There's a Moose in there.....just sayin'
First off are some scenes from the coast.
Nantucket is a Must See destination. We really enjoyed our day there. However, it might not be the easiest place to find your way around. First the houses: there is a saying; "Turn left at the gray house with white trim." Sure. They are almost all gray shingle with white trim. The entire island is an Historical Site and as such, there are only a few colors you can use on your house. The Gray is easy because it is natural weathering.
Then there is the idea of getting around. Looking at this truck navigating the narrow road, we were really glad we weren't driving!
This view of the Nantucket Island beach is one of my favorites.
Cape Cod was beautiful, but the drive to Provincetown was long.
By the time we got there we thought we had driven the length of Route 6.
On the way home we came across a flock of turkeys
waiting to get into the dump, er, um, landfill. Perhaps they thought it was 'all you can eat'.
Among my favorite sights were the boats. Small colorful sailboats, beautiful yachts, battered fishing boats.
Boats are an integral part of life on the coast.
From shells waiting for their sails
to fully decked out yachts.
Some were recreational, but others were working boats--lobster and fishing boats.
Dinghies lined the docks, waiting to take fishermen to their boats moored in the harbor.
Few photos capture the life of a New England Fisherman better than this one of a small house along an inlet, dock piled high with lobster traps.
In the photo below, the tide is still coming in!
Stopping at one scenic overlook we met a concerned 'citizen' of the coast. This one had quite a conversation with Larry.
Once you made it to the top , you still had 70 steps to climb to the REAL top.
Many people lined up to take their photo at the very top of the summit, some climbing over more rocks to get there. We figured, at our age, climbing the 70 steps was equal to the 4 hours it took hikers to get there. We passed on the extra climb.
For the person who would rather ride than drive, you could take the Cog Railroad to the top.
These aren't your typical junkyard dogs, but they were busy keeping the seats warm until the boss got back..
We came across a very cool shop in Vermont, that made one-of-a-kind sculptures out of old metal parts.
A large marble quarry is located near Rutland, Vermont. As a result we saw marble sculptures and marble houses.
However, we found the yummiest sculpture of all in Maine. A 1700 lb. Chocolate Moose.
We also came across one type of sculpture that always amazes me. Chainsaw sculptures.
How do you take this and turn it into ...
We did come home with one, but it wasn't a bear which seems to be most common.
One of the most pleasant surprises I discovered were small bookstores. They were everywhere. Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million are too big for these small towns, but independent booksellers are thriving.
Nothing surprised me more, though than finding this 'used book' store!
Tucked into the door of the Good Humor Ice Cream truck, this enterprising driver had placed a bookshelf with used books for sale! As he drove the old neighborhoods and docks (where we saw him) he was ready with both treats for sale. How cool is that!
Our trip through New England was wonderful. There was so much to see, and so much we didn't see. This last photo from Pennslyvania, reminds us that we live in a terrific country, and pride in America is everywhere.
It's a little hard to see, but the flag is stretched between two tractors. One is an old rusted brown one. Antique perhaps?
I hope you enjoyed our view from the open road, as much as we have.