Mystic Seaport

The last stop during my New England road trip was the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. The Mystic Seaport is a maritime museum with collection of sailing ships and boats, some were more than 100 years old. It also has a replica of a 19th century seafaring village, portraying what life was like back then in a coastal community.

It was already mid-afternoon when I arrived at the Mystic Seaport, so many of the programs for the day were already finished. I spent most of my time there checking out the ships and boats, big and small, that were docked at the port. There was also one big ship called Charles W. Morgan that had been at the Mystic Seaport since 1941, and was in the middle of restoration process at the shipyard to make it seaworthy again. Visitors could climb up into the ship to see what the interior was like. And there was also Schooner Amistad, which was used in filming Steven Spielberg’s movie Amistad.

The photo below was the scenery on the Mystic River that I saw from the seaport. It was a nice fall afternoon, and some people were cruising in their sailboats on the river. In the background, there were some nice homes with riverfront view.

Sailing on the Mystic River

New England

After finishing the coast-to-coast road trip from Santa Monica, CA, to Brooklyn, NY, I continued on up north to the New England area. Our coast-to-coast road trip took place in early October, and since I already took several days off from work, and I was already in New York City, I thought why not continuing the trip to visit New England during its peak fall foliage time. Prior to this trip, I had only visited Boston, MA, for business trip. I had never been to the other New England states. So this was a good opportunity to do it, and I decided to ‘sample’ all of the New England states in one extended weekend.

The route for the trip was quite an ambitious one, covering Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in only four days. But since I was traveling alone (initially I invited my brother to come along, but he had some events to prepare for immediately after getting back to New York), my schedule was somewhat flexible and I could push it as far as I could personally take. The trip ended up to be a wonderful one as I got to experience many things unique to the region — fall foliage, maple syrup, lobster, history — capping the longest road trip I had ever undertaken, around 5,300 miles covering 22 states from California to Maine in 10 days.

The photo below was taken on the Park Loop Road in the Acadia National Park, ME. I had purchased the car about one month before the trip, and this trip was its first road trip outside the DC metro area. On a morning drive through the gorgeous drive, I noticed this stretch of the road that was lined with colorful trees, and the road had a nice S curve. It was early enough that there was no traffic for few minutes, so I ‘staged’ my car and took the photo.

Fall drive in Acadia