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Turning Point Images Mystic CT-5I already wrote about what a great time I had with my mom in Burlington. This part two of a wonderful week all about our day in Mystic, CT.

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Mystic is an old whaling town. Stepped in the history of the whaling trade it is a seaside town with the largest maritime museum in the United States.  This is where we spent the day.

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As you walk the streets you are thrown back two hundred years.  As you meander the town you see demonstrations of blacksmithing, told about historical medical practices as well as learning about school life during the 19th century.

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One of the highlights was going aboard the Charles W. Morgan. It is the last wooden whale ship in the world. While there we learned all about life aboard the ship. The highlight was being there while they had a man overboard drill.

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Another highlight was being able to take a horse drawn buggy ride around the town. Complete with a friendly canine in the front seat.

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True to form we finished off the day with ice cream from Twister’s Ice Cream. As you can see mom enjoyed it and I did as well!Turning Point Images Mystic CT-83

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Turning Point Images Burlington MA-27Two weeks back my mom came to visit.  As I was thinking of the possibilities I thought of Burlington, VT.  I had always heard what a great place it was.  I offered it up with a few other spots and mom agreed Burlington would be great! So off we went.Turning Point Images Burlington MA-46

We arrived on Wednesday night.  After a quick dinner at the hotel we went to the docks.  While there we grabbed some ice cream and admired the sun set on Lake Champlain.  A beautiful lake full of stories.

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The next day we headed downtown to Church Street.  An old world style street with cable stone where foot traffic is the only mode of transportation allowed.  We had lunch at El Gato as a suggestion from my friend Joline.  Never would have thought I would find such good Mexican food on the streets of Burlington.Turning Point Images Burlington MA-76

Turning Point Images Burlington MA-75That night my sweetheart of a mom put up with me as I went on an adventure to see Mt. Philo.  Mt. Philo is a mountain set a little south of Burlington in Charlotte Vermont.   It was another beautiful night spent seeing the sound go down.

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On Friday we went on not one but two different cruises around the lake!  Lake Champlain has a great history and we heard all about it while going around the lake.  During the early part of American Revolution it played a pivotal part in creating a strong hold.  This strong hold helped them to be able to create and manufacture ships to use in the impending war.

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The next day we said goodbye to Burlington but one the way out of town we stopped to have our cordial visit to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory.

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As we left Vermont we did have one last stop.  We visited my mother’s childhood friend Martha in Chester. While there we stopped by the famous Hugging Bear Inn and Shoppe.  Filled with wonderment from the first step through the door you are transported back to being a child as you look around at shelves and shelves of Teddy Bears.

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My few days with my mom were some of the best in history.  This is not the end of the story though we still have at least one more day coming up soon.

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Dogs.  I have always had a soft spot for them.  Ever since I was a kid and we had our first dog a Boston Terrier, Frito! What do I like about dogs you ask?  I love the way they greet you even though you have not gotten in the door yet.  The way l curl up with you on the couch.  They way they are sometimes loyal to a fault protecting kids when they are around.  Yes!  I love dogs!

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This post is about a special organization, PRONE.  PRONE is a Pug Rescue based in New England.  My friend Joline has been involved with them for years.  PRONE helps find homes for neglected and surrendered Pugs.  I was blessed to be able to spend my Saturday helping their cause.  I was the official photographer for the PRONE 5K Run/Walk.

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We meet up at Carson Beach in South Boston.  Their were a few hundred in attendance.  The Pugs and there owners came out in full force.  It was a beautiful day!  You could hear barking all around as the runners prepared for the race.  Off the runners went.

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They went down and back along the beach.  As they made it through the finish line you could see the Boston Skyline in the distance.  Returning they quickly grabbed water to quench their thirst.

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At the end of the race runners hurriedly searched the results to see where they placed.  In the end awards were given out as the crowd watched.

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It was a great occasion and if you are interested in finding out more about PRONE and how to help Pugs in need click here.

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Thanks for reading and leave a comment below if you have a special dog story you would like to tell.

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Every day is a gift from God. What we do with that gift is up to us.  Whether we have been foolish or wise with this gift we still have this day, this minute.  As we age  we become selfish with the past and as we have more of the past we become more and more selfish.  Wanting to reach for days gone by constantly reevaluating our decisions.  Second guessing our decisions often means holding a grudge toward that past.  And holding a grudge towards the past often involves holding a grudge toward God.

Not knowing why things did not or did happen is one angst of the human spirit that most everyone wrestles with.  We become bitter, listless, angry.  We have put our trust in the economy, our health, our family and  friends.  Each of these will let us down.  But Romans 15:13 says ” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”  

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Hope is what so many of us are missing.  Hope it is like a match that never burns out.  Today I pray that you find hope in God wherever you are and realize today is a gift.

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A little about this past weekend.

First of all I didn’t have much planned for Saturday but it indeed up being splendid!  I went for a with a great Hike along the Minuteman Trail in Lexington.  I went with one of my many meetup groups.  The weather could have not been much better.  I have been enjoying the 70 degree temperatures during the day and the cool night time temperatures.

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On Sunday I went to church and then headed back down to Connecticut.  I meet up with the Bartons and we had dinner at one of the best all time haunts, Way Back Jake’s!  It was wonderful.  Afterwards I went along for a walk along the Colebrook Reservoir.  I also got the chance to help paint the deck.  What a beautiful night!

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The next day I stopped by Camp Jewell and saw the progress being made on the Taylor Manning Project.  Afterwards I meet up with Ray and Julia Zetye in Norfolk where she took part in the Memoiral Day 5K Road Race.  They also brought along Percy who I managed to get a few photos of as well.

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untitled-93untitled-85Finishing off my CT adventures I played Splendor with the Bartons and had breakfast with Pastor Ryan.  There is and always will be a special place in my heart for the hills of Northwest CT.

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