Saturday, June 27, 2009

Coles Creek, NY

Morty headed back to New York on Sunday midday. First North through the Champlain Islands. Eschewing the ferry, which we had been watching in duplicate every 12 minutes. The homes, and inns on these islands are very cozy and homey without overwhelming. Didn’t check the prices to avoid disillusionment.

Then West through the Adirondacks. Lots of forest farms and tiny villes. The wind farm at the crest was especially impressive. Maybe several hundred of the biggy wind turbines, with only one evidently out of service.

Destination: Waddington, NY’s Coles Creek State Park on the St. Lawrence. One of the longest rivers at about 760 miles. Travel distance for us: about 130 miles. Lots of good waterfront spaces, without reservation. Must be another benefit of the recession. The trees were especially striking, as the pics attest. Now we can see Canada from our front porch as well as our TV.

No phone or internet at this campground, so a little more attention goes into writing the update, and choosing the pics for upload at a later date. Hope you like it.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Grand Isle, VT

Morty went North, 37 miles to Grand Isle. We can see New York from our front porch. The ferries ply the water every 12 minutes.

A late afternoon thunderstorm moved in and put us inside. Oh well, the email on the phone is working okay.

Some pics are in the Grand Isle - Lake Champlain folder.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shelburne Museum

Tthe Museum had more workers, than paying customers today, when it is open into the evening. The same paucity of customers yesterday afternoon. Makes for some very personalized attention.

Tomorrow we're headed north again to Grand Isle in the middle of Lake Chanplain.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shelburne Museum

Spent the entire day finishing up the sights at the Shelburne Museum.

My Oh My! This product of Electra Havermeyer Webb is something to behold. She, the daughter of a sugar trust baron, married into the Vanderbilt fortune, and the rest is still here to see, and then some. "Remarkable" doesn't do it justice.

The Monets and Degases were super.

For Barbara, the quilts are wonderful, and mostly included in the pics, but the ladies who know say that the Dear Jane quilt is in theBennington, VT Museum -- much closer to you, but may still be a stop for us.

We most enjoyed the blacksmith, who taught us way more about the craft than we ever thought we wanted to know. I held a hook for him while he used a punch to make a hole in it. And Lynne cooled it off in the soak tub. He gave it to us as a souvenir.

The new pics are attached to the end of yesterday's Shelburne Museum folder.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Shelburne, VT

Morty went more North than West. We ended up in Shelburne South of Burlington on the shore of Lake Champlain.

The biggie here is the museum (thanks Steve). We were only there for two hours before closing, but the pictures are pretty powerful.

We will stay here tomorrow, and finish up at the museum.

Swam in a small pool this evening, which also was heated yesterday morning.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Quechee, VT

Said goodby to Steve, Mary, Julia and Dan.

We set out looking for an artist's colony. Maybe in Cornish NH? No luck.

Stopped in Vermont, near Quechee Gorge. Nice scenery. Bought some touristy maple, wine and fudge products.

Swam some laps in a pool which was heated earlier in the day. Brrrr.

Hooked up to cable tv for the first time. Couldn't find the right plug on the RV. Some work-campers, came over and helped find the right plug in the water hook-up compartment. Huh? Campground business is really quite sloe. Cable quality now is inferior to digital over-the-air. Oh well!

Dined on lean cuisine and steamer -- out of the freezer and into the micro. Washed down with VT wine from Chile.

Pics of the gorge are up.

Morty moves further West tomorrow -- I guess.

Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH

Today we went to the village Strawbery Banke, which recreates historical Portsmouth at various periods. Wow, it is outstanding. The re-enactors are just the best. Not to be missed if you get the chance. Have a look at the pics.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stratham, NH

We're still pondering our options for our next destination. Would like to see more of New Hampshire, but Maine always has great spaces. We are parked on the lawn at my sister's and having a great time, so we might extend a couple of days if the weather improves. It was great yesterday, but the rain caught up with us again on Sunday, and looms large for another couple of days. But there are plenty of indoor options.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Some new pics, mostly family, in Stratham NH. Miniature golf, ice cream and beach (of course).

Stops in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun, and MA at Foxboro were too rainy for photos, but were fun just the same.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Delaware Beach Report

The beaches are very clean fluffy brown sand -- very few shells, and no sea glass or whale dung. They work on them daily with front-end loaders to keep the sand where it belongs. But the breaks now are more dangerous resulting in more head and neck injuries for those that get themselves tossed around in the surf.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Delaware Seaside St Pk

This is to help with the need some of you experience for more beach pictures.

Delaware Seaside State Park in the southern part of the state.

The sun is out, the sky is clear, and the breeze is cool. We're lovin' it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Morty's RV Journey Begins

Just wanted to let you know that we're having a great time visiting Lynne's sister in Maryland. Made a few trips to DC and Dulles Airport to see some of the Smithsonian. The pictures are available at the picasa web site:

Knock on wood, Mortimer the motorhome is goin' great. Just need to get used to a thirsty 9.5 mpg fully loaded.

Headed out tomorrow, Sunday for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.