Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gloucester and Essex

We drove through Gloucester on our way up to Rockport but didn't really stop so I just took a few pictures of the Harbor from the car.

Then they raised the bridge for a few minutes so some boats could get through.
While we were waiting I hopped out and snapped a quick photo of the women of Gloucester memorial. It's a woman and her two little kids looking out to sea waiting for their sailor. Lots of them didn't come back.

This is the memorial for the fisherman of Gloucester. It says:
" They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships 1623-1923 "
I read that in 1879 alone they lost 249 men from Gloucester in a big storm.
We had lunch at Essex Seafood, a tiny little place but the seafood is so fresh and good. I love their clam chowder and this time I had my old standby- fried scallops- with sweet potato fries which was awesome. Highly recommend eating there!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Picking at Russel Orchard

The day after we went to Maine, we headed up to the North Shore. Our first stop was Russel Orchards, where we went after the clambake, for some apple picking and of course, more cider donuts!

I have to say that I was kind of disappointed in the apple picking. There were hardly any apples on the trees but they were still sending hoardes of people out into the orchard to pick apples. Most of the apples we got were off the ground, and they definitely rot a lot faster. I wouldn't mind that if they'd charged us half price or something, but to pay full price to pick apples up off the ground was kind of annoying.

My favorite red gas pump.

Have you ever tried to take a good picture of a chicken? It's hard! They don't exactly hold still and pose for you. Kind of like my kids.

The pig this sign is talking about weighed over 1000 pounds!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Portland Head

The last stop on our Maine lighthouse day tour was Portland Head. I think the best time to visit a lighthouse is at sunset, it is so pretty. Taking good pictures is easy, the natural light is doing all the work for you.

After that we drove over the bridge and down to the waterfront area of downtown Portland for dinner before we headed home. There was a huge cruiseship docked there which was fun to see.

We're really lucky that we are so close to so many beautiful places. Two hours in the car and it's like you're in a whole new world. You can take a daytrip and be in another state with amazing scenery, or even just stay in Massachusetts. New England is a great place to visit, and to live!

Two Lights

Here is the second lighhouse of the day (we managed to get in 3). The place was called "Two Lights" State Park so I'm assuming this was the Two Lights Lighthouse. It is on Cape Elizabeth in Maine and it's quite stunning sitting up there on a big rocky cliff. There is another big rocky cliff opposite the lighthouse and you can walk way out on the rocks and look out to sea. In between that there is a really rocky beach.
This boat sailed past in front of this little island right out in the bay across from where we were.

The kids had fun playing on the rocks. This little girl really latched onto her cute 15 year old cousin!

Here you can see our shadows on the rocks across from where we were.

We stopped at this beach before we got to the lighthouse. I took a heart shaped rock and some driftwood off the beach. I thought it would be fun to attempt to make a driftwood sailboat like the ones sold at Whiteflower Farmhouse. I've also seen directions for making them on other blogs. I've been collecting heart shaped rocks for a while. I'm pretty liberal on what I consider to be heart shaped!