Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Road Trip 2012

We packed up the little pop up camper again this summer with grand daughters, Aijia and Scout, and drove north. Black Betty wanted to push it this year, so we put two long days in on the road from our home in North Carolina and made it to Stillwater State Park in the Groton  State Forest.

On the road near Flag Pond, Tennessee.

Stillwater State Park, Vermont.

There was plenty to do in Vermont.
Biking on the Cross Vermont Trail.

Hiking at Kettle Pond.

Cabot Cheese, yummy!
We visited Ben and Jerry's factory.

Beaver lodge.

Ricker Pond.

The Cross Vermont Trail.

Waylon, Floyd, and Gnomeo hiking in the north woods,

Our camp mascot.

Next we packed it up moved north to the great state of Maine where we stayed at Balsam Woods CG near Abbot, Maine.
Gnometown set up at Balsam Woods.
We swam and biked in the campground and toured around Maine.

I enjoyed riding my bike around Piper Pond.

I made them pose, they were good sports.

Black Betty insisted on attending the Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover Foxcroft.

We got attacked by mosquitoes at the Katahdin  Iron Works.

We loved the CG. We spent a week camping there and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

We visited the B52 crash site near Greenville.

The sign says it all.

Good old Maine hiking at Baxter State Park.

Killer moose watching at Sandy Stream in Baxter State Park with  Mount Katahdin in background.
Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park.

I got to visit my old friend, the Appalachian Trail.

Aijia and Scout got to try their hand at steering the Katahdin  on Moosehead Lake.

On the stern of the Katahdin.

Our gracious hosts at Balsam Woods camp ground, Jaime and Matt.
Next we headed to visit Anne and Gary in Scarborough, Maine.
The girls chicken fighting with Nathan and Cortney in Scarborough, ME.

Gary and Anne know how to put on a lobster feast!

Gary and Anne with Black Betty and Hometown. 

The Portland Head Light. 

With the girls at the Maine coast.
On the way home we visited the Battlefield at Gettysburg.
Scout didn't want to swim at the pool in Gettysburg, so I had to insist.
Aijia in Vermont.

After 3650 miles and 17 days we made it home, safe and sound, with no problems. It was great to be able share such a nice trip with the grand daughters. I hope that we can do it again, next year!