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Sep 13, 2014 - Fort Trumbull

Today we went to Fort Trumbull that is one of the two forts overlooking the Thames Bay at New London. These were established pre revolutionary times - Fort Griswold is a state park with a monument as it was an earthen structure. Fort Trumbull is granite and was used in the Revolutionary War, burned by Benedict Arnold. Then was rebuilt for the war of 1812, became a recruiting base in the Civil War, was used as the officer school for the Merchant Marine and was the center of sonor technology development for subs in WWII. There is a room still...

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Sep 12, 2014 - Gillette Castle

We drove to Essex and due to a bridge being out had to drive well north of East Hadlyme and then back into town to get to the castle that is deep into the state park, it was a scenic drive and took us through small towns and winding roads. The castle was built by Willimam Gillette who was an actor famous as Sherlock Holmes in the late 1800's. It was an engineering marvel and he designed it completely including wooden locks for the doors and windows, it's very unique but is liveable. He lived on a houseboat prior to this and most of the...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Mystic seaport

Today we went to Mystic seaport - what a great place. It is a large campus of preserved buildings from the 1800's to reflect the activies of a seaport. There are several ships to tour including the whaler George Morgan built in 1841, They do restorations and have a large repair facility that we toured as well. There was sea chanty singing in the gazebo as well.

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Sep 10, 2014 - Submarine Nautilus

We went to the Submarine Base and toured the museum about the history of submarines. Groton and New London were where these were developed, on display is a Bushnell sub from 1777. We took the tour of the Nautilus that was the first nuclear sub - impressive. We stood on the Nautilus to see the sub Annapolis come into port from a mission - the submariners stood on the top of it and there was a big lei on the stack. People in the crowd told us that 15% of the crew were on the deck. It was being guarded by boats on three sides and there were 2...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Mark Twain's house

We drove a long way today, longest drive we'll take for sightseeing. First we went to Waterbury - home of Timex - and found the company started in the 1800's when Hartford was the clock mfg. center of the country. The museum had info on the company time line and then showed old Timex commercials, really brought back memories. The company was struggling in the 1950's when it got the exclusive for Mickey Mouse watches - that saved the company and it grew exponentially with that market. We then drove to Hartford to see the Mark Twain house, it...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Connecticut

We took a short drive to Aces High campground. They did not allow check in until 3 PM, so we ate lunch in Newport and then bought diesel in Rhode Island as the CT gas tax is 20 cents more than RI. When we arrived the office was closed but she told us over the phone to pick out a spot. The campground has trees at almost all the spots - we found one that was level and looked fine, but the trees were in just the wrong spot. There are hills all around us and that interferes somewhat. After putting out the slides and then finding we couldn't get...

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