Down by the SeaSide

Trip Start Aug 15, 2010
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Trip End Sep 11, 2010


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Cape Ann Campsite

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We are still wending our way home and our destination today was Gloucester, Massachusetts. We left Bangor under gray skies once again with rain threatening.  As we approached I-95 in Bangor, we had to stop to let a turkey cross the road.  The drive was uneventful. We made several stops along the way and made it into Gloucester early afternoon.  After setting up the trailer we went into town to see some of the sights.  Our first stop was along the waters edge.  They have created a park like setting with a walk along the water and various monuments lining the walk. 

At the far end is a garden with a sculpture of Triton, son of Poseidon, who was said to control the waters by blowing on a conch shell. The memorial to the Merchant Marines who served from 1941-1945 sits nearby.  The memorials to the fishermen and the wives take center stage in the area.  The familiar figure of the fisherman at the wheel honors those who have gone down to the sea in ships.  The compass lies in front of the fisherman and lining the railing are the names of all those who have lost their lives at sea. The most famous, perhaps, being the crew of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat that went down in what became known as "The Perfect Storm".

Tomorrow we will be taking a whale watch from Capt. Bill's and Sons whale watch. This was the whale watch boat that Laura worked on for a summer in 1999 when she interned for CRU which is now The Whale Center of New England.
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