06.23.16 Olde Mystic Village, Seaport and Sea View Snack Bar in Mystic, Connecticut

i_love_new_england__32594.1378922315.1280.1280_1Thursday, June 23, 2016 – We left Connecticut this morning on our way to New Hampshire and Maine which means I’m catching up now on what we did this week while in Connecticut.

After touring the USS Nautilus on Monday we went to the Olde Mystic Village.  At the Village you can stroll the beautiful lanes and enjoy shopping in distinctive buildings designed to represent a New England Village of about 1720.  There were picturesque settings of flowers, trees & duck ponds that surround you as you relax and unwind. There are many benches and rest areas to catch your breath, unwind, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and let your mind slip pleasantly back to another era. Roy patiently strolled with me as I shopped and enjoyed all this Village had to offer! Their address is 27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, Connecticut.

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These are for my niece, Dana, who loves nautical decorations.  You would have absolutely loved this particular shop.  So much of the shopping around here is nautical stuff!20160620_151549 20160620_151938 20160620_152334 20160620_153916 20160620_153924Some additional photos I got off the internet.  I’m having glare problems with my photos so a lot of mine did not come out.

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Munson’s was a cool shop that made delicious looking chocolates.  We can’t ship chocolates right now (heat… melting)  so we bought some lobster shaped gummis for our granddaughter Kallie!

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Slices of pizza made from chocolate!!20160620_154057 From here we drove through Olde Mystick seeing the seaport where we stopped at the Sea View Snack Bar.  This was no snack we had there, it was a full blown meal! We’ve heard about Lobster Rolls from some of our friends and found this to be one of the top places in the area for delicious lobster rolls.

Where we eat chicken salad in Louisiana, they eat this similar food with lobster instead of chicken.  And it is served on a nicely toasted bun that looks like a hot dog bun but tastes way better!  They served it with french fries and a soft drink for $20 each.  A bit pricey for a snack shack but like I said it was a full blown meal and was quite delicious.


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Not only was the lobster roll delicious but we had the company of a very friendly seagull as we ate our lobster rolls by the sea!

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I love cemeteries, Roy does not, so I capture shots when I can.  This one was very cool!


02-newport-jury-2006-award-gdapThis wrapped up a beautiful day of exploring in Connecticut.  On Wednesday we went into Rhode Island to the incredible Ocean town of Newport.  So many amazing photo opportunities that it will take me over night tonight to go through them all!

My new Kindle Paperwhite was waiting for me at the Post Office in Mystic this morning (Wednesday) so I’ll be back to my avid Kindle reading self!  After crunching my regular Kindle Paperwhite, I’ve been reading on my Samsung phone for the last two weeks until we could get to a place where I could have the new one delivered General Delivery.

We’re hoping our new extra phone batteries reach us at our next stop in New Hampshire so we’ll be set for more photos in the next few weeks in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia and Massachusetts. Can you imagine how much my phone/camera batteries are put through with all the photos we take and how much we depend on the GPS when we’re on the road.

I truly love New England.  It is everything I thought it might be.  If I could move my family to Connecticut and could afford to live here I would!

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06.22.16 USS Nautilus Submarine Tour and Museum in Groton, CT

This is one of my favorite photos from the day. I love it when railroads run alongside water. This one runs along the Thames River in Connecticut where the USS Nautilus is docked

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – On Monday we went to nearby Groton, Connecticut to see the USS Nautilus Submarine and Museum there.  This was on our optional to do list but we needed to go to Groton for something else, so we went here also and we’re really glad we did!

September 30, 1954, NAUTILUS became the first commissioned nuclear powered ship in the United States Navy.  This was when I was only 16 days old!

Over the next several years, NAUTILUS shattered all submerged speed and distance records. On July 23, 1958, NAUTILUS departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii under top secret orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine”, the first crossing of the North Pole by a ship. At 11:15 pm on August 3, 1958, NAUTILUS’ second Commanding Officer, Commander William R. Anderson, announced to his crew, “For the world, our country, and the Navy – the North Pole.” With 116 men aboard, NAUTILUS had accomplished the “impossible”, reaching the geographic North Pole – 90 degrees North.

20160620_13182720160620_13183920160620_131942We first checked out the mini submarines outside the museum building.

20160620_132202 The little vehicle below is a Swimmer Delivery Vehicle. Submarines have operated with special operations teams since the days of WWI.  These were used in a variety of clandestine operations.  Carried in a special watertight tank “piggybacked” to a submarine, this Swimmer Delivery Vehicle gives a SEAL team a greater range of stealth, mobility and endurance.20160620_132249 20160620_132328 20160620_132610Roy had a real good time on this majorly awesome gun as you can see by the smile on his face and the video!20160620_132833After entering the museum and being welcomed by a nice older man we first visited an exhibit room which is a recreation of a World War II submarine attack center. The attack center has three operational periscopes through which we could see Historic Ship NAUTILUS, the Thames River, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Roy and I both enjoyed that experience.  We even found Boots in the parking lot through the periscope!20160620_13370120160620_133710 20160620_133810One of the torpedoes is a Mark 14 which weighs over 3,000 pounds and is 20.5 feet long.  It had a maximum range of 4.5 miles. Another of the torpedoes is a Mark 48 which is the Navy’s primary submarine torpedo.   It weighs 3,5oo pounds and is 19 feet long.  20160620_134055This is the Polaris Missile, A-3` feet long, 35,000 pounds.  It is made up of four sections, the nose cone (warhead) section, the equipment (guidance) section, and the first stage and second stage boosters.  It was operational from 1964 to 1981.

20160620_13494320160620_134948This is a model of a GATO Class Submarine. Here’s information on it and photos of the model.  There were several Ken and Barbie-sized dolls positioned throughout the submarine.

20160620_13433720160620_134354 20160620_134411 20160620_134426Several other underwater equipment items were on display.     20160620_135024Roy says this is a Tomahawk missile that costs $1 million each……………………………..20160620_135058There was lots more to see in all of the exhibit rooms.  After seeing it all we went outside toward the actual USS Nautilus Submarine!  20160620_135120 20160620_135145 20160620_135238 20160620_135243The layout of the submarine. The part we toured was the back half.20160620_135410The Nautilus is parked right outside of the museum and you get there on this walkway.20160620_135500

They gave us an audio tour device that explained to us every part of the ship that we saw.   First was the many steps to get down below the water. Everything is protected with a glass wall which explains some of the glare in the pictures.

20160620_135623 20160620_135737 20160620_135753 20160620_140337 20160620_140601Roy thought this was cool, the 126 cells of Batteries, each of which weighs approx. 1000 lbs. The batteries were the ship’s emergency source of electrical power. 20160620_140908The always popular Galley!20160620_140934Some of the torpedo area.20160620_141026Looking back at the Museum from the Nautilus.  It is a very well maintained and beautifully landscaped area.  Again, I love, all the rockiness of this area!20160620_141157From the Nautilus we went into Olde Mystic, Connecticut to explore it.  I’ll write about that next!

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06.17.16 Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, NY

OCC-complex-wideJune 17, 2016 – A place we didn’t realize is in southern New York is Orange County Chopper.  Paul Teutel Junior and Paul Teutel Senior (known as Senior) use to have a television show Roy simply loved and watched every single episode.

Their address is: 14 Crossroads Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550.  Tours 4 times a day on weekdays and 2 times a day on weekends.  It was $5 for us to get in but I don’t know if we were considered seniors giving us a reduced price.

At some point while driving around this area earlier in the week I saw that we drove through Orange County and that made me wonder if this is where OCC was located.  We looked it up and it was!!!  It was maybe 40 minutes from here so we planned to go today and to the site of the Woodstock Festival in nearby Bethel, NY.

The tour was short but fascinating. When you walk in you are in a combination retail https://i0.wp.com/www.ride-ct.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/OCC-sign.jpgshop full of t-shirts, tank tops, ballcaps, and everything OCC!   Several of the famous OCC bikes are on display there.  Many of the bikes we watched being built on their television show.  Here’s some of those bikes and the retail shop.


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Right here I have to tell you that we saw, met and took photos with Paul Sr.  I have to say, that when the show started I wouldn’t watch it because Paul Sr. was so mean and had such a filthy mouth.  As the show progressed Paul Sr. became much nicer and stopped all the cursing so I watched it the last couple of seasons.  I was thrilled to meet him and I could almost hear Roy’s heart thumping from the other side of Paul Sr. To actually be walking through the place where their genius motorcycle creations were made was great.  Here are some photos of the shop that became so famous on the television show.






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Paul Sr.’s nephew works there doing a lot of the metal work for the shop.  He stopped working and visited with us for a bit even telling us a joke!  The young girl who did the tour was very knowledgeable and it made for a great experience.


There is a bowling alley and pool room attached to the retail shop. It’s all under the same roof.


Just past that is the Orange County Cafe.


Here’s some photos of us outside the place after our visit.

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Down the street is Paul Jr’s place which was closed for renovations.  We took some photos here too!

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Next I’ll share our time spent visiting the Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, NY. Peace, Love and Music!!!

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