Vermont

Our drive from Maine to Rochester, NY was very pretty. We enjoyed a couple of stops along the Molly Stark Trail in Vermont near the Greenwood Lodge and Campsites where we stayed.  I forgot to take a picture of our site, but it was nice and level with lots of trees and long enough we didn’t even have to unhook for the night. One of the best things about this campground was their amazing free WiFi.  We had originally planned to stay at the state park nearby, but after reading reviews, I realized that there was no cell signal in the area.  The guys were both needed to do some work, so we needed internet access.

We stopped the next morning at Love a Bagel which is a cute coffee shop that we found on our fall foliage trip with Jeff’s parents a couple of years ago. They have an amazing nitro cold brew coffee called Cold Brewtus that Jeff has been trying to find all over the country and never been able to. He was so excited to finally get some, and guess what?  They ran out about an hour before we arrived!  We had to settle for normal iced coffee instead.     

Next stop, Jeff’s dad’s driveway!  We are looking forward to spending some time with family for a couple of weeks.

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Maine – Part 2

Another one of our favorite parts of our visit to Maine was attending a local clambake.  This is something that has been on Jeff’s bucket list for a long time, and most of the places we have found have only been caterers for private parties.  We located one in Boothbay Harbor, ME and decided it was worth the drive (about 3 hours from our campsite in Bar Harbor) called Cabbage Island Clambake.   It was worth the drive!  We had a little bit of time to walk around near the pier and enjoy some cold brew coffee at the Red Cup Coffee House since we knew it would be a late night and also buy some saltwater taffy.

      

The ticket price included a boat ride out to their private island where they had been cooking the dinner in seaweed over a fire on the beach for several hours.  The meal included a cup of chowder, 2 lobsters, a dozen clams, a baked potato, corn on the cob, an onion, a hard-boiled egg, and blueberry cake.

    


The sun was setting as we rode the boat back to Boothbay Harbor.  Even though we didn’t get home unit almost 1:00am, it was well worth the time and money.

Portland area

Because our son Garrett was coming to visit us, we moved from Bay Harbor down to the Winslow Memorial Park in Freeport so that we would be near the Portland airport.  This is a very beautiful city park with beautiful views and no hookups. This was our chance to test out our ability to boondock for more than just overnight. We filled our water tanks before leaving Bar Harbor and were able to use our generator that is mounted in the front part of the truck bed for a couple hours each day to recharge all of our electronics.

 

We visited Eartha, the world’s largest rotating globe located at the Garmin building in Freeport, and we drove out to see the Portland Head Lighthouse at sunset. Wow!  One of the most beautiful sights we’ve seen in a long time.
   

 

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Maine – Part 1

I think that Maine is my new favorite state!!   We’ve heard so many amazing stories about the Bar Harbor area so that’s where we wanted to visit.  The only time we had been to Maine before was when we spent two days in the southern part of Maine a couple of years ago as part of a quick fall foliage trip with Jeff’s parents before we started our RV travels. We are so thankful for that trip and time with his parents.  Little did we know that our time with his mom was going to be short.  Spending time with family and friends is something that has become a focus of the RV life.  God has blessed us with jobs that allow us to be mobile, and we love catching up with so many people along the way. I don’t talk about very many of them here in this public forum, but please know if we’re ever in your area, reach out to us. We’d love to meet up with you!

Bangor Area
When we attended the RVE Summit in TX last February, we met lots of other full-time RVers and love keeping track of each other and figuring out how to meet up with we are nearby.  That was why we chose to spend a couple of days at the Pumpkin Patch RV Resort in Hermon, ME.  Our friends Shawn & Andrea of 40FootHouse.  We were able to have dinner with them and make new friends too!

Bar Harbor

We spent the week of the 4th  of July at the Narrows Too Camping Resort. While we didn’t have a water-front site, there were several that had some beautiful views of Mount Desert Island and the Acadia National Park.
We spent one day enjoying the free shuttle around the park and some hiking along the water.  Even though it was foggy, it was still beautiful.  Jeff and I have finally found a place that we both love – with mountains and beach in the same place!

The view from the waterfront sites at Narrows Too.

Our site – no view, but it was large and level.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the views from our hike in Acadia National Park.

             
Bar Harbor has all the atmosphere of small-town America on July 4th.  The morning started off with a parade down main-street, lunch, a nap on a blanket in the city park, dinner at a local restaurant, and then fireworks off the pier.  It was a memorable and amazing day!

                         

We were also blessed to be able to spend another evening with a friend of ours who is living in Bar Harbor that we haven’t seen in a long time.  This is truly one of the BEST parts of traveling.   We enjoyed a lobster dinner, playing board games, and eating ice cream.  Look at the size of HALF of my ice cream sandwich!! 

 

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New Hampshire

We spent a couple of days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on our way from Cape Cod to Maine.  We really enjoyed seeing some cool rivers, mountains, waterfalls, and covered bridges.

   

                   

We love finding local flavors during our travels, so we visited a local meadery called Sap House Meadery   They make “wine” out of honey.  As the girl there explained, “It’s not beer, it’s not wine, it’s mead.”  It was sweet and really good. We had a plate of local meats, cheeses, fruit, and jams with it.  We also found a local ice cream shop that was delicious.

            

Next stop, Maine!

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Newport, Rhode Island

While staying near Cape Cod for a couple of weeks, we took a day and drove over to Newport to explore the Cliff Walk area. It was a great place to walk/hike and enjoy the water as well as see some HUGE mansions. Some allow tours, but we didn’t go inside any of them. We loved the different types of walking paths between each mansion and the water.  I wonder if each homeowner is required to maintain their own part of the path, but I don’t know. Some of them were nice paved walks with benches, some were huge boulders easy to walk on, and then some required more careful climbing and rock scrambling.  It was a very fun day, and we were very tired by the end.

                             

After several hours at the Cliff Walk we found a place to enjoy a fresh lobster dinner.  Yum!

    

 

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Cape Cod, MA

After spending the night in the casino parking lot in Connecticut, we drove to our campsite at Gateway to Cape Cod in Rochester, MA where we spent the next two weeks. We drove right through Rhode Island and planned to come back later to explore the area for a day.

We were very blessed to have Jeff’s dad came to stay with us for about ten days. He was stationed in Cape Cod with the Air Force for about a year before and after he and Jeff’s mom were married.  It was so nice to have him show us where they had lived,  go to restaurants they had enjoyed so many years ago, and see the places they loved to explore when they would come back and visit.

  

        

We toured the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory.  They do not allow any photos to be taken inside, but it was really fun to see the process and try some of the different flavors of chips.

  

We visited the Plymouth Rock area.  Yes, it’s just a big rock with a fence around it that people are no longer allowed to touch because of the years of wear and people chipping off pieces of it, but it was still very awesome to see.

  

Another place we enjoyed visiting was the Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod’s first lighthouse. It’s one of the few lighthouses in the country that allow visitors to go all the way to the top where the light is – as long as you don’t touch the light!   The spiral staircase was steep, but it was way better than the wooden ladder that was used back in the 1800’s when the lighthouse was built.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our day-trip to Marthas’ Vineyard was fun. Although it started out rainy it ended up being super nice, and we enjoyed exploring the gingerbread house area.

                       

Some of my favorite parts of this stay were the different views of the beaches.

 

When we got ready to pack up and leave, we noticed our first flat tire on the trailer. Thankfully we were not on side of the road somewhere.  We carry two spare tires with us so we went ahead and changed the rear tire on both sides so that we have two brand new tires on the trailer now.   It was an experience though to get the tire changed. We had to use the bottle jack that my dad gave us last summer (thanks Dad!!) and then once it was as high as it would go, we stacked up wood and used the truck jack to lift it even more.  It worked, but it was a little precarious.

   

Finally, we were on the road and heading north.  🙂

 

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Delaware and Connecticut

When we looked up things to do in Delaware, let’s be honest, there didn’t seem to be much. But we decided to take a day and go explore. I think it turned out to be one of our most fun days so far!   We drove along the coast and stopped to explore the Rehoboth Beach area where there were lots of cute shops and restaurants along the boardwalk area, but there were so many people on the beach!  Not the relaxing beaches we are used to for sure.  We ate an amazing seafood lunch at Claws and would recommend you try it if you’re ever in the area.

     

After lunch, we drove north to Dover where we did a scavenger hunt.  Through Groupon, we found a company called Puzzling Adventures.  They have mini scavenger hunts in cities all over the US for about $15 (after using the Groupon discount.)  It’s all on your phone. They give you the starting point location and then a clue. Once you enter the correct answer and post a photo of it, they give you directions to the next clue. It was super fun, and we’ll try to find them in other cities now that we’ve discovered them.  We walked around taking photos, reading historical markers, and answering questions based on the information around us for about an hour. It was a fun way to learn about the city of Dover, DE.
Here’s their site if you want to try one of the scavenger hunts in your area. But buy your tickets through Groupon for half-price. 🙂
https://puzzlingadventures.com/index.php

              

The next morning we packed up and headed towards Cape Cod. We wanted to get around Philadelphia and New York City during the weekend while the traffic was lighter. After stopping to have lunch with a friend in New Jersey, we realized that to go across the George Washington Bridge while towing the trailer would cost us $108 so we headed farther north and crossed the Hudson River at Newburgh.

We made it into Connecticut and spent the night at the Mohegan Sun Casino RV parking lot. WOW!  They allow free RV parking overlooking the Thames River for up to 7 nights with 24-hour security and a free shuttle down to the casino. We were able to snag one of the last spots along the edge of the parking lot overlooking the river.

It seemed nice, safe, quiet, and had a nice view of the river. We then headed to the casino complex where there were 3 different casinos, several hotels, and lots of shops and restaurants. We ate dinner at Bobby Flay’s Burgers and just walked around people watching before heading back to the RV to sleep.

     

We woke up about 4:50am and realized the sun was coming up.  Why so early?!?  But it was so worth getting up to see!  This spot is now ranking up there as one of the best campsites ever!  And it was FREE!

 

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West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland

It’s been a busy week!   We left Kentucky and drove to Beckley, WV where one of my best friends from college met us. When we realized we were going to be only about four hours away from her, she made plans to come take advantage of our guest room and hang out with us for the weekend.  The city of Beckley has a small campground right next door to the Expedition Coal Mine which we were able to tour.  It was very interesting, and I would recommend it if you’re ever in the area.

      

Although we hit some pretty dense patches of fog, the drive from West Virginia to Virginia was beautiful through the mountains.  We also got to stop and have lunch with some of Jeff’s friends from high-school, and he was able to drive their Slingshot, which he loved!

      

We are very thankful for our RV Garmin, but sometimes it gives us some very strange routing information. Here’s a picture of the dirt road that it wanted us to take into the campground in Colonial Beach, VA. What was super weird is that there was a nice fully-paved road one block over (we did take the paved route.)

We spent the next couple of days working and having lunch with some other full-time RV friends who we met at the RV Entrepreneur Summit back in February. We have been very blessed to meet up with so many friends and family along the way. We didn’t end up visiting any of the many historical sites in the area since we will be back here again at the end of August.

After 3 days in Virginia, we moved farther east to Martinak State Park in Maryland for a couple of days.   While I ran to the grocery store and stocked up, Jeff loved hanging out in the hammock.

 

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Arkansas & Kentucky

We left the beach and headed north toward Arkansas. We were able to stop along the way to have dinner with some new friends we met back in February at the RVE Summit who are in the process of transitioning to the full-time RV life. They just sold their house and bought a motorhome.  It’s so fun to talk with other people who “get it” and be able to answer questions, give them tips, and encourage each other.

In Arkansas, we spent Memorial Day weekend with some very dear friends that we’ve known since “before kids.”  It was such a peaceful and encouraging weekend.  Of course, we forgot to take any photos except these two of our campsite at the lake that was flooding.  Part of the campground was underwater, but our site was thankfully up pretty high on the hill.

 

After the holiday weekend, we drove to the Louisville, KY area where we stayed at the My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. We enjoyed meeting up with more friends, touring Churchill Downs, and visiting a bourbon distillery/museum.

    

                                  

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Aaahhh, the BEACH… Crystal Beach, TX

The beach is my happy place. Jeff, on the other hand, would prefer the mountains.   But he likes having a happy wife so, here we are.

We split the cost of a beach house with my brother and had a huge family reunion in Crystal Beach with my parents, my brother and his family, our daughter and her husband, and our son with his girlfriend.

The beach there is hard-packed, and they allow you to drive and park on it for the cost of a $10 annual pass.  We parked the RV just on the water side of the dunes right by the beach house that we rented.  It was super handy to have a bathroom, a refrigerator, a place to store all the beach chairs, and an awning right there on the beach.

We enjoyed playing in the water, sitting on the deck overlooking the beach, sitting on the beach, watching movies, doing puzzles, lots of talking and eating great food, a day-trip into Galveston, but most of all just being together.

Enjoy some of the MANY photos we took.

                      

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