PAWTUCKAWAY STATE PARK (NH)

Pawtuckaway State Park is located on Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham, NH and it is sectioned off into three separate campgrounds. Horse Island section (Sites #1-80) are the most suited for larger RVs and nearly all the sites are either located right on the lake's shoreline or have a nice view of the lake, these sites also have a $5 premium added to the cost. Big Island section (Sites #81-169) are better suited to smaller trailers and tents because of the sites being so unlevel and only a few have any view of the lake. Neal's Cove section (Sites #201-223) are for tents only and are in a very natural setting.

Verizon signal is almost nonexistent while AT&T had two bars of LTE service and preformed quite well. The are no electrical connections anywhere in the campground and water service is found scatter throughout the sites. The bathrooms were dated but kept clean and hot water was available in the showers.



THURSDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #35

"The Granite State"
is our 19th visited state

For today's journey we used the Intestate Highways to travel around the big city of Boston and were able to avoid most of the traffic that comes with a big city. We knew that our next campsite in New Hampshire would not have electric or water service so we filled up our 39 gallon fresh water tank before we left and thanks to some fellow Airstream's we met I was able to once again get our water pump to work. Sure will save us a lot of hauling water around the campground for the next week!

As suspected, with no electricity and poor cell phone reception here we will be spending a lot of time in libraries this week, trying to get caught up with work after taking two days off to visit the sights in Boston. You'll notice we went to many different libraries this week, some had very limited Saturday hours and most weren't open at all on Sunday, which is understandable because in small towns the librarian is almost always a volunteer and who wants to work on a weekend.



FRIDAY

WORK DAY @ THE LIBRARY
15 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Thank You Dudley-Tucker Library in Raymond, NH



SATURDAY

WORK DAY @ THE LIBRARY
29 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Thank You Mary E. Bartlett Library in Brentwood, NH



SUNDAY

WORK DAY @ THE LIBRARY
35 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Thank You Blaisdell Memorial Library in Nottingham, NH



MONDAY

WORK DAY @ THE LIBRARY
33 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Thank You Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood, NH



TUESDAY

WORK DAY @ THE LIBRARY
14 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Thank You Dudley-Tucker Library in Raymond, NH



WEDNESDAY

ERRANDS DAY
27 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

With the work all caught up we slept in today and hung around THE POD until after lunch. Yesterday we treated ourselves to a nice dinner out at the Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery. It was rated very highly on Yelp and it did not disappoint us in the least. After a 30 minute wait for a table we both ordered the "One Pound of NH's Best Steak Tips" (their best seller) from the grill menu and were informed that on Monday and Tuesday they have a BOGO special on their Lobster Rolls, which we ordered to take home for lunch today.


Errands for today are pretty simple, laundry (for the first time in two weeks), gasoline (so we can move THE POD tomorrow), a few grocery items (milk-peanut butter-bananas) and propane. With no electrical hookups this whole week we have been running our Honda generator several hours a day to top off the batteries. Our campsite is nicely shaded but that doesn't bode well for the solar panels on the roof to do their job of keeping the batteries full.


One other thing that happened this week at the campground was that Saturday, after working all day, we came back to our campsite and found we had new neighbors on the campsite next to us. This is what usually happens on Friday and Saturday's, the weekenders come to visit. It was a younger couple with two small children that seemed to be very new to RVing. They had an older trailer that wasn't sitting very straight in their campsite and just looked out of level. The husband was very busy running around trying to get things setup and the wife was trying to keep the children entertained and out of his way.

Last week when we had Tricia's relatives over for a BBQ and campfire one of her young cousins left behind a large 12-inch bubble wand, you know the thing you dip into the soapy water and then wave all around and it makes these huge bubbles. Well it was hardly used and I couldn't just throw it away, so I stuck it in the back seat of ROVER to deal with later. When I saw how much trouble the wife was having keeping the kids under control I decided to dig it out and offer it to them. The wife gladly accepted the gift and for the next hour or so everything seemed to be going much smoother.

After dinner, around 6:00PM, I started our campfire and by 8:30PM it was pretty much out. We picked up our chairs and beverages and started heading in for the night. I glanced over to our neighbors site and the husband was just beginning to try and light their campfire, after the kids and been put to bed. I thought to myself, they're getting a very late start because at this campground all campfires have to be completely out by midnight, and they do come around and check. He had purchased four bags full of firewood from the camp store and it would take a very long time to burn that much wood. I figured they were spending more than just a few days here.

Sunday morning we got up and headed for the library to get some more work done. When we arrived back at the campground late in the afternoon, as usual on Sunday's, most everyone had packed up and left to go home so they can go to work on Monday morning. I noticed that our neighbors were among the missing. After backing into our campsite we walked around THE POD and saw two full bags of firewood sitting on our picnic table, next to the one bag that we still had left to burn. I then looked over at our neighbors site and saw a third bag of firewood on the ground and most of another bag still inside of the fire ring that was barely burned.

I guess he had trouble getting a fire going last night and just gave up. At least he was kind enough to place two bags of firewood safely on our site before they left. Of course I grabbed all the rest of the free firewood and moved it over to our site. I have always said that campers are for the most part the nicest people you'll meet!



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WOMPATUCK STATE PARK (MA)

We only spent three nights here at Wompatuck State Park and most all of our daylight hours were spent in Boston. The park is located just 6 miles from the Hingham Ferry Dock and the boat drops you off right in the heart of the Boston Harbor Walk.

The fare was just over $18 round trip ($9 senior) and as long as you didn't try to get aboard any of the rush hour ferries there were plenty of seats. The campground had wonderfully hot showers, clean bathhouses and naturally wooded campsites, just the way we like them.



MONDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #34

Today we said farewell to the Cape Cod area and took the short drive up the coast to our next stop. From this new location we will be exploring Boston for a couple of days. We originally selected this park because of it's proximity to the Braintree Station of the Boston Subway. But during the week in Cape Cod a few of Tricia's relatives informed us it was more scenic to take the Hingham Ferry to Boston than the subway, so that's what we did. It was just slightly more expensive, but we only did it twice.



TUESDAY

SIGHTSEEING DAY
13 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Day 1 of our Boston visit kept us pretty busy. We made the short drive from our campsite to the Hingham Ferry dock for our scenic ride into Boston. The ferry dropped us off just one block from Stop #1 of the CityView Trolley Station. We boarded the first trolley of the day at 9:30AM and did a complete loop around the town to get an overview of where we wanted to spend our time today.

I should mention that while we usually do the Old Town Trolley tours last night we were able to find a great deal on Groupon and saved over $40 by switching to CityView Trolley, a Boston only trolley company.

After our first time around we decided to get off at the Paul Revere House and do the self guided tour. No photography is allowed inside the house or museum, but we did take several photos of the outside from the garden and the street. We also walked to the Old North Church and Paul Revere Statue. From here we walked a little further to Copp's Hill Burying Ground, a cemetery with headstones dating back to the early 1700s.

We then reboarded the trolley and rode around to Stop #1 again where we saw quite a few food trucks setting up earlier all along The Rose Kennedy Greenway. We sampled food from three different trucks and food from three different continents. I had shredded pork from Brazil and Tricia had a Greek pita wrap. I was still hungry so I went to the Grilled Cheese truck and got some french fries.

Since we were so close to the harbor again we decided to check out one of the Boston Harbor Cruises. Our Trolley Ticket got us a 50% discount so off we went. It was a short 45 minute cruise from the Harbor over to the USS Constitution Dock near Bunker Hill and back. It was a beautiful day out and we got to see a close up view of Boston from the water. It was well worth the price, plus it got us off our feet for a while.

There was one more thing on our to do list for today and that was to taste a Boston Creme Pie from where it was first created at the Parker House Hotel in 1856, which is now owned and operated by Omni Hotels. It's called a pie but it really is more like a cake with creme in between layers. The Boston Creme Pie is now Massachusetts’ official state dessert and was selected over the Toll House Cookie and the Fig Newton.

It's now time to get back on board the ferry and head home so we can get some rest and do this all over again tomorrow!



WEDNESDAY

SIGHTSEEING DAY
13 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Day 2 of our Boston visit and once again we are headed into town for the day. Yesterday we arrived at the ferry dock during rush hour and ended up standing instead of sitting for the 30 minute ride into Boston. Today we waited an extra hour and it made a world of difference, the boat was only half full.

We arrived in Boston around 10:30AM and walked a few short blocks to the Quincy Market which opened in 1826. There are all kinds of gift and souvenier shops selling everything you could possibly want. Like for Tricia, she was looking for a new pair of sunglasses and she found ones that were just perfect for her and only $15.00 to boot.

The other thing at Quincy Market is food, with 18 full sized restaurants and 35 smaller outlets like you would find in a food court at the mall, it was hard to decide what to have for lunch. Once again Tricia and I went our own separate way in search of food and met back at the table, she showed up with a huge slice of pizza and I selected an egg sandwich on a bagel.

After eating our main course we had room for dessert, not your traditional dessert, but we each had a bread bowl full of chowder. Tricia had the New England Clam Chowder and I had the Plymouth Corn Chowder, both were excellent and prepared by the Boston Chowda Company.

Now with full bellies we were ready to start walking The Freedom Trail. Right next door to the Quincy Market is Faneuil Hall where we watched a short documentary film presented by the National Park Service which detailed The Underground Railroad.

Then we were off to visit The Old State House and the site of The Boston Massacre. If you have walked the Freedom Trail you're probably thinking their doing it backwards, and you would be absolutely right, because the ferry drops you off near the middle of the trail and we are now walking towards the start of the trail at Boston Common.

Needless to say we saw all the sites and when we arrived at the Boston Common I was tired of walking. So we walked over to The Public Gardens and took a ride on The Swan Boats which started service in 1877. It a very sort loop that the pedal driven boats traverse but we did get to see many ducks and a couple of real life swans in the waterway.

It's now mid-afternoon and we either have to head home to beat the afternoon rush hour on the ferry or stay in Boston for dinner. We're only a mile and a half walk from the ferry dock but we haven't ridden the Boston Subway yet and this may be our last chance. We enter the station at the corner of Boston Common and purchase two tickets for the subway at $2.75 each and begin our return trip to the ferry dock. We rode the first train for two stops to arrive at Government Center, switch trains and rode two more stops to the Aquarium, located next to the ferry dock.

We had some time to kill before the first afternoon ferry so Tricia walked a few blocks back to the Greenway Carousel and take a few dozen pictures for you all to see, I waited in the shade of a large tree. Much to my delight Tricia arrived with a pair of Fresh Squeezed Lemonades and we waited for the ferry.

After two days in Boston I've had my fill of big city living, tommorow we head for the woods of New Hampshire.





BOSTON



Leaving the Hingham Ferry dock
Another ferry returning from Boston
Our first look at the Boston skyline
Home of the Bruins and Celtics
The statue of Bobby Orr's 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal
The Paul Revere House
Our view from the harbor cruise ship
The USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" with the Bunker Hill Monument in the background
Home of the Original Boston Creme Pie
The star of the show! It was delicious!
An Airstream in the middle of Boston?
My sister's tavern (not really, I don't have a sisiter)
The Old State House
Boston Swan Boat
A real live swan
The Greenway Carousel
Notice there's not one single horse on this carousel!

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SCUSSET BEACH STATE RESERVATION (MA)

Scusset Beach campground is adjacent to the Cape Cod Canal, while none of the campsites have a full view of the canal due to heavy foliage, there are several pass-thrus which give easy access to the 7 mile long bike/walk path that follows along on both sides of the canal.

Most sites are long enough for any size rig but bring extra water hose because most sites share one centrally located spigot which could be fifty or more feet away from your site.



THURSDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #33

We're baaaack! After taking a week off from blogging and working we have moved on down the road a whole 23 miles. Throughout the week that we were here in Cape Cod, where Tricia was born and raised, we were able to visit with fourteen of her relatives who still live in the area. Add in two more who we visited last week in Rhode Island and a few more who are going to visit with us this weekend and the total could reach as high as twenty-two before we leave Massachusetts.

SPOILER ALERT: There are still four more relatives we are planning a visit with when we arrive in New Hampshire next week.



FRIDAY

ERRANDS DAY
58 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today we decided to start off our day of errands with a little sightseeing tour. Located just 16 miles up the coast from our campsite is the Plymouth Rock. It's the location where the Mayflower ship landed with the first group of Pilgrims in 1620 to begin a new colony in America. The first English colony in America was established in 1607 near Jamestown, VA. We visited that location back in August of last year.

Plymouth Rock Site
Beautiful location for an historic site

Plymouth Rock
What's left of the star of the show - Plymouth Rock


With the fun stuff out of the way it's time to get started on our errands list. The town of Plymouth has everything we need for party preparations, a Walmart for paper products and plastic utensils, a local grocery chain called Market Basket for food and drinks, a liquor store for a few essentials, a Taco Bell for lunch and the campground office sells firewood.

We are preparing for a farewell party!



SATURDAY

CAMPFIRE NIGHT
17 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

We're preparing for a final visit from Tricia's relatives who we invited to our campsite for dinner and dessert. For appetizers Tricia made some fresh salsa and guacamole, we also bought hummus and six different kinds of chips. For dinner we're keeping it simple, we cooked 16 Nathan's Hot Dogs on the BBQ (only one went uneaten) and offered chopped onion and dill relish along with the standard mustard and ketchup. Our guests brought some additional chips and delicious three bean and edamame bean salads.

For drinks we offered Simply brand Lemonade, Limeade and Watermelon juices (they were on sale). We had AriZona Half & Half (ice tea/lemonade) and a 2.5 gallon jug of spring water with a push/pull spout for dispensing, which surprisingly seemed to be the kids favorite beverage.

If I got the head count correct there were 6 children and 7 adults present at the party.


After dinner we all moved over to a community fire pit located just a few yards from our campsite and starting preparing to make everyone's favorite camping dessert, S'mores. The standard S'more is melted marshmallow and chocolate, sandwiched between two graham crackers. We of course wanted to make the dessert special so we offered the deluxe version, starting with special square and flat marshmallows (they fit on the square and flat graham crackers better, less messy). We had the standard Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar squares but also offered smaller sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups if that was more to your liking. Now if you don't like how messy a S'more can get we also offered in addition to the standard Honey Graham Crackers a sometimes hard to find Chocolate Graham Cracker which can eliminate the melted chocolate portion of your dessert.

Everyone was given their own two foot long bamboo skewer to roast their very own marshmallow to just the right golden brown or black as it sometimes turned out, and then the adults were given the option of dunking their marshmallow into a cup filled with KahlĂșa (a coffee-flavored liqueur from Mexico) or a cup filled with Baileys Irish Cream (an Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur) or both as it somehow turned out. We learned about this adult version of the S'more from a camping friend years ago. Of course you can always skip the whole S'more portion of the procedure and just dunk your melted marshmallow into the liqueurs and enjoy.


It was after 9PM when the last of our guests departed and after a little cleanup Tricia came back to visit me at the campfire to finish up the night. It wasn't long before a younger couple came over to the fire with their own bag full of S'more making supplies and shared our fire. We asked if they would like to "adopt the fire" and thereby the duties of making sure it was properly extinguished at the end of the night. They happily accepted and we happily left and went to bed.



SUNDAY

RELAXATION DAY
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today we did something we rarely do, took a day off of everything and relax. Well most of the day, we did pack away all of our outdoor decorations and lights to make tomorrow's moving day and little simpler. Then we dug the bicycles out from ROVER's back seat and rode them out on the Cape Cod Canal bike path for about 2.5 miles, down to the Sagamore Bridge before turning around. The entire bike trail is actually 7 miles long but this is a relaxation day after all.

Cape Cod Canal
Our Schwinn Loop folding bicycles

Cape Cod Canal
The fishing pier located behind the Campground Office

Cape Cod Canal
A sailboat passing through the Cape Cod Canal

Cape Cod Canal
There is only two ways into and out of Cape Cod by car, this is the Sagamore Bridge and the other one is the Bourne Bridge just a few miles south of here. There is a third bridge but that is for the railroad trains only!


While riding back through the campsites we spotted a bunch of Airstreams on the far side of the campground, they must have sneaked in when we weren't looking. We just had to go explore and found out there were actually eight of them. They come from all over New England and get together a few times a year to keep in touch with each other. We introduced ourselves as Tricia and Phil, the Tommy Bahama Airstream over in the opposite corner of the campground, and much to our surprise they were all ready aware of us being there.

There were tons of the usual questions, about where we were from and where we were going, did we like the Tommy Bahama decor and were we having any problems with our Airstream. We mentioned our water pump was no longer working and someone in the group easily diagnosed the issue and gave us a solution to try and fix it. Much to our delight it solved our problem and we will no longer have to carry water in one gallon jugs across the campground to use for washing dishes and flushing the toilet when there is no water hookup on our campsite. The solution couldn't have come at a better time because twelve of the next fifteen weeks we will have no water on our campsite as we travel through the northern parts of New England and the Midwest.



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