Summer 2014 Extended trip to East Coast
In 2014, after putting a trip back east off for several years, Robert turned 70. Wait. We put the trip off for several years, but, try as he may, Robert couldn’t figure out how to put off 70. Anyway, in 2014, Robert hit the big seven-oh and realized “Times a wastin’!” We had been planning to head back east to seek out long lost relatives and friends (not really long lost, since we knew where everyone was) and a good tax return gave us the opportunity. So,we took it. The tax return and the trip. We went 11,300 miles in 86 days in our All Terrain Camper equipped Dodge Dakota and had a ball!
Our trip to Elmira, NY was a visit to the Stermer family eastern home. Peggy’s father John Stermer was raised in Elmira, NY along with his brother’s and sisters. Elmira is in south central New York state, not far from the Pennsylvania border. Peggy’s great grandfather Stermer had a farm near Lawrenceville, PA which is […]
Merrimack is one of the main reasons for this adventure: it’s the site of Matthew Thornton’s home and grave site. Matthew Thornton was the last signature on the Declaration of Independence and an uncle of Peggy’s (great, great, great, etc). So, this was a history plus an ancestry stop for us. We had dinner at […]
We were cruising along Vermont Hwy 9, when we ran across one of the more pleasant state parks: Woodford State Park. Each space was ample with good separation between sites. Of course, having an All Terrain Camper meant someone would stop by to look. “We’ve been wondering about your camper ever since you drove in.” […]
Also on our list of history/ancestry things to do was visit the Job Lane home in Bedford, MA. Thru the Lane’s branch of her family, Peggy can trace her ancestry back to 1632 – twelve years after Plymouth Rock. We arrived and found the home closed and only open two Sundays a month. We wandered […]
Sorry, George, we just had to do that… We made it to the east coast about as far as you can get: York Beach, Maine, lands end. As you can see, we could go no further, even with four wheel drive. Note how nice the weather looks. Didn’t last long. The rains moved in on […]
Say “Howdy!” to Janelle, our waitperson at Inn on the Blues in York Beach, Maine. We took a side trip to Maine just because neither one of us (sounds like a song title…) had ever been there. Plus, the call of lobster fattened (literally) the pot (Oh, my, aren’t we punny!). Janelle lived in California […]