A little farther north

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Where I stayed
Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Mystic Seaport
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Greetings from Mystic, Connecticut. The last you heard from us we were on top of a mountain in the middle of Pennsylvania, looking at a Japanese Pagoda and speaking to my new best friend from Charleston, South Carolina discussing a spring break vacation that includes a boat trip and adult beverages.  Future travel plans begun, it was time to continue the current trip and point the car north towards Mystic.  This of course means having to deal with I-95.  We were able to avoid 95 until we were north of New York City which does save some drama and about 30 bucks in tolls.  We entered Connecticut, and with that, our first traffic issues.

In Connecticut they have lots of sign boards telling you to expect delays at exit so-and-so. Sure enough, when you get there a delay is in progress.  Once you pass the delay you realize there was no reason for the delay.  This happened 3 or 4 times.  Each time there was a delay without a cause.  I came to the conclusion it was some part of their traffic management plan.  After all, they have to give you something to think about while driving through Connecticut.  They don't have cool town names like they do in Pennsylvania to break up the monotony.  Connecticut basically just stole town names from Great Britain.  There is New Britain, New London, New Haven and West Haven.  At least West Haven has a Haven to be west of.   Conclusion: the people who founded and named Pennsylvania had other things on their minds besides creating a new country.

Monday was spent at Mystic, Seaport.  Pat and I visited here some 18 years ago when we did a New England trip for our tenth anniversary.  The seaport has really changed.  I am not sure why I find this surprising since it has been an active seaport since the mid 1800’s.

We got to see a simulated breeches buoy rescue, ride on the last working steamship in America, see a whale boat demonstration and look at all kinds of sailing ships.   I got shanghaied and put in a skit about whaling in which I had to wear a lantern on my head and have a corset wrapped around me.   There is photographic evidence of this thanks to Sarah being taught to use my new camera.  I am being good and not deleting them but there will be no pictures of me on the internet dressed in such a manner

One of the highlights was getting to ride on the last working steam ship in America.  It is a beautiful half hour cruise up and down the Mystic River.  What’s more I got it for free because I "friended" Mystic Seaport on Facebook saving us about $15.00.  That is the first thing I got off of Facebook for free besides a stack of hay in Farmville. Sarah’s highlight was getting to play 19th century baseball with some of the Seaport workers.  She went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s.  At the end of the day Sarah gave the Seaport about as good of a review s you can expect from a teenager, “that wasn’t that bad”.

We are off on Tuesday for Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia Nation Park.  We will check in with from there later this week.
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Melissa on

Since you've mentioned your new best friend twice.... here's a not so-subtle-reminder that your favorite oldest niece lives not too far from Charleston, and also enjoys adult beverages and boats.

Ann on

Okay, the photos of Mike on the whaling ship must be posted....it's the only way Allison will be able to forgive you for participating in such a skit! :)

mbberg on

I will show her the pictures but there will be NO internet versions.

mbberg on

I would never pass up an opportunity to hang with my favorite niece. From what little I know of Jeb he is a "more the merrier" kind of guy.

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