So, we have been busy without much posting so here is a quick rundown.
First, we spent a nice beach weekend (our first of the summer) at Old Orchard Beach, ME. Beautiful sandy beach and the water was warm, but full of seaweed. Judy and Deena visited on Judy’s birthday and we enjoyed the fellowship and a wonderful Lobster lunch!!!
Had to take one last lighthouse tour in Maine before heading south. Portsmouth Harbor Light in the foreground and Whaleback light in the harbor. Portsmouth is in New Hampshire and Whaleback is in Maine, the state line goes down the middle of the harbor. Very cool sculpture with Whaleback framed.
Went by Nubble Lighthouse which I hear is one of the most beautiful in the state, but it was dressed for repairs.
Headed down to Connecticut visiting many historic port towns including Mystic. We think that the old ship here maybe the Mayflower II, because we later learned it is in Mystic for refurbishing.
The New London Harbor light in New London, CT.
Found a really cool castle in CT, The Gillette Castle State Park. The museum was closed for the season so did not get to tour, but was build between 1914 and 1919 by William Gillette an American actor whose most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. It was built to look like a medieval castle on the southern end of the Seven Sisters a range of hills along the Connecticut river. In 1943 the state purchased the property for $5,000 and opened the 134-acre estate to the public. Really cool castle with magnificent views of the river below.
We moved on over to Massachusetts, Carver, MA. Near by Plymouth where the pilgrims first settled in 1620. Many of the attractions – including the Mayflower – were under construction/maintenance/rehabilitation for the 400-year anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock.
Newport, Rhode Island home to “The Breakers” and many other famous mansions was a nice day trip. They have a cliff walk along the shore behind some of the mansions, I really thought this would make for magnificent views of the homes, and did provide some distant views, but up close were just fences and hedges. I was disappointed, but in hindsight, I wouldn’t want a bunch of people walking thru my backyard either.
Final stop Hyannis and Hyannis Port, MA home of the JFK Kennedy’s and their compound. Of course we didn’t get a really good view of the compound either, but did enjoy driving around many large homes and cute small towns.
Next stop Bluebird rally on the cape – Cape Cod that is. Peace and love from the Cranberry bogs of Carver, MA.