On Thursday I rented a car and drove down to Mystic to visit the aquarium and seaport there. Got to feed a stingray, which was one of the oddest feelings I've ever felt, like a muscular vacuum cleaner was grabbing my hand. Saw belugas, seals, petted a small cat shark. It's not a huge aquarium, but it's definitely high quality. Mystic Seaport was a place me and my folks went to when I was a kid, and it's been on my list to revisit for YEARS. Lots of ships, including a visiting Viking longboat that I went on board without knowing it with still offlimits to visitors (oops). Did go on board a 19th century whaling ship, an 20th century full ship rigged training vessel, and a fishing vessel from the early 20th century. Plus there's a number of historical buildings that were part of the Mystic sea trade. Definitely was good to visit, next time I'll go later in the year so more things will be open. Oh yeah, and while I was in Mystic I stopped by Mystic Pizza for a slice (or 3). Not a fan of the movie, but really...why not.
Random stuff. Visit Providence, and you'll eat well. Italian food, Irish
pub food, sushi, so much good sushi. Found a little breakfast place that
I ate at repeatedly while I was there. Had pizza a few times, quite a bit
of variety in New England, some was like NYC, but thicker, others were like
Chicago, but not as 'pie' like. The only less than great meals I had where
when I had to do chain food, all the local places were top notch. Another
oddity, Providence has really good tap water. Probably saved myself a bunch
on bottled water bills. Lots of people with dogs on the streets of Providence,
but unlike most of the random dogs I run into in Texas, they were well trained
and didn't suddenly lunge at me randomly. Well other than one fluffy still
mostly puppy, who just radiated 'I want to be friends'. The bus system
was decent, a little confusing, but then again I have less experience
with mass transit. I ended up walking a lot for that reason, and the
occasional Lyft ride.
So that's the Cliff Notes version of my trip to Providence. I really had a
good time, and I'll be back, probably for NecronomiCon 2019. I'm really
fond of how the city looked, and how it felt to wander around. Definitely
glad I decided to go. Thanks to Grandpa Theobald for inspiring me to go,
and to all the nifty people I met while I was there. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!