The local TV news channels last evening showed quick photos of the ice jams on the Connecticut River as well as the Hoosatonic River. The river ice has been reported to be 6″ to 9″ thick +/- and was jamming up at the “Swing Bridge” in East Haddam after the rain and quick thaw that had followed two weeks of constant sub-freezing temperatures. I think the jam reaches up to Hartford and beyond.
Sooooo, after a quick lunch I headed first to the Mall to return something I’d purchased a couple of days ago, then a quick visit to the MD (everything’s fine). Yes I had a warm hooded coat on, LL Bean boots, so I thought I was well protected from the cold. Let’s not forget the heavy jeans, turtleneck and sweater as well. My almost ready for retirement GPS got me to East Haddam. Not surprisingly, I was not the only one foolhardy enough to be there on this 30°F afternoon with a nice strong NW wind blowing.
Sure enough the ice was piled up all over the place. There were traffic jams and horns blaring in the tiny parking lot and to get across a lane of traffic took more patience than a lot of drivers had been blessed with.
The USCoast Guard ice-breakers were nowhere to be seen. Apparently they never left Essex. These had been ordered after the local public officials had declared an “emergency state”. And rumor has it that the Swing Bridge has been damaged by the jam and will be unable to open to allow boat traffic to venture up stream or come down to Long Island Sound. There has even been talk about dynamiting the Hoosatonic River jams.
All-right, enough! Let’s see the pictures. Please note, the young boy sliding on the ice is wearing shorts. Where was his mother?? The triangular wedge of ice that’s pushing up the dock in front of the Shad Shack is enormous and the rest of the photos are simply surreal.
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An altogether too short trip to Cape Cod renewed my love for the Cape.. I was attending a CAFCA conference of Community Action Agencies throughout New England at the Sea Crest Hotel on Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth, Massachusetts..
The topics of the session were timely and were tailored to be appropriate to either Board Members (me), Directors and other staff from these agencies.
The hotel was lovely and the staff extremely pleasant and helpful. When I’ve traveled in the past and brought a bathing suit, my room has been miles removed from any swimming pool or beach and I’m not one to waltz through an entire hotel lobby to get to a pool. Well, we all know who did not bring a suit.
Yes, my room looked out onto a lovely salt water pool accessible through a door conveniently located beside my windows and the beach was maybe 100′ away and readily accessible as well.
I had arrived early on Sunday morning and planned to do some sightseeing since the weather was spectacular.
I drove to Woods Hole specifically to see and photograph the the Nobska Lighthouse. Yes, that’s it totally wrapped in some protective covering as it undergoes major restoration.
I have memories of staying with a girlfriend and her family when I was around 10 years of age at a beautiful home in the area. My parents had come down from the Boston area to visit as well and I still remember walking down the hill from the house with my dad, crossing some railroad tracks that are now a bike trail while singing “Down By the Station….” at the top of our lungs. I found the site once again and as I was driving down the hill, yes you know what I was singing.
I stopped at one of the many beaches, took my shoes off and rolled up my pants legs. The beachcomber in me wanted to find treasure but I think the just passed storm had washed everything out to sea. nonetheless the water was lovely. Crystal clear and calm.
I’ve included some photographs of the views at Nobska Lighthouse. the Sea Crest and Old Silver Beach.
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CT Tigers, Detroit Tigers, Dodd Stadium, fireworks, food, hot dog eating contest, Minor league baseball, Navy Federal Credit Union, Norwich CT Police Dept, outdoors, Photography, Vermont Lake Monsters
An almost perfect end to this July 4th. What’s not to love? All of the main heading of this post of course.
1. Baseball: The Ct Tigers were scheduled to play the Vermont Lake Monsters at 7:05 PM this evening.
2. Hot dogs were a “buck”. That’s what the marketing piece said.
3. Another perk: free apple pies to the first I don’t know how many
4. Fireworks after the game sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union.
To be continued: it’s 11:50 PM and I can’t stop yawning.
AHHH, 8:30 AM, toast, coffee and yogurt
I arrived at Senator Thomas Dodd Memorial Stadium a bit early, walked into the stadium, stopping to chat with some young ladies from Navy Federal Credit Union who sponsored the fireworks display. I had found, on line, a front row seat in Section 7 overlooking the Tigers’ dugout. the game got underway on time and sadly, the outcome was not what was hoped for by the 6,200 +/- fans. Vermont Lake Monsters 5, Tigers 4. After dark, we were treated to a “blizzard” of moths.(no exaggeration) Apparently they were drawn to the lights! (yuck)
It was truly a fun, family event with little challenges for a few kids, sincere thanks conveyed by the announcer to the veterans and civil servants, a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem sung as it should be by a lovely young woman. During the 7th inning stretch after we’dall belted out a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” an older gentleman sang “America the Beautiful”. Both of these solos were unaccompanied by any musical background and excellent. The youngster sitting next to me had a ball tossed to him by one of the Tigers in the dugout right in front of us. He was so thrilled! The little girl who ran 3 bases was a trooper for sure!
Then: we were instructed by the PA system to count down from 10, the huge lights went down and BANG! the show had started.
Finally: the phrase one of my English teachers hated—–“a great time was had by all”.
But lets not talk about the traffic exiting the parking lots! But Congrats to the Norwich PD for a job well done.
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As the Scottish poet Rabbie Burns was prone to say: “the best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft aglee.
This morning’s plan: #1 leave the house at 6:45 AM to meet friends for breakfast at “the Shack” restaurant in Groton then return home and since it’s almost balmy outside I was “planning” on sweeping the sand and salt off the garage floor and tidy up the collection of stuff that had accumulated over the winter.
Part 1 of # 1 done! Two blueberry pancakes, coffee and lots of good chatter. The garage?? well there’s always tomorrow.
The way home from Groton includes a left turn out of the restaurant parking lot and north on Rte 12. The BGB had other ideas. She turned right! Apparently she wanted to check out the fog bound coast of Groton, so who am I to argue with 3,600 pounds of metal. Right turn it is!
First stop: We followed Shennecossett Road south then turned left onto Bayberry Lane and the State of CT DEEP Boat Launch. NOW I discover that I only have my “in case you get into an accident, you have your little camera with you to take photos” or any newsworthy occurrences. Make it work EP! The raw, damp wind blowing off Long Island Sound didn’t deter me either.
Next, around Shennecossett Road to Eastern Point Beach parking area. Still raw, damp and breezy but there were some interesting shots available. I also made a few one minute +/- videos for a friend in Florida. I passed a woman pushing a stroller who told me there was nothing to look at. Save your breath EP. The wind was blowing probably 10-15 mph, the fog horns were blaring and somewhere out in the fog the ferry to Fishers Island was blasting it’s horn as well. I know this because I saw it coming down the Thames River and then whoops, where did it go. Fog won again. The only evidence left was the increased wave action along the shore.
So, in total I took about 50 photos and quite a few of course wound up in the “trash” when I downloaded them and cast a critical eye. Attached are a few that I kept.
Heading home at last, passing “The Shack” one more time I made my last stop at “Angelo’s Bakery” (this fine shop can be found on Facebook.com) here in Colchester. So, tomorrow’s breakfast is in the refrigerator: one of their cinnamon and raisin pastries and a small grinder roll–could become a tuna fish grinder tomorrow for lunch unless I change my mind.
PS: In case you didn’t know “BGB” stands for Big Green Buick”.
The walls closed in one day last week after a long promised snowstorm that fell short of expectations. After considering several options I headed for Norwich CT. I had a few quick errands to do there so it made sense.
Cameras and a warm jacket, cell phone, good shoes and off I went. There’s a site in Norwich known as “Indian Leap that I’ve visited once before during summer. The problem I faced this time was the piles of snow pushed up by the plows that left no place for me to park the car! Not do be outdone by some snow, I drove very slowly scouting possible parking places, not good, turned around and came back ever so slowly toward the location. Hmm, a 2 or 3 family house with a cleared parking area and only one car parked there. After much deliberation I pulled in, took my camera and I suppose you could say I tiptoed out of the parking area and crossed the street toward the Yantic River and the falls.
Yes, on my way but let’s be quick about this EP.
There’s a great railroad bridge at the same site and there are 2 images of the bridge in this post as well. One is pretty straight forward, the other is cropped significantly and rotated. Who ever said photographers don’t have any fun? It’s a lot easier than me rotating 90 or 180 degrees.
Back to the business at hand, photography! Yes I got some photos
There’s quite a story behind the naming of this falls. If you’re curious here’s a link for you to research. Norwich played an important part in the Revolutionary War as well. Indian Leap at Yantic Falls
Headed home, hot soup and a cookie both home-made. Yummy
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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.
What a great evening. Close to 100 guests attended a superb buffet at the St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall here in Colchester. A number of the attendees walked away as winners of some great tea cup raffle baskets, received awards for a variety of successes on the Chanticlair Golf Course and were absolutely blown away by the results of Luke Hajdasz’s fund raising efforts to benefit the Colchester Senior Center over the past 3 years. The exact dollar amount eludes me but it was announced last night that it exceeded $14,000. This young man, with awesome Hajdasz family’s support came up with this idea, created the game plan, solicited donations, worked diligently with the Senior Center staff and of course the management at Chanticlair. His goal was to reach $10,000. Well done Luke!! The image with Becky holding her “smart phone” with Luke and Patty Watts (Director of Senior Services) looking on are seeing for the first time the results of his labors.
The generously donated tea cup raffle baskets were amazing, lots of golf related items, a football signed by Patriots player J Edelman, sporting event tickets, restaurants, spa treatments and many, many more. I will add that there were several very, very lucky attendees. You know who you are 🙂
The buffet was prepared by Papa Z’s restaurant including salads, crusty bread and butter, pasta creations, (the alfredo chicken was my favorite) and slices of pizza. A number of people went back for seconds. Dessert was a huge cake decorated with a golf theme of course accompanied by a fizzy pink punch.
There were many workers behind the scenes throughout this 2 day event ranging from checking in the golfers as they arrived to setting up and cleaning up at the Parish Hall and a multitude of tasks in between. Thank you to all of these committed ladies and gentlemen.
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Friday’s kick off time was 9:30 am. We’ve already discussed Friday’s weather conditions.
Today (Saturday) kick off time was 12:30 pm. That factoid should give you a little indication of today’s weather conditions. In my most unmeteorological language, today was at lease ten times hotter and 200% more humid. And I did something I swore I would never do…appeared in public in a tee-shirt and knee length shorts. I’m very glad I’m the one who was taking the photos and not the other way around!
There aren’t nearly as many photos today as there were yesterday and I apologize for that but It was simply too hot and humid to stay out on the course for more than half an hour. However, I don’t understand why the ducks weren’t taking advantage of the fountain.
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After weeks, no…make that months of planning by the Senior Center Staff. Luke Hajdasz and his family, the days have finally arrived. Last year at this same event, the weather was glorious, reasonable temperatures, cool breezes and low humidity. Today’s tropical temperatures and humidity as well as concerns about T-storms put a small crimp in the festivities. I’m not a golfer and don’t plan on becoming one at this late date but I do know that these players have indomitable spirit and I’ve been told that heat or cold, rain and probably snow does little to stop them from taking one more swing. Thunder and lightning may be a different story.
This is the first of 3 posts for me today. Friday’s 9 hole event, Saturday’s 18 hole event and the celebratory banquet this evening where beautiful gift baskets will be raffled, speeches will be mad trophies will be presented and lots of food will be consumed.
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PS: The blue heron released the frog back into the pond.