Thursday, September 15, 2011

More Cape Cod and area-Plymouth and Martha's Vineyard

We took the scenic route from Wareham to Plymouth. At one point we arrived at the Manomet Historic District. (funny thing, no one there could tell us why it was a historic district)

It was high on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic. There were many large beach houses and paths in the cliffs leading down to the shore and boats moored out in the ocean. Not much beach for swimming though.

We thought this was going to be a restaurant and I went in looking for some information about the area. But it was a fish market and no, they had no idea why the area was a historic district. But I did see the largest lobster I've seen so far, 6 lb. Up in Maine most lobsters were 1- 1 1/2 lb, but around here you don't see many less than 2-3 lb.

In Plymouth Max found a statue of his 8th great grandfather.

This is supposed to be the rock the pilgrams stepped onto when they arrived in Plymouth. But they didn't 'discover' this rock until 100 years later. And they say the rock was 3 times as large as it is now. I don't know about you, but I think they are pulling my leg here.

A full size replica of the Mayflower. Can you imagine sailing from England for 3 months with 120 other people on a boat this size? Don't think I care too, thank you.

Considered the first church in Plymouth because in 1620 the settlers gathered here for services. This building is the 5th built on this site, and was completed in 1847.

This church next door, is also considered the Pilgrams Church. It was established in 1801 after the Unitarian conflict with the original church.

Max is now standing beside his 8th great grandfathers grave.

Built in 1754 by Edward Winslow, since 1941 has been the headquarters of the Society for the Descendents of the Mayflower. I told Max he should go sign up.

The Jenny Grist Mill is the oldest continuously operating mill in America, since 1636.

But this is supposed to be the oldest continuously lived in house in America, built in 1640.

And finally on our way home we spotted cranberry bogs. It is harvest time. Some harvesting has already started, but most will start in a few weeks and go through October. Tom V. and Nancy W. got to see a field get flooded and harvested. We had no such luck.

But zooming in with the camera you can actually see the little red cranberries waiting for the harvest.

Another day we headed off to the ferry for Martha's Vineyard. There were a lot of other people who had the same idea as we did. I imagine there were at least 100 bikes on the ferry.

In Edgartown Max found his namesake sailboat.

And we saw this interesting vehicle driving by. Is it a bike or is it a car?

I like this, ice cream and skinny fat sandwiches, and they were all in the same shop.

Another Whaling Church. A United Methodist Church, 1787. They had just had a wedding and the building was not open to the public.

The boat building shop of Manuel Swartz Roberts, 1881-1963. He built catboats, beach boats and fishing boats. It is now an artists gallery.

I never saw 'Jaws', but this is supposed to be the beach where it was filmed.

Maybe Max shouldn't get out there too far or 'Jaws' just might get him.

This kite boarder and sail boarder don't seem to be too concerned about 'Jaws'.

It was a fun day, but we are all tired and ready for the trip home.

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