August Letter from the editor
By Stephanie Fellenstein | | No Comments »
It took us three years to recover.
In 2009 we packed up our friend’s motorhome and drove from Ohio to San Diego and back. We saw some amazing sights — the Arch in St. Louis, the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, the desert and cactus plants galore plus family and friends.
Fast forward to 2012. Mid-winter we dragged out the well-worn atlas and started dreaming. By spring we had a tentative route planned with stops along the way and by June 14, the RV pulled out of the driveway and we headed east. This time our plan was to visit all the northeast states — Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York. Plus we added parts of Canada to the itinerary — New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Québec.
For 17 days we slept under the stars as the ocean crashed on the shore next to our home away from home. We collected shells, hiked over the boulders in Nova Scotia, walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, ate lobster and watched the ponies on Chincoteague Island.
Of course there were hiccups in the trip, like the stir-craziness that set in during the torrential rain in New Brunswick that trapped the four of us and a yellow lab in a 26-feet long by 8-feet wide space for hours on end. And there was the 30 minutes we spent trying to find out how high the RV was to make sure we would fit under the bridges at Acadia National Park. (We never did find the official height, but we fit under the bridges.)
We met some interesting characters in campground restrooms and on the subway. And we met some extremely kind folks.
We are still processing everything we have seen, heard and done during our 17-day journey, but it’s good to be home.
Would we do it again? Ask us in another three years.
If you have any fun, interesting, crazy vacation stories, let me know. I’m putting together a what-did-you-do-on-summer-vacation issue for September. I need to hear from you by July 23.
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