Larry & Maureen's Travel Adventures travel blog

Welcome to Maine - State #1!

Pumpkin Patch RV Resort - very nice!

Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire

State #2

State #3

Our twin at Beach Rose RV Resort, Salisbury Beach, MA

Salisbury Beach, MA - high tide and high surf

 

 

 

Sandcastles

 

State #4

State #5

Thank you Newburgh, NY Wal-Mart!

 

State #6

Timberlane Campground, Clarksboro, NJ

Ben Franklin Bridge leading to Philadelphia

Crossing the Delaware

Welcome to Pennsylvania - State #7

Liberty Bell Centre - new location opened in 2003

Outline of part of the President's House - the White House from...

Liberty Bell

In front of Independence Hall

George Washington

 

Independence Hall

Ben Franklin statue

The Bourse - first commodities exchange in the US, built 1895

At Christ Church Burial Ground

 

Beautiful tree-lined streets and old houses

Kimmel Centre for Performing Arts

Another nice old house

Touraine Apartments - luxury suites for rent, built in 1917

Higher education?

Eastern State Penitentiary, built 1829 - state of the art for the...

Front gates - operational until 1971

Gargoyles at the front entrance

 

Cell block 1

Unrestored cell

One of just a few restored cells

Steel toilet

Very thick cell walls

Central heating

 

A model of the wheel-like shape of the institution

Looking down cellblocks 2 and 10

Each cell had a private exercise area

Second level

Stairs to the second level

 

This is one of 13 remaining cat sculptures. Originally 39 of them....

There's a cat in this photo too!

Cell block 11

 

Death Row

The power box in death row

One of the death row cells

Inside the greenhouse

 

A cell where prisoners were sprayed with a firehose

A replica of a cell in GTMO (Guantanamo, Cuba)

Every block had a barber

Restored Jewish Synagogue

Al Capone's cell - he was treated very well for the few...

The "Rocky" steps to the Museum of Art

 

Museum

Rocky statue

Philadelphia skyline

Coming into Atlantic City

 

Revel Casino opening 2012

 

Boardwalk

 

 

A lot of run-down houses amongst the casinos

Where we ate our lunch

 

 

 

Surfers

 

 

 

 

 

Absecon Lighthouse - first lit in 1857, now restored

Lucy the World's Largest Elephant - first built in 1881, took over...

Gangsta car!

Wind farm

Wild turkey

Amish Market

Battleship New Jersey

 

 

Campbell's Field - a minor league baseball team plays here

Ben Franklin Bridge

Maureen spotted movement in the forest beside the coach. This is what...

 

Followed by four wild turkeys

Cool fungus growing in a tree


It was an easy drive from St. Andrews, NB to Bangor, Maine on October 1. It was rainy and a bit windy. There was no problem at the border crossing. We opted to go through the new crossing which has a truck portion and a specified lane for buses and RVs. It's a little wider than the regular car lanes. It certainly was not very busy. We arrived in Bangor (actually at Hermon) and booked in for one night at Pumpkin Patch RV. It had been recommended while we were in Moncton. A very nice park with big sites. It is a Passport America park so it only cost $19 for the night. Since our fridge was almost empty to cross the border, we went shopping for vegetables. Milk is much cheaper here - $4.15 a gallon (it was sometimes as high as $7.99 in the Maritimes). Fuel is $3.99 a gallon for diesel. We decided to go to the restaurant which is attached to the park as they gave us a 10% discount coupon when we checked in. Maureen had a meat loaf dinner which would have fed 2 people easily and Larry had a pancake, bacon, sausage and egg dinner. They give you way too much food in the USA. Unfortunately the Canadian dollar has taken a dive in the past few days, just in time for us to go south. October 2 we drove to Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts. The part of New Hampshire we passed through is very small at the coast. We parked at Beach Rose RV Park in Salisbury Beach. There had been a Tiffin rally nearby the week before so there were a few coaches like ours here. We then took the car the short distance back to the last exit in New Hampshire to a very inexpensive liquor outlet. Almost like a duty free! After that we drove the 1/2 mile down the road to the little seaside town. It's of course closed up now for the winter but it seemed quite run down. There is a fairly nice looking state park down there though - since found out it only takes RV maximum length of 31 feet but there were 40' plus coaches in the park! Of note is that it poured rain most of the day. Toll charges today totalled $22.75 for the coach and towed car, plus $0.75 for the car to the liquor outlet. October 3 we drove to Newburgh, NY and stayed at Wal-Mart. We had some heavy rain showers along the way but the drive wasn't too bad. We only made two stops along the way - Connecticut looked nice! Maureen did a little shopping at Wal Mart and we had dinner at Applebee's - cost us about $37 for our "Free" campsite at Wal Mart! While sitting outside enjoying the brief sunny spell, a heavily-accented New Yorker stopped and asked where British Columbia was. Larry reminded him of the Olympics a year ago and the guy seemed to remember them. Not quite sure if he has ever been outside NY. It rained a lot in the night and the road noise was incredible. We had a little disagreement with our GPS regarding the route for the 4th. She wanted to go down the New Jersey Turnpike (she said it was for autos only so that freaked out the navigator a bit). So we found another route on Google (couldn't change the route on the GPS), printed it out and followed it and the GPS to get to Timberlane Campground. It's too hard to find you're in the wrong place when you're driving a 45' coach! Part of the route was down NJ 206. It was a bit of a back road but there were semis on it to trim the trees. It was a beautiful drive - large old houses and huge oak trees lining the narrow road. Toll charges $7.10 today on the New York Thruway. The roads are great. The Interstates are so easy to navigate - the signs make sense and point in the right direction at the right time. Also staying at Timberlane are people who had been beside us in Fredericton. On the 5th we packed a picnic lunch and headed into Philadelphia. We began by parking the car for 2 hours and went to the Liberty Bell Centre. It is now in a fairly new location and associated with an archaeological dig of what's called The President's House. This was the original White House back when Philadelphia was the capital of the country from 1790 to 1800. It also has a display remembering slavery in the US. When we came out of the Liberty Bell Centre we walked over to Independence Hall then on up to Arch Street. We walked past Benjamin Franklin's grave site at Christ Church, then back to the car. We drove up and down many of the streets covering the Old City and Society Hill. The streets are lined with old houses with beautiful big old trees. We then were heading toward the Museum of Art and happened upon the Eastern State Penitentiary which was built in 1829. The original seven cell block wings spread like the spokes of a wheel and had running water and central heating even before the White House in Washington DC. It was the world's first true penitentiary - designed to inspire penitence in the hearts of the criminals. They hoped to achieve this through total isolation. In the early days prisoners often never saw another inmate the entire time they were there. The walls were very thick and the cells very basic. The main audio tour was narrated by Steve Buscemi the star of Boardwalk Empire and lasted about 40 minutes. Then you could wander wherever you wanted. We also saw the "Death Row" wing of the penitentiary. They never executed anyone here. They housed them then moved them elsewhere for hanging. They also had isolation cells where prisoners were held in total darkness for 10 to 30 days. Some prisoners went blind during the time they were in isolation. Al Capone was also imprisoned here in the 1929 for 8 months. Most of the prison is in ruin - they are currently working on parts of the roof - mainly just to basically preserve what they have. The prison closed in 1971. From there we went to the Museum of Art and Maureen ran up the stairs featured in the Rocky movies. There is also a statue of him there. Larry had to stay in the car because he was parked illegally. We then went back to the RV. Toll charges today are $5 to go over the Ben Franklin Bridge into the City. On Thursday, we awoke to the satellite down (Shaw Direct) - all over (North America), not just us! Telesat Canada took most of that day to get it operable again just in time to see the Canucks game. We made lunch and drove into Atlantic City. It's an interesting place. Not the thriving metropolis that Vegas is and we thought certainly overrated as a destination - at least as far as the casinos are concerned. The beach itself, and the boardwalk, are beautiful. There are some very poor areas of this small city, right next to huge Trump complexes. We saw the Absecon Lighthouse - first lit in 1857. It's original lens is still in place at the top. It has recently been restored. It's New Jersey's tallest. We then drove out to Margate to check out Lucy the Elephant. She is about six stories high and was "born" in 1881. During her history, she has survived hurricanes, ocean floods and even a fire accidentally started by a drunk party-goer during the time she was a tavern. By the 1960s she was falling to neglect, a developer bought the land and she was to be torn down. A concerned group of citizens raised some money and within weeks had her moved to some city-owned property where she was restored and also designated as a National Historic Landmark as the oldest surviving example of "zoomorphic" architecture. You can walk up inside her legs, peer out the windows in her sides and sit in the howdah on top. She also has a viewing "pane in her butt". Toll charge today $3.75. We also discovered that the some of streets of Atlantic City are also the same names as the Monopoly game streets. It appears that Monopoly got all their street names from Atlantic City which was famous from the 1920's onward. We programmed Berta (our GPS) to take a toll-free way back and it was again through some lovely countryside - farms, ranches, big old houses (and some new) and narrow, leafy roads. Then Larry discovered his phone wouldn't charge so he drove to Verizon to see what could be done. They swapped out the battery but by morning it had died again. The 7th was an eventful day. First we went to the Amish Market in Mullica Hill. What an amazing place. First fruit and veggies then on to the meat department. We bought pork chops, ground beef, sirloin cubes for stew, a meat loaf, sausages and baby back ribs. Across from this was an amazing selection of cheese. Then on to the poultry. We got a huge turkey breast for Thanksgiving. Then we got a couple of stuffed baked potatoes. Then on to the bakery - fresh baked donuts, breads, buns, pies and cinnamon buns. We didn't buy anything though. Aren't we good? Then back to the coach to put it all in the fridge and to make our picnic lunch. Then we headed to a Verizon store where we arranged to have a new phone shipped to the next RV park tomorrow in College Park MD - the phone was still under warranty from last year. Then on to Costco for tenderloin and some other supplies. Now our freezer is fully restocked! Then on to Camping World for tire covers (2 for 1 deal). Then over to Camden to see the Battleship New Jersey. Unfortunately it closed at 3 pm and we got there at 3:30. A total of 155 miles travelled today! In the morning while drinking her coffee Maureen had noticed some wild turkeys walking along the edge of the forest beside the coach. In the afternoon, she spotted movement further into the forest and it turned out to be a doe and three young deer...followed by four wild turkeys! You could hear them gobbling. A beautiful state for sure! On to Washington, DC next!

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