Sunday, June 18
Touring began at 8:30 this morning as we drove the 3 miles into town – forgetting that it was Sunday morning and nothing was going to open until 10:00! We hustled the dogs back to the Silvermine, walked them to tire them out, settled them in the trailer for a nap, and headed out for the downtown area again.
We arrived at the National Park Visitor Center and saw the movie on the history of Salem (very little mention of the Witchcraft saga), shopped a few stores, and made a leisurely choice for lunch, reading menu options as we walked down the streets. We ended on the outdoor patio of the Rockafellas Restaurant for a father’s day special of Fish & Chips – absolutely wonderful fish, with French fries and onion rings!
We again picked up Charlie and Jasper, and this time left for town from the Winter Island parking lot on the trolley for the historical tour. It was a narrated, open-air trolly, that wove an 8-mile-course past many Salem sites: Charter street Burial Ground, The House of Seven Gables, The Witch Dungeon Museum and many other museums, and the historic Chestnut Street. We each took a dog and both landed a window seat for them to hang out of.
At the halfway stop we got off the trolley and walked the downtown, focusing on the grassy parks for the dogs. We jumped on another trolley and continued the tour back to Winter Island. We rested, read, relaxed for an hour, and took the dogs for another walk along our coastline.
In the late afternoon we headed out again with the intent to tour the Pickering Wharf area, and find a nice restaurant for supper! Parking was at a premium on Sunday afternoon, as the last weekend crowds lingered as long as possible. Eventually we scored a spot, and walked (quite a distance) to the wharf. I chose Longboards, little pub/restaurant, and we both had the triple slider (shredded pork, burger, and lobster) all slider sandwiches on small buns.
Tom made a plan for tomorrow, which would be our last day in Salem. I'll end with this picture that I found on the internet, showing an arial view of Winter Island Park. Managed by the City of Salem, It has been a wonderful location from which to explore -- electric/water hookups, bathhouse, close to downtown Salem, on the water, ocean breezes . . . we would come back!
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