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Jul 30, 2018 - Day 21

Today we decided to drop anchor at Mystic Seaport and the town of Mystic. They are only about 15 minutes from our hotel, so we were able to leave a little later than usual. We went downstairs for the complimentary breakfast. One of the things that they have is a waffle maker. Really simple to use. You pour the batter into a cup to measure the right amount, pour it onto the waffle iron, close and flip. A timer starts and when the timer beeps, the waffles are done. It works really well. This morning there was a family at breakfast with us. I...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Day 20

Today became a day for books and authors. We decided to visit Hartford, CT to see the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After breakfast at the hotel, we started off. The drive was a little less than an hour. We arrived a little after 11. We walked up to the visitor's center, came across the gift shop and looked at all of the stuff that we also sell at the NJLA store. (We're cheaper). We went to the desk to arrange a tour and were told that there would be a character tour at 12:30 with Suzie, Samuel Clemens' daughter. I decided...

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Jul 28, 2018 - Day 19

Today we planned to go to Newport RI to see the Newport Mansions, and guess what. We made it! We finished our breakfast at the hotel, and were on our way. The drive was a little over an hour. Our plan was to take the tours of two of the mansions, The Breakers and Rosecliff. They are about half a mile apart from each other on the Long Island Sound. We parked our car at the Breakers parking lot and walked to the property. The Breakers is a 70 room summer estate built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1895. It is the most opulent of the Newport...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Day 18

Today's plan is to go to Newport RI. Cheryl is anxious to see some incredible mansions there. Tours daily. Start out with breakfast. IHOP it is. I looked at the maps and chose one that looked like it was on the way, and only 8 miles away from our hotel. I put it into the Google Maps and we were off. First problem. That 8 miles is going to take us 45 minutes. Once again I had it set for no highways. Got to correct Miss Neverlost again. Now it's 18 minutes. Better. We started driving and Cheryl noticed the houses were getting really nice. I...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Visiting the Navy sub base in Groton... and USS Nautilus

Spent a few hours at the Navy's submarine museum and USS Nautilus (first nuclear powered ship). Very interesting. The Nautilus was constructed with the basic diesel boat design of the early 1950s... modified slightly to accomodate the nuclear power plant. Habitability is a major issue... lots of cramped spaces.

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Oct 19, 2013 - Our car - train - boat adventure

Groton, CT What a great day! And we still have beautiful shirt-sleeve weather, too. We started the day by driving the Connecticut River Loop. This is only a 35-mile drive along Highway 154N but it is so worthwhile. The scenery was just beautiful, the villages quaint, and the foliage quite colorful. At East Haddam we stopped to admire the East Haddam Bridge - a beautiful steel swing truss bridge which obligingly swung open for us to see. We also stopped at the Goodspeed Opera House built in 1876 by William H. Goodspeed, shipping and banking...

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Oct 18, 2013 - Always Ready

Groton, CT Today we left Sandi’s sister’s house and became wandering gypsies again. We very much enjoyed our stay, having packed a ton of extremely varied activities into our visit with Barb, Jim, Keelan and cats Phineas and Charlie. Our first stop for the day was Mystic, Connecticut. Mystic is a village that has no independent government because it is not a legally recognized municipality in the state of Connecticut. Rather, Mystic is located within the towns of Groton and Stonington. The area was settled in the 1640s. The Mystic River is...

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Nov 2, 2009 - Groton to Jersey City

Groton, CT is the home of the U.S. Navy Submarine headquarters, and there is a huge submarine museum there. Our guidebook had said that it would be closed for a few days this time of the year, and sure enough it was, but there was a look-out where we could at least take a photo of the Nautilus, the first U.S. nuclear submarine. We then drove on to New Haven, the home of Yale University. Our first stop was Old Lighthouse Park, where they had an obsolete old lighthouse. Of more interest to us, it turned out, was that they were busy setting up...

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Oct 1, 2009 - Groton, CT

Driving from the campground I passed a Cider Mill and had to stop to see how it compared to the one I worked at in Germantown MD. It’s been there since 1881 and still going strong because people believe in something and work hard together. The apple cider was great as well as the donuts made there. After leaving there we went to the Submarine Force Museum in Groton to go on the first Atomic powered Sub Nautilus and learn a lot about the Subs in our history. It is so good that we keep these museums to learn from our past and be proud of...

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Apr 28, 2008 - Connecticut

Well we stayed in Newark for exactly a week before moving on. We got lost on our way out last Tuesday, but we found our way eventually. I am sure you're relieved to hear it. So we drove to Connecticut and stayed there for two nights, Tues. and Wed., went to the beach and I got burned on all of my skin showing. Very painful... But it was very hot. Somewhere in the eighties I think. Tori got burnt on one of her legs too. I wasn't too happy about the burns but I got a really weird one on my neck. Where it's bent while I lie down, so one huge...

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Oct 20, 2007 - Another day at Mystic

There are about 400 boats on the Mystic Seaport grounds according to the guidebook, and I think that is true, Besides all of the historic boats and ships, there is an active sailing school and some modern boats including some beautiful cruising sailboats that are docked in temporary berths. It was Saturday, and lots was happening at the museum. The junior sailors were coming in shifts to sail their little "Dyer Dhows" which are dingys about 10 feet in length, around a short racing course. There was a wedding going on, with the bride...

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Oct 8, 2007 - the Nautilus

The rain is far behind, the sun is out and it is hot and humid. We find our campground the Seaport in Mystic, CT. With out Passport America and AAA discount it is $27.00 a night. We head out to visit the Nautilus the first nuclear sub and now a National Historic Landmark. The Museum is at the Groton Submarine Base and details not only the Nautilus but also the history of submarines. You are able to tour the Nautilus with a self-guided audio tour. The headphone is activated by something within the ship that as you pass into a section the...

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