View Full Version : Recent Travels and Adventures (Inspired By Ingo)

11-25-2011, 10:17 AM
Seeing the wonderful pictures and stories posted by Ingo
has made me realize I've been meaning to upload and share some pictures from recent travels. As I have the day off, (Hey I get my birthday as a day off!) I figured I'd have time.

The first group of pictures are from August when Suzanne and I went for a meander around New England. We hadn't been camping in a while and the kids are now old enough to trust at home, so it was just the two of us. Our goal was to only take back roads and though we had a few sites in mind we used them as a jumping off point to explore. First stop was Mystic Aquarium. I've been going to the Seaport , but skipping the other sights of Mystic. We spent most of the day there and then headed to Groton and the Submarine Base. My father had been on Subs in WW2 and we had visited many different subs with him. He'd been based at Groton for a time during the war, when he and Mom had been "courting". We saw the base Museum, found the plaques for his subs and visited the memorial up the road that commemorates the submarines lost during WW2.


We traveled the back roads and found a great Connecticut State park: Devils Hopyard. Only one other camping group, a waterfall on one side and lots of hiking.

The next day we took a ferry across the Connecticut river and stopped at Gillette Castle. It's the former home of an actor from the second half of the 19th century who built a great fortune, popularized Sherlock Holmes and created this amazing house overlooking the River. We were on one of the terraces when we heard this coming down the river well before we saw it.


We continued through Conn, into NY State, stopping at Whitehall NY, and camping at Crown Point. Lots of Colonial history and forts including Ticonderoga. Again we took the Ferry across Lake Champlain into Vermont and headed for The Lake Champlain Maritime Mus. I highly recommend it! lots of very nice boats, friendly people. Highlights include Sunfish #1, an enormous Ice Yacht-Storm King, and a fleet of pilot gigs.


About this time we started to get warnings that Hurricane Irene was headed up the coast, so we decided to beat feet for home. The irony was that Cape cod had very little damage while the areas of Conn, NY and Vermont that we visited bore the brunt of the storm.

Next:the Vineyard

11-25-2011, 10:45 AM
In September we've been taking a Anniversary trip to Martha's Vineyard. 22 years this Fall!
This was the first year that the weather was drizzly, though I think it lends a certain atmosphere to the pictures.
We had been renting mopeds but soon realized that the locals hate you if you are on the road with them. It's like having a neon sign that screams TOURIST! One too many close encounters with trucks led us to rent a car. This year we got this Mini Convertible. What a blast to drive!


We always find new places and found the town dock in VH. Just a few of the highlights.

Haven 12.5?


We always head to Chappy and visit MyToi gardens. This year the foliage was starting to turn and the mist made it soft.


We did a few things indoors but mostly drove around. I really like the view of the Menemsha Coast Guard Station.


11-25-2011, 10:52 AM
Hi Adam, this is going to be interesting thread. Thank you for posting it.

Is that the sub your father was in? Have you ever been inside one? must be really something when you're under water for weeks or months without surfacing...

Do you have pictures of the Gilette Castle? It would be interesting to see. Who was the actor who lived there? It had a beautiful view.

Nice boats. Those rowboats are unusually wide.


11-25-2011, 11:00 AM
Finally we took a trip to Maine in October to see the Edward Hopper exhibit at Bowdoin College.

I hadn't been to Brunswick in a while, as a Bates grad it was sort of enemy territory;)
We stayed in Parker Head at a friends house and had great time there. She has old Maine house that she's worked on quite a bit . We stopped at Plant's Seafood on the way down and picked up a nice chunk of Tuna for dinner, YUM!

We went to Fort Popham on a blustery cold day, but the sun was shining.


On our way home we saw a sign for a public landing, so we thought we'd explore. It was a nice place. Lots of parking, trailer access and a good ramp. Turned out there was only one boat there and I recognized it! It belongs to a forum member , and I apologize for not having more time to look him up. Next time.

Forum Boat

So we've had our travels and this is what's been occupying our time for the last few weeks, but The Project is all done!



11-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Most excellent thread!

Travel threads are some of the best stuff the Bilge has to offer.

11-25-2011, 12:36 PM
Most excellent thread!

Travel threads are some of the best stuff the Bilge has to offer.


Jeff C

11-25-2011, 02:44 PM
Apology accepted!

Great thread!

Robbie 2
11-25-2011, 03:22 PM
Thanks for sharing..........I like seeing new areas that only forum members can show.

11-25-2011, 03:24 PM
the pictured sub is the Nautilus, which is the first nuclear powered submarine, commissioned in 1951.
More here http://www.ussnautilus.org/nautilus/index.shtml?museumNautilus

My father was on the USS Spikefish in 1944-45. It was a diesel-electric propulsion.He was mainly stationed in the Pacific, out of Guam and Pearl Harbor. Most of their cruises were off Japan targeting merchant vessels to deny Japan war materiel. He never knew their exact location until he researched it in the 1980's, it was a "need to know basis" and he didn't need to know. He often took us on tours of other WW2 subs, in Fall River MA, Chicago IL, and NY-NJ if I recall correctly. He usually knew more than the tour guides and often ended up with a crowd listening to his tour! They were small, cramped and crowded. The sailors had to "hot-bunk" so they shared the same cot with two other sailors depending on the watch rotation. I remember some of the bunks sat on top of the torpedos!

More about Gillette Castle here

And if you haven't figured it out, the boat is Mark-Willin' s


11-25-2011, 05:03 PM
Hey Adam, you should have at least stopped by and let me buy you a beer!:D We live right near that cove!

It's funny, when I was stationed on boats in Groton I often used to go out to Devil's Hopyard and Gillette Castle. Both are great first date locations. Good for you that you found such cool, low key places to explore. Sounds like your camp road trip was a great success, congrats and thanks for posting!

11-26-2011, 02:04 PM
Since I've managed to get some photos up and people seem to be enjoying them, here are more from the August road trip.

Suzanne loves the aquarium. she took most of these pictures. The penguins are very cute!


The beluga tank has expanded since we were last at the Mystic Aquarium, 1990 or so. Part of the money has come from the Pequot tribes casino.


this is the sub memorial that is a little ways down the road from Groton.


Our first night was near this waterfall.


and this is our little home away from home. We bought it for our Honeymoon and its given us 22 years of shelter but it's in need of replacement



11-26-2011, 02:13 PM
We crossed the Connecticut River at Hadlyme on this little Ferry.


Spin asked for more Gillette Castle Pictures so here's the outside.


The woodwork in the castle is a marvel. Each door is unique, with intricate carving and latch mechanism.


The owner had his own(I think) 1/4 size rail line that ran for 3 miles around the grounds, including a tunnel and trestles. The rail line is gone but it makes a fine walking trail.


As we traveled North we stopped at the highest falls in Massachusetts, Bash Bish Falls. The hike down was intense, dropping several hundred feet in 1/2 mile or so. Lots of bouldering, but the falls were spectacular!



11-26-2011, 02:34 PM
We drove north in NY State on Route 22. Two lane, 55 mph speed limit. Very agricultural. We came over a hill and passed this sign. We made a quick turn around and stopped.


It was a wonderful sculpture garden/gallery. Creative use of old industrial/agricultural/kitchen equipment. Suzanne and I wandered through the field pointing out the origins of various bits to each other. The artist was a t home so we chatted with him for a little while and then continued on our way.


One of the elements we began to appreciate was how strategic the Lake Champlain area was in the early colonial times. The French built forts to control trade, the English destroyed those forts and built their own, and the Americans did the same.

As Suzanne is of Scottish heritage we had to take a picture or this memorial on the way into Fort Ticonderoga.


I of course needed pictures of boats. This is a replica bateau built for the Fort. Local pine, iron clench nail, and pine tar. MMMMM it smelt right!


The campground we stayed along Champlain, site of another first French fort, then English fort, Crown Point. They had to replace the bridge crossing due to corrosion( it was 100 years old), and the ferries ran 24 hours a day. We left the day before they were ready to hoist the last section into place. We could see the last section on barges further up the lake, and spent part of our time watching the cranes maneuver into position.


Our last night of camping we stayed at a campsite that had lean-to's so we didn't have to set up the tent.

A cozy fireplace, a stream nearby, good company and travels. What more could you ask for?



11-27-2011, 01:45 AM
This thread just keeps getting cooler and cooler. How long can this go on? Great pics, Adam!

There are leantos like that up in Baxter State park at the foot of mighty Mount Katahdin, but they are so close to fast running water I can't imagine how anyone sleeps there.

Robbie 2
11-28-2011, 02:18 AM
Thanks for showing us around your part of the world

11-28-2011, 03:05 AM
Thanks for sharing these incredible places you've shown us. Some of these sights are quite breathtaking.

Camping by the water falls must have been really something else.....the power.... the thundering sound... the moisture in the air.... What a feeling......

Please keep posting. Your narrating is very interesting too. This is a wonderful thread. :):D



That's a mighty fine yacht youve got. Can you show us another picture of her. Also tell us what she is and give specs too. :)