Martha’s Vineyard: a much needed vacation (Part One)

It has been a busy and often stressful last few weeks, but Kelly and I had the chance to get away for a few days with the dogs.  We boarded Scratch, and hopefully he will get all sorts of attention from the vet techs while we are gone.

They worried while we were packing.
They worried while we were packing.

Much like the first family, who is also on the island this week, Kelly and I have spent the last few days on Martha’s Vineyard.  It is the first time I have been on the island in over 30 years.   Continue reading “Martha’s Vineyard: a much needed vacation (Part One)”

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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.

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Lack of sleep is getting to me

I want to offer an apology to all the people I should be calling, or hanging out with, or otherwise spending time interacting with, because I have not done those things much lately.

For a few weeks now, most of what I have been concerned with is trying to get some rest.

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Looking forward to fall already

Wow, it’s already August 1st.

We have been fortunate this year.  There have been few days over 90 degrees and none of those brutal heat waves of 100 degree temperatures like we had last year.

Still, I can’t wait for fall.

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Two historic ships on this stormy day

Two gorgeous old historic ships are in the news this week.  Both of them were built here in Massachusetts (although more than 40 years apart), both of them are among the last surviving examples of classic American wooden shipbuilding, and both of them are ships I have visited more than once over the years.  One is the oldest vessel in the United States Navy, and the other is the last surviving wooden whaling ship in the world.

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There be WHALES here!

Or at least dolphins. Cetaceans of some kind for sure.

Yeah, I love me some whales.  Cetaceans of any kind, really, because porpoises and dolphins are also pretty cool.  On the rare occasions that I get out on the water, especially someplace like the Stellwagen Bank, I usually see at least a few.  Nothing spectacular, but still pretty cool to see stuff in the wild.  But I have never in my life seen anything like this mega-pod of dolphins spotted near San Diego.  It stretched across seven miles of ocean.  They think there may have been as many as 100,000 altogether.  Can you imagine?

Makes me want to go whale watching.  Or fishing.  Or both.  Just to be out on the water.

-Geoff