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Through Vermont into New Hampshire

July 17, 2013

On June 30th, our new friends, Glenn and Sylvia came down to say goodby, and we rolled out of Babbling Brook RV Park, headed into Malone, NY and turned east.

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The first major milestone on this leg of our journey was at Rouses Point, New York, where we took a sharp right turn on Route 2 and crossed the bridge to Vermont, seen in the distance between the trees.  We almost brushed the Canadian border at this point, and in fact we could see the border crossing to our left as we turned to approach the bridge.  The bridge crosses the northern end of Lake Champlain.

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After crossing into Vermont, we passed through the town of Alburg, and continued south, crossing a series of islands in Lake Champlain.  At one bridge crossing, we saw a railroad bridge running parallel to us.  In the center was this house sitting next to a moveable section of the bridge.  This section appeared to rotating lock which allows boat traffic to pass through, and we assumed the house was where the lock keeper lived.

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Water was a recurring sight as we traveled through this part of Vermont, and later into New Hampshire.  The road criss-crossed the river  multiple times.

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We passed through interesting little towns where the porches on the houses sat close by, overlooking the streets.

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And as we passed through this beautiful countryside, we could see the mountains of New Hampshire ahead of us.

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As we crossed into New Hampshire, we stopped at this welcome center.  You can see that Nell was having a good time as we travelled through this part of the country that was new to both of us.

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But she was very disappointed that we never saw a moose.  She got lots of photos of Moose signs, but not a single actual moose.

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About 230 miles later, we pulled into Timberlands Campground, outside of Gorham, New Hampshire.  This is a clean, heavily wooded campground, with fairly level sites and full hookups.  As we have found at campgrounds and RV parks through this entire trip, there is a mixture of short term and overnight folks, along with a large number of seasonal and permanent setups.  The sites were, for the most part, long and well-spaced for privacy.

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Our pull-through site sloped down to the exit road, which almost gave a sense of hiding in the woods.

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We were only here for two nights, and it was rainy part of the time, so we didn’t put the awning out.  In fact, there had been so much rain through this part of the country for the past week or so that mosquitoes were rampant and pretty aggressive.

While we didn’t spend any time outside at the campground, we did make several forays into Gorham and Berlin, New Hampshire.  More about that in the next installment.

(Side notes:  1. One of our concerns was whether we would have trouble finding gas stations open on Sunday while traveling off the interstate, through small towns.  We needn’t have worried.  Finding gas was never a problem throughout our entire trip through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, in fact through the entire northeast.  In fact, we noticed that many gas stations had high canopies and pump islands that paralleled the roadway, making it easy for fifth wheels and motorhomes to pull in and out of the station.  2. We tend to start looking for a gas station when the fuel gauge gets down to 1/2.  That gives us plenty of peace of mind regarding fuel, and also assures that we have fuel for the generator if we need it.)

 

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