Visit to Boston: heat, humidity, and GPS disasters!

Ever since we started on our Full-Time journey, I have done my due diligence with trip planning, not depending on just one resource for checking travel routes.  We have an RV Garmin, the truck has Navigation software, my IPad has Google Maps, and we also use an atlas as well as paper state maps.  Should be fool-proof, right?  Nope!  Sometimes the last 10 miles to the campground can give us grief.

We left the Finger Lakes area headed to Wompatuck State Park so we could visit Boston.  The last 10 miles, we started getting conflicting directions from the RV Garmin, trucks GPS, and my IPad.   Because the RV’s GPS has our rig’s height it made sense to listen to her (we call her Bitchin’ Betty) to avoid low overpasses.  Well, Bitchin’ Betty was wrong!  We ended up in a neighborhood with a dead end and no place to turn around.  Guess who was bitchin’???

Fortunately, a man working in his yard saw our dilemma and came to our rescue.  With the coolest Boston accent, he guided Jeff back down a hill and around the corner, while I played cop and attempted to  direct traffic.  It was NOT fun!  This kind man told us that we weren’t the first ones to end up there.  Apparently, there is another entrance to the park but its closed to motor vehicles!

I realize that parks in the East were built way before these big rigs.  And just because a park has 40 ft sites that could accommodate your rig, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.  First you have to reach the site and then be able to get into it!  Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, MA is a lovely park located about 35 minutes south of Boston.   But, the roads in the park are very narrow, curvy,  with tons of trees with low hanging branches.   After the fiasco in the neighborhood, we did manage to get to our site and Jeff was able to back-in without hitting any trees.

The Park Rangers were helpful in advising the best way to reach Boston, certainly not driving Bart (big ass red truck) our dually.  There are two choices, the MBTA Boston’s transit system called the T or taking the commuter ferry.  Due to all of the construction, we opted for the ferry.  A little more expensive but a lot faster and more fun.

We got off at Long Wharf which is in the heart of Boston, close to the Freedom Trail. The ferry trip was cool, but when we landed in Boston it was very warm and humid.  It was actually a record setting day, reaching 98 degrees with over 100 degrees heat index.

Our plan was to walk as much of the Freedom Trail as we could, hoping to see most of the 16 sites, but it was just too hot and miserable.  So we decided to take the HopOn/HopOff Trolley, first to get an overview and then hop off to see some of the historical sites.  Once we got on the trolley, we didn’t want to get off!   It was just too damn hot.  And the trolley driver was very entertaining and knowledgeable.  We did get off at the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship that’s still afloat.


It was very cool to be on a ship that’s over 200 years old and still floats!

Our only other hop off was to Cheers, just so we could get a cold beer!  The downstairs is the original bar that the show was about, and upstairs is the actual set where it was filmed.

So our trip to Boston was not what we had hoped or expected.  But, hey it’s all an adventure!  It’s a cool city with tons of history….we will defiantly come back!

8 thoughts on “Visit to Boston: heat, humidity, and GPS disasters!”

  1. We, too, have been surprised by inconsistent GPS information at the last minute and it’s definitely been a moment of panic. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be in a place like Boston where there are so many no-go zones. Glad you got some help and got out of the situation. Boston is one of our favorite cities, but the summers – and winters – are brutal. Thank god for trolley tours! I’m glad you guys had fun. We still haven’t been to the Cheers bar…. it’s on the list!

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  2. It’s also been an usually hot summer there according to our friends in VT who have had 15+ 90+ degree days, used to get less than a handful but there’s no such thing as climate change. It’s how we handle the bumps in the road that make or break us full time rv’ers. I always check the parks website for their directions, figure they should know the best ways for this big rigs come into their place. Buccaneer in Waveland MS comes to mind, if you don’t follow their directions you’ll get stuck trying to go up over the railroad tracks.

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    1. Good question! Once we got to the site & could get into it, we loved it! That being said, I would look at Google Earth to check site & directions into Park to avoid what happened to us! It is a convenient park to visit Boston, using the T or commuter ferry. And much cheaper than private parks. Guess it’s all a trade-off….we still would try a State, City, or NP over private. But, that’s just us!!


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