Blogs from Groton, Connecticut, United States, North America


North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton July 6th 2017

It was nice seeing my brother Jerry and his family last night, but that was the last of the family and friends visits for this trip. Today it's just Jody and I facing the world together! We somehow got our travel/ sightseeing sequence out of whack over the last couple of days. We normally travel in the morning and sightsee in the afternoon, but today we are riding over to Newport, RI in the morning and traveling in the afternoon. So after a quick hotel breakfast, we loaded up the bike for the 20 minute ride across the bridge to Newport. Newport is about the last place where about a dozen of the mansions built during the gilded age still exist and are being preserved. There are guided tours & self-guided tours, trolleys, buses, & walking ... read more
The Breakers - Ballroom
The Elms - Jody Out Front
The Elms - Dining Room Artwork

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton October 17th 2016

Geo: 41.3547, -71.9709The US Navy submarine school (and Coastguard Academy) is located nearby at New London, on the Thames River. The first US nuclear submarine forms the centre-piece of the adjacent Submarine Force Library and Museum, along with many other interesting exhibits.A little further over is the Mystic River, with the Mystic Seaport maritime museum on its banks. Not the same Mystic River as in the Sean Penn/Tim Robbins movie of that name, which is in Boston.In the evening we had drinks and dinner at home with Caron and Mark. Tomorrow we head off with them to visit Newport, Rhode Island.... read more
Nautilus bunks
Charles W. Morgan

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton July 31st 2013

Just outside the gate of the Groton Submarine Base in Groton Connecticut is the permanent berth of the USS Nautilus and the location of the Submarine Force Museum. The keel of the USS Nautilus was laid on June 14, 1952 at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, Connecticut by President Harry S. Truman. On January 21, 1954 Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across Nautilus' bow. On the morning of January 17, 1955 the Nautilus was the first US submarine to set sail under nuclear power. The Nautilus departed Pearl Harbor Hawaii on July 23, 1958 under Top Secret orders to conduct the first crossing of the north pole by a ship. With 116 men aboard, the USS Nautilus reached the geographic North Pole on August 3, 1958. In the ... read more
USS Nautilus
Submarine Force Library and Museum
Submarine Force Library and Museum

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton May 28th 2010

Hi All! We spent the day pretty simply. First we slept in and had breakfast. Then went and did laundry at this really big laundry facility. We finished before noon and then Pam wanted to go and geocache, people have you ever been to New Bergen, New Jersey? Well the streets and traffic are crazy and it is a total night mare! But Pam found the geocache with much frantic heart stopping and brake squeeling episodes. Two boys on a small bike came out of no where and were almost killed in front of our van! They were going down a very steep street! Pam ran over their hat and the boys came to a stop on the other side of the road, but were unharmed from our vehicle. The other, was another vehicle, the other ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton June 14th 2009

Sunday, 14 June (NYC KOA to Mystic & Boston/Cape Cod KOA): We left the NYC KOA around 9am, heading for Mystic, Connecticut before our next home base at the Boston/Cape Cod KOA in Middleboro (or Middleborough depending on where you look). The trip to Mystic was pretty much uneventful, not even getting GPS lost. Our first stop was Mystic Pizza for lunch at this famous eatery from the movie by the same name. Mystic is very picturesque, but doesn’t offer much in historic or other sights, although the traffic was pretty heavy. We shared a Greek salad and a Mediterranean pizza, both of which were quite good and inexpensive. I even got another flattened penny for my growing collection. After lunch and a brief stroll, including a stop to watch the drawbridge open and close, we ... read more
Insdie Mystic Pizza
Mystic River
Mystic Boat

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton July 16th 2008

Dear All, A gps will take you only so far before one needs to turn on one’s brain and navigate a little further. Such was the case as I drove within a few blocks of Michell College's campus and my gps system said I was there. I was not, but I eventually did get there on time. The lesson has been learned—never rely solely on technology. All three schools visited today are located in the town of New London. MITCHELL COLLEGE Mitchell College is a four year college which has both a post graduate high school program (Thames Academy), and a two year program (associate degree). The school has had a strong reputation for helping students with diagnosed learning issues. In my meeting with admissions folk, I was told that only one third of its students ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton November 6th 2007

Obfuscator writes: Now, to be fair, almost any place will look worse, and be less interesting if it rains during the entirety of your stay there. That said, considering how pricey I've heard Rhode Island is, I was expecting a much nicer place. It's also tiny. We arrived in Woonsocket, RI in the previous night, and looked for a motel there, perhaps against our better judgment, since Woonsocket had a distinct and unpleasant odor. We found a motel without too much effort, but I think by that point we had already crossed back into Massachusetts. To put things in perspective even more, the scale on the map for Rhode Island goes up to 4 miles. Everything on the map should be measured in one mile increments. We left our motel after enjoying a continental breakfast (not ... read more
Rhode Island Morning
View from Newport
Fort Adams, Newport

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton November 1st 2007

Dear Watchers of the Blog, If you thought I was raving about Mystic Seaport, wait 'til you hear me on the subject of Essex! This is such a perfect New England town. It only has 1 traffic light, a roundabout, and lovely old, very old homes. Plus, it is situated on the Connecticut River and was a major boat building port. It was here that the British landed and burned all 25 boats that were docked or being built for privateers. These privateers were enlisted to aid the defense of our young country in the War of 1812. We took a boat trip up river, embarking from the same pier that the British had landed on. Our focus was slightly different, however, as we were leaf peepers, bird watchers, and folks out enjoying the sunny day ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton October 30th 2007

Dear Faithful Followers of the Foliage Blog, Today I will not be talking about fall foliage. We have shifted gears (sails?) and have fallen in love with Mystic Seaport. The aquarium is nice; it was fun watching 3 Beluga whales at feeding time and California sea lions showing off how intelligent they are, but when you compare it to our own Monterey's not a "fluke" that we're #1. But, the historical Mystic Seaport is a true treasure of an era so important in our country's development. It's much larger than I thought it would be and the grounds are lovely and not commerical. It is an authentic village which was an important link to sustain a sea-going way of life. It is not to be missed. We spent the whole day there and still could ... read more
The whaler Charles Morgan
Charles Morgan--profile

North America » United States » Connecticut » Groton October 28th 2007

Dear Family, Friends, and Fans, We have been motoring around Massachusetts (so I will finally learn how to spell it) and loving it. The leaves are still colorful but are being blown right off the trees. After enjoying our days on Cape Cod, we headed to Foxboro...hoping that someone would give us free tickets to the Pats vs. Skins game. No one took pity on the California Condor, but it is a very modern arena with no end zone seating. We couldn't get in at the campground there due to a big Halloween Todo, so we went to nearby Bellingham which was quiet. Kathy & Steve had told us about WaterFire Providence so we decided to go for it. We left early as we couldn't figure out the parking for our beloved 24' motorhome. This annual ... read more

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