Friday we went to Salem to check out the witches and some more chocolate. Mainly we visited the Salem Wax Museum and the Burying Point cemetery next to it. They had a few nice exhibits explaining the Salem Hysteria of 1692. One of the most interesting tidbits I learned was that Nathaniel Hawthorne, the writer, was the grandson of one of the witch trial judges, Col. John Hathorne. Nathaniel added the "W" to his name to distance himself from the family name. In all 14 women and 6 men were executed as a result of the witch trials which were conducted during the summer of 1692 until Governor Sir William Phipps put a stop to them after word reached him in Boston that his wife had just been accused.
We also visited another chocolate factory, Harbor Sweets, and found that it made it unanimous for Boston - none of them gave tours though they had been listed in one of our books as places to visit.
Well, you know what happened next. Yep, it was time for more lobster!! This time we went to a well known restaurant located on the causeway (for some reason named the Causeway Restaurant) going out to Gloucester that had been recommended by our hosts at the campground. Getting there just a little before 1:00 p.m. we only had to wait a short time for a table. They only have 14 tables as the place is very small and definitely wouldn't be called upscale but their seafood is great. Doris had the lobster pie the restaurant is famous for and enjoyed it immensely though she said she prefers whole lobster as she likes the lobster without any of the seasoning or add-ons found with lobster dishes. I think she just likes cracking shells!!
Saturday we had a big breakfast and headed for Walden Pond State Reservation to do a little hiking. The pond is about 15 miles from the campground and just a little south of Concord, MA. We found it with no trouble and set out for a hike around it. Wait a minute!! It was one of those "you can't get there from here" moments as they have had a tremendous amount of rain this Spring and the pond water level is several feet higher than normal. They have closed the shoreline trail as it is under water. They do have an alternate trail we hiked and it also took us to the site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin where he wrote his most famous work, "Walden
." He built the cabin himself and lived there for 26 months after moving there on July 4, 1845 - his own personal independence day.
After returning to the campground, Doris made a list and we went to the commissary to restock, especially those items we eat a lot of and can be much more expensive in the supermarkets. The base is pretty small and the commissary is likewise but it had everything we wanted so were able to get through and get back to camp in short order. It's 67 degrees at 4:00 p.m. and the sun is shining brightly but it is very comfortable just sitting in the coach with the windows open and a light breeze blowing through - really nice. We have two more days here and we are not sure what or if we will be doing any other touring. We'll take it as it comes.
Sunday and Monday we didn't do much but just "veg" out and get some cleaning and light maintenance done. We head for Springfield, VT tomorrow (Tuesday) and expect to stay there five or six days touring the southern portion of Vermont.