Autumn in New England

It has been kind of strange that we had such a dry, warm September, and there have been some warm days in October too.  But I think you can’t deny that fall has finally arrived in Greater Boston.

One of the many reasons that autumn is my favorite time of year.
One of the many reasons that autumn is my favorite time of year.

Beautiful.  This is a view from the little park area behind the building where I work, in Watertown near the Charles River.  Sometimes I take my lunch out there and sit with a book and just enjoy being outside.

It doesn't look like much, but that is indeed the Charles River.
It doesn’t look like much, but that is indeed the Charles River.

I have to admit the emergency preparedness freak in me wonders what it would be like if we ever had serious flooding on the Charles.  Needless to say, on those occasions when flooding might be an issue I believe I would be parking somewhere else.  But in the meantime it is nice to be so close to the water.

Speaking of being near the water, last weekend when I had some time and I wasn’t trying to sleep or get housework done I managed to find a quiet spot out on Pier Four in the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of my favorite spots in the whole city to sit and read (and occasionally fish, since you can do that there too).  I did not bring my pole but did bring a book.

Great view of the Coast Guard Station Boston across the harbor.
Great view of the Coast Guard Station Boston across the harbor.

You can see three of the big medium endurance cutters and one of the Island-class 110 foot patrol boats, if I am not mistaken.  It was such a gorgeous day.

I did see one guy who was fishing off Pier Four that day.  I didn’t stop to talk to him, but I did note the type and variety of gear he was using.  I imagine he was probably angling for stripers or maybe blues.  It’s great that it is actually possible at all to have a place to do some saltwater fishing so close to where we live in Cambridge.

Looking further out into Boston Harbor.
Looking further out into Boston Harbor.

I was hoping to get a chance to walk around a bit on the USS Cassin Young, since I have not been back on that ship since it returned from its drydock work, and I am such a fan of those Fletcher-class destroyers.  Such a fascinating history.  But it was too late in the day.  Still it was nice to see the ship back in the Navy Yard and open for visitors again.

You can see both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young from here.
You can see both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young from here.

It really was such a beautiful day.  It was totally worth getting out there just to sit and read and enjoy the views for an hour.

I need more of this sort of thing.

-Geoff

 

 

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