Friday, October 25

"Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” ~ Elizabeth George Speare

As a birthday present to myself, I decided to go visit my friend Julie in Connecticut! So 2 days after my birthday, I hopped on a plane and headed to Hartford. 

We crammed so much into just 2 days! It was crazy! On Friday, we spent the day in Hartford. Our first stop was Bushnell Park. The carousel at Bushnell Park was so fun! I love carousels!

Next we had some lunch, checked out the library, and then headed to this old graveyard (from the very beginning of Hartford). 

Troy loved the old headstones. He kept sitting on the little ones and I kept worrying that he was going to tip them over.

On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to take a ride on the Essex Steam Train. 

After we rode the train, we headed to the shore to have some fun on the beach. I had forgotten what nice sand is like since the sand in Texas is so bad. This sand was almost as nice as Waikiki! The water was a lot colder though. 

It was really nice day, so I regretted that I had thought it would be too cold in Connecticut for shorts. Sitting on the beach in jeans is not as fun.

After the beach we headed back to Hartford... so we thought. After driving for awhile we noticed that we were passing signs giving us directions to Rhode Island. There was a scenic stop on the highway, so we stopped to take a picture and figure out where we were. 

Once we stopped, we realized that we had accidentally arrived in Mystic! It looked like an adorable town, so we decided to stop for some ice cream.

The museum looked really fun, but it was very expensive. We decided to check out the gift shop (it was a great gift shop) and take some pictures outside instead.

Then we took a walk around the town to check it out. We found a really great bookstore, and Mystic Pizza (of Julia Roberts movie fame)!

Seriously, look how cute this little town is!

If I ever move to Connecticut, I'm moving to Mystic!

After we finally made it back to Hartford (the detour was worth it!), Julie and I went to the Harriet Beecher Stowe house for a Ghost Tour! Luckily, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be (the scary part was walking from Julie's apartment in the dark), but there were still some pretty frightening moments. I wish that our tour guide had been a little less skeptical. It would probably have added to the ambiance. 

It was a great trip and I can't wait to go back! Thanks Julie!



sisterkanani said...

You went to Connecticut?! I love Connecticut! I served next to Hartford for 4 1/2 months. Then I served next to Mystic for 6 months in Waterford and then in was in my area for 3 months!
What beach did you go to?

Lia said...

Oh I didn't know that Connecticut was part of your mission!

We went to Rocky Neck State Park. It was beautiful!!!

Crystalyn Bryan said...

I am totally jealous, by the way! I want to see Julie!

Jules said...

Yay! Thanks for coming to visit me, it was the best :). Reading this makes me realize that we really did do a lot! (But you still should have called in to work on Monday ;)).