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Sep 26, 2018 - USS NAUTILUS

It rained ALL day yesterday, the 25th. We managed to only grocery shop. Today, the 26th, we were able to venture out. "Construction of NAUTILUS was made possible by the successful development of a nuclear propulsion plant by a group of scientists and engineers at the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission, under the leadership of Captain Hyman G. Rickover, USN. In July of 1951, Congress authorized construction of the world's first nuclear powered submarine. On December 12th of that year, the Navy Department announced that...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Stonington and Mystic

"For more than 170 years, this modest stone citadel — a lighthouse tower attached to a dwelling — has stood at the entrance to the harbor of Stonington, Connecticut’s only port facing on the Atlantic. Now regarded fondly as a durable symbol of a seafaring past, in its working years it performed the valuable service of guiding ships across treacherous Fishers Island Sound. The lighthouse remained in use from its construction in 1840, when it replaced an earlier lighthouse, until 1889, when it was supplanted by beacons on the harbor...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Sunday in Groton, Connecticut

We worshipped with the Christians in Groton. During the afternoon, we visited Gillette Castle State Park and Chapman Falls in Devil's Hopyard State Park. "Deep in the green rolling hills of central Connecticut, perched hundreds of feet above the wide banks of a river, is one of New England's more, well, intriguing man-made treasures - Gillette Castle. On a hill in East Haddam called Seventh Sister - said to be the highest point in the lower Connecticut River valley - William Hooker Gillette decided to build his version of a medieval...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Newport, RI

Today we traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, where we picked up a local guide who took us on a tour of the town and told us all about the area. We then visited The Breakers - the Vanderbilt's summer cottage. It seems the residents of Newport liked to outdo each other when it came to building summer cottages. We passed by St. Mary's Church where John and Jackie Kennedy were married. Then we made a stop at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut where they were in the process of refurbishing the Mayflower II before the 400th anniversary of...

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Oct 4, 2017 - First Day in the USA

This morning the sun was rising thru the pine forest of the RV park into the front window of the bus as we got out of bed. It was looking to be a lovely day, and it was already in warm double digit Canadian temperatures. Since we went right from the ferry to the camp site yesterday, we needed to spend time today getting supplies to last us for for the next few days. With some effort and strolling through Walmart, groceries were finally stuffed into the RV fridge, a quart of oil poured in to feed the beast, and we next went off to get our US...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Mystic, CT

We visited Mystic Seaport on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Mystic Seaport is an outdoor history museum and re-created 19th century seafaring village. The watercraft collection there is the largest of its kind in the US and includes four National Historic Landmark vessels: the whaling ship Charles W. the Morgan, the fishing schooner L.A. Dunton, the steamboat Sabino (which is currently being restored) and the fishing sloop Emma C. Berry. We spent a lot of time with the Charles W. Morgan as there were several demonstrations on and from that...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Massachusetts & Connecticut

So far the weather has been in our favor, sunny but a little on the warm side for Jean. The highlight of Saturday was visiting Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, MA. The first room we visited contained exotic frogs, lizards and bugs. Lots of different walking sticks and huge cockroaches, beautiful colored frogs - deep blue and bright yellow poison dart frogs and some green red-eyed frogs. But the sight to behold was when we entered the Butterfly Garden. There were about 4000 exotic and domestic butterflies...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Bad first impressions

This was my first week as a full-time RVer. It was a horrible way to start! To tow a fifth-wheel trailer, I needed a special hitch installed in the bed of my pickup truck. See photo. My original plan was to have the fifth-wheel hitch installed last week. But, they ordered the wrong parts so I had to have it installed on Monday, the same day I was picking up the RV. At 9am, on Monday, April 13, I arrived at the RV dealer as scheduled. While they took my truck to install the hitch, I went for my "orientation" training. This was excellent. I...

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Oct 8, 2013 - Enjoying some History

Our next stop was Mystic, CT which was again just a short trip from where we were in Rhode Island. That is one thing to remember on the east coast – you can go from state to state in a very short time – not like out west where it takes you a day or more to cross a state. The weather wasn’t the best, but good enough that we could get out and see some things. We headed over to downtown Mystic and right into the midst of their Pirate Invasion weekend. There were cars and people everywhere, so we figured we would have some lunch and maybe...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Connecticut

Days 211 - 215 of The Big Trip On October 1, 23 had about 60 miles from the Newport, RI, area to Mystic, CT. The campground in Mystic was really nice. The people were terrific and we got ourselves settled for another few days. There were several things I wanted to do in this area, but the first was to go to Mystic Seaport. On the 2nd, that's what we did and we had an incredible day. We were warned it would take a full day. After arriving and getting our wrist band, we looked at the map and had to decide where we would start. This largest...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Historic Homes in Mystic

We are planning to leave the campground in Mystic after lunch so we're having a relaxing morning. We are only going about 25 miles north into Rhode Island to our next spot. I went to a fitness center this morning to work out using the machines there. I'm a member of a couple of fitness centers in Sarasota that are in networks and one of them has a fitness center in Niantic which is about 20 minutes from here. I found the experience was pretty much the same as what I have in Sarsota. It's extremely hot again but nice and cool in our...

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RV Trip North 2013

Jul 18, 2013 - Mystic, Connecticut

We are back in New England where we lived for over 27 years. I love it - the water, boats, trees, Colonial architecture, the seafood and the people. We have lots of friends around these parts and look forward to seeing them. Yesterday we drove up to Ellington, Connecticut which is northeast of Hartford. We had lunch with RVing friends we met in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2009. Where did the time go. Barbara and Brad Wright have a beautiful Newmar motorhome. We got to see the special garage they have on their property to keep this beautiful...

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RV Trip North 2013

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