We wanted to be able to make easy day trips to both Newport and Providence (south and north) so we chose a central location, Coventry where we parked at the Hickory Ridge Campground.
Hampton Falls is in the extreme southeastern portion of New Hampshire, that part of the state that you pass through if you are driving from southern Maine heading towards Massachusetts. While here we parked at the Wakeda Campground located between Hampton Falls and Exeter. We were there during their “Christmas in July Event”.
From Acadia National Park, we moved further south along the Maine coast to park at the Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport, ME. Established in 1789, Freeport is a town that has transformed itself into an outlet shopping village. I think it all started with L.L. Bean since this is where this retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment got its start. Now there is a vast selection of outlet stores, some of which occupy original vintage buildings.
We entered Vermont from New York by crossing the Lake Champlain Bridge. This bridge, completed in 2011, was built using a “modified network tied arch design”, also known as a “basket handle”. The recently completed Eggners Ferry Bridge (that we crossed in May to get to Kenlake State Resort Park near Murray, KY), was built using a similar design. The Lake Champlain Bridge replaced the Champlain Bridge after state inspectors determined that it was structurally unsafe.