We had a couple of big items that we wanted to accomplish while being in New England. We wanted to see the fall colors, lighthouses, eat lobster rolls, and go to Salem, MA. We got plenty of views of the foliage in Maine and Vermont. The lighthouses were kind of a bust. The really nice one we went to, you couldn’t get close to and it was covered in scaffolding.
Salem surprised me by how much fun it was. This is where we got the lobster rolls (for Nic and Lisa) and did some touristy stuff we hadn’t done for much of the trip.
Parking was a nightmare in Salem. The public parking garages had 6’ 6” clearances. We left Flash and Lisa’s RV at a campsite and took the van, but it is still closer to 8’ tall than 7’, so we had to find alternate parking. We ended up in a private parking lot that cost $30 (which Flash covered for us). Other than the cost the parking lot worked out well because it was centrally located.
Right away we saw the Witch House. We plopped down our $8 a piece to tour the place.
Inside was a historical look at colonial life.
Salem itself was interesting this time of year. Lots of people and kids were dressed up in costumes and walking around long before Halloween. Sorry, I didn’t get any pictures of them. We also walked around town, grabbed some coffee, and eventually ate at a really nice restaurant to get the lobster rolls.
We even checked out an old cemetery.
At the end of the day, we made our way back to our campsite. The next day we dropped off Flash and Lisa’s RV at the rental place and took them to the airport.
The airport is in downtown Boston and we dropped our friends off right at 4:00 PM. Boston rush hour is a real hassle. Nic and I left Boston and headed to Providence, Rhode Island to spend the night. We rested our heads in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.
The drive between Boston and Providence was basically one long traffic night mare. Nic and I had decided that we’d had enough of cities and decided to head out to the wilderness. We set our sites on West Virginia and the next morning hit the road.