CT in 3 acts

We generally choose travel destinations for their potential.  How wrong can we go visiting a national park, the seashore, or a great museum?  On occasion, we steer our trip route to visit family or friends.  On those visits, our pace changes to catch up with people we’ve not seen for some time. For those few days we just want to enjoy being together, and we put aside our cameras, forget our long walks, stop reading our books, and just enjoy hours of catching up.

Our travel route dropped into CT (Connecticut) where we divided our time into three stops.

We chose to stay a few days at a popular AirBnB 3rdfloor apartment in Milford, looking out over the water of the Long Island Sound.

We walked on the sandy beach every day and took advantage of nearby bird watching reserves and parks. Our stay in Milford was the quiet break sandwiched between visits with friends and family.

We had arranged to meet long-time friends, Joyce and Jerry, at a seafood dive called Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House in Warwick, Rhode Island diving in to lobster rolls and chowder.

We navigated a section of the Cliff Walk with them in nearby Newport.

We hadn’t been to a cider mill in years, so Joyce and Jerry took us to nearby Clyde’s Cider Mill, the oldest steam operated cider mill in the US, with the promise of tasting their wonderful apple cider donuts.

We watched the apples funneled from the back of the truck into the bin attached to a conveyor taking the apples straight to the crushing machine.

The crushed apples oozed out of the metal tube and were hoed to evenly fill the cloth tray.

The cider makers covered the evenly filled tray with the white cloth and placed a wood pallet over it.  Pallets with their cloth-wrapped crushed apples were stacked one on top of the other.  Once a stack was the correct height, the steam press compressed the apple pallets and liquid cider dripped into a trough below.

As one last treat before leaving, Joyce and Jerry’s friend, Niall, accompanied us to Hammonasset State Park to see birds and specifically, a Hudsonian godwit, a shorebird not regularly seen in this area.  Niall knew where the bird was spotted the day before, so we made our way there.  We stood near a large parking lot and watched a number of birds gathered in a shallow wetland, just the right depth for wading birds.

We not only saw the Hudsonian godwit, but also dunlins, yellowlegs, plovers, and sandpipers.

Our last few days in Connecticut were devoted to a visit with Beth’s cousins.  We reminisced about Kathy hosting us in her Boston flat while we looked for our own apartment when we were all in our 20’s.  Kathy’s sisters, Beth and Eileen, along with their husbands joined us for a very enjoyable get-together.  We did what families who love each do who have been apart – we talked and laughed, and talked some more.

Kathy and George (on the right) allowed us to take a portrait of we four together. It was great seeing them!

Connecticut provided a break from our usual travel routine.  No museums were visited.   Sightseeing was almost non-existent.  We spent time and more time with friends and family and loved every minute.

 

October 2018

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to CT in 3 acts

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    As a birder, I can say that rare look at the Hudsonian Godwit is just about as thrilling as seeing family. OMG! Great trip, photos, and narrative, Beth & Joe, thank you for taking us along.

  2. We’ve just had a big family gathering for our daughter’s wedding. Like you, we didn’t visit places but we had a wonderful few days. Your lobster rolls and chowder sound fantastic.

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