From my first donut shop stop in Portland, Oregon to today’s long-awaited first bite of potato donut in Portland, Maine, I have enjoyed all of these wonderful fried creations.
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!
We’re on our way to the Thousand Trails campground near Arley, AL, Hidden Cove. We hung out with Jeff and Lori the last couple nights. It was just like Moscow – beer, dogs, and spicy stuff. Yesterday we just hung around the RV. We tried food from a food truck near the campground – Melissa’s Place. It was good, and cheap. We took some catfish to Jeff and Lori’s. I added the place to Yelp. Lori said there’s a Mennonite bakery in Livingston with good donuts, but it’s only opened during the week. I tried to talk John into staying.
We visited that donut shop Tato-nuts again Thursday before we left Gulfport. I made coffee when we got back, then turned around to find there was only a sugared cake donut left. I was pissed. (We buy a dozen donuts usually. Everyone gets one donut to themselves, then we cut up the rest for everyone to try.) So I ate half of the cake donut and wrapped up the rest. We brought coffee back from Starbucks Friday morning, and I opened the box to find the other half gone. I was superpissed. Those were really good donuts.
I don’t like this new development in the family dynamic. I realize I am now competing against the oldest for the good food. I need to be more careful, more thoughtful, or I’m going to lose out to him every time we get good donuts or pizza.
There were no coffee places near the Toomsuba KOA we just left. And that KOA was not the nicest one, even at $50/night. It had a cool tire swing that I would like to have at our campground. It was also across the street from a junkyard complete with loud attack dogs. I walked for a while to get some movement out of my body. I haven’t done anything physical lately.
I finally signed up for web hosting. I’ve been reading blog tips on other websites. I’m still not moving ahead very quickly due to technical issues. I am nearly clueless on how to get going. I can remember pieces of how a website works, but the vistaprint site I used was crazy easy. We’ll be at this campground for a few days, so I hope to make progress during this stay.