Mystic, CT- Day 3, Mystic Seaport The Amistad

After we finished seeing the various sites and the dog demonstrations, we took some time to look over the Amistad.  It had been closed when we were there on Friday so it was nice to have the chance to go on board today.  The crew were wonderful and welcomed the dogs on board with us.  The following are all Amistad photos.

On the main deck under a sail shade.
On the main deck under a sail shade.
Looking aft over the water.
Looking aft over the water.
Ahoy, puppies on deck!
Ahoy, puppies on deck!
A look below deck.
A look below deck.
There were small children playing with these, it made me nervous...
There were small children playing with these, it made me nervous...
Cap'n Geoff.
Cap'n Geoff.
Geoff talks history with the real Captain of the Amistad.
Geoff talks history with the real Captain of the Amistad.

Geoff here – I had such a long and animated discussion with the captain and one of the Mystic Seaport volunteers that I kept getting in the way of people who were walking on the ship.  My bad.  But it was still a lot of fun for me.  I don’t get to geek out like that very often.

The rigging of the Amistad.
The rigging of the Amistad.
A *giant* pile of rope on the main deck.
A *giant* pile of rope on the main deck.
Sail and rigging on the main mast.
Sail and rigging on the main mast.
Some portside rigging.
Some portside rigging.
A view of the Mystic Seaport flag on shore, from the Amistad.
A view of the Mystic Seaport flag on shore, from the Amistad.
Thumbelina found her sea legs and climbed up on the rope pile.
Thumbelina found her sea legs and climbed up on the rope pile.

And that concludes our day at the Seaport and on the Amistad.  There are a lot more photos that didn’t make the cut, especially dog photos.  I’ll find a place to put them all online and I’ll post that link here later.  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed our little vacation.  (We did! ~Geoff)

~Kelly

Mystic, CT- Day 3, Mystic Seaport Dog Days

Today was our last day in Mystic.  We spent the day at the Seaport attending Dog Days with Thumbelina and Rerun.  I took a startlingly huge number of photos today.  I’ll try not to post too many here.  Try… 

We met two weenies in the parking lot on our way in.  Dachshund party!
We met two weenies in the parking lot on our way in. Dachshund party!

 Geoff here – these two little sweeties’ parents drove a nice Mini Cooper and are thinking about moving to Cambridge.  They were really nice.  It was funny when we got out of the truck with ours, and they were getting out of their car with theirs at the same time.  Kooky. 

Newfie water rescue demonstration.  The Newfie is pulling the boat!
Newfie water rescue demonstration. The Newfie is pulling the boat!

 

Some of the Newfies from the demo team after being in the water.
Some of the Newfies from the demo team after being in the water.

 

This handsome brindle boxer *really* wanted to go into the water with the Newfies.
This handsome brindle boxer *really* wanted to go into the water with the Newfies.

 

One of the Newfies get direction from his handler before being sent out into the water.
One of the Newfies gets direction from his handler before being sent out into the water.

 

We wandered into the village and came upon the smithy.  This large box of anthracite was outside.
We wandered into the village and came upon the smithy. This large box of anthracite was outside.

 Geoff again – of course, all of this period material culture is some of my favorite stuff to see.  The blacksmith shop was one of the few places that I had the chance to really look at but there are so many others I will have to check out sometime when we have more time.  Next year! 

A fire engine from Block Island, circa 1850.
A fire engine from Block Island, circa 1850.

 Geoff again – I have never seen a fire pumper this old.  This was a real treat.  

One of the beautiful ships docked at the seaport.
One of the beautiful ships docked at the seaport.

 

Detail of the ship.
Detail of the ship.

 

Thumbelina "breakdancing" in the grass while relaxing in the shade.
Thumbelina "breakdancing" in the grass while relaxing in the shade.

 Geoff again – the dogs were really good this weekend, and were generally very friendly with both dogs and people everywhere they went.  It makes me glad that we have the ability to travel with them like this.  

The largest anchor we saw at the Seaport, Geoff is standing next to it for comparison.
The largest anchor we saw at the Seaport, Geoff is standing next to it for comparison.

 

We found shade, happy dogs!
We found shade, happy dogs!

 

Rufus, the Grand Marshall of the Dog Parade and the winner of Westminister, 2006, relaxes in the shade after posing for photos.
Rufus, the Grand Marshall of the Dog Parade and the winner of Westminister, 2006, relaxes in the shade after posing for photos.

 

Rufus and the dachshunds party.
Rufus and the dachshunds party.

 

This is Joe, he is a percheron and one of the horses who pull the wagon around the Seaport.
This is Joe, he is a percheron and one of the horses who pull the wagon around the Seaport.

 

This is Joe and the cart that he pulls.  Dogs ride free.
This is Joe and the cart that he pulls. Dogs ride free.

 

That’s everything from our day at the Seaport, except our time aboard the Amistad.  The next post will be all Amistad, all the time. 

~Kelly 

P.S. Yay history! ~Geoff

Mystic, CT- Day 2, Downtown Mystic

So Saturday was spent in Downtown wandering through the various shops and along the river.  One of the major features of Mystic is the drawbridge that opens, um, all the time.  There’s even a local pizza place that offers half off all slices when the bridge is up.  Here is a selection of photos from Saturday. 

Looking north-ish at the bridge in the up position.
Looking north-ish at the bridge in the up position.

 

A side view of Ye Old Mystic Bridge in the down position.
A side view of Ye Old Mystic Bridge in the down position.

 

This little pigeon was walking along the dock with us and the dogs.
This little pigeon was walking along the dock with us and the dogs.

 Geoff here – as we were walking along, I noticed that this particular area near the river (which is really an estuary of sorts) seems to be a pretty popular fishing spot.  I will have to remember to bring my fishing gear sometime if we are able to spend more time there in Mystic.   There is so much stuff around there that we did not even get to see.  Mystic strikes me as one of those kind of places that you will probably not run out of stuff to do for quite some time.  There is even at least one beach nearby that allows people to bring their dogs.  

We always seemed to be on the wrong side.
The bridge in the up position, from the other side.

 

We pedestrians got our own special DO NOT CROSS sign.
We pedestrians got our own special DO NOT CROSS sign.

 

No trip to Mystic is complete without a lunch visit to Mystic Pizza.
No trip to Mystic is complete without a lunch visit to Mystic Pizza.

 Geoff again – I have never seen the movie, but I am sure that at some point I will go check it out from the Cambridge library.   But the pizza is indeed pretty good, although it sure seems like that place is mostly for the tourists and the locals all eat somewhere else.    Well, we will still buy the frozen ones anyway.  

Rerun rests in Daddy's lap on the way to Ye Olde Mistcke Villagee.
Rerun rests in Daddy's lap on the way to Ye Olde Mistcke Villagee.

 

One of the cutest signs in the village, this store sold cute home items.
One of the cutest signs in the village, this store sold cute home items.

 

The village had two water features with ducks.  The ducks were adorable.
The village had two water features with ducks. The ducks were adorable.

 

More ducks!
More ducks!

 

Thumbelina presses the flesh outside the restaurant where we had dinner with Beth & Noah.
Thumbelina presses the flesh outside the restaurant where we had dinner with Beth & Noah.

 

Rerun makes a new friend outside the restaurant.
Rerun makes a new friend outside the restaurant.

 

Aaaaaand, that was Saturday.  We had a great time and we manged to get through it without sunburn, bug bites, or spending too much money.  Next post, our day at the Seaport on Sunday. 

~Kelly