Baxter State Park: Mt. Katahdin

June 22, 2016 When we began to explore the southern Appalachian Mountains (the Great Smokey Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Skyline Drive), we came across (literally and figuratively) the Appalachian Trail.  The northern end of the trail is in Baxter State Park in Maine, about two hours north of Read more…

Bangor, Maine

June 20, 2016 Some things, like the Orono Bog, make better experiences than pictures.  The bog is part of the Bangor City Forest and covers about 600 acres.  It is the remnants of a lake left by glaciers and is slowly drying up.  The water has less oxygen than most Read more…

Acadia National Park

June 19, 2016 Dave chose to celebrate a beautiful Father’s Day at Acadia National Park. Bright sun, sparkling water, lots of breeze. After a late lunch in Bar Harbor, we happened upon a band playing fiddle tunes at an art show in the park. Acadia has a wonderful wildflower garden.  Read more…

Pemaquid, Maine

June 17, 2016 Dave’s great great aunt (his father’s mother’s mother’s sister) Helen Cogswell Trostel researched the Cogswell lineage and published her findings.  When planning for our visit to Maine, Dave remembered that there was some family connection to the Maine coast and we checked it out. It turns out Read more…

Freeport, Maine

June 11-13, 2016 Lighthouses Our new campground was only about 80 miles away so we were set-up and out to explore by early afternoon. We headed south, basically to where we’d left off, near Cape Elizabeth. This ended up being a three lighthouse afternoon. Portland Head Light was the first Read more…

Kennebunk, Maine

June 11-13, 2016 It was dreary by the time we set up in the Red Apple campground. We drove along the coast through the “Kennebunks”: Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Kennebunk Beach. We took a picture of a house on a little cape and later confirmed that it was indeed the home Read more…

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area

June 8-June 10, 2016 Jane’s niece Cindy Jeffes lives in the Philadelphia area and we wasted no time before getting together.  We set up the RV about 1 p.m. and met Cindy in nearby Doylestown at Fonthill Castle at 2:30.  This poured-in-place concrete structure was built by Henry Chapman Mercer, Read more…

Annapolis, Maryland

June 6-8, 2016 Our friends Ray and Mary Turner winter in Fort Pierce and summer on the Severn River in Annapolis.  They graciously introduced us to their summer home  and surrounding area by sea and land. Ray honored us with the first trip of the year on his sailboat, the Read more…

Richmond, Virginia

June 4-6, 2016 Sometimes our timing is accidentally perfect.  It was in Richmond. We thought we were in for the night when Dave talked with the campground host about local attractions.  She mentioned that the Cold Harbor battlefield was having its annual lantern walk that night preceded by a Civil Read more…