As I sit here on my computer typing away, reliving some amazing memories in the RV, I can’t believe another vacation is done. Where’s time going? As for that fact, where’s the summer going??! Time sure flies when you having fun…and boy are we having a great time! Our most recent adventure involved retracing some steps on some of the stomping grounds we have visited in the past. Sometimes you find places that you want to revisit, you’ve found a great area and campground that is worth another stay to make new memories and relive some of the old. Our three boys, due to work and life commitments, were sadly not able to go on this vacation, so it was to be just Olivia, Neal and myself. Olivia has been “dragged” along from infancy on for our adventures and she’s always been a good sport. As she started travelling so young, we realized there are many trips we have already gone on that she really doesn’t remember! As a result we thought it would be a great idea, since we had only her on this trip, to take her back to some great vacations that she really can’t recall. So Maine and New York City it was!
The RV life is one that allows for flexibility. Our original plan was to leave on a Wednesday and drive the eight or nine hours it would take to get to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. It struck us days before that we could in fact leave the night before, drive a few hours, stop and sleep somewhere, get up in the morning and drive the rest of the way to Maine. We would then be able to be on the beach by lunchtime! It seemed so spontaneous and adventures to just pack up and go early! So off we went! We were fortunate to have a great drive, no traffic and excellent driving conditions. The only problem that arose was when it was time to pull over to sleep. We had some difficulty finding RV friendly sites in Massachusetts. Even using a few “Free Camping” apps that RVers utilize to locate rig friendly parking lots, such as some Cracker Barrels and Walmarts, we had very little luck. It was when we were starting to get a little concerned that fate intervened and we passed a huge “Cabela’s” sign. I knew from all my RV research that this was our answer from the universe! It was only miles ahead and we looked up the location to find that yes, it was RV friendly! Hurray! We have now added Cabela’s to our list of free camping stopovers as it was terrific. This one had extra-large pull through parking spots and there was even a dump station! The dump station does cost five dollars, but good to know this was an option if necessary! Be sure to remember this option for your “free camping” needs!
Next, we headed on our way to the Big Apple…New York City baby!!! Yes, you can RV in New York City…ok, we really stayed in Jersey City, directly across from Battery Park. For a second time we decided to stay at Liberty Harbor RV Park. Location, location, location!! Literally as you sit having coffee in your RV, you are able to look out your window and see the Statue of Liberty and Freedom Tower. As stated on their web site: “Welcome to Liberty Harbor RV Park…The Closest RV Park to New York City. See the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island right from your site. How great is that!? We are OPEN year round for your convenience. Take a Tour Bus into Manhattan right from our front porch. The NY Waterway Ferry leaves from Liberty Harbor and runs Monday to Friday to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street. Or you can walk up Marin Blvd. 5 blocks to the Grove St. PATH subway station which can take you up to 33rd Street and 6th Avenue or to the World Trade Center Site. Either way... Manhattan is just a 15 minute ride away. Stay a day or two or a week or two…it's up to you. We have maps and directions to anywhere you want to visit and our friendly staff is always willing to help you get there. Want to see a Broadway Show? There are discount tickets available on select shows right in our office or go to the TKTS booth at Pier 17 for a variety of discounted matinee shows. Here at Liberty Harbor, pets are always welcomed. You can check your email, pick up a package or send a fax from our office. We even have post cards to send to your friends. Whether you have a small motorhome, a big bus, slide outs or a tow car...it’s never a problem at Liberty Harbor RV. We do suggest making reservations. We want to make your stay a wonderful experience so you’ll want to come back again and again”. Need we say more? It may be simply a lot with hook ups, but it offers countless services and conveniences to making your stay in the city that never sleeps incredible. As much as our daughter enjoyed Maine she was, without question, extremely excited to see NYC, and she wanted to see as much of it as she could see! So we put on our walking shoes and in two and a half days we walked twenty seven miles taking in as much of Manhattan as our feet would let us!
We began our time in the city, as we feel everyone should, by spending time to pay respects at the World Trade Memorial and Museum. Located at the World Trade Center site near the financial district, the victims of the 9/11 tragedy are honored there offering a place of healing, education, hope and peace. There are hardly words to describe the emotions and energy that remains on this site and we feel it is a pilgrimage of sorts that everyone must do at some point in their lives.
There is something electric about New York City. It is a magnet of diversity and culture. We spent our times wandering the streets in the Downtown neighborhoods including: East Village, Greenwich, NoHo, Bowery, West Village, Lower East side, Nolita, Little Italy, Chinatown, Financial District, Tribeca, and Battery Park City. Our time in NYC was absolutely exhausting and completely exhilarating! Olivia really enjoyed the shopping and finding fun, unique boutiques along the way. Of course we hit Times Square, spent time perusing the art at the Museum of Modern Art, and found Hugh Jackman’s fair trade coffee shop in Tribeca called “Laughing Man Coffee & Tea”. Best cup of coffee we’ve ever had! We also enjoyed some great meals in Jersey City and in Manhattan. One of our most memorable was at Da Gennaro on Mulberry Street in Little Italy. The staff was fantastic and the food…delicioso!!
Be sure to look out for our next blog...titled “Make Sure You Buy an RV GPS”. There’s a story behind that one folks!!
In the meantime…Glamp on Friends!