beauty, nature photography

Back to our normally scheduled day trips…

I am not 100% sure how we came to decide to head out to Western Massachusetts but it was likely Thelma sending me one of those links for Only in Your State…have you ever checked those out?  You can find some really cool stuff to do by checking those out!  We found one for a North Shore to South Shore lighthouse road trip and surprisingly, I hadn’t been to a lot of them before…but this trip is definitely not a day trip…more like a week or more so this would be one for another time! 

For today, our destination was Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA and though I have been to many of the towns in Western Massachusetts over the decades I had never heard of Goshen. Totally not like me but the plan was to head out by 9:00-9:30 because we thought it would take a few hours to get there…nope, not that long but it was worth getting out early because it was a hot day.  Three Sister’s Sanctuary is a very cool spot.  It is where art meets nature – 8 acres of perennial, stone and water gardens combined with art installations built over the last 25 years. The creator and founder, Richard M. Richardson started this and it is amazing!  I would like to share the entire story but it is easier to share the link…there is an Air bnb here also…I will be staying here in the next few weeks…there were a few nights available in September and I grabbed them!  I love the sanctuary and this area of the state!  

https://threesisterssanctuary.com/stay-with-us/ 

Get ready to enjoy the intrigue of this spot…so much to see…so little time!  What is considered seven rooms of stone gardens, flower gardens, sculpture…just generally cool and interesting items to explore! Lots of pictures…and I don’t think there are any duplicates…and…there is a fire breathing dragon not to mention a teeny tiny bit of fall foliage already. And let’s not forget the weird fairy dolls hanging/flying from the rafters of a shelter. There are also a couple of pictures mixed in there of the owners house/Airbnb…  

And this ends the Three Sister’s Sanctuary portion of the day…time to go get lunch! We ended up at Wolfie’s in South Deerfield. An interesting place and we opted to eat inside since it was so hot out…first time both of us had eaten inside a restaurant since the whole Covid thing started. It was not an issue because there were only 3 other groups there and everyone was very well spaced apart. Their claim to fame is their Wolfie burger but both Thelma and I oped for a salad…quite large and delicious! No dessert for us today!

Before heading to lunch we did decide to go check out something we found on TripAdvisor that is in this area…Poet’s Seat Tower in Greenfield, MA. Very cool place except for the drone that kept flying/hovering over us. We climbed to the top of the tower after doing a little bit of exploring on the other side of it. When we got to the top, there was a drone coming toward us…and then it hovered there for what seemed like forever before flying off. As distracting as it was I think it was hovering hoping we would get frustrated or annoyed and move away because we were ruining a potential shot?

If you would like to explore the Poet’s Seat Tower and area more, click on this link:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/poet-s-seat-tower

And this ends our awesome day trip to the Goshen/South Deerfield/Greenfield towns in Western Massachusetts. Hope you enjoyed the day.

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

β€œThe traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
― G.K. Chesterton

beauty, nature photography, Ocean, sky, travel

Let’s attempt to finish the Boothbay Harbor visit and then move south toward home…

Brown’s Wharf Inn & Marina Boothbay Harbor, ME

I think I ended with the Damariscotta River Cruise…after the cruise I went to the Footbridge in town…I didn’t even know Boothbay Harbor had a Footbridge but it is lovely! And watching the young lady do head stands on her paddle board…priceless!  As watching the kids enjoying a jump off the bridge! 

After checking out the Footbridge I headed back to the hotel but before going in I decided to walk over to the closest restaurant, The Whale’s Tale…one of several the hotel had recommended when I checked in. The food was decent, only one other customer when I first got there but service was a tad on the slow side and the waiter had little to no personality. I wasn’t there to become friends with him but I attempted to talk to him a few times in the hour plus I was there but he wasn’t having it. A couple that came in shortly before I left specifically asked for a table that was assigned to him and when he came out they started talking to him about their visit the night before and he barely acknowledged them. I think he needs a new job! It was though a lovely spot for dinner and close to the hotel.

After dinner, I went back to the hotel, killed some time doing a few things and then headed down to the deck to see if there was a view of sunset…I was in sunset heaven! A really long deck, lots of tables, chairs, rockers and the marina with a few super yachts from all over…all right there with the perfect sunset sky…plenty of clouds!

Next up…Sunrise the next morning! It is rare that I am up and in a good spot to catch a sunrise…but I happened to wake up and the curtains were open just enough to see sunrise was starting. I hopped out of bed and grabbed my phone, went out on the balcony and grabbed a couple shots then hopped back into bed. But, I could not stay…I knew there were beautiful things going on out there and I could here the fishing boats getting ready to go out. I threw some clothes on, grabbed the camera and the phone and went back on the deck!

Today’s adventure is Cap’n Fish’s Audubon Puffin Adventure and Scenic Cruise along the Kennebec River. I just checked their website because I couldn’t remember the length of the cruise and it is no longer available since the Puffins have left the northeast and this particular cruise isn’t available…though they have many others. I believe it was 2.5 hours…but maybe 2? I am dividing the pictures into scenic/Eastern Egg Island, lighthouses and birds…oh, and an Ocean Sunfish we came upon…and a few seals. It was a very exciting day!

I remember that one of them is Pemaquid but the names of the other 2 escape me! 😦

Then of course there is the Ocean Sunfish…a cool creature that I had never seen before and the Captain said it was a rare sighting. The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the world. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. It is a heavy, bony fish and the Captain was very careful when circling it so it did not go over it for fear of breaking bones! It swims on its side so you don’t see the dorsal fin when it swims, you see the pectoral fins.

The final and expected yet awesome part of the cruise are the puffins…and other birds. Oh…and the seal! A few eagles seen during the trip are included.

After completing this cruise, I headed back to the hotel and enjoyed a dinner I had bought at the store. Sat on the balcony for a bit and enjoyed the birds and quiet. Heading out tomorrow…going down to York…getting closer to heading home. Two nights in York and though I had three things on my list of things to see I surrendered to the heat and decided to just veg for my time in York. I did visit a few stops though on the way down…

First stop on the way down to York was at Squirrel Point Light and the Phippsburg/Arrowsic area…lovely! Though a lot of the “flowers” are actually weeds, they were pretty to me!

I attempted to find another lighthouse in this area I finally realized that the only access to it was a hike in the woods. Since it was 90 degrees I decided I didn’t need to see it that badly and I had no idea how long that hike would be! Moving on to the next spot…I went to visit the Fort Popham State Historic Site in Phippsburg. Great spot that I had never heard about before and it had a beach right next to it. In fact, when I was driving there there was a report about a white shark spotted in the area and they were warning people about this beach and another in the area…not to stay out of the water but to make sure not to go in further than your knees. I’m sorry…if there is any kind of shark in the area I am staying out of the water!

Anyway, back to the Fort…this is a very cool place. If you like a bit of local history, like to explore or your kids like to explore this is the place to come. And…you can enjoy some scenery and beach at the same time. Not a huge parking area but plenty on the day I was there. It  is a Civil War-era coastal defense fortification at the mouth of the Kennebec River.