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North America » United States » Vermont » Waterbury September 25th 2012

My third good weather day in northern New Hampshire was the day of my departure. The bright side of that coin is that I didn’t have to pull the Pilgrim on rain-slickened roadways. Lancaster NH is located on the shores of the Connecticut River so Vermont is only a bridge away. The short drive to Duxbury Country Store & Campground in Duxbury VT on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 was uneventful although I couldn’t help but think of the events that transpired eleven years earlier and of the monument I had seen in Eastport ME about a month ago. It was dedicated to Angel Juarbe, Jr., the New York City firefighter who won a reality show grand prize and lost his life in the World Trade Center attack a week after the airing of the final episode. ... read more
Is This New England Or What?
Photos And A Timeline Fill One Wall
KIA Native Sons Are Honored In The Center Of The Building (Note The Photos Suspended from The Ceiling)

North America » United States » New Hampshire » Lancaster September 11th 2012

I left Maine with a heavy heart on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 for I had not seen a moose during my six-week visit (except for the mounted “albino” specimen and that was in Errol NH). Kidding aside, but admitting there was a hint of disappointment, I had had a great time in Maine and hope to return. According to MapQuest, the trip from Farmington ME to Lancaster NH was 99 miles and would take 2 hours and 21 minutes. That’s more in line with my overall approach to travel during The Great Adventure. I already had driven over the first 1/3 of the route while getting to the scenic drives I enjoyed so much in west central Maine; however, after I made it to Newly ME, the scenery was all novel to me. West of Bethel ... read more
Northumberland-Groveton/Israles River Covered Bridge
I’m Sure Glad I Stopped To See The Covered Bridge
A Black Winding Ribbon Through A Sea Of Green

North America » United States » Maine » Farmington September 4th 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 found me facing a relatively long day behind the wheel – MapQuest told me 245 miles and a little over 4 hours by using I-95 for about half the trip. Although the stretch of I-95 between Houlton ME and Howland ME is not marked as scenic in my atlas and is not as scenic as many, it is at least as scenic as some stretches so labeled and, regardless of the designation, is an enjoyable drive. The Troll Valley Campground in Farmington ME is a small campground about a mile from town and was sparsely populated even over Labor Day Weekend. There were few attractions on my “to do” list other than three day-long (or at least the better part of a day) scenic drives. One of the two attractions was the ... read more
“No Sir, That Stanley Steamer In Not For Sale.”
This Stanley Was For Sale WITH A Reserve
Singing, “One O’Clock, Two O’Clock, Three O’Clock Rock…”

North America » United States » Maine » Presque Isle August 28th 2012

On Tuesday morning, August 21, 2012, I was still savoring the delight of the whale watching trip of Monday afternoon as I readied the Pilgrim for the drive north to Presque Isle ME. The weather was just as good as my mood. I drove back up US 1 to Calais ME instead of taking a slightly shorter route the GPS had offered me. First, I knew US 1 had a good surface and, second, I wanted to see if nicer weather would give me a better impression of the community. It did not. US 1 from Florida north is, for the most part, a great drive. Most of the surface is good, and the scenery between towns is enjoyable. Irene, the GPS, gave me perfect guidance to the Neil E. Michaud Campground about a mile south ... read more
Ornate But Unidentified Church
Pleasing To The Eye
Small But Interesting

North America » United States » Maine » Eastport August 21st 2012

As I moved further north and east from Bar Harbor ME to the Seaview Motel, Cabins & Campground in Eastport ME on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, the landscape became markedly more remote and less affected by the footprint of mankind. There were pockets of civilization, but the duration and frequency of stretches of uninterrupted, tree-lined highway increased. The villages and towns still heralded an occasional art or antique store as a beacon to passersby; but hardware stores, pharmacies, banks and grocers emerged from the hidden lairs they occupied in Bar Harbor to become the norm along US 1. The trip from Boston or New York City became less and less attractive for weekenders the further I drove. Eastport actually is quite a little diamond in the rough. The historic city core boasts of 29 buildings on ... read more
Caught Totally By Surprise
Half Way Between The Equator And The North Pole
A Nice Sunny Day Sometimes Follows Morning Of Fog And Drizzle

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor August 14th 2012

I suppose many would contend that a visit to Maine is incomplete without a visit to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. I know that was my sentiment when planning this journey. I had been exposed to so many glowing reports by so many people from such diverse backgrounds that had visited from so many different locales. All these people from hither and yon cannot all be wrong. Have you ever set your expectations far above the reality of the situation? I try to avoid prejudging good or bad but have fallen victim to that curse in the case of Acadia. My expectations were much greater than the park could deliver. I must say the weather did not cooperate either. On my drive from Appleton ME on Tuesday August 7, 2012, I passed the Fort Knox ... read more
The Downtown Area Is Quaint Yet Uncongested
The View From Downtown
“Whadda Ya think, Ed?  Wanna Pull A Fire Engine?”  “Not Today, Wilbur!”

North America » United States » Maine » Rockland August 7th 2012

When I initially planned my advance north along the Maine coastline, the distance between stops made the Camden/Rockland area a logical stopover point. I learned that my cousin’s wife grew up in nearby Union ME and that they usually visited sometime during July and/or August. I penciled in my dates but, when I learned Rockland would be hosting “The 65th Maine Lobster Festival” during my “tentative” visit, the dates became etched in ink! It turned out the arrival of a new grandchild in Alabama altered their Maine visitation plans for 2012, but who needs to have your cousin watching as a seafarin’ neophyte learns how to disassemble a whole lobster anyway! It also turned out that the campground I selected was very close to Union and was one they knew well. The spot I was given ... read more
A View For My Conservative Friends
And A View For My Liberal Friends
Automated Fog Bell Striking Machines

North America » United States » Maine » Kennebunk July 31st 2012

I selected Biddeford as a home port for my first stop in Maine largely because of its proximity to the storied Maine coastline, its location between Portsmouth NH and Portland ME and its nearness to a high-profile neighbor - Kennebunkport. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 was thickly overcast from the outset, but rain was held in check until I was about two miles from the RV park. A light rain was a mere inconvenience during set-up. Shamrock RV Park appears to have been a “three-room” house that has experienced multiple additions as the “family” grew. I was directly across from a picturesque, peaceful pond that can be viewed from very few RV windows because, it appears, there was no master plan way back when. Be that as it may, I wasn’t there to enjoy the park facility ... read more
And Finely Crafted Period Furniture
A Teaser For The Historic Walking Tour
Did I Say Formidable?

Exeter NH is what I oftentimes have imagined when I visualized a small New England city – colonial homes close enough to the tree-lined street to clutch one side of the sidewalk, classic churches with steeples that command at least a glance against a brilliant blue sky, ornate public buildings that taunt us in melody, “If you knew what I know,” and streets that radiate from the core like spokes on the wheel of a horse-drawn carriage. My drive from Salem MA to The Green Gate Campground in Exeter NH on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 was uneventful, and I was pleased to find that I had only a short 1-1/2 mile drive from the campground to town. Several area towns hosted attractions which made my “to do” list, but my main reason for selecting Exeter as ... read more
Folsom Tavern (c. 1775)
Explaining The Declaration of Independence
Puddle Dock Is No Longer A Waterway

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 10th 2012

In the last year and a half, I have heard stories from hades offered by those who have driven in Boston without being in tow of a trailer. My common sense prevailed, and I programmed the GPS for my journey from Plymouth to Salem via the longer route and I-95 around Boston instead of the shorter I-93 route through downtown Boston. I arrived in Salem without any problems, but the trip from the freeway to the municipal campground at Winters Island Park was a real challenge. As in most older cities, the streets (and lanes if there are such things) are very narrow, the telephone poles are immediately adjacent to the curb, the various roadway hazards (potholes, manholes, etc.) catapult the truck like a cannon ball and almost every corner where I had to turn came ... read more
The 20-30 Minute Train Trip To Boston
I Think They’re Up To No Good!
“If We Don’t Go To War, They’ll Keep Treating Us As Though We’re Still Colonies”

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