While Mary visited family in Arkansas, Rick and Maddie were left in charge of the blog. We hope you enjoy their adventures 🙂
Looks like ice cream for breakfast!
Newport, Rhode Island
Maddie did so much walking she needed to rest her paws.
Maddie is always looking for a big tree.
A truly spectacular tree, worthy of a lot of dog pee.
Grandpa hates snakes, Maddie thinks they are cool, thanks Chris M. for sharing your childhood memento.
Touro Synagogue – Newport, RI
Fun facts: Built in 1759, the second oldest American Synagogue (the oldest is in New York, of course).
The earliest known Jewish settlers were from Barbados. Curious to learn more, click here for a virtual tour: http://jewishhistory.com/TOURO/
Boat for Sale – Steven with a “v”, this could be your next boat! W Class W.22 $189,000, trailer included.
“Then and Now: Tales from the Big Chair.” The 19-foot Windsor rocking chair marks the entrance to the Redwood Library & Athenaeum.
What do you think, Dana, will this one fit in your cockpit?
Speaking of family – introducing our new boat mascot, Ruth Gins-bird.
New Bedford-Fairhaven Hurricane Barrier
Now that’s a safe harbor!
The largest structure of its kind in the world. This unique hurricane barrier is the ultimate proof of Murphy’s Law as it has never been hit by a Category 3 hurricane.
Built in 1966 it cost $1,000 a foot, is long enough to span the 3.5 mile width of New Bedford, MA is as high (and is wider) than The Great Wall of China, and has enough steel in it to build a Navy destroyer. Its two huge steel navigational-sector gates weigh 400 tons apiece-each 35 tons heavier than the biggest locomotive ever built-and each as tall as a six-story house.
When the gates swing shut at the touch of a button to lock out devastating storm tides, they create a pond inside the barrier which could cover 6,500 acres of land with a foot of water. To learn more: https://www.westislandweather.com/thehurricanebarrier.htm
Fishing Fleet, New Bedford, MA
For more than 20 years, New Bedford has been the nation’s highest-grossing commercial fishing port.
In 2019, New Bedford reported $451 million worth of fish hauled in by its boats. The number one catch? Sea-scallops 84%. The second-ranked Port is Naknek, in Bristol Bay Alaska, which had $289 million worth of landings. The number 1 catch is salmon.
Sunset with Geese
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Established in 1903, the well-funded museum is overwhelming.
Mr. Wikipedia says, its collections include over 750,000 items, including 3,000 pieces of scrimshaw and 2,500 logbooks from whaling ships, both of which are the largest collections in the world, as well as five complete whale skeletons
The marina is scary, at best, with a strong current and a tide swing of 11.5 feet. Just imagine, these pilings were almost submerged when we docked, making it a tricky maneuver, now they are over 10 feet high; Exhale was “sandwiched” into a narrow slip.
The oldest town in Cape Cod, settled in 1637, it is named for the seaport Sandwich, Kent, England. Yes, there is still an Earl of Sandwich in England.
This is for Maureen – can’t make this stuff up
Hugs and Kisses for my family. Introducing my youngest cousin, Cali.
Next up: Gloucester, MA; coming on board – Gail and Greg Doyle!
Celebrating Milestones. Birthdays: Ann Hughes, June 22; Mike Gillespie, June 23; Joe Occhino, June 26; Anniversary: Jamie and David Hendry, June 27.
4 thoughts on “Time for ice cream!”
Rick, well done! Lots of good info & pics! Mary will be proud…and that’s a great photo of her at the end of the blog! The info about the hurricane proof sea wall is amazing & you’ve navigated an 11 ft tidal swing!!! So impressive! Oh…I need a heads up or warning next time you go thinking about posting a snake picture! And I thought it was on your galley countertop! 😳
Rick…Interesting anecdote. One of my jobs as a lab assistant in college was collecting live rattlesnakes (and bats actually which was the scarier of the two). Collected them in the Mohave Desert, at night on an old runway built during the second world war for landing disabled bombers safely. Well, maybe not so safe for the crew, but safer for the local community. There was NO local community.
My guess on the moon vs anchor light — anchor light. Maybe not, but it would make a great one.
As for Maddie’s Tree — beautiful.
As for the ice cream cone, I would hate to have seen the medium or large size! I never have ice cream for breakfast, although I do sometimes skip breakfast and have a very early lunch.
Ciao, and journey on!
Looks like you are making good use of your “bachelor” time. Love the photos and history. May need to borrow the shoehorn you used to get in that slip! So cool the Doyle’s are joining you. Enjoy!!
You are my kind of guy! Ice cream anytime! And I hate snakes, too! Love the photos (except for the snake) and info you are posting.