On the Road to Griswold.

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Billy picked me up this morning and we ran a few errands.  When we returned, Lynnie took us on a walk around the park perimeter.  I got a few shots on the way, including a good one of a pair of Peafowl.  The camp is nearly deserted this early in the season, but a few folks stay for the entire season.  We're staying another night, in hope that we can get Shorty's generator running again. I found a generator specialty company about thirty miles from here and am waiting on a call back.

Then Billy wanted us to see Fort Griswold, near Groton, Connecticut.  It's the town where he was born and raised.  The fort is the only site where a battle of the War for Independence was fought.  The Americans were defeated in a fierce battle and finally surrendered.  Their commander, one Colonel William Ledyard, dutifully handed his sword over to the British commander.  He in turn, angered at the doings, ran Colonel Ledyard through with it, killing him.  War is war, any way you look at it.

We then stopped of at Billy's sister Maggie's house.  She's a very vivacious and lovely lady.  She and Lynnie hit it off immediately and got into a deep discussion about gardening, yards and Maggie's art work.  She's a very talented artist and works is several different media, from custom painting her walls to painting stones.  She lives directly across from the site of the Nautilus, the first  nuclear submarine.  Also in that area, is the Eagle, a Coast Guard training, sailing ship.  The Eagle was taken from the Germans during world war II.  Unfortunately we struck out today as both the Griswold Museum and the Nautilus were closed.  Next time...

We returned to camp and are going to get together with friends of Billy's, Ron and Audrey.  I know them from phone calls and email. We are looking forward to going out to dinner with them and getting acquainted.  

We've had a marvelous time in Connecticut with Billy and all of the unique places he has showed us.  We hate to leave, but have heard rumor that the trees are budding in Montana.  Perhaps in a month or so, when we get there, the lilacs will be blooming.  That will be a good thing.  As long as I can put away the sow shovel!  More later...

We met Audrey and Ron, along with Bill, at Flanders Fish House in East Lyme, CT.  We had a good meal and great visit.  The trip home was more than interesting, since we missed one turn and took a secondary route.  But, all went well, as we saw some new territory, albeit in the dark.  Another good day on our adventure... 
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Joe Guay on

Cool to see that picture of the Eagle. It is kept at the CG Academy. I remember getting aboard it during Operation Sail back in my days in the USCG. Thanks for the memories!

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