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After having spent the last six weeks residing in Tricia's aunt and uncle's backyard we have moved THE POD back over to her stepfather's rear driveway. This is the same location we spent our first two nights upon arriving here in Massachusetts. Our plans are to spend two weeks here before we once again hit the road to go exploring.

Tricia's stepfather's rear driveway, our home for two weeks

The state parks in the New England area are all still closed but indications are that may change next month. What is open right now are the United States Forest Service campgrounds in New Hampshire and Vermont, that's where we will be heading. While the campsites themselves don't offer water or electricity, some forest campgrounds do have flush toilets and hot showers available. One other important amenity that the forest campgrounds do not have are dump stations. We can go about two weeks without the need to empty our waste tanks, but then it becomes one of our highest priorities.

Fortunately in the middle of June an Army Corps of Engineers campground in Vermont will be opening with everything we need. On site water and electricity, hot showers and flush toilets, plus the ever important dump station. Right now we have campsite reservations through the middle of July, after that everything is still up in the air.

One other thing all these campgrounds have in common is they are all federally owned, which means with our Lifetime Senior Pass we will receive 50% off the normal rate, making them very affordable compared to the State Parks fees that are charged in the New England area.

Five of the six states in New England have a nightly out-of-state surcharge of $5-$15 added to their normal State Park camping fees. New Hampshire is the only exception to that rule, but at this time they are only allowing New Hampshire residents in their campgrounds.


As of today, June 1st 2020, Massachusetts State Parks are charging an additional $12 to $48 per night for out of state reservations! Far more than any other state in the country. $8 sites are $20, $14 sites are $40, $17 sites are $55 and their $22 prime coastal campsites are an unbelievable $70 for out of state residents. We won't be spending anymore time in Massachusetts State Parks, but I guess that's what they were hoping for!

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