Saturday, June 16
Today was the day that our little caravan of three Airstreams split up . . . 2 to head for home, with us continuing for another few weeks. Tom was up and walking the dogs as Suzie and John and Penny and Rupert pulled out of Saddleback at 6:00 a.m. We were also up in time to wish Alan, Carie, and Bev good luck on their mission to drop the Airstream off for servicing, before heading home.
When I got up at 6:30, I gathered up every scrap of laundry I could muster and sorted and bagged it for a laundry stop on our way to Salem, MA. We were off by 8:00, found our laundry mat, spent 1 ½ hours, and were off again by 10:30.
We only had a 50 mile drive to Salem, but it was a slow-go down the coast of New Hampshire before crossing into Massachusetts on Highway 1A. By noon we had located our home for the next three days – Winter Island Park. Located right on Salem Harbor, we are backed up right to the water! The campsite itself is one in a row on a paved lot, but we did luck out and get the last site in the row with our own private little grassy area for the dogs! A few sites down from us is the Function Hall in one direction, the Gift Shop/Store in another direction and a path down to the public beach in another direction. The oceanfront is a direct drop-off to the Ocean from the bumper of the Airstream!
We are positioned less than 3 miles from the Downtown District of Salem, and wasted no time heading in by car to determine the old-town lay-out. With the dogs in tow (It was reported to be a dog-friendly village) we walked around the pedestrian outdoor mall of shops, restaurants, Town Hall, City Hall, and a variety of Salem-themed museums. We discovered that the one-hour, narrated trolly tour leaves right from our campground door --- and it allows small dogs! TOMORROW!
We came back to the campsite and cooked dinner and lazed around until time for an evening walk. We walked the campground and saw a few RV’s lined up along the prime spots of the ocean front like us, and plenty of other RV’s lined up away from the water. There was also tent camping on some grassy little hills. We walked down by the docks, watched the sun as it was setting, and returned to the Silvermine for showers.
With this brief introduction to Salem, MA, we can hardly wait for tomorrow to get here for the real sightseeing to begin!
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