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Hawaii…

Not being a beach girl, I didn’t think that I would enjoy Hawaii as much as other people.  What I didn’t realize is that Hawaii is awesome.

From the multiple black sand beaches to others with hot as lava when you walk across it sand to the one just steps outside of our hotel room, they were all awesome.  We saw fish, all kinds of weird birds, and multiple green sea turtles.

Of course, I did get a humongous burn the very first full day we were there. Oops…but my husband got it worse with blisters forming on his. 

Everything else on HI was awesome. It is a strange state…saw a feral donkey and goat hanging out together, chickens were everywhere in Kauai, signs for watching for cracks in the road. Just awesome.

 

Photos under the cut.

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Summer Plans

I enjoy planning trips very far in advance…gives me something to look forward to.

At the moment, we are going to Ireland in the spring sometime and then, its onto our regular mountain climbing days. The mountains we plan to summit this year are:

  1. Tom
  2. Field
  3. Willey
  4. Hale
  5. Waumbek
  6. Whiteface
  7. Mossilauke

Also in the works are trips to the Cape, a trip to Boston Light, Saint Gaudens and Marsh Billings, the paper house in Ipswich. Who knows what else. I have 2 days off next week so I might just go somehwere then so I can get some of this travel bug out of me!

From whence they came…

At work, we have some maps up and try to encourage people to mark where they are from with pins. At the end of every week, we take the pins down and “reset” the maps. I took down the old maps the other day because certain areas (like Hartford, CT and the Netherlands) were completely obliterated, but it was really interesting to see the distribution of all the pins. Here are some pictures (and proof, if you’ve ever needed it, that people come from every continent to visit Boston):

Visitors from the South Pacific
Visitors from the South Pacific
Visitors from Europe and the Arabic Pennisula
Visitors from Europe, Asia Minor, Northern Africa
Visitors from Africa
Visitors from Africa

It will be interesting to see how the map morphs and changes over the next few weeks as most of our visitors will be from New England and Western Europe. Most of our cruise ships are carrying people from the New York/New England area or Britain to Canada and back again, so probably fewer South Africans or people from the South Pacific, but who knows!

Seek the Peak Re-Cap

So, I made it up and down the mountain without falling down once, which is actually quite an accomplishment for me.

The week began with some beer:
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A sampler from Moat Mountain, lovely place to eat and lovely place to stay about 20 miles away from Mt. Washington and nice comfy beds.

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Larry came along for the ride and the weather reminded him of traveling on the ocean with all the fog and rain.

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The last of the snow from the winter…it wasn’t as impressive as last year since it was all gloomy when we went by in the morning. If we had come down the same trail (which we should have) the pictures would have been much better.

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We made it up here in fairly record time for me. 4 miles in just about 4 hours…with the extra weather and some issues with breathing and a large group of people standing in the middle of the trail, so annoying.

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A quick picture after we hit the summit going down Lion’s Head.

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You can see how different the weather can be in just a few hours. It was lovely on the way down from the summit.

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Remember, kiddies! Be Ice Smart! And remember to scream and wave your hands in the air while running away from large ice boulders.

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I love $3 pint glasses!

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But orgasmic, organic berries are even better!

New York, New York

23 hours…that is how much time I just recently spent in New York City with the sole intent of getting myself into a taping of The Colbert Report. I had been to a taping of The Daily Show earlier this year and had jumped on tickets for TCR when I saw them available. Unfortunately, my boyfriend couldn’t go because of work training so one of my co-workers came with me.

The show was fabulous. Stephen is a sweet guy and extremely funny. The people running the show were mostly good to great. The only problem was that I didn’t have enough time to go see all the other stuff I wanted to see! Always a problem.

A picture of the stage set… I got yelled at for taking this photo by one of the security guys, but I love it anyways:

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Can anyone figure out what the middle part of this graffiti is? I think it could be a spaceship or perhaps a mutant lobster?

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Ships to visit

So, instead of bitching on and on about the Tall Ships and how they are going to be ruined, maybe people should open their eyes to the ships that are already here in the New England area. Sure, some aren’t as big or flashy…but they all have an interesting history, are nearby, are free or cheap, and would make an awesome day trip for a family.

Many places, such as Quincy or Battleship Cove, have multiple ships in port for you to visit or have other attractions around them so it can be made into a full day trip.  I’m sure there are other ships that are not listed here, and I did not go outside of the New England area, but they are all worth a visit. Not only are most of them run by non-profits, which are having issues these days with dwindling attendance and rising costs, but many of them were involved in major battles throughout Naval history.

Here are your options:

MASSACHUSETTS

USS Cassin Young, Boston, Massachusetts, Free

USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts, Free

USS Friendship, Salem, Massachusetts, Admission

Demolition Boat, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

Hiddensee, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

LCM 56, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

USS Lionfish, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

USS Massachusetts, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

PT 617, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

PT 796, Fall River, Massachusetts, Admission

USS Salem, Quincy, Massachusetts, Admission

German Seehund, Quincy, Massachusetts, Admission

NEW HAMPSHIRE

USS Albacore, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Admission

RHODE ISLAND

Soviet Juliett 484, Providence, Rhode Island Currently sunk by a storm, closed at

the moment.

CONNECTICUT

USCG Boat Arctic Scout, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Japanese HA-8, Groton, Connecticut

USS Nautilus, Groton, Connecticut

Italian Siluro San Bartolomeo, Groton, Connecticut

USS X-1, Groton, Connecticut

Auxiliary Schooner Brilliant, Mystic, Connecticut, Admission

USCGC Eagle, New London, Connecticut

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The trip to New York was successful for many reasons, but the most important one is that we were able to go to a taping of the Daily Show.  Jon was funny in the pre-show question/answer period and he was really cute when a section was over and congratulated the kid who was playing Samantha Bee’s kid.  I just wish we had a better guest! Oh well…

We also went to the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Strand bookstore, an independent bookstore that was catergorized by country, and a whole lot of blocks. I think we walked about 10 miles one day because we went up to 82nd from 29th and then down to 11th and back to 29th. My feet were dead tired.

Either way, we are going back for a taping of the Colbert Report in June so I cannot wait for that!