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.

Middleboro

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.

Train Display Marshfield Fair
00. Further research finally resulted in my finding an engineering drawing for the internal parts of the jack and with the help of one of my old childhood friends, I was able to get the jack fixed and working again. Now I didn't have to worry about the front of my rig collapsing while I was sleeping.

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.

My Buddies, Bob and Fred Cape Cod Canal
Another casino visit was down in Rhode Island where a dog track has expanded and installed around 4000 slot machines. Went there with a couple of my old high school friends and we had a fun day but quite expensive for the three of us. The three of us also made a run down into Connecticut to spend the day at Foxwoods. What a great place that has turned out to be. It can stand up to any of the strip casinos in Las Vegas. Financially we found these trips not very productive and as a result we limited the visits to one each.

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.

Pilgrim Hall Plymouth, MA
In the 40's and 50's the big carnivals traveled by rail instead of using their own trucks. That contact got us passes to all of the rides as well as some hot tips for Dad on the horse races. Was a fix in, you bet. that supplimented his income from the transportation side of his involvement in the fair. What a disappointment the current fair was for me. No horse races, the track was a mess and only a small part of it was used for a demolition derby. None of the big 4H displays where the kids all brought their cattle, chickens, hogs, sheep, goats and other assorted livestock. The big commercial building where all sorts of unique merchandise was sold was closed and fenced off. Sham Wow, Billy Mays and all of the fun unusual things are now sold on TV. The tasty foods sold at the fairs was priced so high, I passed, took one walk around the fair which was just a big midway and left.
Scusset State Park, MA

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.

Battleship Massachusetts Fall River, MA
I was very fortunate to observe a group of the canal regulars and was eventually invited into the group where I was given casting advise as well as fishing tips. What a great group of guys and the friends I made helped make my summer a wonderful time.

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.

PT Boat Fall River, MA
I was surprised at the size of them and had no idea they were 79 to 80 feet long. Powered by 2 big Packard engines sure gave them the speed they needed during operations in WW2. I think Jack Kennedy's experience during the war helped in making the museum locate here in his home state. On board the Battleship they have several rooms set aside for the history of the PT boats. Each squadron had a section with memorabilia and photos which were quite interesting. later that day I went down to Fort Tabor which was not open for tours. A nice location at the tip of the bay protecting the harbor of Fall River. Close to the Fort was a military museum which featured local folks who served in all of the wars since the Revolution.

During my long stay at the Taunton Elks, I helped out in a number of the functions they ran through out the summer.

Chatham Light Chatham, MA
We had several "steak on a stick" dinners which were a lot of uncomfortable work. A fire pit 12' x 3' was loaded with some aged oak and had to be burned for several hours before the time for cooking in order to make a good bed of coals. Let me tell you, with temperatures up around 90 degrees outside with high humidities, that was one hot time. The pit had to be fed and the coals raked out to give an even cooking area. The steak chunks were placed on sturdy 5' long stainless rods and placed over the fire. Boy were they delicious when finished and served with good old New England baked beans.

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.

Battleship Massachusetts Fall River, MA

 

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