Auburn, New Hampshire
Our lovely Monday drive through more New England Autumn beauty takes us to Calef Lake Camping Area outside the little town of Auburn, New Hampshire.
It's not a good beginning when our site is still occupied and the battery is dead in the Jeep. But both issues are resolved quickly with a jump start by the park host, and a suitable alternate site.
FHUs with 30 amp, level dirt and grass with trees. Picnic table and fire pit. Park WiFi works by their office, but not at our site. Showers, no laundry. Small store at the office, very nice staff.
Unfortunately while the staff work hard every day we're here, the seasonals are the trashiest we've encountered. I'm not sure we'd stay here again.
Tuesday we drive back roads to Manchester. It's a beautiful day to be outside. First we walk around little Stark Park, and then find a trail in the forest behind Lake Massabesic.
|Although across the street from the park, this historic home adds to its beauty.|
|Colonel John Stark, the park's name sake.|
|Author of the state's motto "Live free or Die. Death is not the worst of evils." Colonel Stark was a hero of the American Revolution.|
|The site of the Stark home, the family is buried here, surrounded by the 13 acre park.|
|The trail starts in a thick forest|
|and opens up behind the lake,|
|where this handsome Blue Heron waits|
|among the reeds and Water Lillies.|
|After the lake the trail is lined with brilliant fall foliage.|
|Color from bottom|
We stopped in Auburn as an affordable location within a day trip to Boston and Wednesday is the day!
Like many other cities we've visited our plan is to just be here. There are so, so many things to see and do in Boston, but it's our first time so we just want to drive around and look. The drive around part was probably a bad idea.
While in Wyoming our friends Polly and Buddy told us about Kelly's for lobster rolls. We promised we'd try them when we got here. At $50 for two rolls and two waters it's a good thing they're excellent!
|First stop - the Atlantic Ocean!|
|So happy to have a freshly groomed beach all to herself!|
|Our first look at the other coast.|
|There are crazy big shells here!|
|Pretty damn good.|
|Boston skyline from Cambridge, Massachusetts|
|Old and new combines all over the city.|
|City's slot canyon ahead|
What I don't expect is the chaotic lay-out of streets and the suicidal pedestrians! Bill manages to navigate us through downtown and back over the bridge to the Interstate, with only a few u-turns and re-routes :-)
Thursday we hang around home. Cooking and laundry get done. Naps are taken.
With just 80 miles to our next stop, we take our time getting ready to leave on Friday morning. Next stop, Massachusetts.