Messin' about with boats....

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 13, 2012


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 The next morning I went for my walk around the campground enjoying the variety of campsites people set up for themselves. Some get very creative with tents, tarps and canopies.. I ended up on the beach for an early morning swim. There were thousands of people in the campground and I share the beach with only two women . No one was in the water which was probably around 78 degrees. It was very relaxing to float in the placid waters with no noise, crowds or currents.

We hit the road for Mystic, Connecticut. The Connecticut coastline is harbor after harbor, including some major naval facilities for repair and refit of submarines and other vessels. We made it to Mystic Seaport, a living museum detailing life in the days of “wooden ships and iron men“.

Mystic Seaport has a collection of wooden vessels that have been collected over many decades. The docents and volunteers are dedicated to maintaining and using these vessels. I was happy to relive my experience with our old wooden Grand Banks trawler vicariously, by watching other people dealing with wood rot, using oakum to seal seams and trying to fashion wooden “Dutchmen”. They really have quite a fleet and offer rides on classic sailboats and powerboats around the harbor. The harbor side is a reproduction of actual businesses that served the harbor, including an interesting rope loft. You never really think of how some things are manufactured and it was fascinating to learn of the making of manila rope. We spent hours wandering through the buildings and displays interacting with the docents who were extremely informative. They weren’t playacting like the folks at Williamsburg do, just shared information about the things they were demonstrating.

We spent the night at the Mystic KOA Campground in North Stonington. After checking into our site, we decided to visit the close by Mashantucket Casino and Pequot Museum. The Casino wasn’t an easy place for an rv to park at and it turns out the museum was closed until the next day. So, we decided to call it a night and visit the museum in the morning.
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