Our next port of call was Connecticut, where we went to see Mystic Seaport, one of the best museums I have ever been to and definitely well worth a visit. It was here at the seaport that the weather finally broke – rather dramatically. As we began to explore the open-air museum, the heavens opened and it rained – really rained! We are used to rain in Scotland, of course, but this was something else! As we ducked and dived between whaling ship, whaling museum, 19th Century general store and blacksmith’s forge etc. we were absolutely drenched! Still, we had some wonderful conversations with the knowledgeable staff and volunteers, learned a lot and had a great time. Still, we had only seen a fraction of what there was to see there.
We stayed at the lovely, historic Whalers Inn in Mystic and headed out for a drink that evening. As luck would have it, we stumbled into a local bar which had the friendliest clientèle ever! They helped us plan our journey to Montauk, Long Island the following day and we had a great chat. We would have loved to linger longer here. Fortunately though, with the help of the friendly locals, we established that we could spend a little longer in Mystic the following morning and so could return (on the same tickets) to see more of what we had missed at Mystic Seaport.
After seeing more of Mystic Seaport, which again we thoroughly enjoyed, we took the ferry from New London to Orient Point. It was the 11th September and we were moved to see a number of tributes to those lost in the tragedy as we made our way towards Montauk.
Long Island traffic was rather frenetic, but we made it to Montauk in time to take a quick look at the lighthouse on the point and to visit the beach before it got dark.
The day ended with a pleasant surprise as our standard motel room in the Hamptons was upgraded to a suite! That was a pleasant turn of events on what was, sadly, our final day in the States.
Reluctant as we were to end our holiday, we were still glad to be going home to our dog, our chickens, our garden and our lives here. Fingers crossed that we will be able to return again before too long.