Who wants to eat North Atlantic LOBSTER

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
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Trip End Nov 04, 2012


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sitting here having a red wine and crumbled Gorgonzola on crackers and wine looking out over the Atlantic Ocean off Rockport. This is our home for the next 3 nights. Such quaint decor. A mix match of big flower prints, striped and little flower wallpaper, lots of fluffy pillows and lost in time.  But the view is fabulous. Rocky outcrops, fishing boats and 100s of  lobster traps bobbing on the  ocean. We are at Cape Ann, the peaceful version of Cape Cod. The whole cape was originally an artist's colony and the individual cottages in the town of Rockport showcase original artworks of all varieties. A most unique village, a little touristy,but beautiful pieces.
We hired a car, a Chevrolet Malibu( sounds far more exotic than it is)while here and have driven around the coast stopping at the inlets and trying to find some lighthouses. 'Finding' is difficult as there is no signage and when we venture down a road, we end up in someone's private driveway. We even ended up in private beaches. Summer ends officially on 15th September so people are trying to drag the last few days out of summer. Driving around we realised it has a huge number of summer residences and resorts. Cape Ann is a serene place but in winter it would be freezing with the cold winds from the North Atlantic. 
Gloucester the  closest town, has a number of whale watching experiences. The Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey's Ledge are the rich feeding grounds where the whales feed for 5 months before returning to the Caribbean to give birth.  The whales do not feed again because of the lack of nutrients in the warm water. This area is a National Marine Sanctuary.  We watched 5 humpbacks only diving and feeding in the cold waters, not doing tricks. Atlantic humpbacks have white pectoral fins which can be seen underwater as an iridescent green colouring. The trip was interesting, if not spectacular and cold and blustery, particularly on the late return trip. 
Gloucester is also where the Perfect Storm was filmed, based on the true story of the 'Andrea Gail' which left the port and all drowned in the perfect storm of 1991.
Halibut Point State Park is another interesting part of the history of this area. Halibut Point is made of sheets of 440 million year old granite. Quarrying began in 1840 and continued 'till 1929.  The quarry is now a lake for wildlife. Granite piers, walls and decorative features can be seen everywhere.
As you can see, our last few days have been about relaxing and eating. Eating in an old diner was better than I imagined. Good food as long as you share. But the best part was the lobster meals. When you order your lobster(by size) you get the whole lobster cut down the back or not cut. They give you a bib because you have to find your way through the shell. You also get a container of melted butter enough to drown your lobster. 
Tomorrow we travel back to New York and the following day we board our cruise. We've been spoilt by the free wifi, so not too sure what'll be on the boat????
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Jeff and Wendy on

Wow! More great food. Hope you guys are walking heaps. The spot looks idyllic. Beautiful. Great bike. Did you get a ride. Love the whales.

crisanddavid
crisanddavid on

We had been walking heaps, but not so much with the car. Lobster isn't fattening??

crisanddavid
crisanddavid on

Tracy on September 13, 2012 Delete Comment
Dad - the one on the plate is bigger than the one on your shirt!!!


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carsey53
carsey53 on

Fantastic photos - keep living it to the fullest

Jeanette on

OMG Cris ..... That lobster looked soooo yummy! Trust that it was!
Great photos of the area. Now for the cruise..... Hmmmm Enjoy
Love
Jeanette

kotte
kotte on

Cape Ann looks beautiful and serene. Must have been a nice change after the hecticness of New York. x

crisanddavid
crisanddavid on

Hi Sebbe
Wondered where you were, thought you might be having too much fun at Dagis. Now visiting Newport on the cruise

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