Whale Watch

Nov. 2nd, 2011 12:56 pm
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From Newport we headed north and west to Cape Cod for our last little bit of travel before having to be back near Boston for J’s training class. We had a nice restful few days at Sweetwater Forest Campground in the middle of the Cape; it was a pleasant wooded place with narrow sandy roads. J asked me what I wanted to do on the weekend and I opted for a whale watching cruise, and picked Hyannis Whale Watch out of Barnstable Harbor at mid-Cape (largely to avoid the traffic in Provincetown, which was hosting a Leather convention that weekend – initially I thought, “oh, purses and coats and that sort of thing, that might be cool!” Then I followed the provided link and, erm, not so much.)

An afternoon of whales... )

Three C's

Oct. 4th, 2011 12:48 pm
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Convention, concert, and construction (repairs, anyway, but that's not alliterative.)

From Foxboro we headed north and west to Fitchburg to attend the The Great New England Steampunk Expo (or TGNESE, as its creators like to call it.) I’m only peripherally interested in the steampunk genre, but the guests of honor were Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Girl Genius online comic, and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, authors of the Liaden Universe books. I tried to keep the fangirl squee to a minimum on meeting them, with only limited success. It was interesting attending the con as an observer more than participant; the limited space in the fiver does mean that we choose not to make or keep costumes, and costumes (along with goggles, hats, and corsets for women) were de rigueur. Very few people weren’t dressed up to some extent. And the people-watching was great; some of the costumes were really clever.

Concert and construction... )
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Autumn Moon was a great campground, and just what we needed after the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks of August and the beginning of September. Almost empty this late in the year, it was very serene, and we had blue skies and pleasant temperatures to boot. Sites were good-sized and the people were friendly. The only knock was that the Verizon cellular service was poor to none. Yet one more reason to get a cell booster.
Cell booster gripes and Saratoga Springs... )

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