Thursday July 21, day 26
Twenty-five years ago when we were here with both boys, we watched the 4th of July fireworks, launched off a Navy cruiser in Bar Harbor, from the top of Cadillac Mountain! We have been to Cadillac Mountain since that time, and it is always a stunning drive. Less than 5 miles in length and very winding, the road transforms quickly through spruce forest to bare granite rock bolders . . . 1,500’ up. The view is not quite 360’ – but almost!
We brought Charlie back to the camper and dropped her off for a nap and headed into town for lunch. Bar Harbor has all the trappings of a good little tourist town – shops featuring souvenirs, arts, and crafts fashioned by Main artisans, and lots of restaurants. Of course, Lobster is the feature of many of the menus – we opted for Calzones! On the way back to the camp we stopped at Parson’s, a lobster market and a place that we have been coming back to every visit for 25 years. This will be our 4th and last lobster meal on this vacation and we did it right at the campground.
Friday, July 22, day 27
Ready for the next slice of this trip, we were hooked up and departed Blackwoods Campground by 7:00 a.m. – destination New Hampshire and the White Mountains. The elevation climbed as we entered the White Mountains and we saw Mt. Washington off in the distance (home of the world’s worst recorded weather!) with fog and dark grey storm clouds engulfing it – it was 93degrees as we drove past. I scoped out the temperature on top of Mt Washington to find that it was 56 degrees! Our KOA campground was just 40 minutes away south of the little town of Conway and we arrived by 2:00. After setting up we headed back into Conway where there was an L.L.Bean outlet store (everything was discounted – but not by much!) and a Camping World. I bought a thick outdoor polypropylene mat for the camper – turned out we would need it as we got buckets of rain during the night. The next day our real sight-seeing in the White Mountain/Mt. Washington area would start early!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown