Thursday, July 23, 2015

7/9-8/4 Gateway to Cape Cod, Rochester, MA

This is a Thousand Trails park, and we were in a great spot!  No hottub for Steve, but otherwise good.  We met two couples who were motorcycle camping, with pop-up trailers designed for cycles.  We used to have one, so we stopped to talk.  We also had them over for a fire.  Hope that Steve and Layne, and Rick and Sandy are having a great time on their travels!

We started out with a trip to New Bedford.  We saw the whaling museum and the wharf and a lot of neat homes!
High School Building

Steve rides Moby Dick

Whale Skeleton

Sailor's Bethel (church)


cool graffiti
Whale weathervane
neat house

and another neat house

another neat house

Atheneaum Library
Original Charter from England
We took a trip to Providence, Rhode Island while we were here, and saw the State House, the Williams National Historic Park, and the Atheneaum Library, which was where HP Lovecraft (The Stephen King of his day) hung out.  We also toured Benefit Street, where there were some neat homes.
Inside the dome
Civil War Cannon with Stuck Ball
State House of RI
Steps in State House
Cool Bank Building
State Library
People were playing volleyball in the sunken yard of the State House.  It was a pretty nice yard for it.

On our ride to Cape Cod, we took in the National Seashore, Provincetown and the Pilgrim's tower monument, where Cape Codder's contend that the Pilgrims first landed!
Just across the bridge entering the Cape

Nice house in the area


Cathy relaxes on the beach

Hydrangeas everywhere around here

nice little home

Rocky point beach area

Pilgrim Monument

Seals swim up the beach

representative "regular" home

We toured Plymouth, MA to see "The Rock", and the Mayflower II replica ship.  We also came back on Wednesday night to listen to the live music in the park.  It was a good time.
It may look like a castle, but it is the Salvation Army building

The harbor

Mayflower II

The monument rock

one of the cool homes

a home built out of the old fort planks

We took a trip to Mystic, Connecticut and Watch Hill, Rhode Island one day.  That was a long trip, but we saw some neat homes and touristy areas.
nice little place in Mystic for sale

neat home

octagonal home


another cool house

neat house

paddle boarding with dog

Ocean House in Watch Hill

croquet yard

Nice view

We went to Hartford, Connecticut to look at their State House, and toured the Mark Twain Museum and saw his house there.
Interior of State House

Tree with cannonball 
fountain where they filled horse buckets

State House

State House

Cathy Relaxes on the State House Lawn

Twain's home

Twain out of Legos

We also took a trip to Newport, RI, which used to be the summer place for the wealthy.  We toured "The Elms" and "The Breakers" and gawked at the luxury for the 6 weeks per summer most of the families were there for.  Nobody now can sustain that lifestyle, with 35 servants on staff and endless socializing!
The Elks Lodge in town

Steve by one of the weeping elms at The Elms

The Elms from the back yard

The Elms front door

The Elms back door
from The Elms terrace

The Breakers front gate

Breakers from the front

back view from upstairs terrace

Breakers back yard

Breakers view from the back

another summer home

view from Ocean Drive