New England, Acadia National Park, and Niagara Falls
We have talked about visiting New England since we were newlyweds. This summer, we decided it was time to go!
Our work schedule opened up so that we had a nice 10-day window of opportunity.
MONDAY – June 15
We left on a Monday morning and drove diagonally up through Pennsylvania on 2-lane roads. We like to avoid the interstates whenever possible. The slower pace puts you more in touch with your surroundings, and we often find interesting places that you miss on the interstates (like Mom&Pop Diners – our favorite stops!)
We didn’t take many photos going up through Pennsylvania since it is much like West Virginia.
TUESDAY – JUNE 16
After a great night’s sleep, we were on the road early (as usual) heading northeast through the Poconos of Pennsylvania and the Catskills of New York. We both agreed that neither of these areas has anything over West Virginia. When the leaves change colors this fall, we will be riding around West Virginia enjoying the beauty in our own home-state.
WEDNESDAY – June 17
After a great breakfast at the hotel (Best Western), we were on the road again.
Destination today – Acadia National Park, Maine
THURSDAY – June 18
We awoke early and were at Acadia National Park to buy a pass ($25 for one week is the cheapest ticket).
Then we began our loop clockwise around the north part of Mt Desert Island.
FRIDAY – June 19
Campobello has always relied heavily on fishing as the mainstay of the island economy; however, the Passamaquoddy Bay region’s potential for tourism was discovered during the 1880s. Campobello Island became home to a similar, although much smaller and more exclusive, development following the acquisition of some island properties by several private American investors. A luxurious resort hotel was built and the island became a popular summer colony for wealthy Canadians and Americans, many of whom built grand estates there.
Included in this group were Sara Delano and her husband James Roosevelt Sr. Sara Delano had a number of Delano cousins living in Maine, and Campobello offered a beautiful summer retreat where their family members could easily visit. From 1883 onward, the Roosevelt family made Campobello Island their summer home. Their son, Franklin D. Roosevelt, would spend his summers on Campobello from the age of one until, as an adult, he acquired a larger property — a 34-room “cottage” — which he used as a summer retreat until 1939. It was at Campobello, in August 1921, that the future president fell ill with a paralytic illness, at the time thought to be polio, which resulted in his total and permanent paralysis from the waist down. Roosevelt did strive for seven years to regain use of his legs but never again walked unassisted.
subsequently donated the cottage to the U.S. and Canadian governments in 1963 as an international park. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is the only one of its kind because it is run by both the Canadian and American governments, the park being located in Canadian territory. The park is now equally staffed by both Americans and Canadians.
Lunch is served: Clam chowder (Left) and Cod & Fries (Right). Delicious!
SATURDAY – June 20
We awoke and headed west into New Hampshire to see the Mt Washington area. There is a route up the mountain for driving,
but it was closed as hundreds of runners lined up for a foot race. Oh well.
After looking at the GPS, we realized we were behind schedule (although we didn’t really have a strict schedule). We were nearly 200 miles from Ft Drum, NY (our lodging reservations for that night) and it was already 4pm. Most of the roads went through many 35MPH towns, so we were not making great time.
Although we had planned to spend the next day backtracking through the Adirondacks to sightsee, one trip through convinced us it was not even as scenic as West Virginia. We decided that the next day, we would head straight to Niagara Falls to have more time there. Turned out to be a great decision.
SUNDAY – June 21
We awoke after a great night’s sleep to a great breakfast at base lodging. Since we only had about 200 miles to go today, we took our time and looked around base in the morning. We stopped at the Commissary and stocked up on Lucky Charms cereal and other necessities. At 10am, we headed out of the gate to follow the shoreline of the St Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
MONDAY – June 22
Following the advice of the lady at base lodging check-in, we drove down early (7am) to the Seneca-Niagara Casino and parked free in their parking garage (out of the hot sun), only 3 or 4 blocks to the falls.
As we walked through the casino, we signed up for free Players Club cards, which were loaded with $10 to start us off at the slots.
Great – free parking and $10 each to play the slots! We’re off to a good start.
The weather was beautiful – sunny and 60s in the morning and low 80s by late afternoon.
We found the buffet to be outstanding, with areas serving food from different areas of the world – Mediterranean, Asian, American, and more. We also found that one of our passes includes “Buy One Get One Free”, so we both ate for $17.00.
(But wait – there’s more to that story later)
Our next stop was supper with friends that we knew in Alaska 20+ years ago. Pete and Cathy Dauphin were neighbors (and Pete was in the Air Force Band with Mike), and they had several kids both older and younger than Spencer. We haven’t seen them since 1992. They live about 30 miles away in Middleport and offered to drive down and meet us for supper at Longhorn Steak House.
The end of a wonderful day and a wonderful week!!
Hope you enjoyed following us on our 2015 Vacation to New England!