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

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.

 

 

 

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.