Monday, January 13, 2020

An Oldie but a Goodie

Got this in my messages the other day.  It's one of my favorite pictures, taken a month or so before I retired, 2009.
Brian Watkins on the left and Scott Chase on the right.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Plan A, Take Two

Yesterday our plan was to visit the new Peace River Wildlife Center hospital, then go to Fisherman's Village for an adult beverage and the sunset.  

HA...not so fast!  First of all, we did go to see the new clinic but it was overcast and actually rained on us when we headed back to the car.  Not great sunset weather.

So...we decided on Plan B, go to Bocca Lupo for a pizza.  It was the full moon and they have Full Moon Madness specials.  

On the way, we stopped by Beef Country to get some chicken patties, which they were out of.  To top it off, we learned that the gentleman who owned the business when we first came to FL, that we had become friendly with, had passed away over the summer.  

And finally...Bocca Lupo was slammed, so we came home and ate dinner.  A total sunset, no chicken patties, no pizza.

Tonight we tried Plan A again.  We went to Fisherman's Village, got beverages and sat on the new beach to enjoy the sunset. 
5:46 pm
5:52 pm
5:56 pm
6:00 pm
6:03 pm
6:06 pm
It wasn't spectacular but it was 81* at 5:30 and we're retired and we're in FL with our feet in the sand, in JANUARY!  I guess it kinda was spectacular!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Naples Holocaust Museum

This visit was very interesting and very sobering.  We spent a lot more time here than we anticipated.

Upon arrival we saw this boxcar in the parking lot.  
After a four year, international search, this 10-ton WWII era boxcar was found in Austria and purchased by a Museum Board Member and Past President.  It was moved to Naples in 2008 to honor his parents, as well as in memory of other family members that were lost during the Holocaust.

It is a rare artifact and among only eleven that are located throughout the US.  These boxcars moved millions of Jews and other "undesirables" to labor/concentration/death camps throughout Europe during Hitler's reign.  Many of those who found themselves in these cars did not survive the trip.

Upon entering the museum this large photomosaic of 13 year old Anne Frank greets you.  It's approximately 6-8' square and is made up of 7000 photographs.  
Irv was our docent and provided a lot of information during the 1 1/2 hour tour.  He has traveled to several of the camp remains in Europe and personally knows survivors.  One of his  best friends, who recently passed away, survived as a small child and is in one of the photos in the museum.  

The museum was located about eight miles south in a rented space and only moved into this space two months ago, so it's a work in progress but is owned, rather than rented.  
The red circle on the floor is barbed wire and the one below is butterflies.
There are currently three rooms, each representing a time during Hitler's reign.  Irv described them as "worse", "worser" and "worsest".  He knew it wasn't good grammar but felt it aptly described each time period, at least as far as the Jews were concerned.

There was so many pictures and articles that I couldn't possibly take pictures of each one but these were a couple that struck a chord with me.
This is a bronze sculpture titled the "Train Track Sculpture" by Julia Balk.  "As the figures on one side of the tracks look out from the past, the viewer, on the other side" (of the tracks) "gazes in at them from the present."  There are also figures on the back side but it was too dark to take a picture.

This was my favorite piece...
"According to the Museum's sources and further research, this quilt was sewn by surviving Auschwitz inmates", from their clothing.  "Written in Russian, it says "Thank you Red Army for the Liberation of Auschwitz, 1945."  Wow!  I mean, how can that not touch your soul?

As I said, there were camps throughout Europe but not all of them were death camps.  However, this tells how many were murdered at each killing center...
Special Command Units were made up of prisoners that were "tasked with removing the bodies, cleaning the gas chambers, and then destroying the bodies, either in crematoria or makeshift "ovens" using railroad tracks as grating".  Can you even imagine?

It is unfathomable to me that there are people who honestly believe that the Holocaust is fake and didn't really happen.  I believe one of the reasons for that is that children are not being taught about it in school; however, there are about twelve states that now require students learn about this atrocity.  Sadly, neither Maine nor Massachusetts are among them. 

If you like to read, the book "Mila 18", by Leon Uris, is about the Polish ghetto during the war and it paints a very good picture of what life was like during that time.  I've read it several times and I guess it's time to read it again.  I would consider it historical fiction.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Queen Bee

In honor of my daughter reminding me I'm "slacking" on my blogs, this one's for her.

I found this great pair of shoes that will make the perfect birthday gift.  Well...maybe not perfect ;o)

but the price is right - only $5.99!

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Friday, January 3, 2020


We don't usually walk over the bridge (3 miles) or visit TT's Tiki Bar this early in our winter retreat; however, it's been unseasonably warm (80*+) so we took advantage of the weather.
Plenty of seating options today!
Although I didn't take this picture and it was not sunset, this is the view.
When I think about how much I dislike the four day trip down here, I must remind myself how much I love sitting here, with the sun on my face and an adult beverage in my hand, in January!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Sea Was Angry Today

There's a storm offshore so we took a ride to check out the waves.  They were awesome.
Fortune's Rocks Beach, Biddeford, ME
Mother's Beach, Kennebunk, ME
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Fort Point State Park

It's always difficult to leave a vacation spot when the weather is beautiful but there's not much of an option when the time comes.  Today was one of those days ;o(  

We left Edgewater at 8:45, 54* clear and sunny.  We stopped for gas, got breakfast at McDonalds in Ellsworth and stopped again at Cadillac Mtn. Sports for their 20-40% off sale.  I bought shorts and a new bike helmet, Bill got a new helmet and lights for the bikes.  

We left there at 11:10, 63* and beautiful!  We were determined to find Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs after being unable to find it when we searched the last time.  There is a big sign on Rt. 1 but once you turn, there isn't another sign.  This year we used the GPS - Brilliant!
It was opened in 1974, covers 120 acres, a mile of rocky shore, along with a tidal sandbar.  It includes the geographical remnants of Fort Pownall, a ditch and large earthen bank shaped like a four pointed star.
photo from
Fort Point Light Station was established in 1837 "to aid in the growing number of ships navigating the Penobscot between Bangor and Castine."  It was the "first river light in Maine".
Beautiful views of the Penobscot River from up here.
The fog signal is a "1200 pound, cast iron bell suspended on a pyramidal tower built in 1890".
Information, along with a diagram regarding how the bell works, hangs in the window.  Very ingenious!
We took the path near the bell tower and ended up along the river, where we found the tidal sandbar, along with a notice that there were strong tidal currents, so "no swimming".
We did a little more walking and were about to return to the car when we discovered a sign for the pier.
We walked down the ramp onto the dock(?).
Such a beautiful day to be on the water...hahaha

It was pretty breezy and the dock was rockin', even without Bill's help.

We headed back to the car, but we are believers in the saying "never miss an opportunity to pee", so we did.
I don't think anyone has hung their coat or purse here is quite some time.
It was nice that we didn't have an agenda and we stayed about 45 minutes.

We left at 12:45, stopped in Belfast for lunch, temp was holding steady at 64*, then on the L.L.Bean where we dropped off our bikes for tune-ups.  I found a pair of capri biking pants, which I bought with my Bean Bucks.  

We stopped at Hannaford in No. Berwick and got home at 5:35.  Unpacked the car, stripped the bed, changed the towels, washed the sheets and towels, had dinner, unpacked my suitcase and took a shower, made the bed and finally sat down around 10:15.  Wendy called twice but it was bad timing and we didn't get a chance to visit.

Always nice to be home, even when home isn't Bar Harbor.

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