The next few entries will be about our trip to Maine — to Kezar Lake, Maine to be precise — from July 18-28. As a child, *this* was our “vacation place”. Many memories and traditions were made here. And, like all strong childhood memories, they are lasting and special.   For me there was this mystique and “sacredness” created about our Kezar Lake vacations.  But – before I go into them, the trip up — “the journey” — is also part of the “destination”. It’s not simply a means to an end, but part of the entire experience, and deserves it’s own entry.

Our trip is unusual because we take a ferry to get there. Instead of driving the 100 miles of Long Island before heading north to New England, we take the Orient Point (Long Island) / New London (Connecticut) ferry. We made reservations on the 9 a.m. ferry, the “John H”, on July 18th for the hour and a half trip to New London. Orient Point is a little more than an hour away from home, so our 7 a.m. exit time gave  us ample time to be at the ferry slip 1/2 hour early as they suggest. The ferry ride is scenic with a variety of lighthouses, as well as interesting activities on the Thames River in Connecticut to photograph. It’s a relaxing ride – and it cuts down on the actual drive to Maine to only (about) 5 hours (from New London). The “John H” is the largest of the Cross Sound ferries, and is the most luxurious, in my opinion. We spend our time on the ferry having breakfast and photographing anything of interest….

The weather for our ride was clear, but the ozone was thick rendering it very hazy. I took some photographs which made it appear that it was foggy! Here’s a snapshot in photographs of our ferry ride….

LIGHTHOUSES
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1. Orient Point Light
2. Block Island Light

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1. The Ledges Light – close to Connecticut
2. I do NOT know what this lighthouse is! Anyone who knows, please let me know!

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Both these photos are of the New London Lighthouse, located on the edge of the Thames river as you’re coming in from the Sound

We Passed by other ferries. this one is “The Mary Ellen”, which had just left New London, headed for Orient Point:

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And, then there were other boats…

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As we came into Thames River, we encountered a sailing regatta of some kind…

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Inside the ferry:

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1. I love this lighted sign – located in the bar area of “The John H” – the ferry on which we were traveling.
2. Passengers seated at tables…
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Welcome to New London – nearing the ferry slip

And … with that, about 10:20 a.m., we exited the ferry for the rest of our drive to Maine…