Mayflower II

Massachusetts to New Hamshire to Maine

Sunday, July 15th, 2001

Mayflower II - a replica of the original Mayflower We had purchased a family annual pass when we got our tickets to the Plimoth Plantation the previous day and this gave us free access to the Mayflower II also.  And I always have to get my money's worth, so, Bill and I got up and drove the rental car up to the Mayflower II.  We offered to take along which ever child wanted to get up with us and come, but of course, they all wanted to remaining sleeping.  The Mayflower II is a boat built as exactly as possible to the original and sailed across the Atlantic in 1957.  They had 102 people on the original -- it was not large.
We were also able to see Plymouth Rock.  It is a piece of what they think might have been somewhere around the site of the original landing.  Terry McCormick had told me that seeing Plymouth Rock was not worth much effort.  He was right!  I'm glad we hadn't tried to fight the crowds and the parking hassles the previous day to try to see this.  It was a great thing to do on a Sunday morning though! The disappointing Plymouth Rock
We drove back to the RV - all of the kids were awake.  Mandy was so proud of herself for being the first one up and dressed!  We returned the rental car, went to Dunkin' Donuts.  Something we had been trying to do for a few days.  Then we drove past Boston.  The traffic was not too bad at noon on a Sunday.  We decided as we were driving that we would stop in Salem and do a Duck boat ride (we had been seeing them all over the place and the kids wanted to ride them).  We had some difficulty getting around in Salem because one of the roads we wanted to go on had a 2 ton restriction.  So, I called the dock where the ducks left from - thank you cell phone technology!  It's a good thing I did.  They were no longer running the ducks from Salem.  We would have had to go to Gloucester to do it.  We decided to skip it and continue on.

We drove through New Hampshire - very uneventfully - but we know we will return to that state.  Our goal was Maine.

We didn't have a reservation, but found some campgrounds in the Woodalls and called four different places.  It was kind of nice to not have reservations, but to just wing it.  It meant an on-the-spot decision, but it was kind of fun.  We found a place in Wells, Maine that had what we thought we wanted.  Since we were not going to have a car, we wanted a campground that had places we could bike to.

After we got set up (about 5 minutes!!) we got on our bikes and rode.  We went about 1 mile and were at the ocean.  We continued on into the town of Wells.  There we had a great seafood dinner.  Our waitress was from Wisconsin and could tell right away that we were from the midwest ("pop" instead of "soda" gave us away).  The kids had been asking for New England clam chowder since this trip began.  So what better place to get it than New England?

We started back and stopped to find a thimble for me.  Then back to the campground for a very quick swim and showers.

I had wanted to take a picture of us on our bikes by the RV (in lieu of our standard RV & rental car picture), but I didn't get to it.  So not a whole lot of pictures today.

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