Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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Where I stayed
Wal-Mart (Plymouth, MA)
After strolling through town, I stopped at the Pilgrim Hall Museum
Next, I visited the Mayflower II. This particular replica ship was built by the English in the same area that the original ship was built, and using the same methods and materials. It was built during the 1950's to celebrate American and English cooperation during WWII. Aside from the addition of electric lighting and replacing a ladder with stairs, the ship is a completely accurate 17th century replica. Many retired English shipbuilders were hired back from retirement to assist in the construction of the historic vessel, and ensure it was not only accurate but seaworthy. In April of 1957 the ship set sail from Plymouth, England to its new home in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Aboard the ship were a number of staff members who were dressed in period clothing and describing different aspects of the ship and life during the times of the ship. They were all incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of the time period, and I almost wonder if one of them may have actually been a history professor. I also spoke to one of the staff members and asked him whether the ship is still taken out from time to time
Once I left the ship, I just walked along the harbor for a while before stopping for dinner. I stopped to eat at the CabbyShack Restaurant and Pub. They are supposedly very well known for their clam chowder, so I had to give it a try. I got a small bowl of the clam chowder to start with and fried scallops as the main course. I had never had scallops before, but the waitress highly recommended I try them. I can't say I was impressed with them at all. Almost no real flavor just a sweetness, and I can only describe the appearance and texture of the fried scallops as reminding me of golden-toasted marshmallows. At least I now know that I am not a fan of scallops. The clam chowder, on the other hand, was fantastic. Though it might not sound appetizing, it was the consistency of mayonnaise. It was so smooth, creamy, and thick that it was really unlike any chowder I had eaten before. The flavor itself was nothing at all like mayonnaise. It tasted fantastic and had plenty of meat with decent sized pieces of vegetables and just an amazing flavor. At the end of the meal, I wished I had just gotten a large bowl of chowder (or two) and skipped the scallops altogether.
With my belly full, I walked back to my car and drove up to Quincy, MA for the night.