2011 Travels travel blog

Carpe at Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
Hospitality, Escapees style

Rhode Island, another new state for Carpe

And soon thereafter—The Bay State welcomes us

Today's third state

Bridge over the Piscatagway River

Maine makes it state number four today
And our forty-fifth total in Carpe

Maine Turnpike Tollbooth
Bob prepares to pay yet another usurous toll

Good Grief! Hitting a deer is bad enough...
Seen along Maine's highways


A long day today—350 plus miles from Old Mystic, CT to just southwest of Bangor, ME. We found a campground in Bar Harbor that does not take reservations and opens for the season tomorrow (Friday, 27 May). So, we decided to be there by midday so we could get one of the choice sites.

But, in order to do that, we needed to position ourselves nearby. Reviewing Escapees Day's End, a list of free campsites, we found a fellow Escapee who offered space on his Christmas Tree Farm to travelling Escapees. We called him and, sure enough, the Welcome Mat was rolled out for us to spend the night.

We left Old Mystic about 0730 and made the journey in three legs, changing driving duties every hundred miles or so. Our route included CT 184 and CT 69 to I 95, then I 295 around Providence, RI, I 495 to skirt Boston, back to I 95, and finally some very local rural roads to our host's farm. We arrived around 1600 with Carpe's trip computer telling us we'd managed 9.6 MPG today. Did we mention the tolls? Great Scott!!! These east coasters sure know how to fleece travelers. Today's toll toll was about $15.

Our hosts for the evening were Jim and Norma Corliss, owners of Piper Mountain Christmas Tree Farm. We enjoyed visiting with them and talking about their fascinating lives and touring their farm. We've always maintained that you meet the nicest folks RVing, and the Corlisses exemplify our observation.



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