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

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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

Mystic, CT- Day 1, The Seaport Photos

After the Doggie Parade was over we walked around the Seaport for a while.  These are some of the photos I snapped of various things around the port.  Enjoy!

Geoff and the dogs on the pier by the Amistad.
Geoff and the dogs on the pier by the Amistad.
Detail of the Amistad.
Detail of the Amistad.
Prow detail on the Amistad.
Prow detail on the Amistad.
Anchors at sunset.
Anchors at sunset.
A massive & very old keel of a ship in the only open exhibit.
Geoff & the dogs examine the old & enormous keel.
The Charles W. Morgan, which is being restored.
The Charles W. Morgan, which is being restored.
Detail from the Charles W. Morgan.
Detail from the Charles W. Morgan.
Geoff and the dogs by a rather large split log.
Geoff and the dogs by a rather large split log.
Quaint signpost in the Seaport.
Quaint signpost in the Seaport. (Probably peed on by lots of dogs today.)
The sun begins to set over the Seaport.
The sun begins to set over the Seaport, which means it is time for us to go.

That’s it for today.  There will be more tomorrow, the camera is all charged and ready to go.

~Kelly

Mystic, CT- Day 1, The Dog Photos

Well, after battling some of the worst traffic I’ve seen in all the years I’ve lived in Boston, we made it to Mystic in time to quite literally join in the end of the parade.  We were the Dachshunds bringing up the rear and we were proud in our Red Sox regalia.  Too bad one of the judges was a Yankee fan.  Anyway, we got lots of cheers and clapping and people took our pictures as we walked.  The dogs got LOTS of attention and more head pats and neck scritches than they may have ever had in their lives.

Anyway, here are some photos.  I took a LOT of them but I won’t post them all here so as not to kill you all with dog pictures.

Rottie and small white fluffy dog love.
Rottie and small white fluffy dog love.
One of the nicest and prettiest boxer puppies I've ever met.
One of the nicest and prettiest boxer puppies I've ever met.
Rerun in his Sox jersey with his teenage fanclub.
Rerun in his Sox jersey with his teenage fanclub.
A fantastic family of IG triplets.
A fantastic family of IG triplets.
Rerun makes friends with a wirehair doxie.
Rerun makes friends with a wirehair doxie.
Taking a break from all the madness.
Thumbelina takes a break from the chaos in her sunbeam.

That’s all the dog photos from the parade.  Next post, photos from Mystic Seaport.

~Kelly

Laughing so hard I’m crying…

I was poking around on the web during my lunch break and I came upon this quote, “A good starting point when discussing bad wine is White Zinfandel, or as it is known in certain circles of connoisseurs, ‘the Pink Scourge’.” -John Weidman.

I’m still laughing.  I looked around to see where the quote came from and I came up with this website. Enjoy.

~Kelly

Day trips are good

Yesterday Kelly and I went tax-free shopping in New Hampshire.  We wanted to look around for a few things that we need or will eventually need (such as wedding stuff) but in the meantime we had a good time browsing various places in the Portsmouth area.   I was surprised to find some cool little shops and such.  We found this one little eclectic gift shop that had all sorts of funny and interesting stuff, and the whole downstairs was dedicated to pets.

(Note from Kelly, I had been looking for this sign for a LONG time and was thrilled to find it for only $5.)

Pets welcome, children must be on a leash.
Pets welcome, children must be on a leash.

We also crossed the border for a short trip into Maine.   Surprisingly, this was my first trip to Maine.  I think it is the only state on the East Coast, and possibly the only one east of the Mississippi River that I had never visited.

(Naturally, this meant that we had to take a picture.  Paul Gross arms, ftw. ~Kelly)

In Maine, not getting eaten by monsters!
In Maine, not getting eaten by monsters!

So we took a quick trip into the area of Kittery to do some outlet shopping.  I managed to find a good pair of shoes to wear with my tuxedo.  So I am all set now as far as having everything I will wear at the wedding.  I am assuming that since we were only in the state for a few hours, all of the monsters that Stephen King writes about as being in Maine did not have time to find us.  Thank goodness.

Geoff