Part 24: Clear Creek, PA to Waterford, CT


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The Trip

There were some substantial rains after dark, but we were safe and warm.  Next morning broke overcast, but warm.  Our plan was to travel to Milford, PA to spend a few days with Kathleen's brother and then roll on to visit our friends Mike and Barb in Waterford.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

We decided to visit the creek before our departure.  Since the campground is named "Clear Creek" presumably this is Clear Creek.  Only a portion of the trees were turning autumn colors.

Small sections of trees were turning colors resulting in nice hues of yellow and red.

Downstream portions of the trees were turning color.

We traveled from Clear Creek State Park to Rickett's Glen State Park.  Once we got Thor settled-in for the night, we walked down to the lake.  The trees on the far side of the lake were starting to show autumn colors.

Patches of bright colors were present in the far forest.

We spotted a patch of brightly-colored fungus on this rotting stump.

We traveled from Rickett's Glen to Milford, PA to visit Kathleen's brother.  We stayed in Milford for a few days and then continued east toward Connecticut.  In a city along the way, we spotted this nice brick clock tower that was visible from the elevated viaduct.  Sadly, we were there during rush hour so traffic was very slow.

Ten minutes elapsed between the previous photo and this one.  This is a very nice brick tower.

On the south side of the viaduct we spotted a nice stone church.

We passed substantial infrastructure that was needed to deal with the many rivers in the area.  Above is a large vehicle bridge.

We did a fuel stop and while off the highway we spotted this pond next to the road that was choked with funky green algae.

More infrastructure: this is a railroad bridge across the river mouth near Old Lyme.

A huge vehicle bridge across the Thames River carries traffic for I-95.  Note the lower railroad bridge with the elevating center section.

Our buddy Mike is an ex sub mariner and he suggested that we visit the submarine museum in Groton, CT.  Outside the museum is this Japanese mini-sub that was used during the attack at Pearl Harbor.

Next to the mini-sub is the USS X-1 mini-sub.  Built in 1955, this sub was intended to enter enemy harbors and deploy swimmers.

The X-1 was diesel electric and could travel at 6 knots underwater.

The sail of the NR-1 was on display.  The NR-1 was a unique nuclear-powered ocean engineering and research submarine built by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, CT.  The NR-1 was 150 feet long and was in service from 1969 to 2008.  The NR-1 was used for a variety of military and scientific missions.

The remote gripper for the NR-1.

A WW-II submarine deck gun.

A locking hatch assembly that covered ballistic missiles carried by the submarines.

The locking ring was engaged with a hydraulic motor.

Inside the museum there were many displays of old submarine equipment.  The object above is a rescue bell used to remove sailors from sunken subs.

Outside the museum was the SSN-571 "Nautilus", the first nuclear submarine and the first submarine to cross the north pole under the ice.

The sail of the Nautilus had a variety of antennas and periscopes.

The Nautlius was attached to the dock via a complex mooring arrangement.

Tours were allowed inside the Nautilus, but as one might expect, space was at a premium so photos were difficult.  One bit of equipment that caught my eye was this water-tight door assembly.  Quite complex and necessarily so to maintain water-tightness.

The rotating handle turns a shaft that turns a gear that moves a lever that engages the latches.

It was nice to visit Kathleen's family and we enjoyed their hospitality.  It was great to see Mike and Barb again and we greatly appreciated their kindness in hosting us.  Visiting the submarine museum was a nice high point for our visit.

Tomorrow, we board the ferry to cross Long Island Sound and travel to Melville to visit Kathleen's mother.

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