NEW ENGLAND ODYSSEY
A TWENTY-ONE DAY ODYSSEY OF PERSONAL DISCOVERY THROUGH A TEAM ORIENTED TRAVEL CAMPING EXPERIENCE IN BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND
There is a relation between the hours of our life and the centuries of time
The hours should be instructed by the ages, and the ages explained by the hours.
Second half of the summer each year. Contact American Odyssey for Trip Dates.
Leaving Landis, NC at 9:30 a.m. the New England Express heads north through Virginia to the top of the Shenandoah Valley. This will be a time of getting to know each other and to prepare for the rest of the trip. We will be in 3 different states today. Tonight, we will be staying in a snug harbor near Hagerstown, Maryland.
After leaving our snug harbor, we travel today through the Battlefields of Gettysburg, across the Susquehanna River, and through the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Then it's on to Valley Forge and Philadelphia. Here we stop at "America's most historic square mile" to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, The Jacob Graff House, Carpenters Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and more. From here it's on to the Big Apple and on to New England. Tonight we camp on the beach on the Long Island Sound.
New London, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, The Tall Ship Eagle, Groton, USS Nautilus Memorial and Museum, Fort Griswold Battlefield will be the first stops of the day, then it's on to the quiet little whaling town of Mystic where we will see what life was like in 1654. There is so much to see here as we get our first real taste of New England. We must go on for there is more further up the road. We now head for the smallest of the 50 states, Rhode Island. We stop at the Point Judith Light, one of the many lighthouses on our trip. As we travel on to Newport, R.I., we stop at The University of Rhode Island and the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace before heading across the two bridges that span Narragansett Bay to the Island of Acquidneck. Tonight we camp where the Narragansett Indians made their camp and traded their wampum.
DAY 4 & 5
Newport, R.I. is a bustling, historic city located at the southern end of Acquidneck Island. Home of the America's Cup Yacht Races for more than a century, it is considered America's Yachting Capital. Here we will visit the downtown area and walk along the wharves and docks, see many homes that were built in the 1600's and are still being used today. Newport was the headquarters of the North Atlantic Fleet of the United States Navy until the mid 1970's. The Officers Candidate School is still located here as well as the U.S. Naval Conservatory and the Naval Underwater Weapons Center. Some of the sights and attractions we will be taking in will include: Fort Adams, Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Bowen's Wharf, The Ocean Drive, Newport Mansions, Cliff Walk, Salve Regina University, Hammersmith Farm, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Saint Mary's Church, Trinity Church, Touro Synagogue, White Horse Tavern, Newport Naval Base, Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Old Stone Mill, Purgatory Chasm, Chandler's Wharf, Bannister's Wharf, Castle Hill Light and Coast Guard Station, Brick Market Place, Thames Street and America's Cup Avenue. The best way to see all of the sights in and around this area include Tour Bus, Harbor Cruise, bike rentals and walking. The atmosphere of Newport at night takes on a special ambiance of its own after a gorgeous sunset behind the Newport Bay Bridge. We will aquaint ourselves with the State Mollusk as we dine tonight on a New England Favorite A Clambake. It will include Steamed Clams, Fried Clams, Quahogs, and all the rest. There will be a few special treats since after all, this is where I grew up.
Leaving Aquidneck Island, we travel on toward Fall River and Battleship Cove. From here we travel to Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. Here we see the R.I. State House, the Old State House, then on to Brown University and Pawtucket, the home of the first cotton mill in the U.S., the Slater Mill. We next head to the southeast to New Bedford, the famous whaling town. Here we visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum, stroll the waterfront, and pick up the Cranberry Country Heritage Trail. This trail takes us through the towns of Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham, Onset, Carver, and Middleborough on our way to Miles Standish State Forest.
Cape Cod Day begins with a stop at the Cape Cod Canal to watch some of the ship traffic traveling from Buzzards Bay into Cape Cod Bay. Then its on to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Cape Cod and its 15 towns are the fare for the day where Henry David Thoreau took his famous walk. Some of the places that we will see include: East Falmouth, Mashpee, Osterville, Hyannisport, South Yarmouth, Chatham, Pleasant Bay, Tonsett, Wellfleet, Cape Cod National Seashore, Truro, Provincetown, Pilgrim Memorial Monument, Orleans, Brewster, Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and Sandwich. Later in the afternoon we travel to Plymouth. Here we see Plymouth Rock, The Mayflower II, Massoit Statue, Cole's Hill, and the Cranberry World Visitor's Center. We camp again tonight at Miles Standish.
Today we procede up the coast along the South Shore to Windmill Point and the community of Hull where we get a great view of Boston Harbor and the skyline of Beantown. Then its off to Concord and Lexington. Starting in Lexington, we will visit the Minuteman Statue, Buckman Tavern, and the Old Burying Ground at the Lexington Battle Green. From here we see the Hancock Clarke House and on to the Minute Man National Historic Park. Traveling to Concord, we will stop at the Concord Museum where we will see Paul Revere's Lantern, Contents of Emerson's Study, Thoreau's belongings from Walden Pond and more. We also stop at Emerson House, Concord Square, North Bridge, the Old Manse, and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Next, we travel to Walden Pond where we can take some time to reflect on the writings of Thoreau and Emerson. We had better enjoy the solitude now because tomorrow we will see the contrast of the big city. We camp tonight not far from Walden Pond.
Boston, the cradle of American Puritanism and the largest city in New England. Today we walk in the footsteps of our American forefathers. History surrounds us as we follow the Freedom Trail through the third largest city in the U.S. Some of the noteworthy politicians, writers and intellectuals include: Paul Revere, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Hancock, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Morse, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, architect Louis Sullivan, and actor Jack Lemmon. Starting at the Boston Common, we will follow the Freedom Trail, stopping at many of the historic spots such as Faneuil Hall, Old State House, Beacon Hill, The North End, Haymarket Square, Paul Revere House, The Old North Church, The Charlestown Bridge over the Charles River, The USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Monument. We will visit the site of the Boston Tea Party and The Boston Massacre. The Bull and Finch Pub "The Original Cheers" is also on our itinerary. After completing our walking tour of the city, we will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, and Harvard University. It is at Harvard that we will visit several exquisite museums and then an early dinner. Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox is where we will spend the evening watching the home team play if possible. The John Hancock Observatory on the 60th floor of the John Hancock Tower is where we reflect on one of our busiest days. Lunch and dinner today are on your own.
Breaking camp, we prepare to move on to the aristocratic North shore of Eastern Massachusetts. First, we check out Salem, the site of the famous Witch Trials and witch hunting hysteria. This "New World Venice" of foreign trade is the location of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site where the clock has stood still for 300 years. The famous House of Seven Gables is the last stop before pressing on to Beverly and Gloucester, the home of more than 250 hard working fishing boats. This is the home of the true New England Fisherman. Here we will board a large sightseeing boat at the Whale Conservation Institute and cruise out to the Stellwagon Bank for a Whalewatching Expedition. Rockport is next with its famous quarries that have produced monument quality granite for use in many eastern seaboard locations. The Paper House is seen as we travel on to Ipswitch, where the main industry is harvesting clams. After a fried clam lunch on Cape Ann, its on to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the John Paul Jones Memorial. Then on to Ogunquit, and Perkins Cove in Maine. Several more miles and we pass former President George Bush's home in Kennebunkport. Portland and the Casco Bay are next on our list and then on to Freeport. We camp tonight on the breezy coast with the sharp smell of the ocean and the sounds of the sea birds in the night.
FreeportBring your money and your shopping list. This is the Outlet Capitol of Maine. We start at L.L. Bean, then its on to more than 110 different designer outlets, specialty stores and eateries. Lunch today is on your own. For a free visitors guide, call the Freeport Merchants Association. 1-800-865-1994 Examples of some of the outlets include: Timberland, Patagonia, Moose River Moccasin, Nautica, Totes/Sunglass World, Polo-Ralph Lauren, Perfumania, Maidenform, Laura Ashley, Bookland, Bed andBath, Brooks Brothers, Jewelry, Woodcrafts, Sportswear, American Tourister, flowershops, Nordic Track, Oneida, and lots more. We will meet at Delorme's Map store at the West end of town for one last stop before leaving to travel up the coast to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. On the way to our campsite tonight, we pass through Brunswickand Bath, then on to Wiscasset with its shipwreck. We pick up Lobsters for our official Maine meal tonight. On Historic Route 1 we skirt the Penobscot Bay. Then it's on to our campground as we watch the warning lights from the many lighthouses blinking in the night.
This morning we begin our day with an overview of the offerings of this great island. We will travel through Bar Harbor and on to Sand Beach. Just down the road is Thunder Hole, Otter Creek, and Seal Harbor. After passing Eagle Lake we ascend Cadillac Mountain which offers incredible views of the whole island. Driving around one of the few Fiords in North America with its lovely vistas, we pass Hall Quarry as we drive along Echo Lake to the AMC Camp for a program on their scope and purpose. We visit Seal Cove and Frenchman Bay before retiring to our camp to prepare for our Sea Kayaking Trip tomorrow.
Ocean Kayaking Today we become real explorers as we set out to meet our outfitter and receive instruction on how to operate our kayaks. Then it's time to pack our craft for the trip out to one of the several islands that we will spend the night on. Be prepared to paddle hard and play with the Puffins and Seals. They think that we are just their fat cousins. The memories of this part of this trip will be special and more personal as we will be in small groups.
After returning from the islands, we repack and head for Bangor. Here we resupply and then we travel to Orono to the University of Maine. A short trip up the Penobscott River and we come to Old Town. Here is where the world famous Old Town Canoe factory is located. After a brief stop, we head north to the Land of the Moose and the Great Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Here we will be in some of the most remote, unspoiled, wilderness of the trip. Henry David Thoreau climbed this mountain in 1846 and said"What a place to live, die and be buried in!" "There certainly men would live forever, and laugh at death and the grave." We camp tonight near the base of the mountain in the cool balsam shadows and prepare to hike the mountain in the morning.
KatahdinToday we climb toward the summit of Mount Katahdin. After reaching Baxter Peak, the Knife Edge Trail beckons. We cross the Knife Edge and on to Chimney Peak. Then it's back to camp to see if we can spot any of the abundant Moose that live in this region. We will spend time writing in our journals tonight as we listen to the mournful cry of the Loons on the many waterways around us.
Today is spent in travel from Baxter State Park through the Loon and Moose Country to lands far away. We will travel through Rumford, Mexico, Norway, and South Paris. We will stop at a world class jewelry, Mineral, and Gem StorePerham's of West Paris. What treasures are found locally in these mountains near the Androscoggin River. Our destination tonight is the beautiful White Birch Groves of the White Mountain National Forest.
Today our first stop is the AMC Pinkham Notch Base Camp at the foot of Mount Washington. We check out the weather before we begin our climb. This mountain has some of the worst weather in the world. As we climb Lion Head we look over the great Tuckerman and Huntington ravines that were carved by the movement of ice. On the top we are greeted by gale force winds. We check out the Cog Railway as we prepare for our descent. We camp tonight in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.
Today is for exploring in the Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch area. There is a lot to see including : The Kancamagus Highway, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, The Old Man of the Mountains, Indian Head, and the Lost River. Today we will do some Rock climbing and Rapelling before travelling on to Wells River and Barre, Vermont. This is where the famous Barre Granite is quarried. We'll see how this is done before heading on to the Capitol of Vermont, Montpelier. Here we will visit the Morse Farm Sugarhouse and Museum to see how Maple Syrup is made and processed and find out how important this product is to this state's economy. Then it's on to our campground at the base of the Camel's Hump. This is on the Long Trail.
Covered Bridge DayToday we travel at a much more leisurely pace than the last four with our destination being southern Connecticut this evening. The Mad River Valley with the towns of Waitsfield and Warren are on the agenda as well as several Covered Bridges. Next we travel to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to find and meet some new friends. In Proctor, there is a lovely exhibit of Vermont Marble. In Arlington we tour the Norman Rockwell Exhibition Gallery. Then on down the Connecticut River Valley. Entering Massachusetts, we head for the Dinosaur Footprints outside of Holyoke and in Connecticut, we stop at Dinosaur State Park where we make plaster casts of the footprints. We rest well tonight at Hammonasset StatePark.
Up early, we head toward Yale University and then back to New York. Crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge, we head toward Paramus, New Jersey for a stop at the Campmor Store. The Pine Forests of south central New Jersey are calling as we travel the Garden State Parkway to the Boardwalks of Atlantic City and further south, Cape May. It is here tonight that we will have a nice Crab Dinner and reflect on our New England Odyssey before heading home tomorrow.
Homeward Bound. We board the Cape May Ferry to cross the Delaware River then on to Washington, D.C. and home. Today will be a day to remember all the sights we have seen, friends we have made, and memories that we have shared. This trip of "Footprints Through Time" will leave us with a richer understanding of our American Heritage and the persons who made it possible. We will discover that we are part of the pages of history. We have traveled the road less taken. We have put our footprints in the sand. We have been "Down East."
You are now an Honorary New Englander.