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Moose River Campground, near Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

Moose River Campground, near Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I’m back in the mountains again, Gandalf, in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. As I’ve mentioned before, these are the old east coast mountains, worn down over hundreds of millions of years to mere remnants of the towering peaks they used to be, blanketed in lush, mixed forest. The grades on the roads were longer and steeper, despite my staying on the interstate; the valleys, deeper and wider; the houses, farther and farther apart. I stayed here for eleven days, having had to move Memorial Day Weekend to this stop. And it was a good stay, with the town and campground lovely in the late spring sun, but for one problem: the cellular system here is a well-known joke. My mobile hotspot couldn't provide a glimmer of an internet. Fortunately, the password-protected wifi that the campground provided was sufficient to drive my computer.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0525
Title Moose River Campground, near Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
Subtitle A Target Destination on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, Moose River Campground, Fairbanks Museum
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Development Began: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-10-21

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

Arrived 2018/5/25
Day of Tour 307
Nights Stayed 11
Departed 2018/6/5
Map miles from last stop 122
Mileage on arrival 37,568
Actual miles from last stop 155
Accumulated miles for trip 19,051

I stayed in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, for eleven days, having had to move Memorial Day Weekend to this stop. And it was a good stay, with the town and campground lovely in the late spring sun, but for one problem: the cellular system here is a well-known joke. My mobile hotspot couldn't provide a glimmer of an internet. Fortunately, the password-protected wifi that the campground provided was sufficient to drive my computer. Sadly, for a complicated set of reasons, I couldn't use it on my phone, and my tablet for another set of reasons became unusable. So I was without GPS in Vermont, and on my subsequent journey to Maine. Ah, well, travel is an adventure, right?

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

"St J" might be a textbook example of what you expect in an New England town, large clapboard houses and abundant church steeples, the town is nestled almost tentatively in the vast forest of upper New England. In reality, this paradigm only applies to the upper city, which is surrounded by the nitty gritty trappings of a contemporary small town. But it was attractive, nonetheless.

The Journey to Saint Johnsbury

I finally left the east coast megapolis that I entered way back in March, when I stayed in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’m back in the mountains again, Gandalf. As I’ve mentioned before, these are the old east coast mountains, worn down over hundreds of millions of years to mere remnants of the towering peaks they used to be, and blanketed in lush, mixed forest. These were the White Mountains, to be specific; the Green Mountains, for which Vermont is famous, are farther west. The grades on the roads were longer and steeper, despite my staying on the interstate (there was no reasonable alternative; I looked!); the valleys were deeper and wider, the houses farther and farther apart.

Map of Journey to Saint Johnsbury

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Around Saint Johnsbury

I chose St. J as the place to stay in Vermont partly because the Fairbanks Museum turned up in my web search. The museum is housed in a building that is an antique in its own right. The vast bulk of its collection consists of taxidermied remains of contemporary Vermont animals, to which they've added some hands-on exhibits of science and technology, and a very few fossils, all casts from elsewhere, no original fossils. What few fossil photos I collected are shown here, along with photos of the town, rather than in a separate section.

Photo Gallery for Saint Johnsbury

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Styracosaurus Fossil (cast)
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Plesiosaur Fossil (cast)
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Moose River Campground

This is perhaps the prettiest, most attractive campground I've visited on this tour. Surrounded by the Vermont forests, the sites are large and roomy, separated by well-trimmed grassy lawns. Flower gardens are scattered throughout the park, and the Moose River bubbles alongside.

I arrived the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, and was treated to two nights of free concerts and bonfires, mainly modern country music with a good dose of rock. Marilynn would have loved it!

The owners of 20 some years actively manage it and live on the grounds. They make sure it is a place to come back to, with friendly and helpful interaction with guests. With this attitude, you can be sure that the park is filled mostly with long-termers. Although children can find things to do, the park bills itself as a place for adults.

The only negative aspect of my stay was something totally out of their control: cellular service in the area is utterly deplorable. This meant that my mobile hotspot was worthless. The campground does provide a cable-driven, password-protected wifi, but only for two devices. I connected my computer to it, and was able to get moderately satisfactory internet. But I chose to use the second connection on my tablet, which chose that week to quit working, and hence had no connection for my phone or its GPS. Ah well, I knew how to get into town, and when it came time to leave, I did have an atlas.

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Address 2870 Portland St
St Johnsbury Vermont 05819
Home Page https://mooserivercampground.com/
Phone (802) 748-4334
Associations
Rate (net US$) $44
Features
Amenities
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
  Paved Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
  Paved   Gravel Grass    
  50 30   20
Playground   Swimming   Golf
  Tennis Waterfront   Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/8/16)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
(Highest: Best - 1: Worst)
RV Park Reviews 8.9 10
Good Sam 7.5 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 9.5 10
Attractiveness 10 10
Tree Cover 5 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 10 10
Ease of Access 10 10
WiFiPhoenix 3 10
Pros
  • Prettiest, most attractive park I have visited so far
  • Large, well-spaced sites
  • Private password-protected wifi
Cons
  • Horrendous cellular service

Onward

My next stop after leaving Saint Johnsbury will be Bangor, Maine, my last stop before heading east into Canada.

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