History, Just plain funny creepy!, Museum, travel

Three stops and some lunch…an August day trip!

I should be getting ready for tomorrow’s excursion but I sit here wondering how to fill my afternoon because…everything is done to leave tomorrow except for the actual packing.  So…I could sweep and vacuum but umm…no!  I’ll let the rest of the family take care of that while I am enjoying my travels!  🙂 

My friend…aka Thelma, called to see if I wanted to do something.  Probably expecting me to say no for several reasons…we had a day trip to Western MA a few days prior, it was a very hot August day and I am never pleasant to be around when it is 80-90 degrees and humid out…why would she, knowing this, really think of spending time with me?  But I agreed!  HAHA…that will teach her! More shocking…the venue opens at 10:00 AM and we took tickets for the first time slot which meant leaving around 9:00 AM just to be sure we were there on time…about a 40 minute drive from my house.  I generally don’t do anything with her until 1:00 PM or later…I just am not a morning person!  But again, surprise!  

We decided to start the day at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.  I had seen the sign dozens of times driving into Cambridge and on several websites I follow but had never been there.  In these Covid times, you had to buy tickets on line, pick a time slot to go, and show up.  They were only letting so many people on the property at a time, not everything on the property was open and you had to wear your mask whenever you had no alternative but to be within 6′ of another person…and though people were good about keeping distance, some people just did what they wanted – without a mask on – and it was your job to get out of their way!  Still…humid and hot…it was a very fun visit!  I have a LOT of pictures but I will try to show some discipline and not post every one of them! 

I’m going, to try to break it down into various areas because the pictures are all scrambled because some were taken with the phone and some the camera.  For the first set of pictures I grabbed the picture of the “man” reflecting in the window before I made this decision and am unable to delete him without deleting them all…so the “man” stays…though he may show up again later.  🙂 

These hearts are very cool.  I did not initially notice all the cool items incorporated into the sculptures…hammers, rakes, an iron, shoes, a face (I can only guess it was sculpted by the artist at some point and incorporated into this) so many various everyday items!  

 One of my only disappointments walking the grounds…I would have like to have seen my signs posted identifying the artist and a brief explanation of their vision for the work.  Some of that was done here and there but not for every piece.  

Another interesting exhibit was an old car completely painted white, under a white tent with tv’s inserted where windows would be…but only on some of the windows.  The other windows were painted white so you could not see inside the car…interesting!  

I was going to skip ahead to when we walked around the back of the property so you could see some of the turrets because there is a “sculpture” that is supposed to replicate them but I can’t find the pictures of the real turrets…but, here is the artists rendition from inside and out.  

Found the turret from the back of the building!

Another interesting installation I found intriguing were the silver painted doors, some wood panels, some glass panels…again, wish there was (or maybe there was and I just didn’t see it?) something with the artists name and an explanation…my memory says there was something but I didn’t find it in my pictures…again, had several pictures of this from several different angles but this is the only one I could find but I think you get a feel for what I am talking about?  

There were quite a few sculptures that really spoke to me…I am going to post them all together here since I have no separate artist information for them.  They all captured my attention when I saw them and they still give me pause when I look at them again now.  I would like to know the stories about the people behind the inspirations for those pieces.

The rest is miscellaneous items from our walk around the grounds…still plenty more to see!  

And last but not least for our trip to the museum….this very large display was at the end of the field up on top of a small hill.  It looks like a real tree!  We did not get close so I am not sure what the medium was for this piece…but amazing!  

Next up on this amazing day was a decision to go have lunch…we found a place which didn’t turn out to be what I thought it was going to be but it was all outdoor seating well spaced apart.  They allowed one person from each group in at a time and no new people in until that order had been placed.  You go in one door, out the other and when your food is ready they bring it out in a bag or on a tray and call out your name and place it on a shelf outside the door.  This lovely place is the Twisted Tree in Lincoln

There was also a very lovely church across the street..

While eating lunch we looked over things we might be able to do in the area.  We decided to go head to the Minuteman Historical National Park in Concord, MA.  I think we had both been there on field trips in grade school and never been back since because when you live in an area, you might go some place like this for a field trip but never again.  As hot as it was, we opted to do this!  

On the drive there we passed by Ponyhenge…several people had posted pictures of this on Facebook during the spring and summer but neither of us had ever heard of this unusual spot and when we passed by I yelled out “stop, it’s Ponyhenge!”  A funny yet at the same time creepy little area in an open field without any clear indication of who might own, maintain or invite people to bring there no longer used rocking horses!  Be prepared…as I said it is cool yet creepy at the same time and you can’t unsee it once you stop!  This too is in Lincoln, MA.  

Last stop of the day coming up…Minuteman Historical National Park & North Bridge in Concord, MA.  Flashbacks to childhood hit me as soon as we crossed the street from the parking lot.  Because it was still 80-90 degrees and humid and I had already walked quite a bit we were unable to walk the entire park though I did encourage Thelma to go for it and I would sit under a shady tree until she came back but she opted to stick with me.  Here are some of the parts of the park we enjoyed.  Here are the historical parts we saw…below this will be the park part of what we saw. I tried to make sure I didn’t grab any duplicates but I can’t make any guarantees!  Hope you enjoy this beautiful park…and come visit it some day!   

And that ends this amazing though very hot August day!  I hope you enjoyed our day trip(s).  

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See you on the road!…thanks for traveling with me!!!

“IF YOU ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO BE NORMAL, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW AMAZING YOU CAN BE.” ~ MAYA ANGELOU

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