Our trip to New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Charleston, SC

Our Trip to New England

We left Williamsburg and headed north at 6:40 am.  Something about travel day – we are both up early and anxious to get on the road.  We stopped for lunch and gas and a few breaks during the day.  We realized that in the northeast not too many campgrounds close to the New Jersey Turnpike.  Once into Ct you do not hit any taking I-84 so we trucked along until we reached Westover Air Force Reserve Base.  This is a small reserve base but the campground is very nice.  It is surrounded by trees, very quite plus nice walking areas.  We were surprised at all the activity on this base, baseball game each night with lots of people watching plus loads of cars coming and going.  We decided to stay put for two weeks and enjoy seeing family and friends.  We did not get to see everyone on our list but did enjoy visiting with all the people we got to see.  Thanks to everyone for dinner and nice visits.  It is nice being on the road but we do enjoy seeing friends and family when we return north.

I never understood reading blogs why people do not like visiting New England – they always say the traffic but believe me that is not the reason.  In the north you have a limited time frame for campgrounds being opened so they charge much too much.  Last summer touring California and Oregon we never paid more than $30 while up here you are lucky to find anything under $40 a night.  Kind of blows the full timers budget to pay that much for our housing each night.

Joshua, our oldest grandchild, flew into Boston and will spend a few weeks with us traveling.  We were delighted to see him again even though he is on crutches.  He hurt his foot on his skateboard – at first they thought it was broken but that is not the case.  After a week or so he was able to walk on it which will make touring much easier.   He is 14 and will be with us until the 15th of August so we will be doing things to interest him as we did with our granddaughter Emily.

We left Westover on Friday morning and headed west.  We stopped at Triple Brook Campground which is on the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border.  We got a full hookup site and enjoyed staying here.  The only complaint was the sites were not level and we were on jacks pretty high. 

While here we toured the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area.  We toured Millbrook Village which is a re-creation of a late 19th century rural community.  They have homes, barns, school, cemetery, general store/post office, grist mill, church, blacksmith shop, smokehouse and woodworking shop.  This was a weekend that they had people telling you about the families that lived here back in 1832.    We visited a beautiful lake, saw spectacular scenery, waterfalls and actually walked the Appalachian Trail.  We gave two nice guys a ride back to their car whom were walking the trail.  They sent us a really nice note thanking us.

On Monday morning we headed south to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  We checked into the Artillery Ridge Camping Resort where we had a full hookup site.  This was a passport America campground so our price was great.  The campground has horses, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, game room, rec hall, store, laundry, pool and a pond to fish in.  One thing that they had was a Diorama which was the battlefield done in miniatures.  It was unbelievable.  We totally enjoyed this stop.

We took the battlefield bus tour which brings you into the battle.  You hear the cannons roar, rifles crack, drums roll and bugles blow as you tour this battleground.  This battle had more men fall than any other battle in North America.  More than 51,000 soldiers were killed here during three days in 1863.     This was the greatest battle of the Civil War.  At the visitor center we saw the Cyclorama show which is sound and light show.  It was truly amazing and the museum was really good.  It really brought history to life for us.  We toured the battlefield by car also and got out and looked at some of the monuments – very touching.

The Lincoln Train Museum had model toy trains from the 1800’s to present day.  They have layouts so you can watch the trains moving around the tracks.  It brought back memories of G. Fox in Hartford, CT at Christmas time when you would stand for hours and watch the trains go around the tracks in toy land.  You also take a ride with President Lincoln on his way to Gettysburg.  It was okay. 

We kept busy during our time in Gettysburg and enjoyed it greatly but we were all ready to head south and enjoy another area. 

Our next stop was the KOA in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  What a nice campground this was.  We had a full hookup site, showers, laundry, store, pool, games, mini golf, crafts, bounce pillow, bands, cannon firing, movies, game room, restaurant, pancake breakfast and loads of activities.  Josh met some girls so he really enjoyed this stop.  While here I was able to get all our laundry done and enjoy some down time.

While in Harpers Ferry we visited the National Park which was very interesting.  We visited the old town and enjoyed learning about John Brown.  John Brown led his men on a raid snd seized the U>S> armory and arsenal back in 1859.  He wanted to get the weapons plus lead a slave revolt.  He was hanged on December 2, 1859.  We got to see the restoration museum, blacksmith shop, exhibits, movie, old church, cemetery and really old buildings.  We walked across the old bridge and watched the train going across the river. 

Our next stop was Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  We stayed at a campground that had nothing but full hookups but the price was right.   We did some grocery shopping while here and went to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. This is the site where Robert Lee surrenderred his men to Ulysses Grant and ended the Civil War in 1865.  We were able to see the tavern guest house, Clover Hill tavern, law office, store, courthouse, McLean House, slave quarters and the jail.  Again more history – this trip has been about the Civil War and has proven to be very interesting.

The Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, South Carolina was our next stop for a week.  While here we were able to enjoy our daughter Susan, her hubby Jerry and our darling granddaughters, Emily, Julia and Makenzie.  It was really nice to see all my grandchildren in one place – sure brought smiles to our faces.  We enjoyed the wonderful beach at Isle of Palms one day, another day at the Folly Beach County Park.  This beach had wonderful waves which we all enjoyed.

One day we went to North Charleston Wannamaker County Park to the Whirlin Waters water park.  Tim and I had never been to one before but it was such fun watching the grandchildren enjoying every minute.  We attended on Military Monday so we were able to get a discount.  The water park had a kiddie pool with slides, and sprays plus Lily Pad Lagoon which Makenzie enjoyed.  The others enjoyed Tubular Twister, Big splash Tree House, Rolling River, Riptide Run and the wave pool.  We had a really enjoyable day at the park.

One day we went to lunch with friends at the club on base and enjoyed their company greatly.  After Josh went to the skating park which he loved. 

Our last day in Charleston area our son-in-law and Joshua went paintballing and enjoyed that greatly.  That night Tim and I attended a concert at Boone Hall Plantation with the Oak Ridge Boys.  Susan and Jerry gave us the tickets and we enjoyed that greatly.  Thanks so much guys.  We met two couples whom sat next to us – one was from Fairfield County in Ct and the other from Wallingford, Ct.  Seems strange we are in Charleston South Carolina and meet people from little old CT.   They both now live in Charleston so we enjoyed talking to them.

Sunday morning we hooked up and left Goose Creek and headed west into Georgia.  We stopped for diesel at the last exit in South Carolina and as we got back onto the highway we had a blow out.  Yikes.  We sat along the side of the highway for two hours waiting for road service to arrive.  The temps got to about 100+ so we were delighted to get on the road again.  We arrived at Raysville Corp of Engineers Park and got settled into a nice campsite.  This will be a quite stop – nothing planned except reading, fishing and maybe a walk or two.  We will be here until Wednesday when we head above Atlanta, Georgia.  Until later