Our first day in Boston

The view from our hotel room.The harbor was on the backside of the hotel. After checking in and leaving our luggage, we headed out to walk along the water.

A quick walk over the bridge to south Boston. Our hotel was close to the Boston Tea Party Museum.

We spent the afternoon walking along the harbor.

Walking around after dinner.

Of course I spotted some birds. The first is a great black backed gull. A first for me. I’ve only seen a lesser black backed gull in the Tampa bay area. The greater has pink legs and the lesser had yellow legs.

Heading into Salem

The ferry ride from Boston harbor to Salem was a lot of fun. Beautiful houses along the shore and you could see the Boston skyline almost all the way there.

We were hoping to see a lot of yellow and red trees on this trip but we were a little early. Only a few yellow trees.

We got to tour an old ship that was being renovated in the Salem harbor.

We found a black squirrel just outside of the cemetery and these pretty dogwood trees were still in bloom.

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Salem for Halloween

What’s more fun that spending a day in Salem right before Halloween? Brett and I were in Boston for vacation two weeks ago and took the ferry over to Salem for a day. It was our first trip to New England and the weather was perfect. We went on a Wednesday and it was quiet. I had heard the weekends at night were crazy packed. It was a small quaint town and was easy to walk around

Many of the alley ways were decorated.

A few of the markers at the Witch Trail Memorial gardens. There were twenty benches in all marking each name of the victims. Someone had come before me and laid flowers on each bench.

One of the cemeteries in Salem, this one was opened in 1637 and is one of the oldest in the country. Most of the information engraved on the headstones were so worn down that you couldn’t read them.

Brett and I spent 5 days in Boston so I’m going to be boring you with my vacation shots. I took a ton of pictures.

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

This was our first trip to this park, just outside of Naples,Florida. It has trails and boardwalks that goes through a swamp in central Florida. I was hoping there would be more birds here since it was the end of April and spring migration was still going on but the boardwalk was pretty quiet.

One cool thing about the park was all of the old trees which kept the boardwalk shaded.

It wouldn’t be a swamp with alligators but it was fun seeing the otter near the boardwalk.

Views from the boardwalk taken with my phone.

After the park, Brett and I left Naples behind and headed home to Tampa. I wanted to take some pictures of the Sunshine Skyway bridge as we drove over but the love bugs were so bad that our windshield was covered in them. The funny thing is that our car wasn’t nearly as bad as other cars and vans that had come from much farther south. Of course, Brett washed the car as soon as we got home.

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Boring vacation pictures

View of the beach from the Naples pier before sunset.

Shots above are from the Naples beach at the hotel we stayed at. All private condos on both sides of our hotel so the beach was pretty quiet.

View from our room. Watching the sun come up in the morning and then the storms roll in during the afternoon before dinner. We didn’t splurge for a beach view since we live in Tampa and spend a fair amount of time on the beach. If you are coming from up north, I highly recommend getting the beach view anywhere you stay if possible. We stayed at the Edgewater Beach Resort which was nice and quiet while we were there.

Our view eating lunch at the Tin City marina.

Back at our hotel after dinner. One night the storms came in so no sunset.

The last night we were there, a huge fire had been burning close by and covered the sunset in smoke.

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“A three hour tour!”

While we were in Naples we took a boat ride around the bay and out to a spoil island. We passed the big boats and big houses near the marina.

It was a beautiful day out and there was not much traffic on the water.

 

We saw so many dolphins along the way. They were coming right up to the boat. The bottom two shots I took with my phone.

A lot of the channel markers had osprey nests on them. Most of the babies were grown up and yelled as we went by.

We cruised for almost an hour to a spoil island where there was no one else on the beach. Just us and a few other people that were on the boat. We walked around for close to an hour looking for shells.

Not many birds on the beach but far away we saw an osprey had caught a fish and had landed on the beach with it before taking off again.

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Reminiscing about a trip

Several years ago I went to visit my sister when she was living in Sioux Falls. I only spent half a day in the city before heading to Rapid City and it was drizzling the entire time.

We spent an afternoon in the Badlands.

One morning we got up early and went to Mount Rushmore and drove around the area including Custer State Park.

The funniest thing back then was seeing the soda machine in the bathroom.

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