Sunday, October 23, 2011

Continuing on with our Spring trip - Connecticut to Massachusetts

This is a continuing recap of the trip we took in the spring. This part was at the end of May.

After leaving New York we headed north to Connecticut. There we had lunch at Uncle Wille's BBQ - another DDD - yum! And made it to Mystic as the fog was coming in for the evening.

I love the reflection in the water.

Check it out - remember the movie?

The next morning we had breakfast at a place called Kitchen Little.
This is the view we had sitting outside for breakfast.


Moving on to Massachusettes we found a motel in a central location and settled in for a few days. First stop - Plymouth Rock

OK, so it's not much.
They lovingly call it the 'rock in the cage', but hey it's history.

Plymouth Bay

Next stop - Boston. We were told to take the Bean Town Trolley, but first we parked by Boston Commons. It's a large park in the main part of town.

Civil War Monument

It was Memorial weekend and this was in the park area.

Park with the city in the back.

USS Constitution "Old Ironsides"
The oldest floating commissioned naval vessel; launched in 1797.

Next to Old Ironsides was this ship.

Touring this ship was special to me because Cassin Young was the Captian of my dad's ship, the USS Vestal, a repair ship that was moored to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Cassin Young received the metal of honor for his actions and for saving the Vestal. He saved many lives and the next year he died in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

 Another stop was the Paul Revere Mall.
Here was a memorial garden with dog tags representing those lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We passed the Massachusetts State House on our way to lunch.
Guess where? 

That's all for now. I'm having a hard time getting this post going so I need to stop for now.
More later.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Quick Update

It's been a while I know but I want to say that I will be back in a couple of days to update what we've been up to.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New York City

Still recounting our trip to New York and New England early in the summer.

We spent the night in Yonkers and headed to New York City in the morning. It took us over 2 hours to go 20 miles. We thought we knew traffic, but in L.A. County we have nothing like that without a major accident.

By the time we made it to Battery Park the line for the ferry to see the statue was so long that we decided not to go. We didn't want to spend that much of our time waiting in line (remember we just sat in traffic for two hours). 

So we set out on foot to see sights around the city.
Ground Zero. This was the end of May.
It's surprising that they finished it by September 11.

New York City Dock

I wouldn't want to live here.

Amish? We already stopped at a place that was
supposed to be Amish, but were dissapointed

Cool display in a clothing store.

Times Square

So many buildings here that there's lots of shade.

Empire State Building

Views from the top.

You can see Central Park.
We never made it there; something for next time.

Sailors we met at the top.

A memorial at a church.

Interesting buildings.

The Subway.
 We walked enough and it's time to rest a bit.

Heading to Long Island under the water thru
the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

We spent the night on Long Island with the plan to check out Fire Island the next day,
but there was so much fog that we decided to move on to Connecticut.

Next Connecticut to Boston.