We are going to let you in on a little travel secret today here at Livebreathemove.com. The absolute best time to go to the beach on the Atlantic is in the weeks immediately following Labor Day weekend. The weather is still good, the water is warm and the hoards of people and kids are back to wherever it is all these hoards of people go after Labor Day. Even rules such as whether or not dogs are allowed on the beach often change in our favor right about this time.
After New York, we had to decide if we wanted to take the inland route south and visit Baltimore and Washington DC or if we wanted to hug the coast and bum around the beach for a few weeks. Since we spent a months worth of eating out money in a weekend in New York and because we have both already visited Baltimore and DC, we decided to check out some beaches that were new to us. We stared in Tom's River, Near the famous Jersey Shore. The warm water small crowds and big surf were a fun challenge for swimming.
Although we had read plenty of good reviews to go along with the typical negative, we were still hesitant about visiting New York City via RV. Well we did decide to check in to the electric/water parking lot of a park known as the Liberty Harbor RV Park
in Jersey City.
After Maine, Robin had a couple of weeks of work in the Boston area so we set up first at the Minute Man campground
outside of Boston in Littleton. This was an above average campground that we primarily experienced from our office windows. The wooded campground provided good shade from some hot days and overall we enjoyed our week and the park.
As we wrote this on Labor Day, which is the unofficial end of summer for most folks, we found time for a little reflection on our summer in the Northeast. Our photos reminded us of how fun it was to explore during the summer! Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island provided many wonderful opportunities to be out and about in nature, once we figured out how to avoid the summer crowds.
It seems like we are constantly figuring out new things about ourselves as we explore this beautiful country. One of the things we have learned recently is how much we enjoy kayaking/canoeing together and with friends.
We have always known that it is something we enjoy but after having 3 outings in the last month, we have realized how much we enjoy it.
When we sold our house and moved on the road, one thing that many of our friends and family worried about was that we would get lonely and miss having a community to call our own. Not only has that been proven wrong, but our community keeps getting larger and larger. Our time so far here in Maine has allowed us to form new friendships with some wonderful people. Betsy and Nancy (RV-A-GOGO)
are camp hosting here in Bar Harbor this summer and are helping us make the most of our month here. Just a few nights ago, they hosted a lobster cookout for us and for Amanda and Tim (Watsons Wander
). We had never met Betsy and Nancy in person and we had only met Amanda and Tim once for a few hours at a noisy bar in Colorado, and already we feel like we have known them for years.
We had been considering what to do next and we had two options. One, stay in the Midwest near family for the summer and Robin could fly to Boston for work for 2 weeks in August. Two, venture onward and upward to explore New England for the summer and stay until after Robin's workshops end. The weather in Ohio in June helped us make our decision and from Alum Creek we headed out northwest toward Cleveland. We did a couple of nights in a Cleveland suburb and did a great barbeque with some friends in the area for the 4th. That would be the last of city life for us for a while. Continue reading
After making it through the very rainy month of June in Ohio, we spent the first day of July kayaking in Alum Creek just north of Columbus with wonderful friends Pat and Denny.
Now that we are going to do shorter, more real time blogging I think I should get a phone app. Hope it is easier than the computer. Update: Just published and updated this from my phone! Hooray!
OK, so we have again fallen behind on our tales and are once again rethinking the format. After a couple of years we think it is time we abandon the chronological capturing of sequential stops on our journey in favor of a more informal "blog as we feel like it" type of format. Regardless I know we want the blog to be real time and this is not.
I hate to not finish things we start and since I have a whole bunch of pictures from New Mexico, our season two bookend will be a photojournal of the Spring end of our ventures after leaving Arizona. After a bunch of time in RV parks in the west coast all winter we were thrilled to be back in the state of New Mexico. This time we tried out a State Park called Elephant Butte
out in the middle of nowhere. But then again, in the middle of nowhere with 50 amps and water is just where you want to be sometimes.