Wednesday, June 20
The USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine, and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole. Nautilus now serves as a museum of submarine history and is stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, following a 5-million dollar make-over in 2002. We spent the morning touring the historic submarine.
We had lunch at the trailer and then headed back out for downtown/oldtown Mystic – a few of the stores had been closed during our tour last night – specifically, the Ivory Ella store! I felt good about every penny I spent in that store – money to help the elephants . . . and my name, too boot!
Mystic is a “drinking town with a bridge problem” – according to some of the signs we saw. Right in the middle of downtown is an old-fashioned draw bridge over the Mystic River that allows ships and sailboats to cross through and long lines of cars to temporarily pile up. Sure enough, while we were in Mystic, we paid our dues to the bridge, being stopped in our car twice, and stopped on the sidewalk once!
Being up here on the coast I had developed a craving for sea scallops – broiled in butter. Many of the downtown restaurants did not have them, but I finally found a large diner down the road from our campground that did. They were lovely and exactly what I wanted – the baked potato was especially good, too. But, the roll came with cinnamon butter that I suspect was emulsified oil and the mixed veggies were overcooked! Tom’s fish and chips were . . . respectable.
At the Silvermine we sat out and talked to our neighbors for awhile – they were full-timing in a large Tiffin motorhome – both retired Airline Attendants! Our intent was to leave out by 8:00 in the morning, heading for Ocean City, just South of Atlantic City, NJ.
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