a foggy early morning

that delayed the sunrise by about 20 minutes as the sun peeked over the low level fog as I  wet a line plugging in the surf..low tide.. nada.. zilch.. water temps up to just shy of 82º  got warmer kinda fast this year… a lot warmer than where we were 10 days ago in Nova Scotia with water temps in low 50’s  .. stopped by the lake on the way home.. was greeted by this lil’ dood at the bank in the reeds..

enroute home

after disembarking the Maasdam in Boston on Saturday morning we drove down to Baltimore for a few days  where Pat had her Eye Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital-Wilmer Eye Institute..  they were nice enuff to schedule the surgery for Monday on our return trip back… top notch people there… she had to see her doctor on Tuesday morning at 8am for a followup then it was ‘on the road’ again heading back home..   while in Baltimore we ate at Matthew’s Pizza one day and Isabella’s I-Tal-Yun restaurant as we spent Monday after her surgery walking the Little Italy neighborhood..the doc said ‘go take your wife to lunch’…  a nice Gelato was also in order at Vaccaro’s pastry shop.. as we drove further south into NC today the temps went up a smidge..into the 90’s — a lil’ bit warmer than we had in Nova Scotia two weeks earlier … we arrived home about 5pm  :)

the entrance greets you with this

a tabletop in Matthews
a streetside menu in Little Italy
James River Bridge I-295 Richmond
near Ft Lee.. spent some time here in 1966
temps are up at I-95 and I-40 NC

Boston..end of cruise

arrived Boston early this morning.. waiting to get off ship..aha..beautiful sunny early morning in ‘beantown’ …overall a pretty darn good cruise once again on the Maasdam to ports and places we haven’t sailed to before…our favorites were  Quebec City … Montreal..Bar Harbor .. Halifax and Charlottetown,PEI–Prince Edward Island…driving down to Baltimore on the first leg of our southbound trip…of course the only problem with traffic once again.—NJ Turnpike exits 8-6..incredible northeast typical  total unadulterated garbage…6 lanes down to 3……I won’t comment any further about it…..  stopped at Cabelas at Exit 4 on  I-95 in Delaware…  nice superstore similar to Bass Pro..the Moose are loose..

the Moose are Loose–Cabelas

Day 14 Bar Harbor, Maine

last stop on our cruise before Boston tomorrow..did an early short tour up to Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park..foggy and misty..a walk around the town for another looky see as the sun tries to peek thru…lunch at Geddy’s Lobster House on Main Street..whole Lobster and Chowder ..Corn on the Cob and Homemade Bueberry Pie.. pretty darn good lunch   

Tender GPS Sounder

Geddy’s LobsterHouse

Day 13 Halifax, Nova Scotia

what a sooper-dooper heavy foggy approach to the dock…pea soup fog as the ship made a perfect landing..we were off by 8am for our tour out to Peggy’s Cove..the fog burnt off nicely and it turned into a pretty sunny day…saw a few sights we missed on our stop here last week..had a nice lunch at the Cove…when we returned we decided to walk the Halifax Harborwalk boardwalk..what a nice place along the waterfront..walked down to the end and was rewarded with a Cow’s ice cream shack at the very end..had another double scoop of Gooey-Mooey and Wowie Cowie..some good stuff.. a super nice day in a very nice city..liked it here a lot..last of the formal nites in the dining room tonite as we get closer to the end of this cruise..tomorrow we arrive in Bar Harbor Maine our last port before Boston

Day 11 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

arrived at 8am..on an island tour ..a stop at the 8 mile bridge that connects PEI with the mainland…stopped at Victoria by the Sea..a quaint fishing village.a couple of more scenic stops and it was back to the ship..a quik freshen up and back out walking the town after a nice Lobster Roll and Chowder lunch at a local restaurant.. ate outside..77* and a pretty sunny day .. a wow day!.. a short walk to Cows—the islands best and famous Ice Cream shop with a DOUBLE scoop of Gooey-Mooey and Chip Chip HooRay cone