Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Codzilla . . .

During the summer months, we try to take a "field trip" at least once a week - yesterday we took the train to Boston for a ride on CODZILLA!

Codzilla is a 70’ speed boat that is equipped with two turbo-charged diesel engines and is capable of breathtaking 360-degree turns.  The trip begins slowly, as the boat glides out into the less crowded part of Boston Harbor.  Once there, the engines rev and the white-knuckle part of the trip begins!!

My youngest was not thrilled about boarding Codzilla - he was talked into taking the trip by his brother and friends.  Once we left the dock, he started to shake and asked to go back . . . but it was too late!

Once the fun began . . . he was hooked and wants to go back again!

The brochure said that you may get "a little wet" - it was a slight understatement!  We sat in the middle of the boat (I let the boys choose the seats - we really couldn't see much) but we missed getting completely soaked!  The people who sat in the rear two rows behind us were not so lucky!

It was fun - the kids loved every minute of it!  I have to admit - I did close my eyes a few times - when they took the sharp turns you felt like you were going to be tossed into the harbor and the music and engines were so loud you couldn't talk to the person sitting next to you!
The views of the city were fabulous . . . as was the wake of the boat!

(my camera was a little damp as you can see from the right side of this photo!)

If you are in Boston and want a little excitement, take a ride on Boston Harbor Cruises' Codzilla - you will be in for the ride of your life!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 4th . . .

Now that the holiday weekend has passed, I finally have some time to post some photos of our celebration!  After driving into Boston in the morning to visit the Queen Mary 2 at the Boston cruise terminal, we headed to the cottage for a day of swimming, kayaking and celebrating America's 234th birthday!

The boys did a little paddling . . .

Matthew practiced paddling from the shore so he could learn to take the kayak out alone!

Uncle Sam decorated the garden with his flag!

Mark enjoyed steamed clams and mussels on the deck!

Many of our neighbors enjoyed time on the pond!

The house was decorated to celebrate the 4th!

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with some neighbors!

The boys celebrated with some sparklers on the patio!

We enjoyed a fireworks display put on by our neighbor!

To close out the evening, the boys spent the night in their new bunk beds!

A great 4th of July was had by all!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Time for Wordless Wednesday . . .

Today's Wordless Wednesday entry . . .

Queen Mary 2 at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston - July 4, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July Parade . . .

The 4th of July, time for cookouts, fireworks and parades.  In my town, it is time for the North Middleborough 4th of July Parade!  Though I have lived in this town for almost 17 years, this was the first time I have attended the parade. 

A crowd gathered early to watch the wide variety of marchers.  We found a shady spot under a tree and watched as bands, politicians, floats, antique cars and practically every tractor in town made their way past us.

Matthew enjoyed the parade as many of the participants gave out candy! He got so much that my bag was bulging by the end of the parade - he said he was a "candy magnet"!
Our District Attorney, Tim Cruz, passing out candy - Matthew would vote for him if he could because of the candy!

There were lots of cute dogs participating in the parade - so patriotic of them!

Since we live in a small, rural town - there were lots of tractors!

The funniest part of the parade was the route . . . it traveled one way down Plymouth Street, then turned and came back the same way so there were marchers in both directions of the street!

The fire trucks brought up the rear of the parade!

It was a great time - looking forward to next year!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Martha's Vineyard . . .

Summer is finally here, and one of the most popular getaways in Massachusetts is Martha's Vineyard.  Located off the coast of Cape Cod, the island is about 87 square miles with some of the most beautiful spots in Massachusetts.  The island is primarily a summer colony, with a year-round population of about 15,000; this number swells to over 75,000 in the summer months.  Martha's Vineyard is not an economical place to live, with the cost of living estimated to be 60% than the national average, and with home prices being about 90% higher than the average home in the U.S.

The Vineyard can only be reached by plane or ferry, with the latter being the most popular.  In the past twenty years it has become a celebrity and presidential vacation destination - it was the long time home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and was even visited by Princess Diana.  One of the places most often visited by tourist is the grave of comedian John Belushi, who was a long time resident of the island.

Last summer we hopped on the ferry at Wood's Hole in Falmouth for a day trip to the island via the Steamship Authority.  We disembarked at Vineyard Haven, home to the world famous Black Dog Tavern.  Opened in 1971, The Black Dog has evolved into icon with outlets in different locations on the Island and in several mainland locations.  Their famous tshirts can be seen on former patrons all over the world.

Having visited without a car, we bought tickets for local bus service, the Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority to visit Edgartown, a picturesque town located on the other side of the island.

The are many great restaurants on the island.  We chose The Seafood Shanty on Dock Street in Edgartown.  Located directly on the harbor, it is a great place to enjoy a summer meal, with a large outdoor deck where you can watch the activity in the harbor while enjoying fresh seafood and visits from gulls!

After leaving lunch, we strolled through the streets of the town and visited the many shops and galleries that dot the streets of Edgartown.  My personal favorite - Claire Murray - a store that specializes in hooked rugs with the Cape Cod, beach and patriotic themes.

After a short bus ride back to Vineyard Haven, it was time to head back to the mainland for our ferry ride

If you are spending time on Cape Cod this summer, make a trip to Martha's Vineyard and experience this delightful island for yourself.  Visit the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce website for hotel suggestions and planning ideas!