Honesdale, PA to Taunton, MA., Elks Lodge, Fishing Cape Cod Canal, Fall River, Newport
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This summer I decided to return to the area where I was born, raised, educated amd spent almost 1/2 of my life. As a result, I will attempt to cover the highlights of my time back here where I revisited my roots.
On June 23, I left Honesdale, PA and drove out of PA. through NY, CT, RI and into MA. Arrived at the Elks Lodge in Taunton, MA which is my "home" lodge, got set up and met several of my friends at the lodge from former visits here. Taunton is only about 15 miles from Middleboro, the town where I was born and raised. The reason I stay in Taunton is because the Elks there have a RV hookup which the Middleboro lodge does not and is a town I lived in after I married a lady from there.
During the summer and fall, I was able to have many great visits with old friends and family. We had some fun times walking down memory lane re living so many things from our past. At our age we can't afford to wait too long as the numbers are starting to diminish. My best friend back in the day passed away a couple of years ago and I was very fortunate to be able to spend several great days with his family. His children were kept entertained with some of the stories I was able to tell them about their dad growing up and all the way into our experiences as room mates in college.
I mentioned the problem I discovered in Honesdale with one of the support jacks on the front of my rig and getting it fixed was very high in my priorities. Many calls to RV salvage yards for a replacement yielded no inventory and a call to purchase a new one was also unsatisfactory because I could only buy a pair and the cost was around $700.
In New England there are very few casino's and I managed to visit one in Rhode Island which is in a large building that used to to be a Jai a-Ali facility. Earlier in my travels, I traveled down to see the Jai a-Ali games there and really enjoyed it. What a fast intertaining game it is but for some reason, they ended up closing the Newport facility and it was turned into a slot machine casino. While in Newport, I visited Fort Adams which is another of the early forts constructed all along the coast to protect important rivers and harbors.
Attempting to revisit my youth brought me to the county fair in Brockton, MA. As a child, this was a must see every year and for several years my Dad had the contract to move all of the carnival equipment from the railroad yards up to the fair grounds.
Later in the summer, I attended another old time county fair in Marshfield, MA., and was pleased to find not many changes from the fairs I attended as a kid. All of the comments I made above about the the things missing at the Brockton Fair were still at the Marshfield one. Before I moved to California in 1978, I had lived in and around the Marshfield area for a number of years so I took the opportunity to take a ride to see all of the homes I had lived in. Let me tell you, that brought back some heavy memories about my first marriage and some good ones about my second one.
In September, I moved down to my favorite campground right on the side of the Cape Cod Canal.....Scusset State Park. All through the summer and fall, I spent the majority of my time fishing for striped bass and blue fish and in 54 days fishing, I caught my share of them.
In the fall, I went over to Plymouth to visit the Pilgrim Hall Museum. In as much as I am a member of the Pilgrim Descendents Society with a direct line back to Gov. Bradford, this visit was quite interesting. Furniture and other items of the early settlers were on display.
On other day, I drove down to Fall River and toured the Battleship Massachusetts. Also moored at the site was a destroyer and submarine. Beside the dock they have a very interesting display of PT Boats with two restored to pristine condition.
During my long stay at the Taunton Elks, I helped out in a number of the functions they ran through out the summer.
It was nearing the end of October and as the weather was getting colder, it was time to pack up and start moving south.
Summary: Elk Lodges: 63; Escapee RV Parks: 27; Public RV Parks: 65; National Parks: 71; Major Ships: 18; Forts: 32
Expenses: Through September, 63 months on the road with an average of $1990 per month.