Hampton Beach Dash

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Black Bear Campground

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Saturday, August 2, 2008

It was time to leave the "convent" campground.  Rusty wanted to go down to the pond and fish one last time while we were getting unhooked and ready to leave.  So off he went.  We were ready to leave by 11, not because of their rule, but we wanted to get on the road.  Rusty caught one fish and released it and off we went to Black Bear campground.  

When we arrived there we ate some lunch and then the kids went out on their bikes to the playground where they met a friend by the named of Jennifer.   We let the kids play with their new friend while we busied ourselves with the laundry and such.  We hadn't done any laundry at the "Convent" facility as they only had cold water hookup.  This place was a dream come true...6 washers and 6 dryers all open for use.  We got it done in about an hour and a half!  The things that excite you when you are traveling in an RV!  It doesn't take much....clearly.

We were off to New Hampshire for you guessed it, a key chain.  Hampton Beach was only 2 miles north.  What a perfect late afternoon excursion.  As we headed down towards the beaches we found 2 restaurants on either side of the road.  They were packed with people and a line out the door of both at least 10-20 people deep.  It must have been good eats, but we couldn't imagine why.

We stopped at the State Park area to park the car (free parking) and go to the beach area to look around.   The sand was unexpectedly soft again.  There was a large group on the beach of about 100-150 people gathered in a huge circle.  We couldn't imagine what was going on.  The kids joined the families and decided it was an AA meeting.  Suddenly a 4 wheel came up with a megaphone telling us to "leave the beach immediately.  To seek shelter" that a strong thunder storm was heading this direction.  We wanted to get our toes wet at least...so we ran to the water's edge and dipped our feet.  They chased us down and told us to "get out!  Seek Shelter!"  So we left along with the 5,000 other people.  We still had to go into town to get the key chain. 

Now we are in traffic in a real kitchy area with arcades, restaurants, and shops so we didn't think that a key chain would be tough to get.  Hmmm...... They evidently haven't caught on to the key chain souvenir thing yet.  We had stopped in three places and there were no key chains.  With the amount of tourists and places to do and see things you wouldn't have thought this was a tall order.  Clark pulled over and parked and Ellen and Audrey jumped out and ran around in the rain from store to store.  They finally stopped at a liquor store where they had a bottle opener key chain that said Hampton Beach...Not New Hampshire.  Audrey was okay with it.  She just wanted to get back to camp where their new friend Jennifer was.

On the way back to camp the 2 restaurants were now even more busy with a line around the building and now it was raining.  We thought Paula Deen must have been a guest chef there.  We got back and had a quick dinner so the kids could play and make smores with their new friend.

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