Kit’s Trip, Part 1

Hi everyone!  Kit here, and I’m going to tell you all about the trip I went on with Flo and Mr. Flo.  I was so excited to get to go, I’ve never been anywhere but here and Cincinatti.  We left on Tuesday night after Mr. Flo got home from work, only driving part of the way.  Here I am, wrestling my suitcase into the room:

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After a good nights sleep, we had some breakfast and headed out for our destination. Any ideas of where we were going?
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If you said Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, you were right! Mystic Seaport is a very interesting place and is an example of a small sea-faring village from the 19th century. There are lots of buildings that house different shops and homes and several different ships. Flo thought it would be a fun place for me to see, she and Mr. Flo were there many years ago. After she saw a post about Mystic by Gwen over at A Peek into the Pantry, she was dying to go back.

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Isn’t it pretty? I can only imagine what it might have been like to live in a place like this back then. As it says in the song from the TV show Gilligan’s Island–“no phone, no lights, no motorcar!”

These boats are small and are used by kids who are learning how to sail.  Flo said that when they were here last time, there were a whole bunch of them out in the water for a class.  Sounds like fun!
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There is even a lighthouse there! It’s a replica of the Brandt Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island. If you go inside, there are two movies about lighthouses that you can watch. It was very interesting. And very small inside.

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There are a number of boats and boat parts on the grounds, all with different purposes and in different styles. You can even get a ride on a couple of them and get a waterfront view. We thought about doing it, but it was a bit chilly outside, plus as you can see from the photos, there was a strong possibility of rain. We decided not to take our chances.

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The pride of Mystic Seaport is the Charles W. Morgan, a former whaling ship. All of the boats at Mystic Seaport are still sea worthy and once in a while even the Morgan is taken out for a spin. Because these boats are all very old, they are in constant need of maintenance and repair. Wouldn’t you know, they had the Morgan completely out of the water for some work they were doing on it. Flo said that this wasn’t something you would see very often, so we were lucky to be there when we were, even if we couldn’t go on it.
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While we were there, they had to move it. YUP! They did too! I didn’t know how they could move something that large, but there was a base it sat on that had wheels and they used a piece of large equipment to pull it. It made Flo a little bit nervous, as she said “what would you do if something went wrong with such a huge piece of history?”

Boats that big needed some enormous anchors to keep them in place. Here are two pictures of me with one, and it wasn’t even the largest!
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After we were done at the seaport, we went and checked into our new hotel, then out to dinner.  We talked about what we wanted to do the next day too.  After all that riding in a car and then looking around the seaport in the fresh air, I was tired!  Thank heavens for a comfy bed.

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I also picked up a few souvenirs at the seaport too. First I found this cool totebag:

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And then I found two posters for in my bedroom. I can’t wait to get them hung up!

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That’s it for this part of our trip. Stop back later this week,  I will show you some of what we did on the rest of the trip!

Packing…

Kit decided it was time she thought about packing for the trip.  She wasn’t sure what to take though, the most traveling she had done recently was back and forth between here and her parents home in Cincinnati.  She decided maybe it would be a good idea to get some help, so she went downstairs to see if any of the other girls had any ideas.  First she stopped outside of Cassandra’s bedroom.  After hearing the conversation, she decided maybe she’d better ask someone else as it seemed Cassandra, Shivan and Fiona were in a rather heated discussion about something that Kit didn’t understand.

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“I think Euclidian geometry is much better than Pythagorean geometry!” “No! No! No! Pythagorean geometry is better–it’s called the Pythagorean Theorem not the Euclidian Theorem!”

Kit continued down the hall to where Alya and Shivan’s room is.  When she looked in the door, she could see Alya showing Kanani the new bag she’d picked up.

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“Isn’t this bag adorable? I got it at Target, it was the last one they had in pink.” said Alya. “Oh, hey Kit, come on in!”

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“Hi guys!” replied Kit. “I need some help, I’m having a hard time with packing for the trip. I thought maybe since you both have traveled some, you might be able to help me?”

“Sure!” exclaimed both Alya and Kanani. “Go get your suitcase and bring it in here and we’ll get you all straightened out.”

Kit ran up to her bedroom and got her suitcase.
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“Let’s set it up here on the bed,” said Alya.  “Kanani, if you could go get some of the clothing out of the wardrobe that you think she’ll need, that would be a huge help.”

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Kanani came back with several items.

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Kit wondered outloud. “Guys, do you really think I’m going to need all of that?” “Oh, most definitely!” replied Kanani. “You don’t want to be away from home and find out you need something and you don’t have it!”

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The girls continued adding things to the pile.
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“…several pairs of pajamas and a bathrobe…”

Finally Kit couldn’t take it anymore. “STOP!!! GUYS! I’m only going for four days!!!”
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Alya and Kanani turned and looked at Kit and in unison responded. “Oh.”
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“Thanks guys, but I think I can handle this on my own!”

Do you have a tendency to over-pack when going on a trip?  I’ve never been one to get too carried away, but over the years I’ve managed to pack less and less and on our last trip to Ireland, both Mr. Flo and I took only a rolling carry-on bag and a shoulder bag.  I think Kit’s going to fit right in on this trip!