Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back to Work....

I was having some troubles with Blogger over the last couple of days, so I decided to delay posting. Seems whatever was wrong has been fixed, so will be posting more vacation photos soon. I was fortunate to have beautiful weather for the whale watch trip and I really enjoyed visiting the State House in Boston. I have alot of blog reading to catch up with tonight... so I'll be lurking about... I'll leave you with this picture....
of a sign on the public restroom wall in Provincetown....

This is a picture of Great Pond in Eastham. Great Pond is one of some 365 freshwater ponds on Cape Cod. Most of these are kettle ponds.
Kettle ponds were formed when blocks of ice from the last glacier became imbedded or covered by outwash materials, leaving depressions that filled with fresh water when ground water rose to intersect them.

This is Sunken Meadow Beach which is located on the bay side of the Cape. There are several more beaches in this area, all just as beautiful....
Crooks Brook Beach

And of course, there's no better way to end a beautiful beach day in Eastham, than to stop in at the Lobster Shanty Restaurant for a cold beverage and some good old Cape Cod Fish and Chips!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Nauset Light - Eastham MA

Yes, I sucked it up and did a "driving" tour of the Eastham beaches! Filling up the gas tank hurt, but once I was out there checking out the gorgeous places to see it seemed worth it. Equipped with just my cell phone camera (my Cannon died), I took some photos, but alas, most were poor quality. Occasionally, as in this picture of the Nauset Lighthouse, the shot actually looked okay.

Eastham is home to part of theCape Cod National Seashore, which actually starts in Provincetown and extends for 40 miles of seashore through six towns on the Cape. This is Nauset Beach.
As you can see, the beach lies far below. Known for it's large waves, surfers from all over come to ride during and after the big storms.

The lighthouse has a story all it's own,built in 1838 it was originally located in Chatham, but later moved to replace the last of the Three Sisters Lighthouses when it was decommissioned in 1923. In 1996 it had to be moved again, this time 300 feet back from it's original location because of coastal erosion.

Coast Guard Beach, just a stone's throw away from Nauset Beach, is often voted one of America's favorite beaches. The old Coast Guard station was built in 1937 and used as such until 1958 when the National Seashore took over the building.

Well I have a few more spots to share with you.... tomorrow! Have a great day!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Don't know if you've seen this one yet, but it made me laugh! Check out the guys hearing protection!

Sorry for the lack of post folks... I'm on the second half of my vacation... will be posting some pics soon... weather has been fantastic and I've been checking out some of the hidden treasures of Cape Cod!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

There is Just Something Really Wrong with this!

Check out Cute Overload for more funny animal pics!

What A Game! 131-92

I'll be the first to admit that I am not usually a fan of basketball. I do remember watching some games back in the day when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were huge rivals. And of course, who could have lived without knowing about the Dream Team of 1992? (BTW - I met Charles Barkley when I worked at the Crowne Plaza in Toledo, OH. He signed an autograph for me!)

I only caught the last 4 minutes of the game tonight. (working midnights I tend to miss all the excitement) When I saw the score, well... lets just say it was over before it was over.

Congratulations to the Celtics team... it's been a long road!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One of My Happy Places!

I am truly one of the fortunate, living in such a beautiful area of the country. This view is merely a short walk to the end of my street, down a path covered in pine needles, to the lake where this gorgeous view awaits me. It never lets me down, any season, it is always breath-taking! I have seen many sunrises and sunsets from this small dock. In the summer, I spent many days with my daughter, her cousins and assorted friends, jumping off of rafts, splashing in the cool water, warming ourselves in the sun. In the fall, I sat looking out at the golden autumn colors of the surrounding trees, wishing summer hadn't ended so quickly! The winter was always so long; cold, blustery days when all I did was peek down the hill and out over the lake.... sometimes venturing close enough to inspect the thick ice, or look for animal tracks in the sand along the waterfront. When spring arrived, it was so refreshing to see the green of the trees and feel the warm sun on my face, as I stretched out on the dock, dangling my feet into the still, cold water.
I've come to think of this place as my "thinking" place, but I don't really think, when I am there. I just sit and take in all of the natural beauty; the stillness of the water, the magnificent colors of the sky, the small wisps of clouds, the sun setting on yet another day....
I hope that all of you have some place (Your Happy Place)that brings you as much joy as this place does for me!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Reminder - Motorcycles May be Invisible!

Please be careful, and aware! Motorcycle Crashes are on the rise. We had another motorcycle fatality last night, the second one in less than two weeks here on the Cape.

Shamelessly stolen from Daniel Lowney's column:
1. Due to the small size of most motorcycles, (when compared to conventional vehicles) they can easily be hidden in a car or truck’s blind spot, blend in with the backgrounds along the roadways or get hidden by bushes, fences, posts, etc.
Before driving into traffic, make sure you clearly check the roadway for all vehicles, especially motorcycles. The same goes for when you are changing lanes or taking turns at intersections. Look out for motorcycles everywhere.
2. Due to the small size of most motorcycles, they may seem to be moving faster than they really are.
Make sure you can properly judge the distance between your vehicle and the motorcycle before turning. Be careful and don’t pull up behind one too fast or you could easily rear-end it.
3. In many instances, the operator of a motorcycle will slow the bike down by downshifting or letting off the throttle. In cases like this, the brake lights will not activate.
The next thing you know, you have a stopped motorcycle in front of you and you can’t stop in time. This is a very common cause of motorcycle versus vehicle collisions. Use caution when coming up behind a motorcycle and be ready to stop with short notice should the driver not use the brakes lights LIKE THEY SHOULD!
4. How many times have you seen a motorcycle driving along with a directional light on but the driver is not turning? This is due to the fact that most motorcycle turn signals are not self-canceling. Therefore, many motorcycle riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to shut them off.
Before you pull in front of a motorcycle because you think they are turning, make darn sure they are turning before you make your move.
5. The stopping distance for a motorcycle is the same as for cars, however, only a seasoned motorcycle driver really knows how to properly apply the brakes on a motorcycle. It involves a precise combination of the front brake and the rear brake. If the motorcyclist locks up on either one too hard, they are going to be tail over tea kettle down the roadway.
Do not expect any motorcyclist to be a professional rider. Assume they are all beginners (which may be partially true!) and give them the benefit of the doubt.
Do not make moves in your car that could cause the motorcyclist to lock up their brakes. Give them plenty of room and plenty of time to stop.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Vacation, Graduation, BBQ's, Beaches, Fishing

I'm off work for the next NINE - count em - NINE days....
I'll be around to check in with everyone and hopefully have something interesting to post about. If you need me just holler.... I'll be out in the hammock!

This is for you Mrs.Vecchione!

Thanks to my favorite english teacher in high school!

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.

It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.

If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.

As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.

And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Mish Mash

I've been really struggling with a topic to post about. I have surfed all over the internet for several days, and have found many interesting articles and posts. But that's just it; it's already been written about, disscussed, commented on. I was crushed to hear about Harvey Korman passing away. The Carol Burnett show was one of my favorites back in the day. Politics are in the forefront of many blogs that I've been reading, the deal with the delagates, Obama finding a new church, the Mynmar government refusing aid. Sports has been exciting; watching the Red Sox win, the Celtics are playing well,NASCAR had a heck of a race at Dover (a crash involving eleven cars knocked out alot of the top contenders), and of course the Redwings are only one away from the Stanley Cup! I've been on wild tangents too. On NFO's sight a very well written post about how The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers Party got some good comments and in one I found a link which, after reading, prompted me to do some research into the The Federal Reserve. I also ended up on a Charlestown SC Fire Department tangent because I watched a brief clip on TV about the Summerfield basketball team winning the state championship. You see, their coach Louis Mulkey was one of the nine firefighters killed in the Super Store fire in 2007. Some one sent me this Speed Typing Test so I spent nearly half an hour playing with that.
So you can see I've been all over the place... yesterday was just the same. I ended up researching Muslim Distribution of Shia and Sunni Populations and of course had to stop in and see how Phoenix was doing on Mars.
Okay, okay... I'll stop now! Borderline ADHD I know!