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Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, near Bangor, Maine

Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, near Bangor, Maine

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent a week at Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, near Bangor, Maine. I crossed upper New Hampshire into central Maine, arriving near Bangor (the actual city that Stephen King rendered as Derry in many of his novels). In this part of New England the blanket of forest is almost unbroken, the watch-out-for-meese signs are everywhere, and the roads wind around the remnants of 300-million-year-old mountains.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0605
Title Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, near Bangor, Maine
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Bangor, Maine, Pumpkin Patch RV Resort
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Development Began: 2018/2/19
Last Revised 2018-09-06

Bangor, Maine

Arrived 2018/6/5
Day of Tour 318
Nights Stayed 10
Departed 2018/6/15
Map miles from last stop 207
Mileage on arrival 37,384
Actual miles from last stop 286
Accumulated miles for trip 19,337

I crossed upper New Hampshire into central Maine, arriving at Pumpkin Patch Campground near Bangor. This is the second time I’ve been in Maine. The first was back in 1970, when Greg was only a few months old, and we drove up to visit a professor, who had a summer home in Nova Scotia. As then, I’m only passing through Maine on my way east to Canada.

Anyway, this last week in the States before a summer in Canada was a relaxed one, no particular places to go, except that I had to drive south to the Apple Store in Portland to get my iPad fixed (upper Maine doesn’t deserve one, apparently), and to Augusta for some RV repairs.

Then just as I was packing up the trailer to leave for Canada, I was confronted by a front jack that wouldn't work. For you that are unfamiliar with fifth-wheel trailers, the front jacks not only stabilize the trailer when it is off the truck, they also lift the trailer so that the truck can be attached. A non-functioning jack meant no attachment, no go, not even to a repair shop. Fortunately, the campground was the summer home of "Bob", who had retired from his own machine shop in Cape Cod, and who was intimately familiar with jacks and their repair. He quickly diagnosed the problem (a stripped nut in the jack), and ordered me a replacement part, which the supplier failed to get on the plane as promised, costing me a total of three days delay. Bob charged me a reasonable fee for all this, and I finally got under way.

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Bangor, Maine

Bangor, Maine

In this part of New England the blanket of forest is not quite so tall as that in Vermont but still unbroken, the watch-out-for-meese signs are everywhere, and the roads wind around the remnants of 300-million-year-old mountains.

Bangor is the city that Stephen King (no, I didn't get to meet him) rendered as Derry in many of his novels. It seems a typical New England small city, except that in its downtown, its buildings seem packed in to almost claustrophobic levels, and its streets go every which way, as though its early "planners", rather than try to anticipate where people really would ultimately need to walk or drive, adopted a strict pave-where-they-walk policy in a time when there weren't that many places to walk to.

The Journey to Bangor

I had to use my atlas to get to Bangor. Cellular service in Vermont seems to be a standing joke, and I was not able to get my phone to connect to a server well enough to get a route on Google Maps. So I brought up the map on my computer (the campground’s wifi worked for my computer, but I couldn’t use it on my phone - another sad story), drew the recommended route on the map of Maine in my atlas, and tried to follow it as best I could. As I’ve remarked before, the zoom feature on my atlas is not functioning, so I was not always sure which turn to take (it’s not always possible to pull over and check the map when I have to choose a turn). Of course, every wrong turn means finding a place along narrow, winding roads to turn around. So I had yet another adventure. Then when I arrived, I found myself on the same US Route 2 that I started out on in St. Johnsbury, and could have taken all the way. Apparently Google Maps decided that I could save five seconds by winding around the back roads in order to get to I-95 in Augusta. Aaaaahh!

Map of Journey to Bangor

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Pumpkin Patch RV Resort

This is another great New England campground: good-sized sites separated by well-mown lawns, scattered with well-tended flower gardens, and staffed by friendly and helpful people. If the sites are laid out in a little too regular a pattern, well, that just makes access the easier, and the loss of rustic irregularity is made up for in excellent maintenance.

Of course, constant June sunshine, and having a resident on site that could fix my broken jack, are bound to brighten my attitude. Nonetheless, this was a good week, and I would definitely return were I to pass through Bangor again.

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Pumpkin Patch RV Resort
Pumpkin Patch RV Resort
Address 149 Billings Rd
Hermon ME 04401
Home Page https://www.pumpkinpatchrvresort.com/
Phone ‭(207) 848-2231
Associations
Rate (net US$) $39
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 9.2 10
Good Sam 8 10
KOA n/a 5
Tripadvisor 4.5 5
Phoenix 9 10
Attractiveness 9 10
Tree Cover 5 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 8 10
Ease of Access 8 10
WiFiPhoenix 8 10
Pros
  • Attractive campground
  • Well-tended lawns around sites
  • Spacious sites with easy access
Cons
  • A little too uniform

Onward

My next stop after leaving Bangor was Penobsquis, New Brunswick, as I crossed into Canada, on my way to Newfoundland.

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