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May 17, 2015 - Bristol, CT

We visited the American Clock and Watch Museum which has a 5,500+ collection of American-made clocks and watches. Bristol and this area of Connecticut was at one time a center of clock making in the country, and this museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting that history. Their collections included everything from grandfather clocks, mantel and wall clocks to pocket watches, railroad clocks, toy and novelty watches. We also visited the New England Carousel Museum. This museum had some very old and unique carousel pieces as well as...

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May 15, 2015 - Wilton and New Haven, CT

Stephanie wanted to visit the Weir Farm, the only National Historic Site dedicated to American Painting and art. So we headed to Wilton, CT. On the way, we saw a sign for the “PEZ Museum.” Naturally we couldn’t pass this up. In additional to getting a look at the factory floor, the museum provides a history of the candy which was first developed in Austria as an alternative to smoking. That’s why the PEZ dispensers have a flip-top like a lighter. They have exhibits on how the dispensers are molded and made, as well as displays of the...

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May 14, 2015 - Groton and New London, CT

While in CT, we drove the few miles to Groton, CT - home to the Submarine Force Museum and the USS Nautilus. The Nautilus, built in 1954 in Groton, was the nation’s first nuclear powered submarine. In July, 1958, she left Pearl Harbor under top secret orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine”, the first crossing of the North Pole by a ship. On August 3, 1958, with 116 men aboard, the Nautilus achieved what was then thought to be “impossible”, reaching the geographic North Pole. We toured the ship and were amazed by the size of the quarters (no...

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May 13, 2015 - Providence and Newport, RI

As Providence is only 60 miles away, we took the opportunity to take in some of Providence and visit the Roger Williams National Memorial. We knew that he founded Rhode Island in 1636 with the promise of religious freedom, but we did not realize that the RI Covenants were the precursor for the first amendment to the US Constitution more than 100 years later. We also made a run down to Newport, RI, famous for sailing regattas and being the summer playground of some pretty rich folks – Ocean Blvd is a scenic drive with the gated “summer...

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May 12, 2015 - Connecticut Shore

We’ve made it to New England and our first stop is East Lyme, CT on the CT Shore. It was a long drive from VA broken up by a one night stop in Jonestown, PA. It is still pretty cool (50’s and 60’s), and we are into our third pollen season of the spring (and it shows on the car) with dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, rhododendrons, and phlox blooming in mid-May! As this was an old stomping ground of Bruce, he took me around showing me the villages of Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. We also drove to the beach area Soundview where he leased a parking...

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Sep 4, 2011 - Coast Guard Academy

We drove into New London, CT this morning to the Coast Guard Academy. The campus is open to visitors who check in at the front gate with a valid driver's license. We drove around and looked at all the changes that have been made in the last 46 years, since John entered the Academy as a 4th class cadet. We took a few pictures, then drove to the chapel for the 10:30 Protestant church service. The chaplain and his wife were very nice. He is originally from Cartersville, GA, near Atlanta. He is Southern Baptist by training. Very few people were...

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Sep 3, 2011 - East Lyme and Mystic, CT

Our trip to East Lyme (which is a little bit south of New London) was short and uneventful. We saw some beautiful scenery around the water as we crossed bridges. The campground is one of the nicest we have visited. Our site is out in the open so we could get satellite tv...the Boise St. vs Georgia game is on at 8 tonight...the first game of the year for the Bulldogs. Arvy is backed in so the bedroom window has a view of the lake. I took the dogs on an exploration walk while John got Arvy set up. We left the tired pups and went in search of...

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Oct 29, 2010 - Here We Are In Connecticut

From Pennsylvania, across 49 miles of lower New York, across the Hudson River, and into Connecticut. The leaves here have changed for the most part and the evergreens are showing through. Let me tell you .... speed limit in Pennsylvania 65 mph = 75 mph, New York 65 mph = 65 mph (or less), Connecticut 65 mph = 80 mph or better! All I can say is they must give out a lot of traffic tickets in New York! We arrived at Aces High RV Park (no, they don't have a casino, darn) and settled in. Beautiful weather, although a little windy. We're hoping...

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