Well, we had a white Christmas more or less. There was a little snow on the ground from Monday’s poorly forecast Rush Hour storm that snarled traffic and left Geoff in a traffic jam that meant it took him about an hour to get the 4 miles home from his interview.
Yesterday, however, was an entirely different story. This time they got the forecast pretty much dead on. They even got it right that the snowfall amounts would vary *wildly* not only from city to town but from block to block. What started out as light fluffy snow ended up as heavy wet stuff. Trees have come down and at one point about 60,000 people state wide were without power (that’s nothing compared to the ice storm from a few years back.)
Anyway, once we dug out from under our own Winter Wonderland, we took the dogs, dressed them (much to Rerun’s distress) and put them in the AWESOME red wagon my mom got us for my birthday last year. It was intended as a Brimfield accessory, but it has all terrain wheels, so we figured we might as well try it out in the snow.
Behold, photos! Of annoyed Chilly Dogs! And snowed in trucks!
And, a picture from the dog park that we took on our way home.
We’re back inside now nice and safe and warm. The dogs are not traumatized from their wagon ride, and dinner is cooking in the oven. We hope that wherever you are that you’re nice and safe and warm.
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.
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.
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)
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…
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.
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!
Geoff again – I have never seen a fire pumper this old. This was a real treat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s all the dog photos from the parade. Next post, photos from Mystic Seaport.