Day 12 // Connecticut pt. 2

We got up and were ready for a fun-filled day!

Stop 1 was Gillette Castle State Park. I, for some reason, thought this was going to be a really old castle. Apparently I was forgetting that the USA is not that old actually and that old castles only exist outside of the USA. This castle was built in like the 1930s which is still cool, but not cool.

After walking in, we asked the tour guide person who actually owned the castle. She looked at us like we were crazy for not knowing and told us “Mr. Gillette.” Well yes, we kinda figured that out. So we had to ask her who exactly he was. She was not impressed with our knowledge, or lack thereof. Turns out he was an actor who played played Sherlock in a play.. I think. I guess we should embrace some wikipedia before the next tour! As Mark and I were walking up to the castle, we both asked each other if we thought this Gillette guy was the guy behind the razor. SO glad we didn’t open with that question to the tour guide!! At $6 to get inside the Castle – it was a good way to spend the afternoon! It is also a State Park so I’ll assume there are some trails and other stuff you could do here as well. We didn’t stick around to check it out tho.

Outside the Gillette Castle

Outside the Gillette Castle

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The interior of the Castle

The interior of the Castle

view out of a patio from the castle

view out of a patio from the castle

the doors were so fun at the castle!

the doors were so fun at the castle!

just us being cute and stuff!

just us being cute and stuff!

After we were castled out, we headed for some lunch! It was time for some more lobster rolls according to Mark. We headed to Abbot’s Lobster in the Rough. This little restaurant has the perfect set up. Right on the water with boats and views! When you walk up, there is a big sign that says something  like: please be patient as your food is still alive when you order it and we need time to cook it. I guess that’s cool, but kinda creepy too. Anyway, we found ourselves a nice table right by the water and waited for our # to be called. Mark ordere a whole lobster which after it was served, I realized I was not okay with. I ordered crab legs even though I am well aware that crab comes from Alaska and not the Atlantic Ocean. The lunch was good, but really all they did was boil some crab legs & a lobster. We also has lobster bisque and some deviled eggs which were average – but the view outranks it all!

Mark outside of Abbott's

Mark outside of Abbott’s

our table right by the water!

our table right by the water! 

such a peaceful lunch spot - lovin the east coast thus far

such a peaceful lunch spot – lovin the east coast thus far

before

before

after

after

We then went to Mystic Seaport and walked around the little city center for the rest of the day. Oh and we stopped at winery too! Fun Fun Fun. Now for bed! We going to hunker down and work for the next few days. Stay tuned for more adventure soon!

Mystic Seaport Area

Mystic Seaport Area

Mystic Seaport Area

Mystic Seaport Area

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

 

Day 11 // Connecticut

A little late on this post, but better late than never right.

While we were at dinner the night before, the restaurant owner got to talking to us and told us we should definitely look into taking a ferry across from Long Island to Connecticut. We looked into it and found a ferry that left about 30 mins from where we were staying and would drop us off in a good location in Connecticut for what we wanted to do there. The cost (approx $160) for us to take our RV on the ferry was about equal to what we would have to pay in tolls and the the emotional abuse we were going to have to take while driving through Manhattan again. SIGN US UP.  In true Mark and Rachel form, we arrived to Port Jefferson (departing city) at 11:57 when the ferry was supposed to depart at 12:00 and we literally could not figure out how to get in the parking lot of the ferry! We drove up and down the (narrow) road at least 4 times trying to figure out what were doing wrong. To add stress to it, as we were driving up and down the main road we were watching the ferry pull away. I guess there is always the next one, right?! We finally figure out what were doing wrong: it was one of those entrances where you could only enter from one direction which was obviously not the direction we came in from. I’d like to think we are smarter than a road & ferry entrance, but I guess not.

our little guy on the ferry

our little guy on the ferry

view from the ferry!

view from the ferry!

We made it over to Connecticut easily and headed out to our new spot: Riverdale Farm Campsite

Stan parked at Riverdale Farm Campsite

Stan parked at Riverdale Farm Campsite

We headed out as soon as we got there and went to drive around Yale and grab some dinner. Mark found some place that has been around for like 90 years and is supposed to have the best pizza ever. Apparently the gluten free thing is going to be a lot harder on the road than I thought. We didn’t really know where we were supposed to go to “see” Yale and were disappointed at first because what were seeing was not what we were picturing. We drove around a little more and found the super cool old buildings we were looking for!

so pretty

So pretty!

We headed over Pepe’s next and were amused when we turned the corner and there wer no less that 25 people standing outside the restaurant waiting to get in. It was like 7 pm on a Tuesday.. reallllly?! This better be some great pizza. It didn’t take as long to get seated as one would have imagined as part of the line was like a group of 13. Once we got in and looked at the menu I realized what type of place we were at. We have one similar to us in Akron that I.. loathe. I know that is a strong word but I’ll use it anyway. I’m talking about Luigis. Same story, old restaurant that people love and flock to. There is always a line outside of Luigis before it opens and various other times but I personally would rather eat dirt than Luigis. Luigis is only good at around 3 am after a night of heavy drinking. #hater. Anyway, back to Pepe’s. The only serve pizza and 2 salads. That’s it. I ordered a salad and a create your own chicken + veggie pizza. Mark ordered a 1/2 original tomato pizza and 1/2 clam pizza which is confusing because he doesn’t like clams. What a person (Mark) will do because of a good yelp review is amazing. The pizza was decent, but I certainly don’t think it warrants being listed in 1000 Places to See Before You Die: USA & Canada. As we were leaving, the line outside was even longer! Crazyy!!

waiting in line for some pizza!

waiting in line for some pizza!

Mark's 1/2 clam pizza 1/2 original tomato pizza

Mark’s 1/2 clam pizza 1/2 original tomato pizza

I think that is it for our first day in Connecticut! More to come tomorrow!!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 8, 9 & 10 // Long Island, The Hamptons

Combining a few days for this post!

Day 8 // Driving Day. We left New Jersey for our drive out to Long Island and ultimately The Hamptons. We had a longerish drive, around 5 hrs in total. When we took off, we didn’t exactly know where our next campground was going to be as all the places we had called were sold out or only took walk up reservations. But, that is half the fun of it all – right?!

View of NYC coming up to it!

View of NYC coming up to it!

Anyway, we had to drive through Manhattan to get here which was ZERO fun. ZERO. First of all, we had upwards of $115 in tolls for the world’s shittiest roads. I legitimately felt like I was going to fly out of the RV as we hit pot hole, after pot hole, after pot hole. I had to go lay down in the bed because I was getting a headache from it all.

Manhattan.. in an RV.

Manhattan.. in an RV.

We called ahead to Wildwood State Park which told us they had a few spots left but they were all walk up/no reservations. As we were about an hour or so out, we figured we risk it and show up and see what happened. After the hellish drive to get there, we had our fingers crossed that the spots would still be available when we arrived because driving around and trying to find another spots seemed like a daunting task. As we pulled in, there was a big sign that said “no availability.” How can that be? We just called an hour ago?! We pulled in anyway hoping that they just didn’t take the sign down from the holiday before or something. Luckily, they still had a spot (and it seemed like a few more as we were driving through) for us and we found our new home from the next few nights! @ $27ish/night, this has certainly been our “prettiest” spot we’ve been too! It was late and we were both hungry so we grabbed some dinner at a spot close by and checked out the beach. After dinner we did some grocery shopping because there was a Whole Foods close by and we cannot pass up a Whole Foods! How 2 adults can spend $200 on food for an RV to store in a mini fridge and a cabinet the size of a tic tac is absurd, but such is our life.

Our new spot at Wildwood State Park!

Our new spot at Wildwood State Park!

Day 9 // The Hamptons. I had my eyes peeled for some celebs all day but didn’t see anyone! On the drive back to our RV, I did see via Kim Kardashian’s Instagram (yes I follow her, judge me) that she had just left the Hamptons and was back in NYC. Darnit, I missed my chance!!!! We grabbed some brunch at 75 Main in Southampton where Mark finally got his first taste of some good ol’ New England Lobster Roll (and then subsequently more lobster rolls throughout the day). I think maybe lobster rolls are growing on me as well and I nibbled on some of Mark’s and liked it! We walked around the little downtown area and then jumped back in the car for more!

the first of many, many lobster rolls for Mr. Mark Jenney!

the first of many, many lobster rolls for Mr. Mark Jenney!

We then headed to Montauk Point for a little lighthouse action! @ $9/person to walk up the lighthouse, it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon!

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

Montauk State Park

It was just a smidge windy...

It was just a smidge windy…

that's better!

that’s better!

Time for another lobster roll! This time at a cute little spot on the side of the road called “Lunch, the lobster roll.” Really, no beating around the bush here. Super casual spot that gave you a free beer with a Yelp check-in. Beats just about any other Yelp check-in, ever.

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Now that our bellies were sufficiently full we headed to Easthampton and walked around this area for a little bit and then we tried (rather unsuccessfully as cell phone coverage seems to be awful there) to try to find where all the BIG houses were that we could go creep on. As it is a small area, we figured we would just guess and started driving around. We drove around and saw some big houses and found some beaches we could walk on and see the houses from that angle!

exhibit a

exhibit a

That about wrapped up our day. Drove home and cooked a nice dinner at the campground and went to bed.

Day 10 // Relax & Work day

Mark worked all day today and I walked my happy-self to the beach at the campground and read all day. It was marvelous. We found a great, and I mean great place for dinner tonight at Michael Anthony’s Food Bar. If you’re ever in the Wading River area make sure you check it out!!

xoxo,
Rachel

 

Day 7 // Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July everyone! What a soggy day we are having here in New Jersey! Our RV park in a little bit flooded but nothing too bad. The rain is supposed to let up here soon (around 4) and then the wind is supposed to hit. Mark got a lot of work done today and I did some laundry. How we had so much laundry after only a week is a little bit confusing to me, but oh well. It seemed everyone else had the same idea about laundry day. I felt like I was back in college playing the “do I wait a few more minutes to see if the person comes back for their clothes or do I take them out of the washer myself.” Luckily, the person came back mid thought and took care of their clothes and washers were available! I realize this is not earth-shattering reading material, but hey.

mild flood...

mild flood…

Hopefully the weather clears up and we can head out to the Jersey Shore, MTV style later (Seaside Heights) today!! And then hopefully we can see some fireworks later too!

update:

It did clear up, kinda. It stopped raining but it got very windy. Thanks Arthur. We did make it to Seaside Heights and we got to see the Jersey Shore House! It looked just like the TV show but somehow still wasn’t what I was expecting. Either way, it was fun! However, fireworks are cancelled all around this area so we are back in the RV binge watching Breaking Bad for the night.

Jersey Shore House!

Jersey Shore House!

 

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we stopped in an arcade and played a competitive game of skibal.

we stopped in an arcade and played a competitive game of skiball

Happy Fourth everyone (I won ski ball)

Happy Fourth everyone (I won ski ball)

xoxo,
Rachel

 

Day 6 // Cape May & Atlantic City, NJ

We saw the beach and I couldn’t be happier!! I am a beach girl at heart and nothing makes me happier than sun, sand and the ocean. It was only a short 45 minute drive from our Philly RV Park to where we are staying in Southern New Jersey for a few nights! Luckily they let us check in early to our spot and we headed right down to Cape May, NJ. We stopped first at the light house. Only 199 steps to the top and what a view it was!

Cape May lighthouse

Cape May lighthouse

View from the top of Cape May lighthouse

View from the top of Cape May lighthouse

us at the top of the lighthouse!

us at the top of the lighthouse!

We walked over to the beach and took a little stroll around. Gosh I love the beach!

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The Beach <3

The Beach <3

Now that we finally hit the coast, we needed some good old fashioned seafood to satisfy our bellies! We stopped at “The Lobster House” for lunch. It was overly busy and the food was so-so. We weren’t overly impressed with our first east coast seafood experience but it was fresh seafood nonetheless! Yum! We went from cheesesteak to fresh seafood, can’t complain!

lunch spot!

lunch spot!

Next we walked around the the little city center. It was such a quaint little town. So perfect. There were plenty of old fashioned houses with fantastic front porches that were just begging for someone to sit on them and read a good book. Maybe one day on this #RVhoneymoon we will indulge ourselves and do just that.

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love love love these houses

Then we headed up to Atlantic City and walked on the boardwalk. I’ve never been to Atlantic City but it is basically a mini Vegas on the beach. Pretty cool! As soon as we walked into a casino, I really left like I was in Vegas. Neither one of us like to gamble but we did put $1 in a penny machine just for fun. We lost it all. We spent most of our time on the boardwalk, walking around.

Atlantic City Boardwalk!

Atlantic City Boardwalk!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

It just so happened that the World Cup of Sandcastle building was happening/happened at the beach! It was currently happening as in the sculptures were still there but all the activity and judging and stuff had already happened. We ate some dinner and then headed home.

Sand Sculptures!

Sand Sculptures!

The best part about this day was… spotting the Breaking Bad RV!!!!! We started watching Breaking Bad on day 1 of #RVhoneymoon because it just seemed so fitting. We can’t decided if we are super into the show yet, but we made it to season 2 so there is no turning back  now.

Breaking Bad RV

Breaking Bad RV

Tomorrow Hurricane Arthur is supposed to hit Atlantic City so we have planned a pretty low key day of catching up on work, sleep and probably some Breaking Bad. Can’t believe it has only been a week of #RVhoneymoon. We’ve done sooo much and can’t wait to see what the rest of our trip has in store for us!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 5 // Philadelphia pt. 2

Philly pt. 2!!

We got up earlyish and decided to hit downtown Philly to take in some culture and history! We headed to the US Mint first. It took us forever to find parking. Like forever. We should have predicted it because it is a holiday weekend after all but it still seemed like a lot of effort for parking. Once we finally a lot that was open, we decided we weren’t moving the car until it was time to leave and that we were going to walk around and see all of Philly that we wanted to make the parking worth it. Dramatic, I know.

I’m pretty sure they must not let you take pics inside the Mint because neither Mark or I have pics from inside. It was a pretty cool self guided tour that took us about 25 minutes to do. In theory, the mint is always making coins and anytime you would visit it, you could see it in action. You basically walk around a catwalk above the production floor and look down on everything. It seemed like a slow day but it did seem like things were happening when we were there. There were interactive displays and computers that told you everything you were seeing below you and we learned a decent amount.

United States Mint!

United States Mint!

Mark on his phone of course, but outside the Mint again!

Mark on his phone of course, but outside the Mint again!

Since we were super close to the Liberty Bell, we figured we would go check out what kind of line we were dealing with wait it out. As we were talking through the area where we thought the Liberty Bell was, there were hundreds, if not thousands of people standing in a line. Oh boy. Our hearts sank a little bit because there were just so many people. I asked one of the people who looked like security person where the line for the Liberty Bell started. She looked at me like I had 3 heads and said she didn’t know. Well, okay.. isn’t that while you are standing here? I asked the next security person and he chuckled and said it was the next park area/building over and that all of these people were waiting in line for Hoagie Day. What is Hoagie Day you ask? A day where they give out free hoagies. Now I looked at the weather app and the real fee was 99 degrees outside with a humidity of like 100%. There is no way you could pay me to stand in that line for a free hoagie. Probably couldn’t even pay me to stand in that line for free anything.

All the people

All the people. Oh vey.

Once we found the real life for the Liberty Bell it was much more manageable.

The real line for the Liberty Bell

The real line for the Liberty Bell

A art piece of the Liberty Bell with liberty translated into a bunch of different languages

A art piece of the Liberty Bell with liberty translated into a bunch of different languages

The Liberty Bell at last!

The Liberty Bell at last!

It was so stinkin’, freakin’ hot and humid that we both were lightweight dying. We didn’t want to leave the AC of the Liberty Bell building, but we did. And we realized we were starving so we headed over to Reading Terminal Market. We love markets like this so much. So many fun vendors, fresh produce and friendly people! The perfect lunch & it had AC! We ate cheesecake #3 & #4.

Reading Terminal Market!

Reading Terminal Market!

We needed some more AC so we went back to our car and drove over the Philly Art Museum. Now I’m not one that likes art too much but it is fun to walk around and look at the art for a little bit.

inside the art museum

inside the art museum

outside the art museum

outside the art museum

The last week of driving, sightseeing and long days must have caught up to us because by the time we got back to our RV around 7, we were done for the night. I’m talking, we lounged around and are going to bed super early!

xoxo,
Rachel

Day 4 // Philadelphia

I have been waiting for this day since we added Philly to our list of stops a few weeks ago. Philly Cheesesteaks.. get in my belly!!!!! Now, I try to eat gluten-free but these few days don’t count. Like not even a little bit. We arrived around 7 pm to the city and I’ve already eaten (half of each) 2 cheesesteaks. So. Freaking. Good.

soooooooo goooooood

soooooooo goooooood

Now, I need suggestions for your favorite cheesesteak place because I’m judging I have about 4 meals tomorrow that I plan on eating nothing but cheesesteaks for.

But let’s back up a few hours. We were set to leave Hershey around 10:30 am but we slept in and took our time showering and packing up. And then we couldn’t get the stupid robo-brake to work and spent a solid 45 mins trying to get it to work. We did, but such a pain. So it had to be around 1 by the time we left. We headed straight for The King of Prussia Mall, which is the largest Mall in the U.S.A. Surprisingly, this was Mark’s idea as I just assumed the biggest mall was the Mall of America and trust me, I have and continue to make it clear that we are going when we are out there. Anyway, we spent a few hours walking around and I finally pulled the trigger on a silver watch! I forgot to take a pic of it but I will tomorrow. The watch was certainly the highlight of the mall trip!

Philly.

Philly.

Now back to Philly. As I mentioned, we arrived around 7 and had to sweetly ask our new neighbor if he could help us with our water heater because it was spraying/leaking water and we couldn’t figure out 1. why or 2. how to stop it. Luckily he was able to help (something about a faulty cap but luckily we had a spare just sitting in the compartment? Unclear, Mark’s territory = anything broken)

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

our new setup at Timberlane Campground!

We hit the road and headed out to get some cheesesteak! Afterwards, we went downtown and parked and walked around! Here are some pics from our night:

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Geno’s Cheesesteak

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being silly with the life-size game pieces

being silly with the life-size game pieces!

L.O.V.E

L.O.V.E

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Second cheesesteak stop of the night!

Now that we are stuffed beyond stuff with cheesesteak, it’s off to bed to get plenty of sleep for a long day of Philly, take 2!

xoxo,
Rachel