We had an extended family outing to Mystic Connecticut. Rather confusing to me. I had not realized there were separate entities as in Mystic Town, Mystic Seaport, Mystic River Connecticut. I had previously just thought of Mystic Seaport as an Old Whaling Museum which we had visited one very cold day years ago. Sort of like Old Sturbridge Village except with a seaport/whaling theme.
Well when we all voted to go down to Mystic for the last day outing of the Ireland bound members of our family group, I thought I was voting for the repeat of our Seaport visit years ago. No such thing. We drove right past the entrance to the Museum and spent our warm day exploring the town. And what a nice day it was. A fine tasty seafood lunch at a popular spot, S&P., right on the Mystic River (not to be confused with the Mystic River in Massachusetts). Our lunchtime view of the river included the Mystic Drawbridge which was scheduled to open once each hour to stop busy pedestrians and all road vehicles and allow river traffic to pass. A focal point!
After lunch we wandered up and down the main and adjoining streets. Alas, we ran out of time to go to the yarn store, but we did go to the book store! And also the Mystic Knotworks, which was almost like a yarn store for its vast array of colors. And guess what – we bought a book in the bookstore that I had called Ian’s attention to in The Secret Garden in Ballard. Mark Kurlansky’s book on Paper. Further shopping and endless trying on of various items of clothing while the men waited patiently outside finally resulted in success with a purchase of grey crops from The Black Dog. Just what I had been searching for but hadn’t really realized it. By then it was nearly 6 p.m. Still hot and muggy. We headed home. Too late to search for ancestors in the Mystic Cemetery – and the old cemeteries along our route back to Glastonbury. I’m sure I could have a field day in an ancestor oriented search in this whole southern Connecticut area – save that for another time.
after lunch 3 grandparents and the 4th took the picture
full complement outside S&P
Mystic River Mystic