Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cape Cod, Mass Apr 23-May 1, 2016

Our last stop before settling down in Maine for the Summer was at Gateway to Cape Cod RV Resort.  It's located in Rochester - Just outside of Cape Cod.  We saw lots of places, but didn't have time to see everything in the area, so it would be fun to stay here again.



We went to the top of Pilgrim Monument.  It's a 250 foot tall monument that was constructed over 100 years ago, and it commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower in 1620.  5 weeks later, they landed at Plymouth.



We really enjoyed visiting Provincetown.  It's on the tip of Cape Cod.  It's easy to see why it's the most popular town on the Cape.

The streets in Provincetown are narrow, and bicycles are a good way to see the town.


An old structure at the end of the Fisherman's Wharf in the Provincetown Harbor


Taking a little rest at this very nautical themed bench.


The Nauset Lighthouse was the inspiration for the Cape Cod Potato Chips Logo.  The factory is actually in Hyannis.  We had a great lunch in Hyannis at the Black Cat Tavern.  We also had time to drive around Hyannis Port - where the Kennedy's have several homes.  

These 3 lighthouses are known as the 'Three Sisters'.  The 3 lights are only 15 feet tall, and 150 feet apart, but provided a distinct pattern for the ships to recognize



We rode our bikes on this 21 mile trail - The Shining Sea Bikeway.  It's relatively flat, so it was pretty easy.



Part of the trail was along the this beautiful stretch of turquoise beachfront.


Cranberry Bogs are abundant in this area.  They aren't very colorful yet as they won't be harvested until the Fall.


We caught a glimpse of this lighthouse while we were on the Ferry to Martha's Vineyard


We noticed quite a few sailboats as we got closer to the harbor


Oak Harbor on Martha's Vineyard has many of these quaint little houses.  They look like colorful Gingerbread Houses.


While the pine trees were beautiful, it made it difficult for us to get satellite TV and cellular internet signals.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Nelson's Family Campground, CT Apr 15-23, 2016

We're getting closer to our final summer destination.  Right now, we're here at Nelson's Family Campground.  It's in East Hampton, Connecticut...about 20 miles outside of Hartford.  




We spent one day in New Haven, CT.  It's the home of Yale University.  This is about as close as I'll ever get to an Ivy League Education.

New Haven has some uniquely beautiful buildings that are awe inspiring. 



The town of Mystic is loaded with it's 19th century charm


This is the drawbridge that crosses over the Mystic river


Trail at Wadsworth Falls State Park.  I'm sure it looks a lot different when the trees get their leaves later in the summer.

It was about a 4 mile hike to see several waterfalls at the park


We took some time out to wax the RV.  Not a fun job, but she sure looks pretty afterward.


Linda got this picture of Lake Pocotopaug on one of our walks outside the campground


We met up with Tony one morning.  He is one of Linda's Instagrammer friends.  It was really great meeting him.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Intercourse, PA April 8-15, 2016

We spent a week near Intercourse, Pennsylvania at Spring Gulch RV Park.  The campground was a little pricey, but what a beautiful area.  We were surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside.  There was gorgeous farmland and Amish culture everywhere.  While driving through dozens of small villages and rural areas, we noticed that literally every home and farm looked very neat and orderly...no junk or weeds or anything out of place. 



Amish Horse & Buggy...on their way to town.




Heading back home at dusk...


There were so many scenes like this...We saw farmers with plows driven by teams of horses, Amish women working in the yard, children on wagons being pulled by a pony, and other quaint images.  However, we learned that the Amish don't like to be photographed, so we tried to respect their privacy.


The snow was beginning to fall at the campground


Acre after acre of green fields and grassy lawns




A short visit to Hershey, Pennsylvania









We spent a day in Philadephia.  This is a photo of their City Hall


Locals and tourists enjoying the day


What trip to Philadelphia would be complete with enjoying a Philly Cheese Steak!!

We enjoyed the Hop-On Hop-Off double-decker tour bus while in Philly.


Our tour guide provided us with some interesting information about their great city.




These two towns were only a couple of miles apart...Does Pennsylvania have a sense of humor or what??



Friday, April 8, 2016

Washington DC Apr 3-8, 2016


 As you probably know, Washington DC is loaded with museums, monuments and lots of federal buildings.  We had to narrow down our list to make sure we saw a few things we were interested in.   Among them were Mt Vernon, the Holocaust Museum, Natural History Museum, Arlington Cemetery and several Monuments.
We always like to use the public transportation in cities we visit, so we took the Metro Rail from Alexandria to downtown D.C.  


Linda posing in front of the Lincoln Memorial


Looking at the Washington Monument from across the Reflecting Pool.  



We may have gone overboard with the "selfies"  Here we are at some of the places we visited.



It was a cold and windy day at Mt Vernon



So much to see at the Natural History Museum.

The "Changing of the Guard" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These guys are really dedicated to their duties.





Old Town Arlington, Virginia is a fun place to walk on King Street.  If you get tired, you can always stop at a friendly pub or ride the free trolley!
This is the Gristmill and Distillery at Mt. Vernon.  It was built near the end of George Washington's life.  At the time of his death in 1799, they were producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year...the largest distillery of it's time

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Here is a short video of the inner workings at the Mt Vernon Gristmill and Distillery

Monday, April 4, 2016

Richmond, Virginia Mar 30-Apr 3, 2016

We stayed at Americamps RV Resort just north of Richmond.  Due to the rain, we didn't see all the sights we intended to see.  There are a lot of things to see here, like the battlefields, museums and the Virginia State Capital.



The Cherry Trees were in blossom along the Kanawha Canal


The Canal Walk is part of the Virginia Capital Trail.  



This suspension walking bridge is connected by cables to the Robert E Lee Bridge (Highway) above.  It goes over to Belle Isle. 



Another view of the suspension bridge 



The James River overlooking downtown Richmond



Linda couldn't resist taking a photo of some colorful flags downtown.


This is part of the Civil War Museum that we visited


This is a popular area known as Carytown.  It began as Richmond's first strip mall shopping center.  It was built in the 1930s and has since expanded to over 230 eclectic shops and restaurants.