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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:30 pm

Sounds wonderful, Andy. I'm glad you all had a nice time. :bighug:


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:56 pm

:thumbs:


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:12 pm



The Millstone Nuclear Plant.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:13 pm



The mouth of the Thames River in New London.


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Post by AndyinPA » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:58 pm

Nice!



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Post by RoadScholar » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:15 pm

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Where we stayed on our visit last weekend to Burlington VT. Pretty much intact 1881 mansion.

Took granddaughter and her husband (oy!) to see Vermont Shakespeare Festival's Taming of the Shrew, which was surprisingly fantastic.
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Post by AndyinPA » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:27 pm

We've stayed at places like that. I love them!



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:25 pm



View from our hotel room in Scituate. :-D


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:34 pm



Fort Trumbull in New London.


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:16 pm



Whole belly fried clams at Scituate Harbor. These used to be sold as a snack food from shacks located all over the South Shore of Massachusetts. Now you have to go to fancy restaurants to find them. :(


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:24 pm



My parents used to drink this brand of beer. The original Rhode Island company that made it went out of business in the 1980s. The brand was revived a few years ago but it is not brewed in Rhode Island now.

The original company ran very funny animated commercials. These can be found on Youtube.


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:39 am

As predicated in the Old Age thread we are spending today taking my cousin (and her cat) to medical appointments. :)

Currently at the vet in Hanover (where my mother and stepfather are buried. Then lunch. Then on to Hingham (where my maternal grandparents and many other ancestors are buried in the Old Ship Church.) Then back to Scituate (where half the Union Cemetary and even some living people are relatives ;) ).

Everywhere I turn are memories. :)


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:36 pm

Lunch on the wharf at Scituate Harbor





The view.



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Post by Volkonski » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:39 pm

Sun finally came out. :-D



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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:31 pm

It all looks wonderful!



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Post by kvetcher » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:38 pm

I don't know why, but I suddenly am very hungry. :P


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:53 pm

kvetcher wrote:
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I don't know why, but I suddenly am very hungry. :P
:twisted: will this dampen your appetite
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:47 pm

Back on the North Fork yesterday. Some odds and ends from our New England trip-

Sign on a shop door in Scituate.

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I haven't checked but there just might be some other communities that would challenge that. ;)

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The "One Happy Harbor" motto is new. I had never seen that before.

Before being restored Scituate Lighthouse went to ruin.

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An endive salad with arancini and sun-dried tomatoes that we encountered along the way.

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Geese in Maine.

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Mrs. V. had never been to a lobster pound. :shock: She had never seen so many lobsters in one place before.

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Maine sunset.

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Post by kate520 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:52 pm

Lobster pound...as in ‘My lobster got out of the yard yesterday and didn’t come home. I’d better check the pound’?

That’s a LOTTA lobstah!


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:17 pm

Where was I? :think:

The Journey Back to the North Fork, Part 1

We got up Sunday morning, packed the Pacifica, started the navigator and headed southwest. We did the trip in two days so as to spend a night on Nantasket Beach in Massachusetts which was once home to Paragon Park, then the best amusement park in New England. It closed in 1984. In the 1950's and 60's my brother and I got taken there 2 or 3 times a summer until we were 13 or so. :thumbs:

Normally on our route we would take I95 to I295 then back to I95 south of Portland which is shorter than staying on I95. However, because of heavy summer traffic the navigator kept us on I95 all the way.

Mrs. V. was looking at our route when she suddenly said- "Hey, this route takes us right by the Allagash Brewery".

I first encountered Allagash White beer a few years ago in Bar Harbor when Mrs. V. and her sister, finding me to be an indifferent shopping companion, left me in a pub to be fetched when they were done. ;) Allagash White was a revelation!

Since then I have found it in restaurants in Scituate and Cambridge MA.

After some discussion we decided that the brewery, which has a food truck, could be our lunch stop. I wanted to get to Nantasket early enough to walk around and see what might be left from the old days before meeting my cousin for dinner.

The reprogrammed navigator did its job and in about 30 minutes we were there, just 3 miles from the highway.

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It is about 3 to 4 times larger than the largest North Fork brewery.

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There were 17 beers on offer. :o We chose a flight of likely candidates and began tasting.

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That's White on the left which I favored and James Bean on the right which is infused with local cold-brewed coffee which Mrs. V. preferred.

With our beer choices made we headed to the food truck.

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Just what is Mainecentric food?

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Note the proper New England style roll. :thumbs:


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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:37 pm

I love lobster rolls! And lobster pounds. We stayed on Mt. Desert Island in Maine and stayed on the quiet side, not in Bar Harbor. There was a lobster pound close to our house. If we hadn't had someone with us who would not eat anything from the sea, we would have eaten there every night. As it was, we only got there twice, but it was marvelous!



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Post by Foggy » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:55 am

I'll be off-planet all day today, at a gathering of the Progressive Caucus of the NC Democratic Party in Greensboro.

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Post by ZekeB » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:56 am

I have this recurring pleasant dream: Dems take over both House and Senate by considerable margins. They shackle Thump and neuter him. Thump looses bigly in two years. Obama legacy is put back online. Our State Department becomes functional again.


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Post by Volkonski » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:29 am

I'm falling behind in my travelogues. ;)

When last we met here last Sunday Mrs. V. and I were at the Allagash Brewery in Portland.

Fortified with lobster rolls and beer we resumed our trip toward Nantasket Beach south of Boston.

The traffic in southern Maine and in New Hampshire was surprisingly heavy going south. Day trippers to Hampton Beach I guess. :?

Going thru Boston via the Tobin Bridge and the tunnel was..... interesting in a heart-stopping sort of way.

South of Boston however the north bound traffic was jammed. :o I would have expected this 8 hours later as visitors to the South Shore and Cape Cod headed home. We would soon learn why.

The GPS navigator took us off the highway and thru Quincy, Weymouth and Hingham by a circuitous route. Mrs. V. began to speculate that the GPS was malfunctioning but I knew that as long as we headed east we would eventually reach Rt. 228 which goes directing to Nantasket Beach.

Arriving at our hotel we found that the weather, which had been pretty nice as far as Boston, was not good. The sky was overcast, a 20 MPH wind was blowing in from over the ocean. The temperature was in the high 60's. It looked and felt more like mid-October than mid-August. Not a great day for the beach.

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A few hardy souls walked along the seawall. In the photo above if you zoom in you will see in the blue and orange bar 's deck below our window a guitarist and a string bassist gamely playing for a few patrons who are huddled under the roofed over area. A number of small restaurants and bars in the area had already given up and closed for the day.

But I had come to Nantasket to visit old haunts and putting on warmer clothes we headed out.

Over the years much of the beach sand has washed away. :(

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It used to look like this-

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Now I better understand some of the comments on the Paragon Park Memories FB page.

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:22 pm

Paragon Park.

From 1904 until 1984 Nantasket Beach was home to Paragon Park. Home to the biggest roller coaster in New England. Summer playground for greater Boston.

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When my brother and I were young our parents (usually my father) would take us to Paragon Park two or three times a summer. As far as we were concerned it was just as good as Disneyland.

After I grew too old to want to be taken to amusement parks by my father, Paragon Park still was a presence in my life. WBZ AM radio's (which then had a top 40's format) DJ Juicy Brucie Bradley broadcast from Paragon Park most summer evenings. I had an old vacuum tube clock radio by my bed. It was being thrown out but I rescued it. I discovered that the radio part worked, only the clock was bad. After performing a clock-pendectomy I had a radio. :) In the evenings I would listen to the hits of the day broadcast from Paragon Park, the glowing tubes visible thru the clear plastic clock face w/o a clock. I wished that I could be like the older teenagers they interviewed at the Park on the radio. As it happened when I was older I lost interest in such things. ;)

The red condominium with the white top story in this photo occupies the site of Paragon Park. :(

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When Paragon Park closed it was auctioned off piece by piece. Six Flags bought the roller coaster. It is now at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, Maryland. The carousel was bought by locals and moved a few hundred feet north to a new site where it has been lovingly restored.

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Today-

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There is also a small Paragon Park Museum with various odds and ends from the Park. From the Kooky Kastle house of horrors ride-

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About the only other thing left from the old days is Joseph's restaurant.

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