Video 42 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
How to Get Into Our National Capitol Without Your RV by using Washington MTA and Uber. While travelling South from Maryland (pre COVID-19 days Sept 28th 2019), we decided to spend a day in Washington, D.C. So during the end of hot summer days, we checked into the Washington DC / Capitol KOA located in Millerville where or Siberian Husky could enjoy our A/C hookup to say cool. We took an Uber ride from the KOA to the New Carlton where we pickup up the Metro Sub and go into the Washington DC Capitol.
Video 41 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
It has been said, “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never change the goal”. After already traveling more than 3,000 miles we had developed a mind set that life will take us where we are supposed to be. Our last evening in New York was spent at Schodack Island State Park. A fabulous campground (as so many in the state of N.Y. are) nestled along the Hudson River. One goal when traveling is to always see as many friends and family as we can along the way. Encouraged by a family member to visit her at The Philadelphia Museum of Art we went to bed that night believing that was our plan. When that didn’t work out, we turned to our handy Garmin, “Attractions features” and found, Valley Forge National Historical Park located less than 20 miles west from us. A quick review on Goggle told us bike riding was also available, so we quickly decided, that is where we were headed. In this video we explore the parks 3,500 acres and learn more about American History on the east coast. The price of admission to the park is FREE! Be sure to visit their website regarding current conditions at: https://www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm In our next video from the “Around the world in 90 days” we are headed to Washington D.C.
Video 40 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
The history of rails to trails began in the mid 1960’s as a project to convert unused and abandoned train rail tracks, to trails that could be repurposed and used by bike riders as well as walkers, runners, skaters and hikers. Currently there are more than 2,000 trails through-out 50 states providing more than 24,000 miles of rail-trails! There continued dedication has given us many wonderful places and provided scenic trails for tens of millions of people to visit each year. You can find out more about Rails to Trails in the link below. https://www.railstotrails.org/ In this video (taken Sept. 2019) we explore Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail Located in New York States Capitol Albany, A great start place to reach the trail can be found at 722 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202 The trail stretches 9 miles along the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany and Voorheesville. The entire length of the Rail Trail, from Pearl Street in Albany to Grove Street in Voorheesville, is fully paved and open for public use during daylight hours. Check current hours as well as any restrictions here: https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/recreation/albany-county-helderberg-hudson-rail-trail For those of us who love the history, Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad originally opened the tracks in 1863 and included stops from Albany to Central Bridge, Delmar, Slingerlands, and New Scotland. By 1864, one could purchase a 20 cent ticket and hop on the steam train in Adamsville (now Delmar) at 8:45 AM and arrive 15 minutes later in Albany! Commuters began to use the D&H for daily travel between their quiet country homes in Delmar, Slingerlands (and later Elsmere) and their offices in Albany. Suburbanization had begun. Incidentally, the use of the word “commuting” to describe this travel activity sprang from early railroad riders getting their fares “commuted,” or reduced, because of how often they rode the trains. Passenger service on this section of the D&H line ended in the 1930s. Freight service continued through the 1990s In our next video we are headed back to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania
Video 39 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
Wow, let’s learn about Bennington Battle Monument and the real stories of Patriot Colonel John Stark and British General John Burgoyne. Bennington and Saratoga might be a best kept secret if they didn’t have the prominent obelisks towering over the skyline. And we had twice as much content about Benedict Arnold and other stories to share but limited ourselves to the best 15 minutes that we hope you will enjoy. Happy Trails!
Video 38 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
If you like the charm of Americans between the 1920s and 1980s, you will love Norman Rockwell’s stunning paintings portraying the times, lives and relationships of everyday Americans and their stories.
Video 37 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
Sabbaday Falls is truly a remarkable gift with breathtaking waterfall views – not to be missed if you visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Then heading Southwest to Lebanon, we were pleasantly surprised to find an Elks Lodge adjacent to the “Rails to Trails” former 58 mile train route – an excellent place to ride your bike or walk through the woods, adjacent to streams, rivers and Mascoma Lakes.
Video 37 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
On Part 2 of our Fall Colors expedition in the White Mountains National Forest, we stayed at the heavily wooded Blackberry Crossing Campground. And once we parked our RV, what better a way to see the sights than to hope on the trusty Rad City eBike. And tomorrow we are headed for awesome Sabbaday Falls and heading South to Vermont.
Video 36 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
FINALLY, on our RV trip around America we are treated to spectacular fall colors along the Kancamagus highway while in the White Mountain National Park. We can hardly contain our excitement. Join us as we drive through the state of “Live Free or Die”, New Hampshire.
Video 35 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
On day two of in Acadia National Park we enjoyed a fabulous bike ride on the Carriage Trails. There are 57 miles of Carriage Trails, we opted for the ones that took us around Jordan’s Pond and Eagle Lake. If you love our National Parks as much as we do than we invite you to join us on our ride as we learn some of the fascinating history of how the park was started as well as some of the best and most popular places be sure and to while you visit.
Video 34 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!
When traveling cross-county, many of us map out our general route and drop some pins along our “bucket list” of favorite spots to see.
Some of us are planners, where the whole journey needs to first be mapped out and planned. Others like Michael and I are more of a “just wing it” type. We generally have a good idea of our plans between driving, taking care of our furry pupster Kaliki and stocking the RV with supplies. Later we figure out where we are going to stay, without micro-managing our daily agenda – yeah, we’re the “wing it” couple.
So on this trip heading to the far North to York, Maine we decided that since we were only a few hundred miles to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, we continued our northerly sojourn.
To make the most of our time in the Acadia National Park, we rose early to assure we would be able to find parking for our 25 foot RV (large parking spots are few and far between). That said, the park offers a nice transit system free of charge that can take visitors around the 27-mile loop, complete with hop-on and off privileges.
We jumped off at Sand Beach and on the spur of the moment, decided to try The Great Head Trail.