Well the wind howled all night and shook the condo and rattled the doors as the gusts seemed to come right trough the windows and the sliding doors. No damage here but lots of small branches all over the ground. It rained all night and all day today.
We headed for New Bedford. New Bedford was the Whaling Center of the world. They lit the world, pre-electric days, with whale oil.
Our first stop was the National Park Service where we gathered information and watched a movie. New Bedford was also on the under ground railroad but the talks on that have closed for the season.
|First stop of the day|
|This is half normal size|
|Another House Flag|
|Interesting skeletons hanging from the ceiling|
|Decorated period room|
|Still dripping oil|
|The sailor throwing the harpoon stood in the bow of this small boat|
|Lots of products contain whale oil|
|This is a 1/2 scale boat used to harpoon the whale.|
|You can see the masts of lots of ships in the harbor|
|Older sewing machine|
|Lower jaw from a small Sperm Whale|
We woke up to sunshine and just a breeze this morning. So we are going to head up to Chatham and hope to see another lighthouse.
Besides touring we all have been keeping quite busy here. Bonnie has been reading a lot and processing the shells she has collected by bleaching and drying them. Carol has read and taken several online courses so she can teach more classes. I have been working on insurance quotes, extended warranties, and checking on the progress of the coach. Yesterday we found out that the door window that has to be replaced may not be in by the 15th, so we may be delaying when we pick it up. We want to just make one trip and come home with it all ready to go.
We got going shortly after 10 and headed up the Cape again. First stop was Hyannis Port to look for the Kennedy Compound. We were close the other day but did not actually find it. It is not really a compound at all, the Press just called the area that Joe, John, and Bobby's houses occupied the Compound. We drove by and respected the do not enter signs on the street to the house. We parked in the public beach parking lot and walked up the beach. This was a good idea since they face the sea and should really be seen from that side.
We first came to this place first it is actually next to the Kennedy property
|Waiting for this to come on the market|
|A better shot of Taylor's house|
|Interesting breakwater wall|
Then we headed up the road and checked out one of the Coast to Coast Campgrounds. It is about 95% full of permanent set ups so don't think we will be trying to use it.
From there we headed for the Chatham lighthouse.
|Still an active Coast Guard station|
We believe these guys were dragging for bay scallops which are in season
|Bonnie looking for shells, shot with a 500mm lens on her new cammea|
Then into the Marconi Station Site. This is the place the first wireless communications were sent to Europe in 1903. This launched the industry that I worked in for over 40 years and still dabble in it, so it was an honor to visit it today
This is what the first spark gap transmitter site looked like.
The views were spectacular.
Carol enjoyed just watching the water and the waves.
This is the remains of one of the dead men anchors that were used to anchor the guy wires for the towers. They were buried under 8 feet of sand and criss crossed.
Carol spotted some beach plums. Some say they are sweetest plums on earth.
|The Plum bush|
|Close up of the Plums|
Frost on the grass when we woke up this morning. We took out the trash and stripped the beds, turned in the keys and hit the road for home. We had an uneventful drive home. The Odyssey rode great and was very comfortable. One tank of gas for the trip home. In all we put on over 1500 miles and we saw a lot of different and interesting things. We also passed some big piles of snow at the edge of mall parking lots today. Sure an glad that it missed us.
|Welcome to New York pay a toll|
|Bridge to cross the Hudson River near Albany|
|Crossing the Hudson|
|Here are the final numbers from the trip|
Up early this morning and we headed for church. It is Veterans day and it was nice to be recognized during the service. After church we headed home. I worked on putting the Cyclone rake away for the winter.
|Took this apart and its ready to store for the winter.|
|Home again for a few days|
It sure was delicious and we topped off the evening with a movie. Then the girls headed home. Thats about it for the week. Thanks for checking in.