Magical Mystical Tour
12 June 2011 | Mystic, CT
We had several days to enjoy the magic of Mystic. As usual, Colin stayed aboard working, but also this time resting and icing his thigh. We think it is an old muscle tear that got slightly re-injured. A few days of rest, ice, and ibuprofen seems to have improved it greatly.
While he was recuperating, the rest of us spent a day at the Mystic Aquarium, which is more like a zoo with a focus on marine life than many aquariums. Much of it is outdoors, including some larger marine mammals (beluga whales and sea lions) as well as a marsh trail and a seasonal aviary. The birds are quite accustomed to people and being fed from the little sticks of millet, which is lots of fun.
We spent another day at Mystic Seaport, a historic recreation of Mystic's boat-building past. I enjoyed the small, friendly planetarium show. Unlike the glitzy large planetariums, this has three rows of seats around the central projector. The woman presenting the show told us to just call out questions, because there's no point in raising your hand in the dark. After the show, I got to try out a sextant they have set up for that purpose.
Evelyn and Leslie reported that the blacksmith was a bit disappointing, and they learned that when the US Navy banned tattoos of naked women the tattoo artists were swamped with men having their tattoos clothed!
Sunday we had lovely visits from friends from Hartford, CT in the morning and early afternoon and friends from Wickford, RI in the afternoon and evening.