[September 10 2017 Maryland, US]
So, okay, I don’t even recall which city this was in. Went with Joel and Miriam Bader, Joel driving.
Took a few pictures. Should have taken more. Oh well 🙂 The grounds were huge. I used to go to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin (south of Milwaukee near the Illinois border). Size wise, I’d say it was at least twice as big I think? It’s all circular so I may have misjudged the size. Anyway, it was a day of fun! Click on the pic or link below for more pictures:
Maryland Renaissance Fair
[June 26, 2017 through July 4, 2017 Colchester, UK]
SO, Over the years, I go to London and meet up with Paula and World (not his real name) in London. So I thought it would be good to go meet them where they live – in Colchester. About an hour away by train from central London…
So Colchester is to the east of London. I also circled Penzance which has nothing to do with this current story but I thought it would be cool to visit since it’s all the way “at the end” of England. And yes, that’s where the “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan occur…
But I digress. So here are the pictures from flight (outgoing via AA Boeing 787), my visit to Sherlock Holmes by Charring Cross (of course as usual, etc.), my stay this time at the InterContinental by O2 (that’s oh-two, not zero-two) and of course pics at Colchester and there was a Colchester festival going on, a few pics are from there… Sorry I didn’t annotate the pics well this time. Click on pic below for more pictures:
Dr. Chippy’s in Colchester
[May 18-21 2017, Provincetown, MA, US]
Okay, I was on a real puddle jumper. One pilot, no co-pilot. Crammed into a Cessna 402C on Cape Air – from Boston to Provincetown, MA. It was amazingly totally cool. I was going there to a new science fiction con (Nauticon) I haven’t been to. The flight was the best. Provincetown was amazing. The very tip of Massachusetts 🙂 (Click on the last picture below to see more amazing pictures…)
The only picture I took st the science fiction convention was this – the bottles we tasted at the Scotch tasting. (That was super great. Had a “can only get in Scotland” bottle, the leftmost, that the presenter brought back from Scotland. I tossed the program guide and I don’t recall his name so apologies for that.)
So that is how close I was sitting – right behind the pilot:
BOS to PVC flight on a Cessna 402C
[April 27-30 2017, Long Island, NY, US]
The weekend was great, but it was airplane delays coming and going…
Where to begin…
So I was going to JFK. So were my instant at-the-airport buddies below. They were going to San Juan to beach away the weekend. The flight was supposed to leave at 5:05. Didn’t happen. (JFK sucks, more than 50% of the planes going in from DCA are severely delayed or cancelled outright.) They had to get rerouted through Dallas and lost (at least) a day. Me, I had to go to JFK so I hung around. Got in at 3:00am at the hotel. It was not cool. Oh well – that was Thursday.
Met up with Mike and Melissa on Friday and went to two Long Island distilleries:
Then we went to the Montauk Point Lighthouse on Saturday all the way at the tail end of Long Island just before the gig:
And, the reason for the visit was a CD release party for the Walk-A-Bout band, at which Mike was playing bass guitar for – at the famous Stephen Talkhouse. Here are the pictures in order (click on pic or the link below the pic):
Long Island Adventure with Mike and Melissa and Walk-A-Bout
[Mar 31 through April 02 2017, Portland, Maine, US]
So, it’s a weekend up in Portland – no, not Oregon; Portland, Maine. I went to a bunch of breweries. On Friday, March 31, 2017, I visited Allagash Brewery and Foundation Brewery. Allagash Brewery allagash.com tour and of course sampled their current beers on tap. Interestingly, you can go to Allagash once a day and get their beer free. No refills, just once, but once per day everyday! Amazing. Then, Foundation Brewery foundationbrew.com was next. It was just across the street, so I just walked over. Had a flight at the Foundation brewery. No tour, just beer 🙂
Saturday was Main Brew Bus Tour time: themainebrewbus.com – but it snowed… I called the Maine Brew Bus tors and asked them if the tour was still on. They said yes. So cool! Took Lyft downtown and waited for the others. Other than the guide and the bus driver, I was the only guy on the bus 🙂 It was a bachelorette party. Cool beans, so we all hopped on the bus and went to three Breweries.
Here are the pictures in order. Friday – Allagash, then Foundation, Saturday – Maine Brew Bus:
Maine Brew Bus, Portland Maine, US
Dirigo dirigobrewingcompany.com – cool brewery, right next to a river. Amazing place. Great beer of course. Banded Horn bandedhorn.com– no tour, just hung around and sample their beer. Barreled Souls barreledsouls.com– small batch brewery. Cool and amazing.