After our time in New Hampshire and Maine, we headed to Massachusetts. While there, we would visit Rhode Island and Connecticut to round out the final three New England states. I know several people who love the New England states, but we are not two of those people. We met more rude and obnoxious people than we’ve ever seen in the south. The traffic was horrendous and don’t even get me started on how much stuff cost. Let’s just say this will be my first and only trip to the upper states.
The main reason for going to Massachusetts was to go to Boston. We were supposed to have stayed at a Thousand Trails (TT) campground, Gateway to Cape Cod, in Rochester about an hours drive from Boston. However, when we arrived, even though we had made our reservation back in June, there were no spots available. This made us have to search for something else and pay out of pocket, which we would not have had to do at the TT place as it’s part of our membership fee. We found a nice little place about 30 minutes away in Plymouth, Pinewood Lodge Campground. Even though they had several perms and seasonal campers, it was still a nice little place to put down and we had a pull-through site, which is always a plus as well. Unfortunately, our satellite didn’t work under the trees, but they have cable, which we opted for as opposed to sewer.
On Friday the 19th of August we headed for Boston for two things: a burger from Whalburgers and to tour Fenway Park. I mean really who goes to Boston for a once in a lifetime trip and not go to Fenway. Good news: we got to enjoy a great burger and hope that many more Whalburger restaurants will go up throughout the US so others will get to taste them as well. Bad news: a concert had played at Fenway the day before and another one was scheduled for the next day. Not only did we have to pay more to do the tour, but we didn’t even get to see the damn field because it was covered in chairs and concert set up. What pissed me off the most about this is the ticket taker didn’t bother to tell us that we would get jipped on the tour so we got screwed twice, once on the price and again on the tour.
In order to get around Boston, we took a trolley, so we could hop on, hop off at any of the 16 locations they stopped at. This made it possible for us to see more of the city and not have to fight crazy traffic in the process. One of the places I wanted to see was Cheers, “where everybody knows your name”, which is the bar that inspired the beloved television show created in 1982. There was lots of memorabilia and episodes from days gone by playing on the screens throughout the gift shop area. We didn’t eat there as we were saving up for burgers elsewhere. I just wanted to see where it all originated from.
We spent a day driving to the cape to see a few lighthouses, but other than that I wasn’t impressed with Cape Cod. I’m beginning to think this country girl just needs to go back south, find a beautiful lake and stay put. However, I did enjoy some great lobster and crab claws at the Lobster Hut in Plymouth, but I also discovered that live lobster is not for me as I prefer just the tails. Seeing that head laying there and breaking into an unclean lobster is just not my cup of tea.
Massachusetts Lighthouses (click on a pic for a bigger view and to scroll through all)
After four nights, we headed over to our second Thousand Trails campground hoping we would have a better experience than the first. Well let’s just say I’m beginning to realize that a TT membership was not worth the price and I will not be renewing and will be trying to sell the one I have as it is just not for us. The second campground, Sturbridge RV Resort, located in Sturbridge, MA has the closest sites I think I have ever seen. We could not open our awning as it would have touched our next door neighbors camper who arrived the same day as we did. They only lasted one night and had told us they were to be there for 10. I have no idea where they went as they left while we were on our trip through Rhode Island.
Our trips to Rhode Island and Connecticut were pretty much both a bust. We didn’t see any lighthouses in either state as they were either too far off shore or on private land that was inaccessible. The scenery we did see was no different than what we had seen in Maine and Massachusetts. Like I said before this is our one and only time driving up here as there is nothing that has inspired us enough to ever come back.
Below are pics of Massachusetts and Fenway Park. To get a bigger view, click on a pic and scroll through the slideshow.