Saturday we drove to Staten Island to ride the ferry. Traffic sucked, but we got a good parking spot. The ferry on the way over didn’t have outdoor space, so we had to look at the Statue of Liberty through dirty windows. It was overcast, too. Instead of riding it back right away, we hit a nearby Starbucks and waited for the next one that was bigger.
Of course there were crowds on the statue side, but we walked around and caught a couple decent views. It wasn’t bad for a free ride. Traffic was awful on the way back, though. I think it was worse than LA. Definitely worse than Chicago traffic.
Friday morning, little John and I left the campground just before 5AM to drive into NYC to stand in line for cronuts at Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was fun. I wasn’t sure where we would park, but there were street spots right in front. The signs said no parking 8 AM – 6 PM, but I decided to gamble. There were other cars and trucks, and the bakery opened at 8 AM, so I figured I was safe. And I was.
We also stopped at Peter Pan donuts in Brooklyn. No problem getting a street spot there. It was a cute older place. I wanted one of their pink hats, but they don’t sell them. I missed out on The Doughnut Plant. Oh well.
Now we’re in Mystic, CT. We took the ferry from Orient Point, Long Island yesterday. We caught a few good breaks getting here. We got to the ferry early enough to catch the ferry before ours. This was good, because we wouldn’t have fit on the ferry we were scheduled to take. I was wrong on the length of our RV/dolly/car. I said 50 feet, but they measured it at 60 feet. Instead of $227, it cost $259 to get us to Connecticut. But I’m sure it was better than driving!
That got us to the campground early, just as the office was closing early for Mothers Day. They had a pull through available, so we switched spots so we wouldn’t have to unhook. Then we got to Abbott’s Lobster in time to beat the Mother’s Day dinner crowd.
We didn’t get to have Junior’s cheesecake in NYC, but found a Junior’s at Foxwoods Casino, which is very close to our current campground, Seaport RV Resort and Campground. We drove there after lobster rolls, which weren’t that great, and walked around. The kids liked the lights and music and shops. We walked more than a mile to get to Junior’s and back to the parking garage.
The campground is larger than I expected. There’s more grass than pavement. I thought it would be smaller and more developed, like the newer RV parks we’ve seen. I assumed it would be closer to a hotel/retail area. I’m glad it’s not. Kids can ride bikes and play without me worrying. Yay!