Apparently Columbus Day weekend is a big deal on the east coast. Although I haven't been making advance reservations for awhile now, it became an issue when trying to find a spot for these three days.
Lamb City Campground had a place for us in their overflow with water and electric only. What they didn't tell me on the phone is that six sites share one 30 amp breaker. I expect issues and am not happy when we're setting up, but even when the area is full we do just fine for our entire stay.
Everyone in our area is camping together so they are all set up at one end, leaving us with a large space to ourselves. We're level, have decent water pressure, satellite connects, cell phone has coverage. This works.
|Lamb City Campground, Phillipston, MA|
|Several small ponds add more color to the drive.|
|Crossing the Connecticut River over the French King Bridge. A small parking lot makes it safe to park and walk across the lovely 1932 cantilever arch expanse.|
|Standing in Massachusetts looking at Vermont|
|and New Hampshire|
|Pile O' Pumpkins|
The only falls in Shelburne Falls run over a small dike, but it's a cute little town with a Bridge of Flowers and funky street art. We've laughed that every town in New England has ten pizza places, but never stop at one. Today we eat at Buckland Pizza, but we opt for pasta and sandwiches instead of pie. Good food.
|The Bridge of Flowers is covered with a garden.|
|Love the small town movie theatres.|
|Handsome boy, Tessa's first horse. She was very impressed.|
|Some homes are part of the guided tour, while others are private homes.|
|This massive beauty is one of the places un-identified without the guide that comes with the ticket. There's even more of it on the other side.|
|My favorite home - a private dwelling still occupied today.|
|In front are these massive real pumpkins. The green one is twice the size of a basketball!|
|Their pretty neighbor has major pumpkin envy.|
|Fluffy Dog along the colorful path.|
|Beautiful speckled grasses.|
|The old trees are as wonderful as the structures.|
Until Bill takes Tessa out and suddenly everyone comes out to play. With her. It's so funny to see them through the window. I remember my camera after most have moved back to their site :-)
|Fluffy dog love.|
Canal Street and Hill Street, the old brick police station, the Putney Miracle Mile - all look just like in the books. This is really fun!
We stop at The Retreat, founded in 1834 by a $10,000 bequest from Anna Hunt Marsh as attested to in her will. It was the first hospital built for the mentally ill in Vermont, and is still a cutting edge psychiatric facility. In the books we learn that the founder was appalled by the "treatment" of a man by submerging him in ice water to cure his mental breakdown.
|Original retreat, now surrounded by acres of hospital buildings.|
|This guy moved around outside our window while we enjoyed our meal.|