The Summer of B’s . . . Bayfield, Boston & Bristol

Or we could just call this: How I spent my summer vacation.

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The toad outside the bath house at our Bayfield campground. Judging by the cabbage moth next to it, I may have interrupted its late night snack.

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The other Madeline Island ferry.

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Docking at Madeline Island. It’s a busy place in the summer.

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The Sunken Ships glass bottom boat tour out of Bayfield. The tour takes you over the top of two of the wrecks. The water clarity that day was amazing.

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Just one of the many lighthouses on Lake Superior. I believe this is the Raspberry Island Lighthouse.

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Bayfield at dusk.

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The Mayflower II; Plymouth, Massachussetts.

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Plymouth Rock.

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DH & BooBoo watching one of the reenactors at Plimoth Plantation split logs into boards.

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4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island. Bristol is home to the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration in the nation. 2015 marked the 230th year of the celebration. Our little hometown band marched in their parade.

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All branches of the military were represented, as well as the police, fire fighters, ambulance crews, etc.

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This float had “living sculptures”.

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A bit of noise and smoke from one of the parade groups.

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And here they are! Our hometown marching band. They are marching sans jackets due to the heat. Oh, and that flute in the front row . . . yes, that’s Ditty.

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One of the many plaques in Boston’s North End Garden. There is also a very moving memorial/tribute to the military personnel who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

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There were lots of moon jellyfish in Boston Harbor.

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BooBoo & I at JFK Library & Museum. Yes, he’s just about as tall as I am, but my extra half inch of height doesn’t show up well in pictures.

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Boston Harbor Arch.

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The U.S.S. Constitution in dry dock for repairs and restoration. She’ll be high & dry until sometime in 2017, but they still allow tours of the ship now that she’s secure.

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The U.S.S. Cassin Young, also on display at the Navy shipyard.

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Clock tower. Boston.

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The catamaran we rode for our whale watch tour.

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The fort at Castle Island, from the top deck of the catamaran.

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Boston Harbor Light.

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Whales!

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Whales!

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and more Whales! It was so cool to see these giants up close. We saw Humpbacks, Finbacks and Minke whales.

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DH & BooBoo with the Elizabeth Montgomery statue in Salem, MA. Well, it is the “Witch Capital”.

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Salem also has Stickworks, a sculpture by the same gentleman who created a stick house sculpture garden at St. John’s University.

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And finally, a view of the sunrise over Fearing Pond; Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA.

I’m glad the rest of our summer travels will just be short weekend hops to camp with friends. This busy summer is going way too fast! Hope you have time to enjoy your summer.

Not ready to say goodbye

“Summer afternoon . . . summer afternoon . . . the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

The long weekend has yielded a bounty of errands & chores completed.  The fire pit area is now complete with its timber surround and plenty of crushed rock between the actual fire pit and the timbers.  Just in time for BooBoo’s birthday party this week.

Invitations were printed and mailed.  Shoes & pants purchased for school.  Laundry done.  Last minute shopping for the party completed.  And today yields a trip to the MN Renaissance Festival.  It’s been several years since we last went to the Ren Fest.  BooBoo was still riding in a stroller then, about 2 years old at the time.  I remember him eating the turkey leg DH had bought and pretty well scarfing the whole thing down.  DH had to go buy another for himself.  We’ll see if the boy can pull that off again.

School will start in earnest tomorrow.  But at least for now, summer lingers.  Enjoy the beauty.

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