June 4, 2011

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Boston/Cape Cod KOA Middleboro
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

We departed Portsmouth at about 10:30 this morning, heading for Plymouth.  It was a nice morning, and I made pancakes for the girls.  We all got dressed, and they went to the playground while I took a shower.  They all returned upset because Katelyn would not agree to return with them.  I have established a few very basic rules for the trip, which include:
  • They can do things without me if I know where they are, and as long as they always stay together,
  • They must always have a whistle around their wrist to blow in an emergency (I bought a pack of 12 on Amazon so one is always handy).

Well, in this case Katelyn decided she did not want to return with Madison and Emma, and stayed on her own.  I was not at all happy when I saw 2 of them coming back alone and made a point to correct them and stress that they can NEVER separate.  They all tried to give their own version of what happened, but I told them that I would not accept any excuses.  Once we got past this event we had a nice day!

The campground (Melville Pond) was not to the girls liking!  There was not much of a playground, and there were more bugs because we were deeper in the woods.  They have decided that KOA's (a brand of campground, like a Marriott hotel) are the only place that they want to stay!  I guess I can understand this from a kids perspective, and despite all of the complaints I hear about KOA online (samll, packed, overpriced) I do have to say that the KOA's that we've been to thus far are quite nice, although they are not the least expensive!  I am interested to see how they compare once we leave the east coast.

Our drive to Plymouth was about 50 miles, and mostly highway.  Parking was a challenge in Plymouth because there was a college graduation, and we made a couple of loops looking for a space.  A nice guy walking on the street told us where there was RV parking, and we made that turn and sure enough there were 6 huge RV spaces!

We took the short walk to the Visitor Center and got maps and information. The ladies there were very helpful and we both talked bad about the Yankees (I was wearing my Phillies shirt and cap in Red Sox nation)!  We mapped out a walking tour and proceeded to take a nice tour of the city.

The highlight of the city is the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock.  We enjoyed the Mayflower, which is a replica of the original Mayflower.   It was completed in 1955 in England, and sailed to the US in the same year.  They had actors onboard, and the girls really enjoyed interacting with them.  They learned about the motivations of the Pilgrims (religion and money) as well as the challenges they faced.

Plymouth Rock was fenced outside the Mayflower, and the girls were not overly impressed! Their comment was "it is just a rock and nobody even knows if it is really the rock that the Pilgrims used."  I tried to explain that it is a symbol, like a cross, but they were not convinced.

Emma in particular had only 1 goal after this, which was to get to Pilgrim Hall, which is a museum where we were told they have a scavenger hunt.  That was all Emma needed to hear!  The walk was about a mile, and we spent 1 hour there.  It was actually quite nice , and the hunt really forced them to look at the exhibit.  They also had a nice movie that told the story of the Pilgrims that was done very well.  The scavenger hunt prize was a postcard, which they were quite excited to receive.

We made it back to the RV at about 4:30 and were ready to head to the Boston KOA.  It was about a 20 minute drive and the girls were thrilled because they had another 'bouncing pillow.'  I prepared chicken on the grill while they all played within sight.  Unfortunately, for the second time today, 2 of the girls returned without the third, so I had to enforce a consequence and ban them from the pillow for the rest of the visit.  They were upset and claimed it was unfair, but I explained to them that it is critical that they work together and protect each other...which I did not see on that day.  Hopefully they now have the message!

Our grill worked great after I changed the propane (it is a small Webber that sits in the bottom of the RV), and we had grilled chicken, veggie burgers, cucumber, and baked beans.  It was quite good!  The girls went down at about 9pm, and I did some additional research until 10:30 and then went to sleep myself.  I was quite tired as well!
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Vimino on

Just remind me this movie RV by robin williams....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RV_(film)
Of course robin has totally opposite on what you have in the RV....thought might be fun to watch this movie on the road?

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