Clambake 7/22/2017

Clambake on Cabbage Island, Maine

Have you ever wanted to try a traditional New England clambake?

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

Lobster Wrapped in Seaweed 7.22.2017

A clambake usually includes lobster and clams along with sweet corn, potatoes, onion and an egg.

These are wrapped in seaweed, covered with a brown tarp and steamed in an open fire pit.

The hard-boiled egg is used to determine when the bake is done.

 

You can travel to picturesque Boothbay Harbor, Maine, then on to Cabbage Island by boat to enjoy a great New England clambake.

The Bennie Alice departs from Boothbay Harbor to take you to Cabbage Island daily.

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Boothbay Harbor, ME 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Bennie Alice Boat 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Boothbay Lighthouse 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island is lovely with beautiful sea views.  Select to eat on outdoor picnic benches or under a large covered shed.

A badminton net stretches across a lawn and a bean-bag toss game is available for energetic visitors.  Pretty flowers dot the landscape.

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Cabbage Island Flowers 7.22.2017

Start with the hot clam chowder.  Then, relish freshly caught lobsters and vegetables topped off with delicious, Maine blueberry cake.

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Clambake Tray 7.22.2017

Play some games or pet one of the Cabbage Island’s huge Maine Coon cats.

Here is Nugs taking a cat-nap in a shady spot after lunch.

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

Nugs Napping 7.22.2017

One of the cooks said that Nugs is actually an excellent mouse catcher.  This inspired me to fold a Hunting Origami Cat.

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

Hunting Cat 7.23.2017

The Suckiest Airplane

The passenger next to me uttered an expletive.  I nodded in agreement.

The Delta plane was on the Boston Logan tarmac for an hour and a half.  We both had missed our connecting flight in Detroit.

Delta Planes 7.19.2017

Delta Planes 7.19.2017

No water, the pilot said.  Then, a yellow light appeared which he could not turn off.

This was followed by a generator issue, then a second generator problem.

Finally, we were in the air and a short time later, I was walking into Delta’s Detroit airport toward the Help counter.

“Your next connecting flight is in four hours,” the chippy Delta agent told me with no apology.  I was pissed.

OK, I thought.  I’ve never actually seen all of the airport’s concourses in leisure.  So, let me walk through them and check out the sites and shops.

Water fountain Concourse A 7.19.2017

Water fountain Concourse A 7.19.2017

I must have walked a couple of miles up and down the concourses as an airport-sightseeing-tourist.  Two items of note:

Concourse A: Pretty cool water fountain.

Concourse A to B and C: Tunnel with multi-colored flashing lights in sync with music.

Walking through the tunnel, I swiveled my hips a bit and twisted the rolling carry-on as my partner to the Motown song.   That was fun!

Detroit Airport Connecting Tunnel 7.19.2017

Detroit Airport Connecting Tunnel 7.19.2017

After three hours of walking all the concourses, I returned to my departure gate exhausted.

A colleague joined me with a half hour to go until we boarded the same plane.

Origami Airplane 7.21.2017

Origami Airplane 7.21.2017

The connecting flight was uneventful but my return flights were unpleasant.

Screaming babies and continuous kicking of my seat by toddlers plagued me all the way back to Boston.

Mercifully, both flights were on time.

Once home, I unpacked and folded an Origami airplane.

 

Visit the Arnold Arboretum – a Living Museum, Boston, MA

The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Boston, is an explosion of color in May and June.

It is a living museum with collections of trees, bushes, shrubs and roses from all over the world.

 

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As you stroll along the paths, be surprised by the vistas around each corner.

Origami Dragonfly 6.26.2017

Origami Dragonfly 6.26.2017

Listen to the cacophony of birds especially in the early morning.

Be encircled by iridescent dragonflies darting in and out of the marshy areas.

Enjoy the fresh, crisp air.

Sit on a bench.  Relax and absorb the magnificent landscape.

Father’s Day Tall Ships

Seagulls strut along the dock.  A ship’s horn scares them and they scatter to the heavens.

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Seagull 6.18.2017

Origami Seagull 6.18.2017

Our ferry passes Tall Ships.  We gape at the size of their masts.

We are informed of each vessel’s country and specifics of the complex rigging.

Schooners and smaller craft sail by.

More than 40 Tall Ships, decorated with a multitude of colorful flags, were on parade yesterday.   Today, the Tall Ships are at rest, sails folded.

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It’s Father’s Day and I am now fatherless.  My dad, Errol, died over ten years ago.

Errol was larger than life…bigger than these Tall Ships in my eyes.  Brilliance and hard work led to a full life in Academia.

With my mother, he brought me and my siblings to North America via the Caribbean, Africa and England.

In New England, we would have opportunities not available to us in the British West Indies.

“You’ve had your father your whole adult life,” a friend consoled me at his memorial service.

I did not realize it at the time but she was right.  I am grateful for his life.

 

 

 

Seashells 6.14.2017

Summer Visitor

Annoying noise on the table.  Abbreviated gyrations.  Receipt of a text message.

Pleasantries from New York City followed by a request and an invitation.

Seahorse 6.4.2017

Seahorse 6.4.2017

A friend needs a place to stay overnight.

She will miss the last ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  Plans to open her island house for the summer.  Why don’t I join her for the weekend?   Is it June already?

I love the Vineyard and the sea.  But, I’m exhausted from work and the last weekend activities.

Affirmative response to the request and negative one for the invitation.

That night, my dreams are filled with the sound of waves, silvery fish, seahorses, the warmth of the sun, a beach and seashells.

It’s late when she arrives on Friday evening.  Gift of lovely white roses.

White Roses 6.4.2017

White Roses 6.4.2017

We chat: her son’s graduation, relationship with her husband and his Indian family, the Martha’s Vineyard house, her new job.  I complain about the usual.

We’re up early the next morning, she to catch the ferry at Woods Hole, me for my weekly swim at the Y.

I navigate as she hastily drives through Harvard Square then on to Central Square.

“How pretty Cambridge is,” she remarks.

She drops me off at the YMCA and I watch the back of her car disappear down Massachusetts Avenue.

Graduation Day – whoo!

My niece graduated from college this weekend!

This is an exciting time for all these young people as they make their way in the world.

Money Mortarboard 5.30.2017

Money Mortarboard 5.30.2017

Thank goodness she has a job waiting for her on the West Coast.

I found this Money Mortarboard Origami design and thought it most appropriate for the occasion.

It was cool and somewhat overcast when I left for Providence on the Amtrak train.

After a lovely ride, I arrived at my destination.

The train station is quite close to the college so I only had to walk across the canal bridge and up some very steep hills.

Canal, Providence, Rhode Island 5.28.2017

Canal, Providence, Rhode Island 5.28.2017

Huffing and puffing, I climbed to the College Green.

I surveyed the empty seats waiting for the graduation crowds and selected some for the rest of my family.

We were coming from mainly the North East, the exception being my dear Aunt who traveled from Barbados for this happy event.

 

Cog Train on Mount Washington 5.27.2017

To the Top: Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington, N.H., is 6,288 feet above sea level.  It is the highest peak in North Eastern United States.

The top of the mountain has the worst and most erratic weather due to the confluence of storms from the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Northwest regions.

NH Mountain Fog 5.27.2017

NH Mountain Fog 5.27.2017

Our bus climbed through the drizzle towards the Mt. Washington Cog Railway’s base camp.  I wondered whether we would see anything at the summit through the rain clouds.

Cog Trains at Base Camp 5.27.2017

Cog Trains at Base Camp 5.27.2017

The four-hour trip from Boston, arranged by Mystic Valley Railroad Society, promised fabulous views if the weather cooperated.  The rain did stop eventually.  The sun struggled to come out from behind heavy clouds in the morning.

We disembarked from the bus, ate a delicious hot lunch in the visitor’s center then, viewed the Cog train exhibits.

Excitedly, we watched the colorful trains ascend and descend along the steep railway tracks up the mountain while waiting for our scheduled boarding time.

The Boston group boarded at 3 pm.  We were delighted with the train conductor’s announcement that the clouds had disappeared at the summit.

Cog Train Climbing Mount Washington 5.27.2017

Cog Train Climbing Mount Washington 5.27.2017

Spectacular views awaited us when the Cog arrived at the top an hour later.

As the train climbed higher and higher, the track angle increased substantially.  Tall pine trees gave way to smaller ones, then low brushes and a rocky, alpine landscape.

Finally, the train arrived at the summit and we were surrounded by magnificent mountain and valley vistas!

Mount Washington Summit 5.27.2017

Mount Washington Summit 5.27.2017

Thinking about an Origami design related to mountain tops, I decided to fold a Spinning Top.

Here is the colorful modular action Origami model which is quite easy to fold.

Use different colored papers to give the spinning top a really cool appearance.

Origami Spinning Top 5.27.2017

Origami Spinning Top 5.27.2017

 

The purple and white paper provide the base of the model and the blue paper, the central ring.

Then, the green paper is folded into a point at the top and slides into the blue paper.

Grasp the top, give it a twirl and watch the colors spin around.