneuil Hall where we had been the other day. We wandered into the building and visited the expensive shops. We stamped out NPS pass, and continued on our way.

We walked through the Irish section of Boston and past old restaurants and pubs. One was the Union Public House, a favorite of JKF and Jackie.

We crossed through the Rose Kennedy garden, without even realizing it. It is a long, narrow park, with fountains and grass areas. We continued through, following the  bricks on the Trail.

Our next destination was the Paul Revere House. It is located in the oldest residential neighborhood, the North End.

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All of a sudden, I looked down, and realized that the bricks  were gone! We had missed the turn, so we checked the map, and sure enough, we had to re-route! We walked over a block, and then down a block to the house.

Revere was originally from the North End, and once his business was earning enough money, he moved the family into this house, in the fall of 1770. It is located on North Square. The house was comfortable and spacious by 18th century standards, but had been built in 1680. The family lived there until 1800. It was first owned by a rich merchant and by the time the Revere’s moved in it had been altered several times. It has high ceilings and relatively large rooms.

In 1902, Paul Revere’s great-grandson John P. Reynolds, Jr. purchased the house to ensure that it would not be demolished. The Paul Revere Foundation was formed and now owns the house and is doing the renovations. No pictures are allowed inside.

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Paul Revere HOuse

We entered into the kitchen area, then the dining room; we climbed the stairs to the large bedroom, and then exited through the smaller bedroom. $3 each. Paul Revere had 16 kids, but only 9 nine lived here during this time. Some had grown, married and had their own homes, several died. All the rooms had multiple purposes.

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We continued our journey. Walking up the cobble stone street.

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Not on the tour, but on our way, we saw St. Stephens Church.

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While walking, if I saw a plaque on a wall I would stop and read it, which is how I found this. Evidently, Rose was from the North End and was baptized here.

We crossed the street and walked down Paul Revere Mall.

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As we walked down the mall, we saw plaques on the walls on the left.

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My third grandfather may have been in this regiment. I am still trying to clarify this fact.

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Above is the plaque about Paul Revere. What is interesting, and unfair, is about William Dawes. When Paul Revere went one direction, William Dawes went the other way.  The reason we know about Paul Revere was from the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and poor William Dawes, who did the same thing, gets no credit!

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We can’t leave out Ben Franklin!

At the end of the mall was this building.

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In it was a print shop and a 1600’s chocolate shop. Naturally, we had to stop in!

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Chocolate shop and printers, Freedom Trail, Boston

This gentleman was printing a copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Boston version, on linen paper. Wood paper did not exist until the 1800’s. He talked a lot about the history of printing, set up the printing press, inked it, and produced this linen copy. The Boston Declaration is different from the Philadelphia version, which is the actual version. The Boston one is in two columns, instead of one. Some of the words are different, due to the different dialects. He sells these for $20, and we could have bought one if we had a place to put it! It was pretty cool!

In the chocolate shop, the gal was demonstrating how they made chocolate in the 1600’s to 1700’s. We were able to sample some hot chocolate, which was pretty good, but not as sweet as we are used to. She posed for me!

Chocolate shop and printers, Freedom Trail, Boston

Our next stop was the Old North Church. It was built in 1723, and is also known as Christ Church. It remains an active Episcopalian church. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow memorialized Old North Church at the start of the Revolutionary War with his poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. On the night of April 18 1775, sexton Robert Newman hung two lanterns in the steeple to warn Charlestown patriots of advancing British soldiers. The Georgian style church houses the nation’s first maiden peal of bells and the first bust of George Washington.

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Here was an archeological dig they were doing in the courtyard. I forgot to get a picture of the steeple, as we went to lunch at a little café across the street.

We walked up the hill to the Copps’s Hill Burying Ground. From this spot, the British soldiers bombarded Breed’s Hill( Bunker Hill) with cannon fire on June 17, 1775. Black educator, Prince Hall, is buried in this graveyard.

Copps Hill Burying Ground

We continued our walk, going downhill, and crossing the Charlestown Bridge. While walking across the bridge, we spotted this Chinese Junk.

Chinease Junk in Boston Harbor

At the end of the bridge, we turned right, and went to the Charlestown Navy Yard, to visit the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides.

From 1800 to 1974, the Charlestown Navy Yard built, repaired and outfitted US naval vessels. The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. We stopped at the visitor center, and had to go through security. I asked the gal when I was stamping our NPS passport, why we had to go thru security. We had to because there are naval personnel on the others side of the wall from the visitor center. That seems like they should have put the visitor center elsewhere, but whatever. If we could have gone on the Constitution, ( we could not as it is being repaired) we would have had to go through security and produce ID, as it remains commissioned. It last sailed, under its own power, in 1976 for the Bi-centennial.

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We continued our long walk, now up hill, to Bunker Hill. The 221 ft., obelisk commemorates the first major battle of the Revolution. There are 294 steps, and we decided we were too tired to climb them!

At Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill), the patriots built a bunker overnight. When the British saw it the next morning, they bombarded it with cannon balls. The patriots with stood two battles, but retreated after the third. The battle energized the Americans and drew them together against the British.

We first visited the NPS visitor center and stamped our NPS passport. We had to stamp it again at the top, at the visitor center at the monument. We had a total of 16 stamps for today! A record for us!!

Bunker Hill monument William Prescott, commander at Bunker HIll

The statue is of Colonel  Prescott, who lead the battle.

We walked back down hill, then turned right, walked a couple of blocks, then continued downhill. We crossed some streets, and finally made it to the “T”. We boarded the red train and returned to the Alewife station, walked to the car, and drove back to the MH. Our Fitbits told us we had walked 18, 600 steps. Whew, we were tired!

We ate leftovers for dinner and sort of watched TV, as we both fell asleep in the recliners.

Wednesday- We went back to the Alewife “T” station and went to Copley Square. We walked over to the Duck Tour location at the Prudential building. We purchased our tickets, then went across the street to the Marriot to use the restrooms. We returned to wait for the start of the 10:30 AM tour.

Our guide was Ally-Oops. She wears a referee shirt. She was a good guide and we enjoyed the tour, although we would have liked to have had a longer harbor tour.

Start of Duck tour

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Boston Bridge

I cannot remember the name of this bridge, but it nick-named the salt and pepper bridge, as the towers look like salt and pepper shakers.

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We drove back thru town. We drove past Cheers and Ally said that the actual bar is upstairs. We continued past the John Hancock building. The most awarded architectural church is Trinity Church. The architect for the John Hancock building next door, recognized that he was designing a new building for next to Trinity Church. So he made the sides mirrors. Here we are in the Duck, next to the building.

Pic of the TRinity Church in the mirros of the John Hancock Building.

We were dropped off at the Prudential building. We walked to the tower and found that it was $18, each to go up to look out the top. We thought that was soo much, so we walked to Cheers.

On the way, we passed the Old South Church, 1699.

South Church, 1699

We also passed the Boston Library. My mother worked there at one time!

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Trinity Church, Boston MA

Above is the front of Trinity Church. Below is the back.

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We walked a few more blocks, then turned left to walk along the Public Garden.  Below is a picture of the statue of George Washington.

George Washington Statue, Public Garden, Boston

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We ate lunch. We had to start by going downstairs to get a ticket , which allowed us to get a table upstairs. Weird! Anyway, we had a nice lunch. Bob had the beer. I asked about the hard ciders. The waiter brought me samples of the two of them. They only sell them in 22 oz. glasses ( like the one above) and I did not want that much so I passed. But one of the ciders was pretty good!

After lunch, we walked across the street and entered Public Garden. Bob had looked at this statue online, and found that it is a monument to Ether! Ether was invented and first used at Mass. General,  to knock people out for surgery. Much better than being awake during a surgery!

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We walked over to the duck pond.

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The gal in the back of the swan boat is peddling the boat. These boats have been around since the 1800’s.

We crossed over the bridge.

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We exited Public Garden and entered Boston Common. We walked across the Common, and entered the ‘ T”. We rode back to Alewife, retrieved the car, and continued home.

Thursday- We left early again and went to Alewife. We parked and took the “T” to the Harvard station. We walked into the campus looking for the tour. We finally found it at the Visitor Center in Harvard Square, outside the campus proper.

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The tour was free, because it was included in our Duck Tour. The tour is called the Hahvard tour, leaving out the R, as people from Massachusetts do when speaking. Our tour guide was Zina.  She is a sophomore Electrical Engineering student. All the tours are led by Harvard students.

Ziva, our tour guide

We started by entering the main gate,  Johnson Gate. There is a legend that the students can only go thru the center of the gate twice. Once when entering and once when leaving. Your grades will drop if you do it more times. They use the side entrance of the gate.

Johnson's Gate to Harvard campus

Inside the gate is the guard house. It is the most expensive building on campus, per square foot. Harvard wanted to put in the gate house. When they went for the building permit they found that the Johnson Gate had been annexed by the town of Cambridge. So they submitted 76 different designs before one was accepted. The cost of all the designs made this the most expensive building on campus.

Below is a statue of John Harvard. Or is it?? Well, of course there is a story. The university was formed in 1623. It was placed in Newtown, and was Newtown College. No buildings, no books etc. So John Harvard, who was a rich sickly man,  died at age 31, and willed his money and books to get the college going. Then the college was re-named for him. When he donated all his books and papers, and paintings of him, they were stored in a building that burned down, so there were no pictures of him. In the 1800’s they decided to put in a statue of him. There were no relatives, as he never married, so they chose a student to pose as him.

STaute of John Harvard

Note the gold left foot. It is good luck to rub the foot, so students do.

The library Stage where graduation takes place

Above is the area and stage where graduation is held. This is where the famous folks come to speak, and of course Harvard has very famous speakers. Then the 20,000 graduates leave and go to their areas of concentration ( that is what they call it instead of major) and have the actual graduation.

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Above is the library, facing the other building above. Note the grassy area to the upper left, next to the stage area. The library was named for Harry Elkins Widener. Harry loved books, so for his graduation for Harvard in 1907, his family gave him a trip to Europe to purchase old books. He found a Gutenberg Bible and other first editions of famous books,  all of  which he was planning to donate to Harvard.

He was sailing home in 1912, on the Titanic! Because he had a first class ticket, he had access to the lifeboats. He was almost on the boat when he remembered that he had not taken the books. He ran back to get them. His father followed to catch him and bring him back. Both drown. HIs mother, decided to donate a library to Harvard in his memory.

But she knew, that if she did, eventually someone in the future would donate more money to build a bigger library, and it would be re-named. So she put three stipulations onto the money. 1. It would remain the Harry Elkins Widener Library. 2. The front of the library could never be changed. 3. There would be a room of reflection , named for her son in the library. So all expansions are under the library and under the green park in front of the library. The front building had to be changed to accommodate handicapped individuals, per the ADA, but the other restrictions are still in place. The library was full in 1937, so more libraries have been built.

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Above is the dorm where Matt Damon wrote Good Will Hunting. Natalie Portman also lived in this dorm. To the right, under renovation, was the dorm that JKF lived in for the rest of his time at Harvard. Below is where Mark Zuckerberg lived and started Facebook.

Dorm where Mark Zuckerbuger lived when starting FB

Press building, Harvard

This strange looking building is where the Harvard Lampoon is located. Conan O’Brian was tasked to do a prank. He decided to steal the chair of the editor of the newspaper. This as a big deal, as this chair was used by all the editors of the Lampoon since it started.

The editor heard that the chair was going to be stolen, so he called the Harvard police and told them, asking that they keep an eye on the chair. They said okay. So Conan, called the Cambridge police and told them that there was someone going to steal the chair, and they would be dressed as Harvard police. So both police forces showed up and during the confusion, he rolled the chair right out! Don’t know if it is true, but it makes a fun story!

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This house above is where George Washington stayed for 6 months when Boston was under siege.

Below is the only modern building we saw, the science building which has a roof observatory.

Modern Science Building

Below is the prettiest building on campus. It is the freshman dining hall and some classrooms. The buildings are not open to the public, but our guide showed us pictures of the dining hall. It looks just like Hogwarts, or maybe Hogwarts looks like it.

Freshman dining hall, looks like Hogwarts

We went to lunch at Mr. Bartley’s, as recommended in the guidebooks. They had an extensive menu of burgers and sandwiches.

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I had the Katie Couric ( turkey, stuffing, cheese, with cranberry mayo in a wrap) Bob had a Rubin hamburger, but he can’t remember the name of it. Bob’s came with their famous onion rings, which we thought were just okay. I had the  Boston Baked Beans. Both meals were excellent! The only problem is that they had no restroom. They usually send people to another building, but that building is under construction.

So we walked back to the Starbucks. Theirs was locked with a combination lock. So I walked up to the gal at the counter, flashed a Starbucks receipt from earlier in the day at her and she gave me the code. Much better than having to use the subway restroom, yuk!!

We took the “T” to the JFK library exit. We then took a free shuttle to the library/museum.

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We had a coupon which gave us a few dollars off  the senior rate, so we each paid $10. We went to the film first. There were a lot of interesting exhibits, but I did not take a lot of picture.

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Below is a replica for RFK’s office as Attorney General.

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Oval office replica

The real rocker

Above is the rocking chair given to JFK by his father for his back.

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Also housed at the museum is the Hemingway exhibit.

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We wandered thru, but were not really interested. Why Hemingway? When Hemingway committed suicide( which they did not mention), even though there was a ban on Cuba, JFK had Hemingway’s trunk and papers retrieved from Cuba for his wife. Hemingway died in Idaho.

Below is the view of Boston from the Library.

View from JFK library

We took the free shuttle back to the subway station and took the train back to Alewife. We retrieved the car, and drove to the MH. We were tired and it was almost 6, so we fed the dogs, then went to dinner at Il Capri, an Italian, overpriced restaurant, in Lexington. We each had lasagna, returned home, and fell asleep in the recliners.

Friday-  The weather had turned hot and very humid with anticipated rain storms. So we decided to stay close to the MH. We went to Watertown to the cemetery where I think my 2nd and 3rd grandparents are buried. We wandered around, but did not find them. So we went to St. Patrick’s Church, were their funerals were held. We went to the office, but they do not have the records. All of the cemetery records are with the Arch Dioceses of Boston. So we wandered thru the church.

We left and returned to the cemetery, wandering around some more, without success. So we went to the Lexington visitor center. We were able to park for free in front, and we purchased the Lexington/Concord tour for Monday, giving us a nice little coupon book to use. We walked over to the Green. This is the memorial to the men who died in the battle, which according to Concord, never occurred.

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Site of the Old Belfry, in Lexinton

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Lexington, in front of Minuteman statue

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We went to visit Buckman’s Tavern. We paid $15 ea. for 3 houses to visit. We also bought a bottle of root beer, which we split.  We had seen lots of people wandering around with bottles of this root beer and wanted to see what the big deal was. It was average root beer.

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Above is the original post office in Lexington, which was in the tavern. Below is John Hancock’s original vest.

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This was a very busy tavern, so the tavern owner did a lot of paperwork at this desk. Under this room was the wine/beer cellar.

Kitchen, Buckmans Tavern

Mrs. Buckman, her indentured servants and slaves would cook the meals here. The large pot was for the laundry. The meeting house was across the street in the Green, but is no longer there. Buckman’s was heated, which the meeting house was not. Ladies parlor, Buckman's Tavern

So the ladies in the area, who of course could not vote, would meet in the tea room above. Just before the Boston Tea Party, the people of Lexington decided to not drink British tea, so they burned all the tea and moved to herbal tea.

The men met in the next room.

Dining room, Buckemans Tavern

There is a chest on the table under the picture of Mr.Buckman, which was owned by  John Hancock. He had left it here, with his papers. He asked Paul Revere to retrieve it for him. Revere went to Buckman’s and was upstairs when he spotted the British marching towards Lexington. He raced down the steps  and took off with the papers. In the hallway, the original door is there, and there is a musket hole in the door.

This is the actual bar room.

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Now comes the fun part! There is an ongoing fight between Concord and Lexington. Concord has the shot heard around the world, or did it? Well, that is what the fight is about. The battle of Lexington was before Concord. Five men died, and one British soldier was injured. So did a battle actually occur. Concord says no, but Lexington says yes. There were a lot of back and forth posters. Below, is that George Washington visited Lexington, and not Concord, to view the battlefield.

The fight between Concord and Lexinton

Fight between Concord and Lexington

We think that the first shot was fired in Lexington, but then we have not yet been to Concord!

We left and still had some time on our free parking space, so we walked down to ‘The Petite Creperie’. We each had a delicious crepe for lunch.

We left and returned to the MH and took an hour nap. At 3:30, I left to return to Lexington for a mani/pedi. Then I stopped at the Stop and Shop for some groceries. We ate dinner at home and fell asleep in the recliners again.

Sat. Aug. 13 to Fri. Aug. 19- Ellsworth ME to Moody Beach ME

Saturday- We left around 9:30 and went in search of the Ellsworth Farmers Market. I had seen a sign on Hwy. 1A when we were coming into town last week that said turn left in 1/10 mile for the Farmers Market. So we went looking for the location. After several tries, we found a Farmers Market banner, and there was no one there.

While going out to the highway, we had passed a sign for a Blueberry Festival, so we went back to that.  The Rotary was having a blueberry pancake breakfast and they seemed to be doing a wonderful business, as there was a large tent and lots of parked cars.

We were not interested in attending that event, as Bob is not fond of blueberries and I am trying to stay in ‘fat burn’ on my weight loss plan. But while driving downtown, we spotted the Farmers Market, in a different location. We found parking and went back to purchase summer squash and heirloom tomatoes.

We also saw that the library was having a book sale. We walked over to the very old, but renovated Ellsworth Library, c. 1827. It was the last day of the sale, which had evidently started on Thursday. We had not driven that way all week, so we did not know about the sale.

We purchased nine books and returned to the MH. A little after we arrived home, it started to rain. We had several rain showers during the day and the temp dropped to the 60’s. It has been like this for several days. The locals are happy, because it has been awhile since the area has had rain. One good thing is that it had lessened the dirt flying from the dirt road into the RV park.

I worked on various tasks. I finished my third article revision and sent that off to my editor. Then I finished the Roadrunner Newsletter, as someone had sent me another article. I put that into it and re-sent it off to Jim, the president of the club, for him to review and he is going to have to post it for me.

Then I worked on the blog. When I finished it, I went to publish it and I kept getting an error message. Bob and I spent time trying to figure out what was wrong. Since Microsoft had stopped allowing the download of Microsoft Live Writer, several days ago I had found that people had gotten together and developed, with Microsoft permission, a free version of the software, called Open Live Writer. I had downloaded that, and was using it. I was afraid something was wrong with the download.

Of course, in the middle of all of this, the computer kept having the Kapersky error message and rebooting. Our frustration level was high!!!

Finally, we decided that maybe there was a problem in WordPress, where the blog is published and kept. So off we went to WordPress. Sure enough, I had used up the 3gig that they give you for free and it would not accept the blog pictures. After 6 years using it, I had to purchase another 10 gigs. I guess that is not a bad deal. Since it was an upgrade, it was $69. We bit the bullet and paid for the upgrade.

We ate lunch and dinner at home, and watched TV, read, and generally had a quiet day.

Sunday- Moving day. We are ready to leave. Patton Pond has minimal activities, with just an ice cream social and a campfire with s’mores, neither of which we were interested in attending. That was it for the week. No pool, just the lake, and nothing else to do.

We had run out of sights to see in the area, so we are ready to move on. We left at about 9:30 turning south on Rt. 1 and went thru Bucksport. We continued south and turned onto Rt. 3. That took us out to I-95. The farther south we drove the more traffic we encountered. We stopped at a rest area. We had to pay a toll to get back off the interstate and then another toll to get back on. REALLY!! What a rip off! We continued south thru more tolls until we left the interstate at the exit for Wells. We drove a few miles and into the Thousand Trails, Moody Beach. We went to the store to check-in and were offered our choice of 3 sites. That was all that they have. The reason that we were traveling on Sunday  was so that we could have a choice of sites when the weekenders leave. Hmmm, not many weekenders here!

We chose a site, not the best, but we had hoped to get satellite. Nope, too many trees. When I turned it on to get it going to check, it did not work. Bob started working on that issue, once we were set up. Finally he called Direct TV, in India of course. Poor English and she could not understand the problem. GRRRR! Finally, Bob had checked all the wires and the socket in the wall. He finally remembered that there was an electrical power strip behind the printer. Sure enough, the extra printer cartridges must have fallen on the on/off switch and that was our issue. We still could not get satellite due to the trees, so I went to the office to sign up for cable TV. $18 for 7 days. We leave next Sunday.

The temp was in the mid-90’s with high humidity, so we stayed in trying to get the MH to cool off. It did finally. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, hopefully they have that right!

We settled in, watched some recorded shows, read and looked at what we are going to do tomorrow. Just before bed, Bob checked his cell phone. He received a notice from Dell about an item he ordered. HUH? He had not ordered anything so he called the number. They were closed. So he called the credit card company. They did not see anything on either credit card, so we are going to have to watch this.

Monday- Bob was on the phone early with Dell. He cancelled the order, explaining to them that he had not placed the order. It was being send to an address in Louisiana. He found out from them that it had gone through Paypal. He checked his Paypal account and they had no record of it. So there are alerts on Paypal and our credit card company. We think whoever fraudulently ordered this item, did several re-routing to hide their identity. He did the best he could to keep it from happening.

We were off early to drop off the computers at the closest Best Buy which was north of Portsmouth NH. We arrived at 9:30 and they did not open until 10, so we went to Kohl’s and bought Bob 1 shirt and 2 pairs of shorts. The summer clothes in Maine are getting to be slim pick’ins!

We went over to Best Buy as they opened and the Geek heard our sad tale of two computers having the identical issue. He went into the back and came back to tell us that it was the Kapersky ( which we already knew) that sometimes does not work with some computers.

Since we had purchased the program through them, they credited us for the Kapersky yearly subscription and sold us a Rootsweb CD. We were able to take the computers home with us.

From Portsmouth, we continued south into Massachusetts. We stopped at the visitor center and picked up lots of brochures. Most were for “North of Boston”, but we also found some for the Boston area.

We continued a few more miles south on I-95 and turned east on the Essex Costal Scenic By-way. The by-way is part of the congressionally designated Essex National Heritage Area. DSCN6332

We followed the scenic route to the town of  Ipswich.  We stopped to look at the Ipswich Historical Mural, located on the EBSCO building. Unfortunately, it is located in their parking lot and with the tree it was hard to see.

Mural on the EBSCO building in Ipswich MA

I did not even notice, until I saw the picture, that it wrapped around the corner. It tells the story of 375 years of the history of the town.  The town has 59 first period houses, built from 1620 to 1720, which we drove past. People are living in them and there was a lot of traffic, so we were not able to take a lot of pictures. 

We continued on our journey, stopping in Essex for lunch at Woodman’s of Essex Restaurant. Founded in 1914, it has been declared by Forbes as the “Best Seafood in America” . Zagat Restaurant Guide states “ An American Cult Classic-right up there with baseball and apple pie”. I had found it in “10,000 Places to See Before You Die”.  The restaurant has won a lot of other awards.

From their brochure, “After opening their stand on the Essex Causeway in 1914, business remained slow for Chubby and Bessie Woodman. Then came the fateful day when while frying up a batch of their best-selling potato chips, a local patron made a humorous suggestion: ‘Hey, why don’t you try frying a clam?’ The rest, as they say, is history. Within hours the young couple had invited a few friends over to try out their tasty new creation. When the verdict was unanimously, ‘delicious’, Chubby and Bessie knew they were on to something big– big enough for them to record a new entry on the back of their marriage certificate that proclaimed: We fried the first fried clam-in the Town of Essex July 3, 1916”.  The 4th of July parade marched by the Woodman’s stand the very next day and they proudly presented their Essex fried clams to the public”. So they are credited with starting this new Yankee tradition!

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Bob had the fried clams and I had the fried scallops. The clam boat came with onion rings and French-fries. The scallops came with just French-fries. Bob took home about half the clams and all of both of our fries! Good thing we carry a cooler with us! We have to say, that the food was delicious! 

We continued on our day trip! We pasted through cute little towns, with lots of shops, especially many antique shops. We also passed pretty New England homes and churches. The road was two lanes and narrow, with parked cars in many areas, so my ability to capture pictures was limited.

We stopped in the town of Gloucester. Yup, as in the fisherman!

Gloucester MA

When we arrived in town, the drawbridge was up, so traffic was at a standstill. The harbor frontage was under construction, so we missed a picture of the Fishermen’s Wife Statue, which was fenced off. We were able to park and walk a bit on the harbor walkway. Below is the Fishermen’s Memorial and Cenotaph, ‘Man at the Wheel Statue”. 1925.Fishermen's Memoriat and Cenotaph 

Below is the harbor looking at a big hotel.

Gloucester waterfront

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Above is the Ten Pound Lighthouse. We continued into town in search of this statue of Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc statue, Gloucester MA

Bob hopped out of the car to take the picture, as there was no parking. There was a man walking his dog. Bob asked him , why ‘Joan of Arc’, and he said, yeah, none of us can figure out why we have a statue of ‘Joan of Arc’. Well, being curious, I found this!

“Anna Hyatt Huntington, who created the World War I Memorial in Legion Square featuring the impressive sculpture of Joan of Arc on horseback? The horse was modeled after a magnificent Percheron that was part of the team at the East Gloucester fire station. Huntington’s niece posed astride a barrel, as she modeled the figure of Joan, first nude, then in costume. Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) became one of the best-known and most prolific sculptors of the 20th century. The studio is the first house on the left after you cross the causeway on Washington Street heading toward Annisquam Village.”I guess that sort of answered the question!

We went in search of  “Cape Pond Ice” which was listed as a historical building and museum, about ice houses. We never found it. We think the building is there, but there was no sign. At the location there was a shop. But it gave us a chance to park ( free as there was time left on the meter), and visit downtown.

Downtown Gloucester MA

Fisherman's Mural Gloucester MA

We continued out to the Eastern Point Lighthouse. Eastern Point Lighthouse

It was a Coast Guard station and closed to the public. What a trip out there! We kept seeing signs for private roads. We went anyway, and it was actually public, but evidently the rich folks, who live in the mansions on this side road, have put up the signs. We passed some beautiful homes! Again, a very narrow road with no parking. Below is the Yacht Club.

Yaught Club

Many of the houses were almost this size!

Schooner Gloucester Bay

We continued on to Rockport, where we saw these memorials to the Civil War veterans who fought for the north.

Civil War Memorial

The road circled the Cape Ann peninsula, and returned through Gloucester. We returned the way we came, and back out to I-95, where we traveled north, back to the Wells exit.

We returned to the MH, walked and fed the dogs, and went south a few miles to Ogunquit. We turned left in town and went out to Perkins Cove. We had seen on Yelp, reviews for the Lobster Shack. We circled 2x and by pure luck found a parking place.

We had dinner, both ordering a lobster roll. We ate, then left to wander through the stores. We backtracked through the town of Ogunquit, and back to the MH. We watched TV, read, and went to bed.

Tuesday– We washed sheets and towels, plus some clothes. I worked on the newsletter and the blog. We ate lunch at home, then we drove south, through Ogunquit, to Cape Neddick to visit the Nubble Lighthouse.

The Nubble Lighthouse is a 41 ft. cast iron tower which was authorized by President Rutherford D. Hayes and was illuminated in July of 1879. It was initially a brown lighthouse, but has been painted white since 1902. An 1891 fourth-order Fresnel light is still in use. It was automated in 1987. There was a locally famous cat who lived at the lighthouse, who was an excellent mouser! The 19 lb. cat, used to swim ( a swimming cat???) across  the channel to visit with mainland friends, then returning to the light house.

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Cape Neddick Lighthouse

It is located on an island, just off the mainland. We could also see the Boon Island Light, located 6.5 miles south on a small, rocky island.  The first wooden tower was built in 1800, but was destroyed in a winter storm in 1804. It was replaced with a stone structure, but in 1812, President James Madison authorized a new lighthouse. The current structure, which is 133 ft. high, was built in 1852. A legend about the island is that in 1710, a British ship wrecked on the island and the survivors struggled to stay alive for 3 weeks, finally resorting to cannibalism. The locals after that left barrels of provision in case of future shipwrecks on the island. In 1978 the blizzard destroyed everything on the inland except the tower. The light keepers took shelter in the lighthouse. After that an automated light was put in and in 1993, the Fresnel lens was removed and replaced by a modern solar-powered optic.

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On the way back through Ogunquit, we were stuck in a long traffic line. This gave us a chance to take a picture of the local library building.

Library in Ogunquit

Very pretty isn’t it! We returned home, walked the dogs, ate dinner, watched TV, read and went to bed.

Wednesday-  We;eft to travel to Freeport to visit the LL Bean complex. They do not offer tours, we had called and asked. We drove north on I-95, paying the tolls, just because it was faster. We arrived and easily found a parking place. We walked over to the main building where we found the ‘boot’.

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We wandered around looking at stuff, and the stuffed!

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We left and crossed the main street to go to the outlets. We went to the LL Bean outlet, then to Haggar, where we bought Bob shorts and jeans.

We left and went back across the street and stopped at Linda Bean’s Lobster stand. Bob had a lobster wrap and I had a lobster salad. Both were good, but not enough lobster. The price was right  though, about $10 each.

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We returned to the car and started back south on Rt. 1. We had seen a sign saying Big Indian, so we were ready to see a Big Indian and we did. There is nothing on the internet as to why it is here. It is just known as BFI, Big Freeport Indian, or the R-rated version, B****I.

Big Indian Statue, South Freeport ME

We continued on and stopped at a bank to pick up quarters to refill our laundry quarters jar and a drug store for some eye drops.

Then we hopped back onto I-225 and continued the 30 miles south to Portland. Our next stop was at the Portland Head Lighthouse, which is located in Fort Williams. It is a nice, large park in town on the bay.

We easily found a parking place ( all free at this park) and walked over to the lighthouse. This is the most photographed and visited lighthouse in the USA, and you can see why.

The Lighthouse is actually in the town of Cape Elizabeth. Maine  was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 18th century and Portland was known as Falmouth until 1786. In 1784, the merchants in the town petitioned the Massachusetts government for a light to mark the entrance to Portland Harbor. John Hancock was the governor of the Bay Colony and authorized construction. There was a delay due to insufficient funds, so the construction did not occur until 1790. President George Washington appointed the first light keeper. A fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the lamps and reflectors in 1855 and a bell tower was added. The tower is 72 ft.

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We has our Lighthouse Passport Stamped for this lighthouse and for several others in the area. Out in the water was the Portland Breakwater (Bug) Light.  This is located on a 2500 ft. breakwater on the south side of Portland Harbor. It was built in 1855 with a sixth-order Fresnel lens. The breakwater was extended 200 ft. and this light was installed. It is know locally as Bug Light due t the Greek architectural elements. The design of the cast-iron tower is unique, petite with Corinthian columns created to resemble a 4th century BC Green monument. It was electrified in 1923 and as the harbor grew it became obsolete. It was renovated in 1989.

Ram Island LIght, Portland ME

Behind the Portland Head Light, in the bay, we could see the Ram Island Ledge Light at the entrance to the harbor. At high tide the ledges are completely covered and were the cause of many shipwrecks until this light was built there in 1905. Gray, granite blocks were used to construct the tower. The light was converted to electric in 1958 and automated in 1959.

Hallway Rock LIghthouse

Next we looked at the Cape Elizabeth Light off to the south east. It was automated in 1963 and the 1,800 lb. Fresnel lens removed in 1994. It is visible for 27 nautical miles and is the most powerful on the New England Coast with four million candle power. This lighthouse was the subject of two Edward Hopper paintings, one of which was reproduced on a 1970 postage stamp to commemorate Maine’s 150th anniversary.

Cape Elizabeth Lighhouse

We could also see another light, off to the right of the Cape Elizabeth Light. It is the Spring Point Ledge Light. This lighthouse marks the dangerous ledge on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. A group of steamship companies convinced the government to locate a lighthouse on the ledge in 1891, but typical of Congress, they did not allocate the money until 1896. The lighthouse became active in May of 1897. It is built on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson, the lighthouse is a typical ‘spark plug’ style of the period, but unlike many of the other structures, it was built of brick rather than cast iron. A fifth-order Fresnel lens was installed and a fog bell hung on the site of the tower. The light was electrified and automated in 1934.

Spring Point Ledge LIght house

We decided that we needed to head home, but first we had to stop at Kohl’s. I had tried on more shorts and they all fell off, so I needed to stop and purchase some. I was able to find two pairs.

We stopped at the EZ Pass office to see if we could get an EZ Pass. We had one when we lived in Maryland, but to get one for the MH was a big deal, and we could not tow the car with it, so we decided not to purchase one. We stopped at the Wells Farmers Market on the way home, but did not purchase anything.

We returned home, walked and fed the dogs, and then went to dinner at The Steakhouse, a highly rated restaurant in Wells. We had a 45 minute wait, and Bob had a beer and I had the worst glass of Moscoto wine, from Italy, I have tasted! Dinner was excelled though. We returned home and collapsed after a busy day!

Thursday- We had passed a restaurant called Congdon’s Doughnuts. The line for doughnuts was out the door! We arrived for breakfast and, after and 10 minute wait, were given seats at the bar.  We had a wonderful breakfast. I had blueberry pancakes and Bob had ham, eggs and toast. We of course bought a doughnut for later, which was very good!

We left and traveled north on RT. 1 to the turn off for Kennebunkport. We decided that since the tide was coming in, that we would go straight to’ Blowing Cave and Spouting Rock’ we thought that maybe we could get a picture of the water spray. We tried, but the water was calm.

Kennebunkport, Blowing Cave & Spouting Rock

About a 1/4 mile up the road was Walkers Point. We immediately knew that it was President HW Bush’s House, due to the anchor memorial, the flags, the two gate houses, and the guy standing, pretending to be a road worker, but who was obviously Secret Service. With all the security, we think George W might have been there also, as it seemed overkill for a 90 + year old retired president!

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Walker Point, Kennebunkport

Walker Point, Kennebunkport

Walkers Point, Kennebunkport, ME

Across the street from Walkers Point, was a pond with these cranes.

Pond in back of Walker Point, ME

We turned around and went back into town.

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport

We easily found parking and went wandering around. We stopped at the Visitor Center, and found where the lighthouses were located. We drove back past Walker Point and continued north to the Goat Island Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was established in 1833 to guide mariners into the sheltered harbor at Cape Porpoise.  The current structure is 25 ft. . built between 1880 and 1890. The Coast Guard planned to automate the light in 1976, but the towns petitioned to maintain a keeper to prevent vandalism. It is known as the last manned light station in Maine, and was automated in 1990. The 5th order Fresnel lens was replaced at that time and was used as a security post when former President HW Bush was in residence at Walkers Point.

Goat Island Lighthouse

This is a submarine watch tower built during WWII to watch for  subs.

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We continued north to Old Orchard Beach. I wanted to visit there as my mother used to visit there on vacation when she was a child.

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Carosel, Old Orchard Beach, ME

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We hated Old Orchard Beach. People are crazy. We were able to find a spot in a 10 minute site and took the above pictures. People were paying no attention to moving cars and walking in front and back of the moving car. It was scary, and we left ASAP to get away from them!

We traveled a bit south and stopped for lunch at  Jumping Jacks Lobster Shak. I had a lobster roll and Bob had the fried shrimp plate. He had ordered the clam cakes, but they were out of them. Both were good. My lobster roll was a typical Maine lobster roll with the grilled bun.

We left and continued back to the town of Kennebunk. Earlier we had been in Kennebunkport.

In town they had all these Adirondack chairs on the street. They are painted by local artists, using the Masters as the theme.

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They also had these boat shaped planters.

Flowers in boats, Kennebunk, ME

We went to our final stop for the day, the Wedding Cake House.

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The Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, ME

The Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk, ME

We returned home, using Rt 1. We had a quiet evening eating dinner at home, , watching TV, reading and going to bed early.

Friday-  After we had returned from Freeport the other day, Bob had thrown his new jeans into the wash. When he took them out, one pair had these ugly lines across the front. So we decided to return them. We left about 10:30 and drove back up to Freeport. We went to the Haggar’s Outlet and the girl looked at us like we were crazy. Of course they had these stripes. They come that way! Okay, so with store credit, we exchanged them for a different pair that did not have the stripes.

We had parked this time in the garage, under the Outlets, so we saw that there was a Crepe restaurant. So we went to it and had crepes for lunch. Bob had the ham and cheese and I had the pepper-jack turkey.  They were very good and the price was reasonable.

We left Freeport and traveled south to Portland where we stopped at Petco to return Karlie’s Glucosamine, as she will not eat it. Then we stopped at the Sally’s Beauty Supply, to buy clippers for me to clip Bob’s hair.

We hopped back on to I-95 and drove to Saco, to stop at the Way Way Store, it is a 1920’s to 1950’s era gas station and general store. It was built in 1927-1929. They have penny candy and ice cream. We just looked.

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We went back to I-95 and returned to Wells. We stopped at the Scoop Deck for some ice cream. We each had  BOSTON BLACKOUT Chocolate ice cream w/ swirls of brownie batter & chunks of brownies. Oh, was it good! They claim to have the best ice cream  in Maine, and we have to agree! This was the best ice cream we have had since Moomer’s in Michigan in 2014.

We returned to the MH, and I clipped Bob’s hair. The new clippers work really well! We sat outside enjoying the weather, ate dinner at home, and sat out until it was too dark to read any more. The dogs really enjoyed having us home!

Sat. Aug. 4 to Fri. Aug. 12, 2016 Ellsworth Maine

Saturday- We left early to drive to Acadia National Park, about 24 miles from Ellsworth, plus the 8 miles from the RV Park into town. We drove east on Hwy. 3 to the park. We went immediately to the Hulls Cove Visitor Venter. We parked, walked up the 52 steps, and went to the desk. We could use our senior pass, so there was no cost.

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We watched the 15 minute movie about the park. There are free buses you can take around the park, but they run every 30 minutes, and there would be a lot of changing buses, so we decided to drive ourselves. In the gift shop they had a book, $3.95, ANP Motorist Guide Park Loop Road, which we purchased.

The construction for the Park Loop Road started in 1922 and continued into the 1950’s. It was financed, in part, by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who was responsible for the creation of Acadia’s carriage road system. The landscape architect designed the road for motorists, while maintaining the fragile natural resources.

Our first stop was at the Frenchman’s Bay Overlook. Below is Bar Harbor.

Bangor from the Acadia Loop, Acadia NP Maine

Below are some of the islands.

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Indigenous people paddled their canoes through the bay fishing. The first recorded European was Samuel Champlain, in 1604. He sure got around!

We stopped at the Duck Brook bridge, but we could not get a good picture, as we were on the bridge and there were bushes on the sides. It is the largest continuous concrete arch bridge east of the Mississippi, built from 1951 to 1953.

We continued on to the Cadillac Mountain Summit. At 1520 ft, it is the highest point of land on the Atlantic Coast. The name came from a Frenchman who arrived in 1688. He named the mountain after his village in France, Sieur de Cadillac.

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

View from Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

Steps on Cadallac Mountain, Acadia NP Maine

Above are the stone steps, going up to the summit.

Our next stop was at the Sieur de Monts Spring, at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

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We continued on our way. Here is one of the stone bridges that we passed under.

Brridge on Loop Road, Acadia NP Maine

A beaver dam…

Beaver Dam, Acadia NP Maine

A lighthouse in Frenchman’s  Bay…

Acadia NP Maine

Acadia NP Maine

Above is The Precipice. They warn you about climbing them. Needless to say, we had no intention of climbing! Below is Sand Beach. The sand is made of crushed shells and marine animals. The temperature of the water is 50-60 degrees. We could not get down to the beach, due to the crowds. The road is one way at this point and there was no parking. In the winter, the sand is pulled out into the ocean and in the spring, the sand is returned by the waves. Sand Beach, Acadia NP, Maine

We missed Thunder Hole, and will return for that visit. We continued on and went to Bar Harbor for lunch. We easily found a parking place. We ate lunch at  the Westside Cafe. We each had a lobster salad.

West Street Cafe Bar Harbor ME

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Bar Harbor Maine

Downtown Bar Harbor Maine

The things you see…. a soda fountain!

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And the LL Bean boot!

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LL Bean Boot Batr Harbor Bank Clock, stained glass

Above is a stain glass clock from the 1800”s. Below, we stopped for ice cream. This is Maine Lobster Tracks. No, there is no lobster in it. It is from Gifford’s Ice Cream a well known Maine ice cream maker. For my DC friends, this is in no way related to the Gifford’s in the Washington DC area.

Giffords Lobster Tracks Ice Cream

We left Bar Harbor and returned to the Loop Road. We crossed the Otter Cove Causeway Bridge, built in 1928. The bridge curves on a natural sand bar. This bridge is made of solid rock fill. The engineers believed that the salt would corrode the concrete if they built this bridge like others in the park. There were kids in the water just off the causeway. Brrrr!DSCN6131

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We continued on to Jordan’s Pond. The original House/Restaurant on this site burned in 1979. The restaurant is famous for their popovers. So we stopped to have one. We had one order, which was two popovers, and we each ate one. Yummy, with blueberry jam! The popovers have been popular since the mid 1800’s, when people walked to the restaurant to eat one!

From here you can get to the carriage roads. I missed a picture of a carriage, but will try to get one later.

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Hanging out

This bird above was just hanging out. It didn’t even move when we drew near!

We left and returned home to the dogs. We were tired, so we went out to dinner in Ellsworth, at the Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant. Bob had fried clams and I had the broiled scallops. Both were very good. We arrived a little before 6 and were given the last table for two. We looked outside and people started lining up and sitting on chairs by the river, waiting for a table!

Sunday- We left at about 9 to drive about 100 miles north to Campobello, FDR and Eleanor’s summer house. Campobello  island is in Canada, so we had to take our passports with us.

We drove to Ellsworth, then north on Rt. 1, allegedly a Maine Scenic Highway. We were not impressed with the highway. As Bob said, it was scenic if all you want to see is pine trees! Miles and miles of them!

We saw Blueberry Land, which was closed. What a tourist trap that must be!

Blueberry Land.

We did take a side road, out to the water, but it was not worth the trip. There was a few feet of water to look at.

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We did see a lighthouse, across the bay.

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We arrived in Lubec, ME, right on the Canadian border. We stopped at Beth’s Lobster House, which was based in a truck, and had lobster rolls. They were okay, but no where near as good as the ones in Oakland! We sat out at her picnic table looking at the water while eating.

We continued through town and crossed the bridge to Campobello. It took us almost 45 minutes, sitting on the bridge, to get through the border. Each car was taking, on average, 2 minutes. We sailed right through once it was our turn. .

We went immediately to Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The park was free. We went to the Visitor Center and wandered through the exhibits until the start of the 15 minute movie.

Then we went out back to the house.

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Campobello

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FDR and Eleanors room

Above is FDR and Eleanor’s bedroom. Below is their, non-private bathroom.

Roosevelt bathroom, Campobello 

School room

Above is the school room. There was a tutor all summer and the kids had lessons each morning.

Kitchen, Campobello

Kitchen above and laundry below.

Laundry, Campobello

The house did not have electric until 1952, as Eleanor did not want the electric. FDR came down with the polio while at Campobello. He was taken out by stretcher and never returned.  Below is the view and the backside of the house.

The view, Campobello Back of the house, facing water, Campobello

We moved on to where the original house was located. When FDR was 1 year old, his parents visited Campobello Island for the summer. They liked it so much they purchased 4 acres of land and built a house for the summers. The house was eventually torn down, once the other house was built. This is where the house was originally. I think the view was better here!

Site of the original Roosevelt house

Next we walked over to Hubbard Cottage, which was next door. FDR’s mother purchased it for $5000. We both liked this house better, even though it was smaller.

The porch is beautiful and wraps around the house.

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Hubbard Cottage had a very open feel to it. I really liked this dining room with the oval window. The view was better also!

We left and went to follow the carriage roads.

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As you can see, we drove out to the Bay of Fundy. The tide was going out, and the water was moving very rapidly. Below are harbor seals romping in the water.

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We stopped by the Mullholland Point Lighthouse on Campobello Island. It was from the 1800’s, so it was there when FDR was!

Mullholland Point LIghthouse, Campobello Island

We traveled back over the bridge and re-entered the USA.

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We started back south on Rt. 1 and turned left to visit the Quoddy Head Light House in Quoddy Head State Park. $2 for the two of us. Put in service in 1858.

Quoddy Head LIghthouse

This is the eastern most point of the USA.

Quoddy Head ME

We returned to the main road and drove back to the MH. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Monday-  We retuned to Bangor to the Best Buy. The hard drive on my laptop was broken. We had decided that since the computer was over 3 years old, we would just buy another one. So we purchased the computer and had the Geeks set it up. We went to lunch at Dysart’s, again. Then shopped. The computer was finally ready at around 3:30. We picked it up and returned home. I worked on getting it set up and downloading my software. I was not happy that Microsoft has discontinued support, and would not allow me to download Windows Live Writer, which is the software I use to write the blog before posting it on WordPress.

Tuesday- Because we had been gone so many days we decided we would take the dogs with us. We packed up and drove into another area of Arcadia NP, this time, down Hwy. 102 to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. What a bust that was! It was not open to the public, had a very small and very busy parking lot and there was only this to see. We lucked out and got a parking place.

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We walked the dogs down to it, took the picture and left. We drove east on Hwy. 102, and stopped to walk the dogs in picnic area. We turned around and returned, stopping at this natural sea wall.

Natural sea wall on Hwy 102, Acadia NP

We stopped at Southwest Harbor to take this picture.

Southwest Harbor, Acadia NP

We continued on our way to Bar Harbor. We stopped at a deli in a Sunoco station, and bought a sub and salad, which were very good. We took them to a picnic area and ate lunch.

From there we went along the Loop Road, along the ocean until we could find a parking place. We walked the dogs along the path that winds along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Acadia NP

Not the idiot kids above, climbing the rocks. We walked down to Thunder Hole, which we had missed the previous time due to not being able to get a parking place.

Thunder hole, Acadia NP

Thunder hole is an open area on Mount Desert Island, part of Acadia. When the ocean waves are large ( not today unfortunately) the water fills this area and gets trapped. When it does, it produces a thundering noise and the water shoots up in the air, due to the trapped air in the crevice. Unfortunately, we did not time this right to get to see it.

We left and returned to the MH, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Wednesday- We are running out of things to do in the area, so we went in search of Lighthouses. Maine has a lot of lighthouses, but many of them are on islands and we would not be able to reach them. We found one not too far away and thought we would head to that one.

We left the RV park and drove south towards Buckport. We spotted a lighthouse sign and turned left. This was not the one we were looking for…. We drove about 20 miles to the town of Castine. What a find!

The town is very pretty with a golf course, harbor, the Maine Maritime Academy, and the lighthouse. We went straight to the Dyce Head Lighthouse, 1828. It is someone’s home, but you can walk a path around it.

Dyce Head Lighthouse

On the way back to town, we saw this inn. The Manor House Inn was originally built for the Commodore of the South Boston Yacht Club in 1900.

The Manor Inn, 1895

We also found Fort George. Fort George was very interesting!

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Fort George

This is hard to read, but what happened was that the British took over the fort. The American General in charge of sailing up during the Revolutionary War, did not attack when the British were outnumbered. Instead the attack happened later and the Americans lost. It was the worst attack on American soil until Pearl Harbor! The General was under the command of Paul Revere, who ended up being court marshalled for this incident, but was found not guilty. Revere’s reputation never recovered! Hmm, had you ever heard of this? We had not!!! This was the site of a major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Walls built up in fort Fort George, Castie ME

We went down to the harbor through pretty houses and past the Maine Maritime Academy, driving on Main Street. Below is the map of the town.

Town map.

Castine Harbor

Noah's Ark House

Above, to us, was the most interesting house, although not the prettiest. It is called Noah’s Ark, c. 1847. It was the home o f Noah Brooks, 1830 –1903, a Castine-born journalist who was a confidant and biographer of Abraham Lincoln.

We left and returned to Hwy. 1. We drove through the town of Bucksport. As we crossed the bridge, we saw another fort, this one still intact.

Bucksport Bridge , Bucksport ME

Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

The bricks, Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

It was $3 for the two of us to enter. We started at the visitor center. They built this fort, which was never used in battle, to protect the Penobscot River and bay from the English. The English were just across the river in Nova Scotia, so they were close by, but never attacked this fort.

There are two walls. This is the outer wall, which would take the impact of cannon fire.

This is the one battery facing the bay. 

C Battery, Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

Entrance,  Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

We entered and turned to the left, going up some steps.  Here are where the second level of cannons would have been sitting.

Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

Fort Knox Bucksport, ME Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

After the War of 1812, Congress decided that the British were not going to attack again, so they decommissioned a lot of forts. When they did this, they sold off the cannons. The offered the fort to the state of Maine, who purchased it for $2000 and then had to go buy back the cannons for another $2000 dollars.

We walked up these steps to the top of the fort.

Steps to A Battery

Here is Bucksport from the top of the fort.

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Bakery, Fort Knox Bucksport, ME

Above was the bakery. There were enlisted me quarters and officers quarters. Plus storage and powder magazines.

We left our unexpected side trip and continued a few miles down the road to the Fort Point Light Station, 1836. We had seen it from across the river.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

It was also someone’s home, in the state park ($2 for the two of us). In 1759 Gov. Powenall brought 400 men to build Fort Pownall.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

Fort Point, Stockton Springs, ME

This was an English fort on the Penobscot River. It was built originally to fight with the French over the area. It was shaped like a four point star. Soon after it was built, Quebec fell to the English and it was not used for military purposes.

We returned through Bucksport to the MH about 20 miles away. We ate lunch and took a nap. Bob worked on his computer. Both computers were having issues, with getting an error message and doing a restart. He was on with Geek Squad for hours.

We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Thursday- We decided to go do some Genealogy. We drove to Bangor and went to the Family History Library there. Other than being freezing, it was a very nice place and the people were wonderful. The temp outside was 93 degrees, hot and humid, but it was so cold inside!

We both did some work on our families. Bob had found an older thumb drive that had some information on it, so he is not starting from scratch.

We ate lunch there and stayed until they closed at 2. We stopped at Petsmart and Petco to pick up dog food. Then returned to the MH. We ate dinner at home, watched TV and went to bed.

Friday- My computer is worse than Bob’s! I worked on the final article and the Roadrunner newsletter. We went to Remy’s, a discount store we saw advertised and Bob bought a new belt. Then we went to Walmart .

We returned, ate lunch, and then I called Geek Squad to try to figure out what was going on with the restart messages.

The gal spend several hours on it but did not get it fixed. So Bob had an appt. for both computers for when we get to our next stop. We leave here on Sunday.

Since we are both having the same issue, we decided that maybe it was Kapersky. So Bob un-installed Kapersky on my computer and it worked perfectly. He re-installed and it did it again. Ah ha! Now we know the problem, but we need to get it fixed as we obviously need a security software. So we are keeping our appointment for Monday.

I hustled to get the Roadrunner Newsletter out today and sent it off the the club president. We ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.

Sat. July 30 to Fri. Aug. 5- Essex Junction VT to Ellsworth ME

Saturday-  We had a busy day. We left at 8:45 to meet up with the SKP Genies. At 9 we all drove over to the local cemetery to look at gravestones. We were met there by a woman, Maureen, who is the 6th great granddaughter of Abraham Stevens, a Revolutionary War Veteran. Maureen was quick to point out that he was in the War of 1776, which in Vermont is called “The War Against New York”, not the Revolutionary war! He was one of the Green Mountain Boys, who fought the militia of New York , against them stealing the Vermont land. He fought against Ethan and Seth Allen. The Allen’s were evidently land grabbers. Stevens died in 1820 and had donated the land where the cemetery is located.

This was fascinating! Connie and Peter Brandish presented a field trip on how to photograph cemetery markers. The monument had at some time been reset, as it was still standing. It was hard to read the information on this spectacularly engraved headstone when we first arrived.

At the Cemetery with the Genies

We watched at Connie clean the headstone. Maureen was awestruck! She could now read the headstone. They were sure that there was more down below the stone and Connie dug down and found that there was a support of concreted that had been added below the stone. That was why it was still standing.

Alge on marker

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

Connie cleaning headstone, At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

At the Cemetery with the SKP Genies

You might note that the grave is not indented. What happens is that people were buried in wooden caskets, the wood deteriorates, and eventually breaks, falling in on the body. Abraham was buried on the top of a hill, where it was less likely that this would occur. Nowadays, we put a cover on to make sure that this does not happen.

As  you can see it was very ornate, with a Masonic symbol on the top and writing all around. Next to Abraham was Lucy, his wife. Why you see the light, is that Peter was standing away, shining sun, using a mirror to better see the marker. They do this at every cemetery that they visit.

We moved on to Abraham’s father-in-law named Carr. There were a lot of Stevens and Carrs buried in this cemetery. This was actually the oldest burial site in the cemetery, but his headstone had been replaced at some point in the past.

We learned a lot. The flat gravestones ( which are the markers my parents have) become overgrown with grass and are not a good idea. Many newer cemeteries are going with only having these markers because it is easier to mow the grass.

Also, when purchasing a marker, it is advisable to add a lot of information to it. The mothers maiden name, the kids names, date of birth, date of death, and last name. In the cemetery, we found first names on graves. They were in a plot, that was designated, but what happens if the ‘name marker’ is destroyed or deteriorates. You have the first name, but are no longer able to read the last name. We left and returned to the MH to drop off the gal who was riding with us. We went to lunch at a small deli and purchased subs. We returned home to eat them, then took a short nap.

We left at 4 to return over to Norm and Mary’s rig where we had happy hour with everyone. Then we left and went to dinner at The Essex Café with the group. We had a nice time talking about families and brick walls that we all get to in our Genealogy.

We returned to Norm and Mary’s and sat out talking until later. My phone rang and it was Debbie Abernethy. She wanted to know if we wanted to come over to see their new MH. We did. We were trying to figure out where they were located, when I noticed that they were behind us in their car. Debbie noticed me at the same time! LOL

So we left and went to visit with them until about 9:45. We returned to the rig and went to bed.

Sunday- We left our site at about 9:25 and drove around the Expo to get into the back of the line to dump. We arrived in line at 9:35. We crept forward slowly, and while we were there, we hooked up the car to the MH. We started dumping at 10:35, 1 hour in line! It actually went by quickly, as we read our books while waiting.  One of the nice things about a home on wheels!

We left and drove out to I-89 south, heading southeast to New Hampshire. We stopped at the last rest area in Vermont and ate lunch. We continued on to Sandy Beach RV Park in Contoocook NH. We checked in for four nights to rest and catch up with tasks. We arrived at 1:45, as we had taken our time getting here.

On the way in there was a sign that said turn right. When we attempted to, there was this covered bridge. Note that the height is 9’9”. We are 13’. Needless to say, we did not drive through with the motor home.

Covered bridge on way to RV Park

We continued further on the road and found a different right turn. When going up the hill, we were hit, a hard ‘bang’ on the satellite with a branch. Scared us! Fortunately, the satellite was okay.

The first site that they assigned us was too un-level for us to park, so they moved us to the one right next to the first one. With some work, we were able to level the MH. We set up, but there are too many trees for us to get satellite. We were able to connect to cable, which is out of Boston. We can only watch the cable on the bedroom TV, a situation that will need to be remedied! We don’t think we will ever go to this park again!

We had thunderstorms. We ate dinner, and watched some recorded TV shows, then some new shows in bed.

Monday- During my morning walk I took this picture of the lake.

Lake at rv park

We did some work around the MH. I have articles that I need to work on and I tried to do that. Unfortunately, my computer crashed and I was unable to work with it. I called Geek Squad, but the gal could not access my computer because it kept freezing. So I finally gave up. The gal made an appointment for me in Bangor ME for Friday.

After lunch, we went into Concord.  We drove into downtown Concord.

Downtown Concord NH

We stopped by the Capitol building.

New Hampshire Capitol

We continued on to the Old North Cemetery to visit the grave of Franklin Pierce.

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Franklin Pierce's gravesite

Then we went to his manse which is closed on Mondays.

Franklin Pierce's Manse

We stopped at Walmart and Petsmart, then returned to the MH, and read for awhile. We ate dinner, and watched TV. I tried my computer again and was able to transfer pictures to my external hard drive and to get the Roadrunner Newsletter copied to my scan disk so I can use Bob’s computer to work on the newsletter.

Tuesday- Bob spent a lot of time on the insurance website tracking down the EOB’s. Since we only get mail monthly, we try to keep an eye on what we will owe. He called the hospital, again, because we are keeping close tabs on what is going on with that $222K bill. We are going to have to pay what is left of the deductible. They are still in negotiations with the insurance company, so we still have a zero balance. We ate lunch at home.

It rained during the night and this morning, but the sun came out after lunch. The temps are in the 70”s, but humid!

We had to return some Glucosamine that Karlie refused to eat, so we went back to Petsmart and then to the Market Basket grocery store. We stopped at a Visionworks, to repair my glasses, since the left lens has now popped out three times!

We returned to the MH and after walking the dogs, we cleaned out the inside of the car, cleaning the leather seats,  the floor mats and vacuuming.

We settled in, ate dinner and watched TV.

Wednesday-  Sunny today, with high to be 84. Still a bit humid, but 59 when I went out for my walk around the park.

I tried my computer again and found that it will work when not on internet. Hmm, interesting. I am able to work on the blog and was able to work on one of the articles. I am down to redoing the questions, in a multiple choice format, so I was able to get some work completed.

Bob worked on setting up the GPS for our trip tomorrow and he cleaned the carpet on the ceiling where we had some stains from some old leaks. No worries about leaks now that we have had the roof re-sealed!

We left at 11:15 to go to Canterbury NH. We drove to Concord, then drove north on I-93 to an exit, then onto Hwy 106.  We stopped for lunch at The Eggshell Restaurant where we both had mediocre omelets for lunch. We turned onto Canterbury Rd. and drove 3 miles to the Canterbury Shaker Village.

Canterbury Shaker Village NH

We parked and went to the Visitor Center. We paid $17 per person for the visit. There was  tour starting at 1:00, so we used the restrooms and wandered around the gift shop for about 15 minutes. There was nice items, but very expensive!

The Docent, Gail, rounded us all up, and there were about 15 of us, and we walked across Shaker Road to the Village. Our first stop was at benches in front of the meeting house where Gail told us about the Shakers.

Gail, the Docent, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

“The museum is dedicated to preserving 200 years of  entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living. The Village is a National Historic Landmark and includes 25 restored original buildings, and four reconstructed buildings. It is located on 624 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement.” (from their flier). Their religion is interesting. They were originally Quaker Shakers from Manchester England. The founder was Ann, who came from Manchester England,  who converted 8 followers and came across on a ship in 1772. They moved onto this land and converted others to their simple religion. The actual name of the religion is very long, but it was shortened to Shakers from the shaking that occurs when they dance and get into a state of euphoria. They became brothers and sisters, all of them, the children included, and they were celibate. But that may not have been why they died out. That also had to do with the changes in society.

They took in lots of people, including orphans from Boston, who were then allowed to leave, or to join the group when they turned 18. The others that they took in they called “Winter Shakers”. They were homeless who asked to join. They would stay for the winter and then leave. The Shakers knew this, but felt it was charitable to accept these people.

The Shakers were innovators and entrepreneurs. They developed good crops and then sold the seeds to farmers across the country. They were the first to put seeds in the little packets. The also invented clothes pins. In their laundry, and they did laundry for 200 people, they put in a dumb waiter to take the clothes upstairs. They  used a steam engine to power their washing machine. Below is the hospital.

Hospital, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Meeting House, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Above is the meeting house. Below is the dormitory. On the right were the ‘sisters’ and on the left were the ‘brothers’.

Living Quarters, Canterbury Shaker Village NH  Back of the living Quarters, Revere Bell, Canterbury Shaker Village NH

In the tower on the top was a bell, cast by Revere and Sons of Boston. ( Yes, that Revere of Boston). Below is the garden and the wood shed. They used 500 cords of wood each winter for the 250 people who lived here.

Garden, Canterbury Shaker Village NH Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Canterbury Shaker Village NH

Above was their store. I was not allowed to take pictures inside any of the buildings. We visited the laundry, which was a very busy place, as they did laundry for so many people. The people were assigned monthly to chores, so that they did not get too bored with one job, and were able to do many jobs. WE also visited the school where there was a video running of one of the children, now 92 years old, who is still living. She talked about live at the compound.

We returned to the MH, ate dinner, and went to bed.

Thursday- Travel day. We left at almost 10 to travel southeast on I-86 to I-93 south. We turned east on Hwy. 101 to Portsmouth, and moved onto I-95 north. At the last NH toll, I pulled up into the toll booth and the gal at the booth told me that the lady in front of us had seen our license plate. She said that since we were from South Dakota, that the lady in front said “welcome to New Hampshire” and had paid our $5 toll! Wow, paying it forward! That has never happened to us before! How nice!!!!

We traveled north on I-95. It was very busy right into Maine.

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We stopped at the rest area/welcome center and picked up brochures. We changed drivers and continued north. We had decided to stop in Oakland, just south of Waterville for those awesome lobster rolls we had before. So we each ate a bar for lunch, and Bob also had an apple.

We went north of Waterville to leave the MH at a truck stop. We disconnected the car and ran the 5 miles back to Oakland. We went to the Corner Store and purchased two small lobster rolls, if you can call these small! $12 each and they are worth every penny!

Lobster roll from Corner Market

We returned to the MH and ate them. We continued the last 86 miles to the RV park, via Hwy. 1A out of Bangor. Wow, was construction awful when we arrived in Ellsworth. The town was torn up. We arrived at the Patton Pond RV park to find that they were closed. There was a box with info for us. We still owe $11, but the rest was paid for. So we went to our site. It is totally un-level. We would have immediately returned to the office and requested another site, if they had been open.

So we worked on getting the MH as level as we could. We have the wheels up on blocks and the jacks on blocks. We got it level, but it is rocky. So we are going to the office the first thing in the morning to change sites. The other issue is that the sewer connection is uphill, so we cannot connect to sewer. Water does not run up hill!!!

1st site at Patton Pond

We settled in and walked the dogs. We ate dinner and watched Satellite TV as we are able to get the satellite in this spot.

Friday- We were at the office when they opened at 8 AM. We requested to change sites. During our morning walk, we had chosen three different sites we felt would work, so we requested any one of them. They moved us to site 514, which it turns out is a Thousand Trails site. Huh? We are paying $20 per night, through Encore, to stay in a Thousand Trails site, that we could stay in for free?  Patton Pond is not on our list of RV parks. I called Thousand Trails, and found that they are not in our plan, only in some limited older plans. Oh well, $20 per night for FHU 50 amp, is pretty good!

We quickly moved the MH to the new site, set up and left to drive to Bangor to Best Buy, as I had a 10:15 appt. for the computer repair. My thought was that the issue was from my downloading Microsoft One Drive or Google Photos. They had to run diagnostics, so it would take 5-7 days. We had to leave the computer.

We went to lunch at a nice diner type restaurant called Dysart’s. We had a very nice, inexpensive lunch.

After lunch we went downtown to visit the Paul Bunyan statue.

Paul Bunyon Statue, Bangor Maine

It was located downtown at the Civic Center. We were lucky to be able to get a picture, as the State Fair is going on behind this building. Below is a mural. We have seen this design on lots of post cards over the years in various gift shops.

Mural in Bangor

We continued on to Stephen King’s house. Note the spider web on the gate.

Stephen King's home, Bangor Maine

While driving downtown, we had spotted this big white building on the hill. So we went in search of it.

Bangor Maine

Thomas Hill Sandpipe, Bangor ME

It is open to the public for one day each season.

We returned to Ellsworth and the MH. We settled in for the evening, ate dinner, watched TV and went to bed.