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By ana (Fri May 23, 2008 at 03:56:49 AM EST) vacation fun challenge, VFC (all tags)
...was had by all.

Well, that was delightful.

As I reported, we went to Provincetown this week. When it became apparent that there was some time between deadlines, before the summer intern arrives, before the crowds arrive, I did some googling around and managed to snag a cozy little room in a B&B in Provincetown. On less than a week's notice, since it was before Memorial day.

The ferry trip over was a bit rough; there were 35 knot winds (evidence: the whitecaps on the bay), but mercifully following, and so while the boat was "pitchy" (as they're fond of saying on American Idol), it wasn't rolly or yawey so much. I'm prone to motion sickness, so with dramamine and minimal head movement other than to compensate for the pitch of the boat by nodding my head up and down, my inner ear was content that it was feeling what my stomach and eyes were telling it.

The B&B was totally delightful. It's been re-done in the last couple years; the hosts moved here I think a year or two ago from running a B&B in the DC area, took over this place from a widow whose heart wasn't really in it any more, and made quite a nice place of it. The hosts were full of useful information and recommendations, and had a decanter of the most delightful brandy.

The weather was mostly cooperative. Chilly, especially in the wind, and we had no urge to take off our shoes and play in the wavelets, or even to go over to the other side of the peninsula and play in the real waves. Next trip, perhaps.

We climbed the Pilgrim Monument, a tower built about 100 years ago to commemorate the first landfall of the Mayflower, in Provincetown, in 1620.

Instead, we did the tourist thing, for the most part, cruising Commercial Street, people watching, shopping. We each got a massage. Mitch is fabulous; he looks like a body builder, and he did the two of us in succession, an hour each, and still had plenty of arm and hand strength at the end of it.

We got to watch the town turn from winter into summer mode. Many of the galleries and shops were closed when we arrived, but nearly all were open, or opening, by the time we left, what with the long Memorial Day weekend and summer season kick-off coming up. One exception was a shop with steam-punk style clocks in the window. The last morning we were there the proprietor was inside, madly straightening stuff up, waiting for the inspector to come so she could open. But not, alas, for us.

It was, in a way, like coming home. P-town is a place where everybody is welcome to be themselves, which is really quite refreshing. Makes one wonder why the rest of the world isn't like that.

'Twas a wonderful way to celebrate our third wedding anniversary.

I got some writing done, but mostly we just relaxed. Which was, I think, necessary. We're looking forward to a long weekend at home.

Thanks, muchly, to ad hoc and toxicfur's cow-orker for taking care of the dogs, and to iGrrrl and my management for letting us go on short notice.

Meanwhile spring has come to Bostonia as well. There's a flowering crab in our yard, which sheds a carpet of pink petals after it's done with the pink cloud phase. This is a violet trying to grow up through a drift of crabapple petals.

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And a good time... | 13 comments (13 topical, 0 hidden)
3 yrs already ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 3) #1 Fri May 23, 2008 at 04:17:13 AM EST
time flies. Congrats.

w00t to vacations! by clock (4.00 / 3) #2 Fri May 23, 2008 at 04:36:31 AM EST
it's always nice to have a little R&R in the midst of the craziness of the day to day.

congrats on three glorious years!

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

Wonderful picture by debacle (4.00 / 3) #3 Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:10:12 AM EST
Congratulations on making it to 3 years.


second both sentiments by R343L (4.00 / 3) #8 Fri May 23, 2008 at 07:38:29 AM EST
And is there a higher resolution version of that picture? :)

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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IAWTP by reza (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri May 23, 2008 at 11:36:21 AM EST
That is a beautiful picture!
A higher res copy would become a desktop background for spring...
Thank you for sharing it!


" Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind!" Dr. Seuss

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OK, so... by ana (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri May 23, 2008 at 12:51:18 PM EST
go here: and look for "pinkcarpet.jpg". I think the donutwheel folks might gzip it for you.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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Bestest! by reza (4.00 / 1) #12 Fri May 23, 2008 at 04:26:48 PM EST
Thank you!! 
It's a beautiful picture!

Glad you had a restful and fun get away.
Congrats on the anniversary!!


" Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind!" Dr. Seuss

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I was out that way not so long ago by gpig (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:22:45 AM EST
and went to sample the delights of your National Seaside.

Unfortunately there was both wind and rain in ample quantities, so we went to the visitor centre and watched a video about geology (Cape Cod is a terminal moraine apparently), then went home.

I'll be back though :)
(,   ,') -- eep

Another couple by ana (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:32:03 AM EST
also staying in the B&B got caught in a rain storm in the national seashore. We were within easy ducking distance of a restaurant, so we just went in and had dinner. :-)

When are you coming to Bostonia?

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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Soon! by gpig (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:49:10 AM EST
I'll post once all the details are worked out.
(,   ,') -- eep
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As I said to Welsh Girl last night... by atreides (4.00 / 3) #7 Fri May 23, 2008 at 05:50:43 AM EST
..."time flies when you're ecstatically happy".

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

HOoray by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri May 23, 2008 at 03:53:36 PM EST
And then I had to spoil it by waking toxicfur up on the phone at 9:00 this morning. It was partly to make sure she wasn't planning to go in to work, and partly because I missed her.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

Not to worry by ana (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri May 23, 2008 at 04:50:59 PM EST
I was about to wake her up anyway. We appreciate the concern. I miss her too, when she's not around.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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