First Stop: Mystic Seaport

Planning a trip is a bit intimidating to me. I want to go everywhere and see it all! We were due for a vacation, so I did some research and planned away. The main place I wanted to go to was Maine to see lighthouses. Then I saw photos from a vacation that friends took in New Hampshire and I figured if we were up that way… Finally, Matt said that he would like to make a circle and at least stop in all the New England states to get a geocache. You see, we have a goal of getting a geocache in every state! So this trip that I thought we be to Maine turned into a longer trip that was a New England adventure.

I saw my first lighthouse of the trip at Mystic Seaport. It was an exact replica of the lighthouse on Brant Point in Nantucket.

I saw my first lighthouse of the trip at Mystic Seaport. It was an exact replica of the lighthouse on Brant Point in Nantucket.

We didn’t have that much vacation time available, but Matt can work wherever there is internet. That includes on the road as I drive and at campgrounds! After much agonizing over what I would have to miss on the trip, I determined that Connecticut would be our first stop, specifically, Mystic Seaport.

There were lots of boats and a complete village.

There were lots of boats and a complete village.

Nestled along the shores of Mystic Harbor, Mystic Seaport boasts that it is our nation’s leading maritime museum. But it is much more than a museum. I have a difficult time paying attention in museums. Walking around inside a building reading plaques is not something that I seem to be able to do. I usually end up just wandering around taking photos. This was a whole village and lots of ships. No chance of getting bored at Mystic Seaport! Of course, I did find lots of subjects for photos.

Okay, so I'm pretending. But they do actually take people out on the ships and teach you about sailing.

Okay, so I’m pretending. But they do actually take people out on the ships and teach you about sailing.

Can you imagine cooking in the galley?!

Can you imagine cooking in the galley?!

There was an entire building that contained only figureheads. This figurehead was a bit intimidating!

There was an entire building that contained only figureheads. This figurehead was a bit intimidating!

These prisms were in the deck of the ship allowing light below.

These prisms were in the deck of the ship allowing light below.

Part of what made Mystic Seaport so interesting was that it seemed real. They were teaching students while we were there. And restoring boats. We walked right into this preservation shipyard and looked at what they were doing.

Part of what made Mystic Seaport so interesting was that it seemed real. They were teaching students while we were there. And restoring boats. We walked right into this preservation shipyard and looked at what they were doing.

I loved the homes and shops in the village. A glimpse of a simpler time.

I loved the homes and shops in the village. A glimpse of a simpler time.

We did so enjoy our day at Mystic Seaport. The town of Mystic was beautiful too and I would have loved to stay longer. Of course we got our Connecticut geocache. It was a lovely day and we headed back to our campsite ready to rest up for traveling the next day to Maine!…with a couple stops for more caches.

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8 thoughts on “First Stop: Mystic Seaport

  1. I loved the report on your visit to Mystic Seaport,it looks as adventurous as when we visited there years ago. By the way, your photo looks like your granddaughter, Beth, or should I say she looks like you. Love you both.

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