Field Day at 1pm local time and tallied our results. Then spent the rest
of the day goming out around the campsite.
|| After 4 hours of sleep last
night, we are both tired.
||We drove the 7
hours from DC up to Madison CT. Stopped at McDonald's for Michael to
indulge himself in a BigMac and himself and Penny in some fries. We got lost a couple of times, drove all
around Nyack New York, had to make some cutely calculated U turns, but
made it here intact!
|| Grandma & Grandpa and Aunt Dots are doing
great, feeding us well, and we are having a really good time. I took a photo
of roses growing by the stone wall and some other artsy
We went driving
around Madison with Auntie Dots today and took some pictures for my
friend in Oregon. She toured us around a bit and we went to the huge new
Stop & Shop and got some food for us.
Grandma cooked the most
wonderful dinner for us: swordfish steaks, broccoli rabe, baked
potatoes, and cheesecake with strawberries. Very good day visiting with
||Woke up early
enough to have breakfast with the folks and to see Auntie Dots off to
work, then we kissed g'bye and headed north. We went to Newington, CT to
W1AW, the home of ARRL, the big organization of ham radio operators in
this country. We
got a nice tour, got to operate the radio, and got some
|| Then we headed up the highway, sticking to the little
roads this day. Very pretty drive punctuated by lovely flowers, quaint
little towns, and wrong turns. We had lunch at a Pizza Hut. Tonight we
are at Monson, Massachusetts, nice campground called Sunset
View Camping Area. Watch for a photo of it in here.
took a few pics of the campground at Monson this morning and here is the
best one. Then we headed north, traveling along little roads mostly, up
through the countryside and little towns of central Massachusetts. We
stopped in Townsend MA
and had lunch on their Town Green in their gazebo which was built in
we continued on across the southern part of New Hampshire, cutting
through Manchester and Portsmouth. We were on only little roads at this
point. We stopped in Kittery Maine along highway 1 and did a bit of
outlet shopping. Then it was back on the road to the Moosam River
Campground at Kennebunk
ME, where we had reserved a spot.
Here is a photo of Michael doing the utilities dance at this
got up pretty early and got on the road by 9. We drove up to Freeport,
the home of L.L.Bean
and a bunch of other great outlet stores. We drove around a big block
twice before we discovered the best possible parking space, we figured.
The usual RV parking lot was packed full of RV's which were parked
hither and thither without any semblance of a pattern. We found a place
on the street, about 4 blocks from the main street.
| I was looking for
some "baggies", comfortable loose pants, and tried some on at
Bean's, but didn't find any. We did get some stuff at Crabtree
& Evelyn's outlet store. (Yes, Annette!) and we got Michael some
licorice at another store.
We got up and went to upload our changes
at the office and then went back to the site where Michael
did a little more patching on the roof. (He thinks that he has that leak
licked this time! From there we drove over on 9 to New Brunswick
Canada, entering at Calais. During this drive, we were surprised
to see a sign that read, "Pavement Ends". Sure enough, the
pavement had ended! We drove on gravel/dirt for about 2 miles alongside
the road that they were constructing. We just went slowly; it wasn't too
bad. The roadway was strewn with the most beautiful wildflowers of
yellow, white, purple and pink.
|Now, it should be mentioned that part
of the reason for our rapid transit to Canada, is that we wanted to
"escape" the USA for the 4th of July, always sort of a wild
time for camping, with sites scarce and neighboring campers building
huge fires from which they light their bottle rockets. We arrived fairly
early at New River Beach Campground barely into New Brunswick along the
Bay of Fundy.
As soon as we reached the Canadian border, the festival
atmosphere was apparent. We had arrived for the Canada Day
thick mist had rolled in off the water, leaving us engulfed in a thick
cold fog. Otherwise the day had been pretty, though cool. The temp got
down into the 40's that night sending the college-aged campers around us
scurrying early into their tents. We were kind of surprised how ...
civilized ... the people were, considering their age and the holiday.
Are we becoming curmudgeons?