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#570115 - 01/26/18 08:19 AM First Retiremen Journey, NE United States  
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Wife will be hanging it up in June. By mid August we plan on hitting the road.

One area of the country I have never really seen is the NE part of the nation. Looking at a map of the US I would like to focus on the section from New York/ Connecticut up to Maine.
What we are looking for are rural, scenic areas that offer decent RV sites (not hard to find) and lots of local history and character. Small towns are preferred.
For those of you familiar with that area, what would be your "off the beaten path" suggestions?

Best wishes,

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#570116 - 01/26/18 08:47 AM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Sounds exciting


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#570119 - 01/26/18 10:41 AM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Maine is absolutely beautiful! We spent a week in Bar Harbor and loved it. We stayed in one of the cottages at Moorings Inn - this is not in the town and avoids the congestion of the Bar Harbor. As an added bonus, it is next to a Hinkley Yachts facility, so you get to see some cool stuff right next door. We really enjoyed the camp fires each night.

There are a number of fantastic lakes in the NE, most notably Lake Winnipesaukee. Winni is a must see!

#570120 - 01/26/18 10:46 AM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Lots of nice areas to explore. You can spend a week in the Adirondacks in New York. Lots of lakes to boat or canoe on, visit Lake Placid where the Olympics were held twice. You can also mountain bike up the road of Whiteface Mountain to the top and see for miles. Vermont and New Hampshire has lots of areas to explore as well. I did a motorcycle trip through VT and NH and rode up Mt Washington. Near the base of Mt. Washington is a small BBQ restaurant that I drove around twice looking for a parking space for the motorcycle. After eating the meal I realized why the parking lot was so packed. Best BBQ in the north. I do not recommend driving the RV up the mountain however there is a cog train as well as hiking trails. Moving to Maine beautiful trip along the coast from southern Maine to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. There is also Mt Katahdin which is the start or end of the Appalachian Trail.

FYI I went to school in Canton, NY which is not far from the Adirondacks and also lived just north of Bangor, Maine for 4 years.


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#570121 - 01/26/18 12:08 PM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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I highly recommend Franconia Notch in New Hampshire. We visited a number of years ago for a few days, it wasn't nearly enough. Small town, great hiking and scenery. We also visited Ben and Jerry's in Vermont and a granite quarry as well. I second Bar Harbor/Acadia as well, spent time there and really enjoyed it. The Bee Hive hike is a personal favorite of mine.


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#570122 - 01/26/18 12:14 PM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Thanks...I'll be putting these into a list later...
My wife and I may do a travel journal....if you are interested in following along with us you are welcome to. I think it will be a "www.wordpress" site as that is what she has used for other journals she has has done. If you are interested PM me with the email addy you wish to use.

Our plans (and God laughs) are to spend about 65-75% of our time in travel and the rest at the house. We are taking "Meanderthal" or 5th wheel and "Moby Babe" our truck in our journey. We want to hit the smaller RV parks or the city and county ones. We also plan on getting some gensets and doing some boondocking as well. I love the coastal and maritime areas. Wife is not so much for coastal as she tends burn and for us the coast has meant the gulf. I love to eat anything that came out of the sea.

Best wishes,

Parrott_head

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#570135 - 01/26/18 09:49 PM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Lot's of nice places to see in this neck of the woods. The Green mountains of VT, the White mountains of NH and the Kancamagus highway. Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee. Take a ride on The Mt Washington tour boat while at Winni or look me up for a more personal tour. Portsmouth NH and Portland ME are worth a stop. Avoid the highways and explore the back roads. We generally don't have wild fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or reptiles big enough to eat you so it's not a bad place to hang out for a while. Enjoy your time here.


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#570136 - 01/27/18 10:16 AM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: kdl]  
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Originally Posted by kdl
. We generally don't have wild fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or reptiles big enough to eat you so it's not a bad place to hang out for a while. Enjoy your time here.

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That's what's interesting about Oklahoma....it's always something different....We don't have hurricanes.........


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#570146 - 01/28/18 07:30 AM Re: First Retiremen Journey, NE United States [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Central & Western MA, Squam or Winnipesaukee lakes in NH, Sebago Lake in Maine.

Cape Cod and 'The Islands' are OK in September, after the summer crowds are gone. Chatham and the outer Cape are mostly where you have to be worried about your position in the food chain.

Hopefully, Dave R will chime in . . . he goes all over the place in New England, usually trailering his boat.

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