Summer Vacation

We endured three digit heat and a power outage during our yearly visit out east. Otherwise, it was a very nice visit with family and friends.

Some of the highlights - fishing with Grandma Nai Nai on the lake - we rented out a small motor boat and headed out early on Monday morning:

The lake was quite still, almost like glass, as we cast our fishing lines in. After only two casts, I managed to tangle up my entire fishing rod line. Guess I'm out for the count. It's not that hot out (yet), so I help the kids with worms, casting and pulling in the abundant catch of the day - seaweed:

Finally, Scott and Erica score a couple of small perch. Obviously, they aren't keepers:

Erica seemed to have the most effective fishing style - just ignore your pole and line and they will come. Both times she caught fish, she thought she was bringing in more seaweed!

After 21/2 hours, it is starting to get hot out, so we go for a joyride on the lake. Both kids steered the boat:

While in NY, we also visited Scott's friends from college, Mark and Marianne. Their two kids are Erica's age and they all had a blast playing together. We hadn't seen them since their kids were just a couple of days old.

After NY, we headed to Boston, where we had to endure the Big Dig detours and 100+ degree weather. Fortunately, my parents' house has central air. While in Boston, we went whale watching - our first time. We saw lots of whales - Finback, Humpback and Minke whales. The Finbacks even came close to our boat (we were told this was unusual for the Finback whale). Our excursion took place after the heatwave broke, and it was a perfect 80 degree day with plenty of sunshine and fairly calm seas. As we set sail out of port, Erica and Brian practice using their binoculars along the shoreline and we pass by the Mayflower 2:

We pass by this lighthouse (I think it is the smallest one off the coast of MA) before heading out to the prime whale feeding area:

Here are just a few of the whales we saw on our trip, all humpbacks:

The back fin of the humpback (her name is Freckles):

Pictures of the Plymouth beach shore:

And the Plymouth Rock pavillion:

Vivian  – (August 9, 2006 at 11:32 AM)  

Shirley these are all beautiful photos! I have loved reading about your trip to China and the photos just make it more interesting.

shirley  – (August 9, 2006 at 10:07 PM)  

Hi Viv - thanks for the comments.
I love taking pictures and this way I get started on the journaling part of my scrapping.

agent713  – (August 10, 2006 at 4:54 PM)  

Cool! I didn't know there were whales in Boston! The Mayflower 2 is a beautiful ship too. TFS!

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