Sunday, August 11, 2019

Bar Harbor And Acadia NP

Sunday: (08/11) Leftover muffin from Famous Dave’s for breakfast. We got an early start heading up highway 1 for a while then onto I295 then a few other minor roads including onto Highway 1 and 3. We stopped at a flea market in Searsport and had lunch at Just Barb’s along highway 1. We finished lunch about 1245 and then headed on to Hadley’s Point Campground, our new home. We relaxed in camp the rest of the day. Lou made gnocchi and meatballs for dinner. An evening campfire finished the day. (GPS: 44.440255, -68.313280)

Monday: (08/12) I made pancakes and sausage for breakfast. We headed off for the day in Bar Harbor walking the village and shoreline. We enjoyed lunch at Peekytoe Provisions, nice fish tacos. Laer we drove down to Northeast Harbor and bought tickets for a cruise tomorrow morning. On the way home we bought a few things at walmart. A nice spinach salad for dinner followed by a campfire. We had to duck under our awning a couple of times for showers then returned to our fire.

Tuesday: (08/13) Leftover pancakes and sausage for breakfast. We drove down to Northeast Harbor and took a boat tour around the Cranberry Islands. Ranger Lacey provided the narrative on our voyage. It was about a tour boat trip with a 45 minute visit on Little Cranberry Island. There was a little museum on the island. After our cruise we had a picnic lunch as we looked over the marina. We then drove to Main Street and looked at some of the shops there. We returned home at about 1700 and Lou and Dawn prepared dinner of pork chops, finger potatoes, broccoli, and baked apples. Yum! We have new noisy neighbors today. Hopefully only a short stay.



Wednesday: (08/14) Lou made French toast and sausage for breakfast. We drove over to the visitor center and to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Nice views on the mountain because it's the tallest mountain on the coast. We had a picnic lunch on top. After that we drove through the park stopping at an arboretum in Northeast Harbor. We then drove by the shore of Somes Sound on our way back home. Leftovers for dinner




Thursday: (08/15) Granola and banana for breakfast. Lou and Dawn went out to do the laundry in the morning. I was busy labeling and organizing my photos. When they got back, we all went to lunch at the Log Cabin Restaurant. When we got home I worked on posting photos for the last three months on the blog. We drove down to the beach near camp. It would be good for launching a kayak. For dinner we enjoyed some pork with sauerkraut and potatoes that I put in the slow cooker this morning. Dawn made some prune dark chocolate pudding cake for desert. We had a campfire in the evening.

Friday: (08/16) I fried up the leftover pork with sauerkraut and potatoes and added a diced ham steak to make hash for breakfast. It started raining after breakfast. Lou and Dawn decided to stay home today. About noon I headed off for a drive and a hike on the western side of the island today. I drove Highway 102 and 102A and returned. I hiked the Ship Harbor Trail at the bottom of the peninsula. It was only 1.3 miles but the views were great and it was nice to get out for a walk. I picked up a nice cookie for a snack in Tremont. Unfortunately for Lou and Dawn I returned earlier than they hoped about 1530. I had some leftovers for a snack on my return. Lou made som shrimp and noodles for dinner. We all enjoyed a fire at one of our neighbors sites and swapped RV tours.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Cabela's In Scarborough, Maine

Saturday: (08/10) We prepared to roll after our showers. Then enjoyed some tea in the gazebo before hitting the road. I managed to find a Dunkin Donut shop with convenient access and parking for the RV so I got my sausage egg and cheese croissant for my breakfast. Lou and Dawn made do with leftovers. We tried to use the GPS to take us to our next destination but it was trying to route us in an unnecessary zig-zag route so we turned it off and just took highway 1 the rest of the way to Cabela’s in Scarborough, Maine. We stopped in Wells, Maine at a Hannaford’s Market to get water, cheese and a few other things. Unfortunately, as we pulled back out on the highway, we noticed a nice car show with mostly woody wagons. Too bad, too much traffic and limited parking to return. We got to Cabella’s about 1445 and disconnected the car. Lou and Dawn returned to a craft show we passed just a mile or so back. The weather here is really nice, less humid and cooler. We spent the night here at Cabela's. Dinner at Famous Dave’s. (GPS: 43.602312, -70.372222)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Salem Witch Hunt And Eagle Spotting

Wednesday: (08/07) Granola for breakfast. We prepared to roll and left the park at 1110. In order to avoid the I93 Tunnels through Boston we headed South on I93 to I 95 then North to Salem, Ma. We made it to Winter Island Park, a city of Salem park about a mile from the old town area about 1250. We checked into our site #12, the best site in the park right in the corner of the marina parking area with views of the harbor on two sides. We were really lucky to get this cancelation just at the right time. We went to lunch at the New York Cheesecake Factory restaurant. The went to the Visitor Center. Lou and Dawn made salmon noodles for dinner.
(GPS:42.526157, -70.868605)




Thursday: (08/08) Lou made ham and eggs with potatoes for breakfast which we had in the gazebo near our campsite. It was a slow morning and I took the day off. Lou and Dawn eventually went our touring in Salem looking for witches. I had leftovers for lunch. I spent some time looking into getting the valve for our LPG tank. I can get one through Amazon with two day delivery but would need an address because there are very few Amazon lockers in the Northeast. And there is the problem of not being sure which one to buy. I can’t be sure until I remove the existing valve, then it would be easy to replace. I’ll probably still try to find an RV shop to do it. Lou made chilli relleno with chicken and noodles for dinner.


Friday: (08/09) Cottage cheese and an apple for breakfast as we waited for the Coast Guard’s training tall ship the Eagle to sail into Salm. It was supposed to pass by our campsite between 0800-0830 but was delayed. It was actually more like 1030. After that we drove downtown and stopped at Red’s Sandwich shop for lunch. It was recommended by a fellow elevator passenger at the parking garage and he even walked us to the restaurant. It was excellent. I had fish tacos. After that we went to the Peabody Essex Museum. It was interesting but not what we expected. Mostly just art. When we closed the museum we walked out to the wharf and toured the Eagle ship. Finally, we stopped at a thrift store and got some things at the market before returning home. As we were driving in the gate at 2115 remembered that the gate was to be locked at 2200 and one needed a card key that we didn’t bother getting. Lucky us.








Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wompatuck State Park, Hingham, Ma

Thursday: (07/25) We had some interesting weather while we were staying near Hartford, Ct. in East Hampton. I had and am having some dental work done there, a nice root canal. I had it done Tuesday and have to return next Monday and Thursday. Because of the dental work we didn't go on to Cape Cod as planned, which was a good thing because they had a tornado and up to 110 winds. We took a day thip that day and were driving down by the Long Island Sound when we had a deluge for about 30 minutes and then heavy rain all the way home. When I finally knew what appointments were needed to finish the dental work, we adjusted our reservation here at Wompatuck State Park yesterday and headed out of town today. We had already been here three times as long as planned. However not getting to go to Cape Cod turned out for the better. We'll drive the Jeep back the 120 miles to Hartford for the dental appointments. That way we can use the days in between to tour around the Boston area and even drive down to Cape Cod from here tomorrow. Another dalaying factor was that our propane input valve stuck open when it was filled so we now have a full propane tank with the propane dealers safety valve attached. What is interesting is that getting it fixed is near impossible. Easy to fix if the tank is empty, but it is now full and should last a couple of months. No one can suck it dry, bleed or burn it off. Most RV shops can replace the valve but not until it's empty. Propane service company's don't do anything. Since we can't get it fixed, we are now using propane generously but that doesn't mean as much when we don't want to run the furnace. And then there is the cost of the propane at $50 for this last fillup. Really hate to waste it..

We drove through three states today. Connecticut, Rhode Island and into Massachusetts. Only 127 miles. We stopped before going in to the park for lunch at Applebee’s. We settled in and I relaxed while Lou and Dawn explored the campground. French Onion soup and Toast for dinner. The weather is nice enough tonight that we aren’t running the AC for the first time in a couple of weeks.
(GPS: 42.203578, -70.854756)

Friday: (07/26) Pancakes and ham for breakfast. We headed off about 0915 to Provincetown on Cape Cod about 102 miles from camp. We explored highway 6A, the business road going down and took highway 6, the main road coming back. Lunch at Jack’s Outback Restaurant in Yarmouth Port, MA. A nice restaurant with two big yellow golden retriever dogs as greeters. The name doesn’t come from Australia but likely from the difficult to find location down a narrow driveway. After that start of ur tour of Cape Cod we visited a few lighthouses, points of interest and viewpoints. Nice clear day with dark blue ocean and blue clear sky. We topped off our quick tour with dinner at Savory & the Sweet Escape. Great sandwiches and wraps. We got home after 2100.






Saturday: (07/27) Lou made a mushroom omelet for breakfast. We drove up to Boston to the Samuel Adams Brewery for a tour. Interesting tour and great beer to sample ut not a real factory tour. This site is their development brewery now. All the production brewing is done at other locations. We had a nice lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant, Chilacates. We also took a short walk in the Harvard Arboretum before heading home. Lou made roast chicken with baked potatoes for dinner.


Sunday: (07/28) Granola for breakfast.We prepared to roll. About 1100 we rolled over to the dump to do our tank duty. We then checked in to this same park into a different site. We weren’t able to get a site that had available dates for our entire stay. We settled in and this time set up our bug tent for this extended stay. Little relaxing. Later in the afternoon we drove over to Costco and Walmart to do our shopping. Wieners with cabbage and onions for dinner.

Monday: (07/29) Leftover chicken and chips casserole for breakfast. Lou and I were off early at 0715 toward Hartford, Ct. I had an Endodontic appointment for a root canal there at 1115. We arrived at 1010. A quick early lunch at a nearby Subway sandwich shop before my appointment. One never can tell when one will want to eat again. All went well and now is ready for the dentist to do the permanent filling. We headed home after a stop. Lou visited a Savers while i got an oil change in the Jeep. We stopped for dinner on the way home at 4 G's Restaurant & Pizza in Dayville, Ct. We were home sometime after 1900. We had some rain just before getting home but it was mostly just a hot day.

Tuesday: (07/30) I had leftover pizza for breakfast. The pizza I got yesterday was some of the best I’ve eaten. A relaxing day at home today. More leftover pizza for lunch. Lou made chicken potato salad for dinner. I just relaxed. Lou was sewing and Dawn writing today.

Wednesday: (07/31) I prepared corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast this morning. We relaxed much of the morning. Later we headed out for a drive East of here to the coast visiting Hull, Hingham, Cohasset, Egypt, and Scituate. We had lunch at Jakes in Hull. We finished the otherwise nice day with severe thunderstorm warnings and some heavy rain. Back home we had chicken potato salad for dinner.

Thursday: (08/01) Leftover corned beef hash for breakfast. Lou and I were off again to East hampton to my dentist appointment. Over 120 miles. We stopped for an early lunch at McDonalds before my 1110 appointment. The dentist did a permanent filling on my rooted canal tooth and another filling for good measure and we were off a little after 1200. We stopped in North Scituat, RI for a late lunch at Cindy’s Restaurant. We made it back to Weymouth, Ma to the Post Office to pick up our mail delivery. Later Lou stopped by Urgent Care to have her ears looked with no help provided. We had PBJ toast for dinner.

Friday: (08/02) Lou fixed a nice breakfast before we headed off to a day in Boston. We parked downtown right in front of the library for the day. Lou and Dawn checked out the library and we all toured the building. I spent most of my time in the cafe with a chai tea and cookie listening to and watching the WGBH morning talk show. They have a remote studio in the cafe which is in the library. There was also a good bluegrass group, Vinegar Flies, playing in the courtyard of the library. We also walked through the Boston Public Garden and Boston Commons and checked out a farmers market and visited the Boston Public Market. For dinner we stopped at one of the oldest taverns in the country, The Green Dragon Tavern that opened in 1654 and was where Paul Revere hung out and some battle plans for the war of Independence were made. On the walk back to our car, we stopped in at the original Cheers bar inspiration, the former Bull And Finch Tavern.


Saturday: (08/03) Lou made an asparagus omelet for breakfast. We headed off to Downtown Boston after showers. I dropped Lou off at the hospital to have here ear looked at. I then dropped Dawn off at Brookline Booksellers store and she traded some books and browsed. I relaxed, walked the neighborhood and visited the bank, When Lou was finished we picked here up and went to the Old North Church for a look. We had lunch nearby at Theo’s Cozy Corner Restaurant. Really nice lunch beef quesadilla for me, potato salad for Dawn, and Clam chowder for Lou. We returned home a little earlier with a stop at Walmart on the way. Dawn made gazpacho soup for dinner.

Sunday: (08/04) Started the day checking availability at Winter Island Park in Salem and they had three days available so we shortened our stay here one day so we’ll be there 8/7-8/10 now. I then called for a reservation in Bar Harbor, Maine at Hadley Point RV Park for our visit to Acadia NP. We got 6 days there. That may be our furthest East and North for this trip. With those tasks complete and our Northeast plans better set, we had leftover asparagus omelet. We drove back to Boston to see the Tea Party ships in the bay and visit Paul Revere’s home. We also enjoyed the Saint Agrippina's Feast and a parade. We also took a lot of unplanned tours because, for some reason, none of our GPS guidance systems were working well. They continually put us in the wrong lanes, and wrong road and often wanted us to go the wrong direction on one way streets. It was really peculiar since we rely on them and they almost always get us to where we want to go. Here in Boston they have worked well, until today. Hopefully tomorrow is another day. We had a nice lunch at Tatta Cafe, a North African cafe. A nice chili size for dinner tonight.