The New Hampshire Coast: Tiny, but Terrific
🎵🎵On the road again! We can’t wait to get on the road again!🎵🎵
Well, that is partially true. We definitely look forward to the adventures that lie ahead in our travels. But as Betsy says, “I always feel a little sad when we leave someplace.” Especially a place that we spent 162 nights at and a place as beautiful as the Maine coast, Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park. But our memories from the Summer 2017 are safely locked away in our memories (and here on our blog SeeSimpleLove.com of course!) and we know we will be back somewhere down the road.
Since it had been a little over 5 months since we packed up and moved, we moved at a little slower pace to make sure we remembered everything. No, we haven’t come up with a checklist to use on moving days. We’re still young, right? We still consider ourselves younger, but creating a checklist is still on our to do list. With everything safely in place, and the Big Tow’er and Charlie reunited again, we eased out of our site at Narrows Too Camping Resort onto Route 3. Our destination for the day was Hampton Beach State Park Campground on the coast of New Hampshire. A rather typical travel distance for us, about 230 miles which equates to 4.5 to 5 hours of drive time. It was a fairly easy drive as most of it was on I-95 heading South along the Maine coast. Once exiting I-95 it was a quick 6 miles heading for where the Atlantic Ocean kisses the New Hampshire coastline.
Getting settled into our site at Hampton Beach State Park was hassle free as we were given one of their spacious pull-thru sites closer to the ocean. Just as it had been a while since we had packed up Charlie to move, it had also been a while since we set up at a new site. We did just fine. Just like riding a bike. With only a one night stay planned here it wasn’t a complete set up, more like one of our abbreviated versions. The sun was shining with a cool breeze which sounded like perfect conditions to get out for a walk on the beach and into the town of Hampton Beach. We had to bundle up a bit, but there was a wide spacious beach awaiting us as we followed the trail over the dunes. We walked and snapped a few pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, which we knew we would be saying good bye to, not to be seen for a while. Our walk on the beach even gave us a chance to see a couple riding their horses in the sand . . . pretty cool!
We left the beach and made our way up to the beachfront streets of the town. Most of the businesses were closed being this late in the year. But we could imagine this being quite the lively beachside town in the summer months. It was easy to spot the bars, restaurants and souvenir shops in town. There were not any large hotels or resorts, just some smaller local hotels mixed in with the residential homes and apartments.
We ended our walk on the draw bridge which crosses the river between the ocean and bay. A few more pictures and then back to Charlie to settle in for the evening.
Hampton Beach State Park was a pleasant first stop on our journey South for the next month or so. We have plans to visit with friends and family but this was a nice quiet way to start our journey.