Saturday, June 17, 2017

Memorial Day in Cape Cod

Nauset Light.We wanted to go to Cape Cod for years it seems. The place is relatively close, but somehow we never went, in part because it gets pricey in season. It was not cheap this Memorial weekend as well — a little over $250 for a room per night, but definitely more affordable.

Salt Pond Bay.We booked Hampton Inn hotel by Hilton in Hyannis. The location is not ideal since it’s still a 40+ miles ride from Provincetown, but we wanted to book something with a big chain rather than a small business in case we will have to cancel the trip on the account of children getting sick.

Nauset Beach.The original plan was to leave at 15-16 o’clock, but after some consideration we’ve decided to go as early as possible in hopes to beat some of the traffic, which in our case was right after picking Arosha up from school at 14:20. I prepared chicken sandwiches and tea so that Arosha could eat in the car and save us some time.

Down to Nauset Beach.Well, what can I say? Getting out of a megalopolis on the verge of the long weekend is not pretty. It took us 4 hours to drive the first 90 miles. We did stop at some point to get a quick dinner at a Turkish restaurant, which kids really liked, but pretty much all we did for the rest of the day was driving and standing in traffic. We got to the hotel at 22:30 and went to bed after 23:00.

Eroding Cape Cod.On Saturday the plan was to drive to Provincetown and make a few stops on the way in order to see different lighthouses and maybe take a hike or two.

Balancing at Nauset Beach.Approximately midway we stopped at the visitor center, where Danya and the kids got their passports stamped, and then proceeded to Nauset Lighthouse and Three Sisters Lighthouses. We went down to the beach, but did not spend too much time there since we had a lot of other plans.

Streets of Provincetown.The children started climbing sand dunes on the beach, which apparently is not a good idea because it can facilitate coastal erosion. We did not realize it at first, but within a few minutes someone pointed that out to us, so we explained it to Arosha and Anюta. I think if they were allowed to proceed, they could have enjoyed this activity for a very long time.

Streets of Provincetown.We then went and looked at the Nauset Lighthouse and took a few pictures of it. There were no tours to the top available. We did not take a hike to the Three Sisters, but drove by them — the remnants of the replacement wooden lighthouses (the original brick ones fell into the ocean over a century ago) are not on the shore and only one of them looks like a lighthouse.

Streets of Provincetown.We then proceeded to Provincetown. The roads were quite busy, but no major traffics. In the city though it was tough to find parking. Luckily, we stumbled upon a big public parking lot (it was relatively inexpensive) and on the farthest parking field there were still some spots left.

Cape Cod Bay. View from Provincetown.What can I say? Provincetown seemed too busy for my taste. I guess, if we did not have children, it would have felt nicer, but it was a little unnerving for me to keep track of them in the crowds of people, especially considering the fact that Anюta stopped in front of every single dog and tried to communicate with it, and there were a lot of dogs in Provincetown that day.

Breakwater walk to Wood End Lighthouse.We picked one of the less popular places for lunch — it still had relatively decent rating on TripAdvisor — and got some beer, burgers, chowders and a lobster roll to share. The seafood in Cape Cod is fresh and tasty, and even though I am still not a huge fan of lobsters, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Breakwater walk to Wood End Lighthouse.We walked around the town for a little longer after lunch, and then drove to the Wood End Lighthouse. People at the visitor center warned us that we won’t be able to take a hike to it with little children in tow since the path to it is made out of huge rocks going through the water. We decided to see what exactly that looks like, but could not find any parking. Luckily, there was an inn with a big parking lot right next to the path, and the management let us park there free of charge for an hour.

National Seashore headquarters.The children were very excited with the rocky path — they were jumping from one rock to the next with the speed of a fit adult, but I was worried that one of them would slip and get into the cracks in between the rocks and break something. So we walked towards the lighthouse for about 15 minutes and then headed back to the children’s great disappointment.

Marconi Wireless Station Site.Originally, we planned to see one more lighthouse located in the area that day, and also to get another stamp at the farthest visitor center. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the center was already closed. Everyone was tired, so we decided to postpone the lighthouse visit until tomorrow, if we would feel like driving so far from our hotel again.

Authentic Cape Cod lunch at Moby Dick's.When we got to the hotel, the children went to the pool, which was also super crowded. Danya and I also changed into our bathing suits, but to be honest, neither pool, nor jacuzzi looked appealing enough to get in, although I did put my legs into the hot tub — I guess, Costa Rica spoiled us in this regard.

Lunch at Moby Dick's.We spent about an hour in the pool, and after a quick shower went to get dinner at local Peruvian restaurant. Danya and the children got fajitas and I got some Peruvian seafood dish that our waitress recommended. It turned out to be really good even though I oftentimes don’t like stuff like that. I think that the quality of the local seafood really makes all the difference.

Cape Code Lighthouse or Highland Lighthouse as it is known now.The next day we have decided to drive to the top of the Cape Cod again to see the Cape Cod Lighthouse. We stopped at some ranger station first in hopes to get an extra stamp, but it was closed. We did make it to Marconi Wireless Station Site though. We had lunch at Moby Dick’s restaurant. It was a nice experience — you order your food at the counter and take any table that you like and they bring the food to you, and the food was good too.

View from the top of Highland Lighthouse.After getting the passports stamped, we went to see the Cape Cod Lighthouse. Danya and Arosha took a tour to the top, but Anюta is not tall enough to be allowed in, so both of us waited for the boys outside. Daniel liked the tour and one of the interesting things that the guide told them is that the lighthouse was moved 3 times already due to coastal erosion.

Light lens itself up top of Highland Lighthouse.We wanted to see another lighthouse and maybe take a hike on the beach to it, but were not sure where to go exactly. A park ranger at the entrance to one of the $20 per car beaches (which we skipped) explained to us that there is a small hidden parking lot from which we can take a mile long hike to the lighthouse, and we even managed to find it, but it had no empty spaces. Oh well.

Highland Lighthouse.We ended up parking at Herring Cove Beach, which was free by the way, and taking an hour walk in the direction of the lighthouse on that beach. We could have walked longer, but it was just so windy and chilly that we could not take it any longer.

Herring Cove Beach.After this we went back to the hotel and the children enjoyed the pool once more. For dinner we went to Brazilian Grill, and it was a real treat. I think kids each ate about as much meat as I did, as they tend to do in this type of restaurants.

Hike at Herring Cove Beach. Windy.Our last full day at Cape Cod happened to be rainy. We didn’t do much. First the children went to the pool and spent 2 hours there. Then we drove to one of the restaurant streets in Hyannis, and had lunch at The British Beer Company and some deserts at the local cupcake store. We also checked out a few souvenir shops and got a cool looking magnifying glass for Arosha and small pink plush seal for Anюta — they christened it tюlenьka.

Herring Cove Beach.We then went back to the hotel and kids hit the pool and a hot tub again. This time around they spent 3 hours enjoying the water activities.

Collection of shells.Danya and I used the fitness center to get a workout on an elliptical trainer. I enjoyed it, but I still like our Peloton much more.

Seashell castle.Then at the evening I felt a massive migraine building up, so by the time we went to the restaurant and ordered dinner, I could barely sit straight. We took the food to go, and Daniel with the children ate their meals in the dining area of our hotel. I did not touch my meal, which was for the better, since I ended up throwing up a few times, which I suspected would happen.

Race Point Lighthouse from afar.Long story short, I was able to sleep most of the night and felt better the next day, although I still had a slight headache and queasy stomach.

Rhode Island Capitol.After breakfast on Tuesday we headed home. We stopped at Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. We visited the state capitol there — looked around, took some pictures, got special stamps.

Inside the capitol at Providence.We ate lunch later on at McDonald’s to save time and arrived home at 7 p.m. The total millage for the trip was 763 miles, which is a lot considering that it was just an extended long weekend getaway.

Arosha with Liberty Bell.I had fun overall, but at the moment have no desire to revisit Cape Cod. I understand that the timing was not ideal since a lot of people travel during this particular weekend, but it just felt so overcrowded. Our average speed for the trip was 30 miles per hour, which means that we spent 20 hours in the car altogether, and this was definitely tiring for everyone, especially Daniel.

Rhode Island Capitol in Providence.But then again, this was a quality time spent with my family and I am grateful that we were able to get away from our everyday routines and just explore new places together.

Providence.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Cape Cod Weekend Getaway

Cape Cod map.During our last weekend’s trip to Fire Island I again started reminiscing about us visiting so many places and yet still not being able to make it to Cape Cod. Well, we decided to take an upcoming long Memorial Day weekend and remedy the situation.

One of the issues before was that we have tried to look into visiting the cape during the peak summer time and the prices are just way out there. We decided to go there ahead of the season — there are still supposedly plenty of things we can spend our time on without having to actually swim in the ocean.

Another decision that we made was to stay at the very start of the Cape Cod peninsula. Most of the land along the National Seashore is covered by little motels and lodges and they have less than stellar cancellation policy. Having two little kids who can decide to develop a fever on whim’s notice we prefer bigger chains.

We booked our stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Cod1 in Yarmouth-Hyannis area. There was another Hilton property in close proximity, but we settled for this one because it had a hot tub in addition to an indoor pool that both properties featured. Provincetown itself is 45 miles or 1 hour away, so we’ll be able to visit it on one of the days while we are there. Continue Reading

  1. Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Cod — 4 nights, total of $1,115 with taxes included. []

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

И еще о Мэйне

One of the ships in Bar Harbor.В догонку к Даниному посту…

Мэйн встретил нас цветущей сиренью. Пожалуй, ни одно растение не порадовал бы меня так, как это сделали нежные, ароматные, горьковатые на вкус, фиолетовые, белые — вобщем такие родные кустики сирени!

Lilac was in full bloom all over the place.Несколько дней до нашего отьезда погода в Нью-Йорке стояла жаркая — и это отразилось на содержимом нашей дорожной сумки. В Мэйне же было довольно прохладно и все юбочки-платьишки-маечки на брительках так и пролежали нетронутыми на дне сумки. Ну что ж, лишний вес с виде куртки совсем не отразился на моей способности дышать свежим воздухом, любоваться местными северными красотами и просто расслабляться.

On the trail on Cadillac Mountain.Вообще лес мне напомнил детсво, частично проведённое в деревне у бабушки. Звуки, запахи, виды казались чем-то знакомыми, и, как уже написал Даня, не было такого удивления и восторга, как при посещении юго-западных штатов страны. Необычным для меня было соседство смешанного леса с океаном.

Bass Harbor, Acadia National Park.Кстати, надо заметить, что лес был очень чистым — нигде мы не видели бумажку, битую бутылку или ржавеющую железяку. Во многих местах стояли таблички, которые увещевали туристов ходить только по специально проложенным тропинкам в целях защиты хрупкой растительной жизни, что мы и делали.

Carriage road bridge near Eagle Lake.Как уже писал Даня — кухня Мэйна знаменита морепродуктами. Ну что могу сказать об омарах — для разнообразия есть можно, но особого восторга они не вызвали. Возилась я с панцирем всего 2 раза (во всех ресторанах продают и уже очищенных омаров) — и второй раз получалось более ловко. Намного больше мне понравились мидии — какие же они вкусные с кисловатым масляным соусом. Мммм… Вот их я бы ела с удовольствием на еженедельной основе. ) Д. Боря сказал, что несмотря на то, что мидии продаются и в Нью-Йорке, есть он их дома брезгует ибо местная вода, откуда вылавливают мидиий, гораздо грязнее чем хотелось бы. К сожалению, я с ним совершенно согласна.

Fishing ships near Bass Harbor.Вобщем, отдохнули мы хорошо и в отличной компании! ) Думаю, что когда-нибудь еще надо будет повторить поездку в Мэйн, и сделать это в осенний сезон.
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Maine Vacation

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.As most of you have guessed by now, we’re back from our Maine vacation. And as always the trip has been great and I want to leave some notes for those who are interested, but mostly for my future self and my wife’s future self — before memories begin to fade that is.

To Maine


We were able to leave relatively early, since Friday was a short work day for most — around 5pm. We loaded up our car (nice to have a big trunk with no junk in it) and took off via Belt Parkway to Portland, Maine through Connecticut, Massachusetts and so on.

Near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park.We were very happy to get out of NYC without getting stuck in traffic — who would’ve thought? But soon enough everything was balanced out — some major accident on I-95 in Connecticut had us crawling for hours.

We even stopped near my work in Norwalk for dinner in a local brewery to let the traffic pass, but it didn’t help. It took us a good number of hours to pass through what should’ve taken 30 minutes maximum. But that didn’t matter. We had good company and we all were having a good time and a new adventure was awaiting us.

On a hiking trail around Jordan Pond in Acadia.After that the drive was uneventful and long. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t fun though. We got to Portland at around 1am and were sleeping by 2. Meanwhile Vika gave birth to a little baby girl, who they named Audrey.

From Portland To Augusta To Bar Harbor


The next morning we checked out of the hotel, ate breakfast at local Friendly’s and drove to downtown Portland. We stumbled upon an open Post Office, where we got our Portland stamp. Post Office happened to be right across from the city hall building.

Us on one of the streets of Portland.After that we drove down to the old docks. That area of the town turned out to be full of tourists, little shops and restaurants. They day was mostly cloudy, but not rainy. We walked around the town for a couple of hours and soon after left for Augusta.

Maine capitol building in Augusta.Augusta is the capital of Maine. While Portland, being Maine’s biggest city has only 60,000 people living it, Augusta was even smaller. It was much quieter and as it always is the capitol area was virtually deserted on a Saturday.

On the banks of Kennebec River in Hallowell.We walked around, took some pictures, drove to the bank of Kennebec River that passes through Augusta, ending up in a tiny town of Hallowell in the process.

The rest of the day we spent on driving to Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor itself is a small town that is located on Mount Desert island right on the edge of Acadia National Park. There was nothing notable on the way, except for everything being covered in all shades of green — a spring forest that has just recently been awoken.

Fresh green forest. Top of Cadillac Mountain.The closer we were getting to Bar Harbor (driving south from Bangor) the more Lobster restaurants and pounds of all kinds started to appear. I just happen to remember all kinds of lobster places having large pots outside with steam coming out of large pipes attached to those pots. Maine and lobsters are synonymous to most people either way, and it started to become the same for us.

Bar Harbor


We got to Bar Harbor around 5pm.

Bar Harbor Manor. Sign in front of our inn.Easily found our hotel (no chains, only small private places) and checked in. We were staying in a place called Bar Harbor Manor. We had a big suite with 2 bedrooms. They had several houses and we had a full 2nd floor of one of them. It was very nice, clean and cozy. It also had a big kitchen with everything in it and a big table with 4 chairs — this is where we ate our breakfast most of the days.

We were staying in this house. All of 2nd floor was ours.The town itself is pretty small — I would say about 10 blocks by 10 blocks. The street that we were staying on was very quite, but it took us only 10 minutes of walking to get to the busiest part of the town. The center had multiple shops, restaurants and was full of tourists. Those streets are also located right on the coast and the views are magnificent.

One of the restaurants on the water in Bar Harbor.A very cozy little town and great place to spend time at on a relaxing vacation.

Food


Bar Harbor is obviously a sea-food town. I personally have eaten barely any sea-food at all in my life time, but I decided I have to try some stuff since we’re in Maine.

Maine lobster.For our first evening dinner the owner of our inn recommended we go to a simple place called West Street Cafe. The place has simple wooden benches and tables, but it felt nice. We ordered mussels for an appetizer and everyone ordered different lobsters. My mom and Alena ordered whole lobsters, I ordered Lobster Scampi (aka lazy man’s lobster) and my dad ordered stuffed lobster, but the waitress messed up and he ended up with stuffed fish.

First of all I have to say that I tried mussels. Everyone was very impressed with this dish in this place, and I was able to eat it. That’s saying a lot. Also I was eating lobster, but I still have to say that I prefer steak to it. I think that was the consensus.

Grilled Chicken Breast. Marinated in lemon, fresh herbs & olive oil.The next day we ate our dinner inside Acadia itself — Jordan Pond House. The soup was rather weird, but for my main course I ordered a grilled chicken breast. It was extremely delicious.

On Monday evening we went to another place that was recommended to us by our inn owner — Galyn’s. It was more of an upscale place and I think everyone liked it the most. I for a change ordered a steak, as did everyone else, but Alena. She said that she’s going to be eating lobsters while she’s in Maine and that’s what she did. The way she put it was that she’s going to keep at it until she starts liking them. Not sure if that happened, but she did keep at it.

Lobsters. One of the restaurants in Bar Harbor.Last day we had our breakfast in a blueberry pancake place (other days we ate at home — we bought some stuff in a local supermarket) and in the evening we went to the place right on the water — Fish House Grill. It was similar to the first place and Alena ordered a whole lobster again. So did my mom, as it turned out by mistake. And she was really unhappy about the fact that she had to fight with the lobster again. It was actually quite funny to see her get mad at the lobster. )

And on our way home we did what we always do when we drive from that direction. We stopped in Foxwoods to eat at California Pizza Kitchen. The Greek pizza was as delicious as before.

Acadia National Park


Sunday, our first full day there, was dedicated to exploring the main part of Acadia National Park. This is also the day when we collected most of our stamps around the park. We started from the visitor center and drove all around the Park Loop Road.

Us on top of Cadillac Mountain.We visited the top of Cadillac Mountain. It is the highest point on the east coast, yet it is only 1,600 feet. It really has got nothing on Colorado or the southwest. But the views from the top are nevertheless spectacular. You can see all of the island, the town, the ocean and the multitude of other little islands.

All of us on Sand Beach.We saw Sand Beach, Thunder Hole (water hits the walls of a cave and it does really sound like a loud thunder), we did a 3 mile hike around Jordan Pond and took a whole bunch of pictures, besides other things that I don’t recall. Sadly the first part of the day was cloudy, so some shots look gloomier than it really felt.

Jordan Pond.Since we’re more used to the northern nature there wasn’t really a Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.wow factor involved here (unlike our southwest trips), but the peacefulness and the tranquility of the park was great. Amazing beauty of simple green forest, brown and gray rocks and blue ocean is just what one needs to relax and get away from the usual daily routine.

On the 2nd day we went to see the famous Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. From one side it is utterly unimpressive and is tiny compared to Fire Island Lighthouse. On the other hand the location where it is built is magnificent. And all in combination it produces a striking view.

Waves breaking on the rocks on Schoodic Peninsula.After that we decided to drive to Schoodic Peninsula — a 60 mile drive. The views and forest there is different and there are visible paths where lava used to flow some long time ago. The sad part was that there should’ve been a stamp there as well, but nobody on the ranger station was able to find it. I guess somebody decided to collect the stamp itself, not its print.

Duck Brook Bridge near Eagle Lake.And on our last day we took it rather easy. We did a hike along one of the multiple carriage roads in the park, while taking pictures of 2 stones bridges.

Stamps


Overall we ended up with 10 new stamps. 8 of them are from Acadia National Park. Should’ve been 9 if it weren’t for missing Schoodic stamp. One is from our stop at some Massachusetts historic site on our way back and one is USPS stamp from Portland.

Last Days


On our last full day in Acadia we started the day with a walk through the multiple shops in the city. Mama and Alena wanted to buy some souvenirs and do a little shopping.

All of us at the local winery.Afterward we did some light park exploration that I mentioned above and then we remembered about a winery that we saw on our way to Bar Harbor. It is actually located on the same island and was only 7 miles away. What we did was go there and for me and Alena it was our first wine tasting.

On one of the hiking trails on Schoodic Peninsula.We ended up buying 3 bottles of wine — 2 dry white wines were very good and 1 sweet red wine that is made from apples and black currant, but it tastes more like a juice. And the parents bought 5 bottles, one of which we destroyed in the evening with some cheese that we bought for this purpose.

The drive back took 12 hours overall. We left at 11am, made a couple of stops along the way and were back home at 11pm. Total round trip came out to about 1,200 miles.

Conclusion


I love visiting National Parks of this country. Nature, some exploration and our good company is my favorite kind of vacation, good company being on number 1 spot. I had a great time and I think so did everyone else.
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rhode Island and Massachusetts

View of Boston from the top of Bunker Hill Monument.Наша замечательная традиция куда-нибудь ездить на Memorial Day weekend была воплощена в жизнь и в этом году. Как уже писал Даня, мы зарезервировали отели в Providence, RI и в Boston, MA.

Inside Bunker Hill Monument in Boston.Так как я сдала последние экзамены в четверг и была свободна аки птица, мы с Даней разработали хитроумный план избежать предпраздничные Нью-Йоркские пробки: в пятницу утром мы должны были ехать к нему на работу, вечером на поезде туда же должен был подтянуться Игнат, ну и дальше все вместе мы продолжили бы славный путь в Провиденс. Однако ввиду того что Данин босс вдвое сократил рабочий день, мы пересмотрели наш план и решили просто выехать из города как можно раньше после окончания работы. Continue Reading
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