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I Have A Face-To-Face Meeting With A Fish That Looks Like An Angel!

Jim says:

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Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Yesterday was…yup…another hot and humid day! But we headed out anyways to visit Gloucester and Rockport.

First stop was at the Fisherman’s Memorial which commemorates Gloucester Fishermen from 1623 to present. According to the info there nearly 1,000 ships and 5,368 fishermen have been lost at sea during that time.

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The Gloucester, Massachusetts Fisherman’s Memorial.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Fisherman’s Memorial…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucester_Fisherman%27s_Memorial

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These lost fishermen were portrayed in the movie The Perfect Storm.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Gloucester…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucester,_Massachusetts

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about The Perfect Storm movie…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perfect_Storm_%28film%29

Next stop was at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center which presents information about the history of Gloucester fishing and related items. It was a very informative place.

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Believe it or not…this is the bottom side of a baby Ray fish looking at me from inside the tank!

Here’s the official Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center website link…
http://www.gloucestermaritimecenter.org

Then a stop at the Crow’s Nest for a couple of beers to cool off from the heat and humidity. The barmaid showed us a photo album of pictures taken during the three weeks the film crew hung out there while filming the move…The Perfect Storm.

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The Crow’s Nest is the bar where the fishermen portrayed in the movie The Perfect Storm hung out. It is also the place the cast of the movie The Perfect Storm hung out during the three weeks they were in Gloucester.

Here’s the official Crow’s Nest website link…
http://www.crowsnestgloucester.com/

Next to the Rocky Neck Art Colony in East Gloucester.There are 37 art galleries here. Mary was in her glory here because she just loves art galleries!

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Rocky Neck in East Gloucester is America’s oldest working art colony.

Here’s the official Rocky Neck Art Colony website link…
http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/

Last stop was in the scenic town/harbor of Rockport. Home of Motif#1. While there we enjoyed a nice meal in an air-conditioned restaurant overlooking the harbor. Mary also bought a freshly cooked lobster that she brought back to the motorhome. Then she ate the whole thing!

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Motif #1 is a world-famous art and photography image.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Rockport…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockport,_Massachusetts

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Motif #1…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motif_Number_1

To see the other 44 photos I took, clock this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/072810#

By time we returned to the motorhome at American Legion Post #113 in Manchester there was a wonderful brisk breeze and the humidity started to come down which made for a delightful evening.

Today we will transit around Boston on Massachusetts Route 128 and arrive in New Bedford once again for the largest Portuguese Feast in the world which runs through the weekend. It’s a lousy job…but somebody’s got to do it! 🙂

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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We Travel To Manchester, Massachusetts

Jim says:

On another hot and humid day we drove the motorhome and Bronco South for the about 40 miles to the town of Manchester on the Northeastern coast of Massachusetts. We are parked at American Legion Post #113 which over looks the scenic and peaceful harbor.

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Our parking spot overlooks the harbor of Manchester, Massachusetts.

Along the way yesterday we passed through the town of Ipswich, Massachusetts which is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year. It’s the home of the famous Clam Box Restaurant which has been in operation since 1935.

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The Clam Box has operated in Ipswich, Massachusetts since 1935.

Years ago when I was in the construction business I knew a guy by the name of John Brandt who claimed to have traveled the world and also be a clam connoisseur. I remember him proclaiming…”There’s not a finer tasting clam in the world than one from the Ipswich River in Massachusetts!”. According to a newspaper article on the wall…the clams are first dipped in evaporated milk then corn flour before being dropped in the fryer. After the first one Mary proclaimed…”I’ve never tasted a finer fried clam!”.

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We ordered a small order of fried clams and two clam cakes.

The next town along the way was the town of Essex which is reputed to have been the wooden ship building capital of New England having built nearly 4,000 ships from 1650 to 1982. Unfortunate the Essex Ship Building Museum was closed but we were able to wander around and take some photos. Here are four of them…

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To see the other 27 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/072710

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Essex…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex,_Massachusetts

Today we will leave the motorhome in Manchester and use the Bronco to tour nearby Cape Ann.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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Another Fun Day With Old Friends In Southeastern New Hampshire

Jim says:

Yesterday was a delightful weather day! Instead of the oppressive heat and humidity we’ve experienced in a number of past days, the high temperature was only 83 degrees with only 41% humidity! For a change, the weather wimp (that’s me) was a happy camper!

Four days ago I reported the gathering of old friends at Revere, Massachusetts. Yesterday the same group got together in Southeastern New Hampshire. At out current parking location at American Legion Post #105 at Kensington, New Hampshire we are only (not by accident) about eight miles from the home of Bill and Loretta Gallagher in Hampton, New Hampshire. We arrived there at 10:00 AM.

Upon our arrival Bill showed me the only known shirt remaining in existence from our Road Sharks Car Club of Revere, Massachusetts from more than 50 years ago!

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Bill Gallagher with the only known remaining shirt from the Road Sharks Car Club.

Bill, Loretta, Mary and I got in their SUV and they showed the sights us along Hampton Beach for an hour.

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Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

Back at the house, Arthur and Dolly arrived at 11:00 AM where we sat for two more hours reliving the good old days. Dolly has lived on the same street in Revere, Massachusetts all of her life and was the Assistant City Clerk for 36 years. She forgets nothing and astounded us with stories about what’s happened to old school friends.

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The first two hours we spent reliving the good old days.

All six of us in the SUV with Bill acting as tour guide. He returned to the coast and drove North, the 10+ miles with beautiful homes, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire which is one of the oldest cities in New England. We parked the SUV and spent an hour wandering around Old Market Square enjoying the unique sights and shops.

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Accidentally came across this mural of Old Market Square, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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The North Church in today’s Market Square in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Portsmouth, New Hampshire…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth,_New_Hampshire

Back in the SUV once again, we headed South to the Old Salt Restaurant where we enjoyed a nice meal.

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The oldies enjoy a meal at The Old Salt Restaurant.

A delightful 7.5 hour day! Normally I get to enjoy only one day with old friends as I pass through a given area. This second day of old friendships was a nice bonus. While Mary was not part of the group many years ago, as normal she fits right in within a few minutes!

To see the other eight photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/072610#

Today is a travel day as we move the motorhome and Bronco South about 40 miles to Manchester on the Northeastern Massachusetts seacoast.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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