Following is the transcription of the sixth and seventh days of this momentous trip Grandpa and the three older boys took up the Connecticut River. I will continue to post entries from the Helen Log Book for the rest of the week, just to keep the story together. Enjoy.
After arising a little before 9 we had a flapjack breakfast, highly flavored with gasoline, bought some apples and corn from a passing farmer and cleaned.
Alfred and Ced started for Middletown for the machine shop.
We learned that the property on which we were camping was owned by L. C. Tryon, R.&.D. 1, so Glastonbury, Conn. (See his son, Raymond). The boys came back early in the afternoon. The little part for the engine cost $10.50. Weather cloudy with occasional showers, so we decided to get engine all fixed up today and start early tomorrow. Had a marshmallow roast and retired – I in the tent and the boys in a sand bed they had hollowed out near an old stump. About 11 PM a bad shower came up and the boys stumbled in the tent with their beds.
Weather is still very threatening – cloudy with frequent showers. The boys voted to stay all day if weather did not clear up. The morning was spent doing stunts, Alfred giving a very realistic imitation of Nelly diving. (Nelson Sperling, a friend from Trumbull) a game of follow the leader (Dan) and later acquaintance with three boys from Georgia in a camp further up the river. We played cards and during the game Mr. Tryon called and told us his price for land was $125 for 100 feet of shore front. Boys very anxious for me to buy, but gave no definite answer pending Mother’s desire. Retired at 9 with intention of starting tomorrow early, rain or shine. Showers during night – Dan slept out with waterproof canvas over him. Rest of us in tent.
Tomorrow, the final entries for this trip.
On Friday, the story of a trip to Fisher’s Island, one that Dave included in his memories.