thanks to Mike and Barb for hosting us at their home in
Waterford. Our plan was to take the Cross Sound Ferry over
Long Island Sound to Orient, NY and then travel the main roads
to Melville, NY, Kathleen's childhood home and current residence
of her mother.
The photos below are what we saw.
Mike and Barb's place with the intention of catching the 1200
ferry, but we early enough to be allowed onto the 1100
run. We were the last vehicle on the boat and we cast off
within seconds of driving aboard. As we got underway we
could see the high-speed trimaran passenger ferry at the dock.
stern of the ferry we could see the wharf portion of Waterford.
bridge spanned the Thames river. Both the vehicle and
railroad bridges are visible above.
ferry path goes past the General Dynamics Electtric Boat
facility at Groton, CT.
Boat is a major prime contractor for the construction of nuclear
river we spotted this quaint cottage on a small island.
waterfront was studded with nice (and presumably expensive)
the navigational lighthouses in the Thames.
downriver there was another lighthouse and more nice homes.
houses actually have a sand beach.
crossing of Long Island Sound is complete without a passage by
the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center. The PIADRC
is supposedly responsible for the introduction of Lyme disease
in North America via deer swimming across Long Island Sound.
passed another cross-sound ferry, this one likely for passengers
Jones family home in Melville.
the houses in the neighborhood really get into Halloween.
fellow went way, way overboard.
Melville we decided to visit the Hecksher Museum. The
museum is in a city park and the grounds were rife with geese.
being late into fall, there were blooms on some of the plants.
the lighting did not do the color justice in the photo.
blooms were bright red.
Heckshcher Museum was small but had some nice works. The
treatment of light in this photo is first class. Venice
has always been a popular subject for paintings.
the dim light in the museum, the camera did a great job of
capturing the subtle colors in this work.
painting made me do a double take as I originally thought it was
nice work with great representation of lighting.
We left the Hecksher
and headed across the park to a nice lake.
surprised to see live turtles in the lake begging for food.
There were a number
of turtles of several species. Note the fish under the
The lake had a
viewing dock and ducks, geese, fish and turtles figured out if
they were close to the dock and visible they would be fed.
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