Monday, Jun 18
Our final day of touring in the Salem area was a drive following Route 127 (The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway) up the coast, past Manchester-By-The-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, and to Halibut Point State Park at the very tip of Cape Ann. It was hard to get the GPS to follow 127 as it wanted to drive us inland a couple miles along State Route 128; we insisted on the ocean road, and were rewarded with the very best of coastal views! Each little town had a downtown district lined with shops and restaurants right off of a harbor. Mixed in were residences and for-rents, and people walking the streets as locals or tourists.
At the tip of Cape Ann we stopped at Halibut Point where Babson Farm Quarry began harvesting 450-million-year-old granite in 1840; The quarry closed in 1929. The self-guided trail led back to the water-filled excavation pit and on to the ocean-where we rock-hopped the granite boulders for a good view of the Atlantic.
During the afternoon threats of severe thunderstorms began popping up. At 4:30, as we headed out for a quick trip to the Marblehead area, we took the precaution of putting away all of our outside bits and pieces. On the drive were able to grab some carry-out Calzones to bring back to the supper. We pulled in just as the storm threat really geared up and enjoyed the rest of the evening in the Silvermine.
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