Sometimes a fortune cookie contains wise words.
I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
Thursday is Thanksgiving, and that means that I'm traveling. It's a wacky busy travel weekend; I usually escape the craziness by flying out early Wednesday morning and flying home early Sunday morning. That almost backfired on me this week...
A wind and rain storm is heading up the coast, aiming for providing heavy winds in the Boston area early tomorrow morning. I've never outgrown motion sickness and somehow flying out at the same time as forecasted wind gusts in the 40+ mile per hour range wasn't something I was looking forward to. I checked for flights today but was not enticed by the price. A one-way fare was quite a bit more than what I paid for my round trip. I thought I was going to need to take a lot of anti-nausea meds and hope for the best.
I checked the JetBlue site every so often this morning, hoping... At a little after noon they posted a travel advisory for Boston for tomorrow. That meant I could switch to a flight today without paying any additional fees. Phew! I'm sitting at Logan Airport right now, waiting for my flight. I'm very happy!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 5:15 PM
Listen... can you hear the wind?
As predicted it was a cold windy day today. The temperature outside felt like winter; winter layers kept me warm when I headed out for a long walk this afternoon. I found that it was a bit of a challenge at times to remain upright, continuing to walk in the direction I chose as opposed to one chosen for me by the wind!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 4:48 PM
When I saw the weather forecast for the weekend I knew outdoor wanders would be more comfortable today than tomorrow. The temperatures were in the mid-40s with a bit of wind; tomorrow the high is forecast to be 28 degrees with a lot of wind. Hmm...
I headed to Rockport to walk at Halibut Point State Park. My last visit was in late August while the trees were still wearing green. Today the trees were bare.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:24 PM
When I walked into Prescott Park in Portsmouth on Sunday my eyes were immediately drawn to some bright pink color in an almost empty garden. I wasn't too surprised to find it came from ornamental cabbage as opposed to flowers.
I love the color!
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 6:09 AM
After my "baby" computer exhibited some odd behavior during my trip to Alberta it felt like soon was the right time for a replacement. I started looking at small computers and tablets soon after I returned home. I was interested in a tablet but I also wanted a real keyboard; I didn't think that typing blog entries on the screen would be efficient or comfortable. Given that this would be the only computer I carry when I travel I wanted a screen size that is reasonable but not too large. Somewhere between 10 and 11 inches wide felt about right.
I looked at reviews, I talked with one of my colleagues who has a tendency to read and absorb information. I think I had a Surface in my mind; I had seen the original model and decided to wait until the release of Windows 8.1 and the Surface 2 in October. I thought I would walk into a store, play, and possibly compare the new Surface with some other devices. It turned out that wasn't a reasonable expectation since there wasn't a convenient retail outlet that stocked both the Surface 2 and other competitive devices.
The device still sounded right to me so I ordered the Surface and a Type Cover from Staples. Once it was in my hands it was time to play.
The sky was gray and the tide was high. Very still water in tidal inlets along with wonderful light created a good day for chasing reflections.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:40 PM
I'm feeling the need for a bit of color today.
The leaves are gone and so are the flowers (as is expected for late autumn). Here's some color from a flower still in bloom just a month ago, a bit of lavender with a couple of tiny bright pink highlights.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 1:18 PM
As I was walking on Crane Beach last Saturday it really hit me how close two of my favorite Massachusetts water spots are to each other if you travel on the water. This photo was taken from Crane Beach looking across a very narrow stretch of water to the tip of Plum Island.
I just checked the distance by land and the distance by water. According to Google Maps it would take just under an hour to drive the 25 miles between these two places. By water, the Daft Logic Advanced Google Maps Distance Calculator indicates that the distance is 1.4 miles. Very interesting...
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 9:03 PM
A single sea gull standing at the edge of the ocean, gazing out to sea... I wonder what he sees.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:42 PM
It was chilly and windy today with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s. I felt the ocean calling - nothing unusual for me - and chose to visit Crane Beach. I can't remember the last time I visited there; it almost felt like a new wandering spot for me. Crane Beach is between two favorite places. From there I could look north and see Plum Island, the home of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and I could look south and see Halibut Point. From the coast these three places appear to be close together but driving between them does not follow a very straight line!
I walked on the beach for a while, then switched to an inland walk on a path through sand dunes and vegetation. After I left Crane Beach I had to stop along the road to enjoy the sight of inland waters.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:58 PM
Brrr! The days have turned cooler and with the end of daylight savings time it's full dark before I head out for my early evening walk. I'm in the process of retraining, of remembering which layers I need to allow me to walk into the chill air comfortably and to maintain the right level of warmth (not too hot!) as I quick-walk for sanity and exercise.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 8:23 PM
This morning greeted me with chilly temperatures and a gray sky. It would have been easy to opt for a lazy at home kind of day but I felt the urge to wander someplace where I hadn't been in a while. Kittery Point sounded like a good destination; it seems like I was there a short time ago but when I looked at the date on the last set of photos from there I found my last visit was in June.
A light rain started as soon as I pulled out of my drive. I crossed my fingers and kept driving. By the time I reached the bridge to Maine the rain had stopped. My first short walk was along Chauncey Creek Road and Cutts Island Lane. I've always been fascinated by the water in that area, inlets from the ocean. (The photo below is from that short walk.)
Finished with that spot, I moved on to Fort Foster. The park was closed but there is plenty of room to park along the edges of the entry road and it's a matter of ducking under a gate to gain entry. I wasn't alone in the park - there were people walking, alone, with dogs, with bikes.
The ocean was quiet, the sky was decorated with clouds of white against a gray background, there were colors in leaves and berries. It was a good choice for a Sunday morning wander.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:46 PM
Many trees are wearing bare branches after yesterday's strong winds. Those that still have leaves attached are leaning towards deep orange and rust colors with a little bit of yellow still in evidence.
As I walked I looked at the remaining leaves to see some wonderful variations. This beauty showed a bit of green, a bit of yellow, and veins in red.
Posted by Denise Goldberg at 7:15 PM