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Rock Harbor, Orleans Cape Cod Sunset July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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Chatham Light Beach, Chatham MA July 2016
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Chatham Light, Chatham MA July 2016
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Highland Light, Truro MA July 2016
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Capr Cod Windmill, Easton MA July 2016
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Greyson the Alpaca, Hubburdston MA July 2016
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Mystic Seaport Sunset, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sea Lion, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Boston Light (7/1/16)
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Point Judith Light Area, Narragansett, RI (6.12.16)
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Lighthouse Mailbox, Somewhere in RI (6.12.16)
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Pemaquid Point Maine 2011 (re-issue 6.6.16) - I'm jonesing to get back there. I have a thing for lighthouses and puffins. Maybe this summer!
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Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)
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Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Endian Goose Chicks, Wellesley MA (5.30.16)
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Turkey Strut. Westwood, MA (5.30.16)
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Cormorant Convention 2 (5.29.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Kingston Coastline (5.29.16)
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Mermaid at Tiny Tall Ships Festival, Somerville MA (5.14.16)
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Goose Chicks (5.13.16)
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Close Up Bunny (5.12.16)
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Portal @Assembly Square, Somerville MA (May 2016)
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Downy Woodpecker Sighting, Norwood MA (May 2016)
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Goats! Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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The Look of Wonder, Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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Goats! Boonton NJ (4.23.16)
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Eastern Cottontail Sighting, Norwood, MA (4.17.16)
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Holy Mother Apparition, Attleboro MA (4.17.16)
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Anothjer shot of Scituate Light (different angle) (4.09.16)
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Mute Swan Satuit (4.09.16)
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Seagulls sit along the Satuit River Walkway (4.09.16)
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Black Beauty (Early April 2016)
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Red-bellied Woodpecker in Backyard (3.26.16)
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'Squishy' Bunny Sighting (3.5.16)
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Green Thumb Muscari Growing (3.5.16)
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Our Homemade Pizza (2.28.16)
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Tufted Titmouse visits feeder (2.27.16)
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Duck Love?, Wellesley MA (2.27.16)
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Larz Anderson Museum, Brookline MA (2.20.16)
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Belle the Horse (2.21.16)
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Cat on Sheep Wool (2.21.16)
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Goats Only Club (2.21.16)
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Miniature Horses! (2.21.16)
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Donkey and Me (2.21.16)
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Dreaming of Summer, Lake Massapoag (2.6.16)
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

09:39 AM EST [Link] Reading the Classics [comments: 0]
classiscs_ill2016s (81k image)Was able to pick up some old Classics Illustrated books originally printed from the 1940s and 1950s yesterday. I also have an older first-printing version of the Moby Dick from previously. Added some Caesar and Miles Standish to my collection, because, Mr. History and all.

Also, on the newer reading list (and actual books):
A Seal Called Andre by Harry Goodridge
Dirt Roads and Diner Pie by Shonna Milliken Humphrey
Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich and
All at Sea by Decca Aitkenhead.

I've linked to small reviews so you can see for yourself if you'd be interested in reading them as well.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

08:16 PM EST [Link] Love is All Yopu Need [comments: 0]
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Another vacation sight.

01:04 PM EST [Link] Vote for me! [comments: 1]
If you have a minute to vote for my picture of the Lagoda, I'd be real appreciative!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

03:57 PM EST [Link] Getting My Waves On [comments: 1]
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Gotta catch some beach time before summer ends! Crabcake BLT for lunch - nom! More grilling tonight. Grilled last night as well.

I really wanted to hit the beach today and go in the water. I figured there's probably not many more times left to be able to do it before summer is over. The weather's been great, the water wasn't really cold, and the beach wasn't all that crowded. Win-Win! Unfortunately maybe do to all the grilling lately, our Grill Daddy broke while I was cleaning the grill. However, a new one is on order! This thing is pretty sweet, it's a grill brush but has the ability to have water push through it as you're scrubbing to get the grill clean. I like it! We've had this one for a few years so it was probably time for a new one anyway.

The Fitbit I won last week arrived at the office today. It's a Flex.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

07:38 PM EST [Link] Perfect Chair Placement [comments: 0]
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Take me back!

01:17 PM EST [Link] Rocks I've Climbed Over [comments: 0]
Cool aerial video from a drone showing some of the areas we checked out a couple of weeks ago!

Friday, August 19, 2016

06:28 PM EST [Link] Red Sky at Night [comments: 0]
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Another shot from Pemaquid Peninsula. I miss that place already.

Starting to reap some of the garden nowadays, including some of the broccoli florets, butternut squash, varieties of tomatoes of course, and celery. Still waiting on the eggplants and peppers. Overall, pretty pleased at what we were able to grow this year. Also got the grill tank refilled today - been grilling a lot this year!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

02:17 PM EST [Link] Climbing around Penobscot [comments: 0]
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"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused."
- Rainer Maria Rilke. Poet

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

08:12 AM EST [Link] Still Biking [comments: 0]
This will mark the 3rd month in a row where I've been biking into the office at least twice a week, sometimes three. A stark contrast to last year when I rode my bike exactly zero times.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

08:29 PM EST [Link] Dead in Good Company [comments: 0]
Had a good time listening to the various authors discuss their respective essays from the book which I had read a few weeks ago, Dead in Good Company, which is about Mount Auburn Cemetery and also filled with some great photos of the various wildlife there. I'm definitely going to plan a trip out there in the fall, spend a day, relax, and maybe see what I can get. What made this get together special was that besides the editors they also had four of the author contributors on hand to discuss their submission to the book (you might know some of these names), including William Martin (I really liked his essay - it's actually the first one in the book and my personal fave), Gary Goshgarian, Kate Flora, and Hank Phillippi Ryan, who took a picture of us, the crowd, which may show up on her Facebook page at some point. Haha!

I highly recommend this book.


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Shifty?

Monday, August 15, 2016

03:04 PM EST [Link] More Puffins! [comments: 0]
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Starting to look through some more pics I took from last week off the coast of Eastern Egg Rock Island. I think some of these might make for some awesome prints! I like how a couple of the birds in the far right of this photo look like tiny missiles!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

07:21 PM EST [Link] Grillin like a Villain II [comments: 0]
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Grilling like a villain and I don't care how hot it is!‪‬ (not shown: salmon, chicken, zucchini, squash, purple potatoes). This was delish! Going to have to get the tank refilled now thugh after today!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

09:20 PM EST [Link] Quick garden check [comments: 0]
Checking in on the gardens today since it's been a while but happy to see that most things are still going well despite the oppressive heat and little rainfall. The squash looks about done, but I noticed zucchini, peppers, and broccoli still producing. Also, looks like some eggplant is starting to form.

Didn't do much yesterday as it was just too hot, so layed low and watched television. Probably use the grill tomorrow.


Friday, August 12, 2016

08:48 AM EST [Link] Puffin Lesson, Happy Friday! [comments: 0]
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"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."

I also just learned a won a Fitbit for filling some survey out at work. I already have a fitbit so I'm not sure what I'll end up doing with this new one (maybe sell it for cheap if anyone's interested) but it's good that I'm starting to win things again! This is the 2nd object this week where I've won something! Where are my Powerball numbers again?


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From the Project Puffin Center in Rockport, Maine

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

06:22 PM EST [Link] Zen Vacation [comments: 0]
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What an awesome vacation I've had! From seeing the amazing coastal views, to the wonderful lunch and dinners (it wasn't ALL lobster btw!), the little coastal towns and roadside attractions, the sunsets and chilling in the adirondack chairs facing the ocean being mindful, the amazing breakfasts at the inn we stayed, being on the tv on Friday morning for the local Fox station, visiting Pemaquid and Rockport Breakwater lighthouses (I trekked out to there and back - a mile each way!), but especially to the amazing puffins who came to wish me well (I put up a couple of shots here on the site but I took like over 200 - just set that camera into rapid fire mode and shot away with my new zoom lens - so many good ones, hard to pick the best ones!), oh, and visiting the Project Puffin place in Rockland. Also, visiting Ocean Point and marvelling at all the zen rock structures people built set against blue ocean and coming upon unsuspecting wildlife all over like baby deer and mating skunks! Thanks especially to the Ladydoc who made it all happen, and always makes it happen for me, everyday. I Love You LD!

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This particular vacation may be over, but more cool stuff is planned for the weeks ahead! I'm more excited and feeling blessed and extremely grateful at this time than I have ever felt in my life. And truth be told, in my blessed life, everyday has pretty much been vacation more or less, and I feel extremely lucky.

Was unexpectedly pleased when we got home and I noticed the first deep purple blossom of our newly planted clematis had arrived!


05:03 PM EST [Link] Andre and More! [comments: 0]
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Visiting Andre the Seal in Rockport, Maine
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Standing with a giant fisherman!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

10:03 AM EST [Link] Ready for Takeoff! [comments: 0]
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09:35 AM EST [Link] Pemaquid Nights [comments: 0]
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Was a little tricky getting this shot but totally worth it! Also, I won a book to read on Goodreads today - Patient H.M! Score!

Monday, August 8, 2016

09:52 PM EST [Link] Birthday Wishes [comments: 0]
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Today was a pretty amazing day, thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to wish me a happy birthday, and thanks especially to the Ladydoc who made all of this happen! I'd like to share some of my joy with you all by sharing this with you. Thanks again all! And as always, more pics to come!

Quick recap other sights today: Pemaquid Point, baby deers looking at us, zen rocks backlit against the ocean sunset, and finding so romantic a spot that we saw two skunks being quite amorous.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

06:40 PM EST [Link] BoothBay [comments: 0]
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Can't beat this view!

Friday, August 5, 2016

01:09 PM EST [Link] Three Minutes of Fame [comments: 0]
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And some video footage. Too bad they didn't use the one where I was whooping and hollering, but this is still cool.

Also this morning putted around for a little Boston sightseeing. This time hitting the North End section of town, like Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church, seeing where Increase and Cotton Mather are buried in old Copp's Hill, and trekking along the Harborwalk.


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Haymarket Area
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Paul Revere
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Bunker Hill Monument in background

If you're looking for a great vacuum, pick up the Shark Rocket. We got it a few months ago and I love this thing, with all it's attachments and long cord. I also find it really easy to maneuver and it's lightweight. It was time to replace the Dyson DC25 we had which just wasn't getting the job done anymore.

Currently Reading: The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior and The Lively Place: Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

07:51 AM EST [Link] Auburn Fall, Ziptrips, Boston II [comments: 0]
bosboatjuly2016 (135k image)Bought another book on Mount Auburn to read. I actually haven't been there since 2005, I didn't realize it was THAT long ago. I think I might plan a visit in early fall just to see if I can catch some bird migrants on their way back south. At the very least I can walk around and take in some of the sights and maybe just chill in the peacefulness. There's also a book talk on the one I just read last week with a bunch of the authors in town that I'm probably going to check out.

The local Fox affiliate news tv station is having a meet&greet in the local town common on Friday. Going to see if I can check it out early in the morning before heading back into town for the 2nd time in two weeks. There's a couple more things I'd like to check out before heading out of town. Doubt I'll make it on television but might be cool to see some of the anchors.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

03:35 PM EST [Link] End of July [comments: 0]
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"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
Sunset, Eastham, MA July 2016



Saturday, July 30, 2016

08:56 PM EST [Link] Gloucester Day Trip 2016 [comments: 0]
Spent most of the afternoon today in Gloucester, MA. Besides checking out the scenic vistas, also had lunch, and swam in Good Harbor Beach for a few hours. If you go after 5 pm, the parking is free, which is what we ended up doing!

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Thatcher Island Twin Lights


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Ten Pound Light
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Largest Lobster Trap
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Gloucester Harbor shot
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House on a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean

Next up on the reading list: Coming Clean (about a girl dealing with her father's hoarding problem growing up), A Seal Called Andre: The Two Worlds of a Maine Harbor Seal, and, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (by John Muir)

We had a little problem over the weekend with the central ac not working but thank ye gods it's fixed now. Pays to know people who can help you out in a pinch. Turns out is was some type of canister that had burnt out somehow most likely due to age.


Friday, July 29, 2016

06:32 PM EST [Link] Boston Day Trip [comments: 0]
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Some of the Zodiacs along the Greenway

Had to spent the day in Boston so I figured I'd take in some sights - my idea was to hit some lesser known touristly places. People usually flock to the Granary Burial Ground to see the resting place of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin's parents, but I went there to see the grave of Mother Goose! It started out a somewhat rainy day and I got a little wet but as the day went on it all cleared up and got pretty hot. This is just a representative sample of places I visited, but I hit the Common, the Public Garden, The Granary Burial Ground, the location of Boston Massacre, King's Chapel, the location of the first public school in America, the Harbor, Fort Point Channel, Chinatown, and the old Textile District, just to name a few. I'm over 20,000 steps on the Fitbit today!

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Gravesite of Mother Goose


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Shot along Fort Point Channel with Tea Party Ship in foreground - you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy all of Boston's sights.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

08:29 AM EST [Link] Andre the Seal [comments: 0]
As happens every so often, I find myself waking up at around 4 am in the morning for no apparent reason, so I lay in bed and sometimes will turn on the tv in my bedroom (bad, I know). However, when I flipped to PBS they had this documentary on a harbor seal from MAine named Andre, who apparently was quite popular in his day. Sadly, Andre isn't around anymore - it was sad toward the end, but it makes me want to learn more about this amazing creature who befriended a man for over 25 years and would swim from Boston Aquarium to Rockport Maine, unattended or tracked, every year in the spring - people not knowing if he'd make it or ever return, but he always did. Pretty amazing. Andre the Seal

Since we're on the subject of seals, here's a pic I took about three years ago from the Cape that shows a mother seal checking in on her pup. So blessed to be able to see this that day!


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

08:28 PM EST [Link] Lunchtime Walk [comments: 0]
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"I dressed and went for walk - determined not to return until I took in what Nature had to offer." - Raymond Carver

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

08:09 AM EST [Link] Mount Auburn Essays [comments: 0]
Currently on the reading list docket: Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It's not so much about the dead there (although being Mr. History I'm totally into that) but more so about the living, especially all the various wildlife that swings through there. I've actually only visited it once years back but I think I need to revisit and just meditate and contemplate there.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

03:59 PM EST [Link] Another Cape Vacation Sunset [comments: 0]
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Never gets old.

Well, it was a great run, and hit all the great places, Brewster, Yarmouth, Chatham, Orleans, Ptown, Truro, Wellfleet, Dennis, and all the great beaches on both the ocean and bay sides to capture some great sunset pictures, like Rock Harbor and First Encounter Beach (Some photos I took there was actually chosen to be highlighted by the Instagram accounts, ig_massachusetts and Newengland_Photography, another way to get some exposure. See?). Although I've only posted a few here I've taken gigabytes worth of worthy ones, and enjoyed just watching them occur, and I even learned a little bit more of history and enjoyed myself immensely. Although I've been here quite a few times before, for some reason, I really enjoyed my time here this go round (maybe it was the perfect weather everyday, the massages, the beach, the pool, the biking, the sand, the waves, the ocean, the relaxing). But it's also good to be back too. The only downside was all the insect bites I endured to get some of these shots, but it was worth it. (I'd also be lying if I said I was not looking forward to the next getaway in a few weeks!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

06:12 PM EST [Link] Beach Day [comments: 0]
Ahhh, perfect beach day, playing in the water and lounging in the sun for a few hours. Perfect. Skaket is by far my favorite beach down here, for a bunch of different reasons. For supper cooked up some shrimp, some pasta, tomato, and more cousa squash for a deliciously simple meal!


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Rock Harbor - Orleans, MA, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

11:02 PM EST [Link] First Encounter Beach [comments: 0]
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Sunset
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Before hitting the drive-in tonight. This is the area where Pilgrims off the Mayflower first met Indians! You can read all about here though it's written from the perspective of the Europeans.

02:12 PM EST [Link] Namskaket Creek [comments: 0]
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While biking along the rail trail, Namskaket Creek. Indians sold it to the English settlers in 1644. Also, with all the travelling we do, we'd easily catch all those silly pokemon things, if I had any interest in that silliness.

Monday, July 18, 2016

08:50 PM EST [Link] Chatham Sights [comments: 0]
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Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Chatham, MA
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Chatham Light, Chatham, MA
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Chatham seal sighting, Chatham Fish Pier

Also today, went to the beach off of Chatham but it was really windy, so much so that the sand was whipping in our faces. I didn't mind it too much but LD did. She said it felt like "tiny pieces of glass attacking her legs." Stayed a little over an hour with that. I did enjoy the sun beating down on me as the breeze washed over my body. Afterwards ended up just swimming in the pool together, and I sat in the hot tub for a little bit, and then it was off to a nice dinner and then capturing some of the sights around here. Also saw a nice little library box not too far from the lighthouse that I looked in. Tomorrow, I'm going to rent a bike and do the Rail Trail. I've done it before, so no great shakes. If you can tell by my pictures that I am enjoying myself, you'd be right!

09:34 AM EST [Link] Highland Light [comments: 0]
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I love visiting lighthouses!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

06:35 PM EST [Link] Eastham, Truro, Ptown [comments: 0]

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Highland Light, Truro, MA
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Race Point, Provincetown, MA
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Eastham, MA

Gypsy Moths are all over the place down here and I'm becoming a tasty treat for mosquitoes but I'm having a great time!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

09:11 PM EST [Link] Second Sunset [comments: 0]
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Saw Ghostbusters movie this afternoon - I liked it! Also, we finally cooked some of the zucchini we've been growing (brought it down with us after I cut some loose from their stems). At first, we weren't totally sure which kind of squash it was as it didn't look like any squash we've ever had. I believe it to be the Magda or Cousa type squash. I will say, it is quite delicious!

Friday, July 15, 2016

09:50 PM EST [Link] Vacation Sunset #1 [comments: 0]
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First sunset of vacation!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

06:02 PM EST [Link] Baby Alpacas, Johnny Appleseed, and Stones [comments: 0]
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Daytrip to Hubbardston, Lancaster, and Leominster, MA.
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Johnny Appleseed
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A trio of monuments at Living Stones

Started out the day checking out a farm in a little town called Hubbardston (close to places like Gardner and Fitchburg). I've never been to that part of the state - there isn't much there really. But the place was really cool. They keep producing baby alpacas that you can visit and they run around pretty much freely. The babies even came up to us, their fur is so soft - so cute! Definitely worth the drive. On the way back I wanted to check out some Johnny Appleseed stuff, since that pioneer was born in the area, planting apple trees as he went. Finally we noticed not too far away, a possibly odd site where someone had taken tons (literally, tons) of unwanted stone and erected them with crafted biblical quotes on many of them. Place had sort of a weird vibe - didn't stay long.

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