Autumn in New England 2008 travel blog

Nautilus conning tower

attending church in a gas mask

close quarters

galley

officers' mess

too many controls


One of us is inordinantly fond of submarines. On the way home from Mystic yesterday we passed Groton, home of a naval base and a submarine museum, featuring the Nautilus. The Nautilus was the first nuclear submarine that went under the polar ice cap to the North Pole in 1958. This ship and her newer sisters made a huge contribution to the Cold War. They could circumnavigate the globe without coming up for air and later models carried nuclear missiles. Since we and the Russians never knew quite where those nuclear powered subs were, it kept everyone on their toes. The museum was free and the self guided tour included radio sets that explained what we were looking at as we crawled around the sub. Although the quarters were close, the mess looked large enough to prepare what they said was the best food in the military. Some of the bunk areas were the size of our bathroom and slept eight. Privacy was non existent.

Camping at the casino was a fun and economical experience, but it was time to take on fresh water and dump what had already been used. The batteries were also down a bit, despite the solar panel on the roof. We wanted to stay at a state park on the New Hampshire coastline - NH only has about ten miles of coastline. But the state park cost $50/night. Too rich for our blood. So we found a Massachusetts state park a few miles south that only cost $22. But as we plugged in to the electric post there, the circuit breaker tripped. Wonder why? We turned things off and tried again. No success. We flipped our circult breakers and took various appliances on an off line. Made no difference. There were two other power posts nearby. We tried them too, but still no power. Ken's test kit showed that the posts were working, but we just couldn't stay powered up. Finally the campground Mr. Fix-it stopped by and said that maybe it was us. Just what we wanted to hear. Had our inverter broken? Then he said the campground has a special ground fault interruption system and maybe we should ask for our money back and go elsewhere. Swell!

We had passed a private campground a mile before, but they also charged $50/night. What to do? We gave them a try and our power works perfectly. Because we are now officially in the off season, the rate had gone down to $35/night. Not so bad. The state park returned the four nights of camping fees without question and we are back in business.

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