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Well, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are our rear view mirrors now.  The overdosing on turkey, stuffing, gravy, green beans of every ilk, cookies, fudge and pumpkin whats?…please say you’re kidding.

This past Sunday I met with my friend Inge at The Shack in Groton for breakfast.  I had no plans for the rest of the day other than to watch the New England Patriots sometime after 4:00 pm. (the couch was calling)  However, when Inge suggested a visit to the Mystic Aquarium followed by a visit to the gift shop at the Mystic Seaport:  off we went!

We were the first guests to arrive at the aquarium.  It was cold and windy but we had parking spots in front of the entrance and warm coats

.  Inge is a member of the Aquarium and I was her (+1).  We saw beluga whales, Stellar sea lions, fur seals (big guys) jelly fish and patted rays in their own  heated area.  I was totally enthralled by the multitude of habitats, colors of so many sea creatures that lost count shortly after arrival along with the delighted faces and voices of the youngsters as they viewed the same scenes.

We capped off our visit to the aquarium by viewing in 4D (3D plus sensory effects) a shortened version of “Polar Express” complete with flying snowflakes, rattling seats as our train headed north and the joy again of the youngsters both in the film and in the audience.

Mystic Seaport’s Gift Shop is a shopper’s delight.  But first we stopped in their café, sampled some super delish fudge then ordered clam chowdah.  Oh my goodness; rich-creamy-piping hot yumminess.  The store wasn’t particularly crowded so we were able to pause frequently to really check out many of the offerings.  As we were leaving, it was a different story with lines in the café and many shoppers arriving.

I love spontaneous adventures like this!  Plans made far in advance often fall victim to other issues resulting in changes and disappointments.

Now, we look forward to the Christmas Season and other holidays and the joy they bring.  Wishing you all the joys and happiness of the season and a sincere wish for a healthy, happy and safe New Year to all friends and followers.

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