new england

Did you know that New England consists of SIX different states? It includes Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine. I want to say that I thought that New England was simply another name for Massachusetts because of the Patriots. I blame them for my ignorant assumption!

Matsumoto, Japan
Matsumoto, Japan

This was clarified to me by my friend Rob. As I mentioned in my earlier blog post, I went to Japan at the end of May. When I was waiting for the train to go from Tokyo to Matsumoto, I befriended Rob and his brother Jon, and we actually hung out for a few hours in Matsumoto. I left for Kamikochi and he remained in the city with his brother. Well I really lucked out because we kept in touch and he offered to open up his place if I were to be passing through Connecticut in my nationwide tour! So after the Letterman Show in NYC and escaping the Manhattan traffic, we made it to Rob’s apartment. He has one of the coolest apartments I’ve ever seen. He has an entertainment room, a bar built by his grandfather with ship wood, and has a balcony overlooking the ocean. AWESOME!

The entertainment room
The entertainment room

It was really good catching up and swapping stories from the rest of our trips in Japan. I’ve only spent a couple hours with Rob in Japan, but his hospitality would’ve seemed like it was for a very good friend. Rob, if you’re reading this, I hope that I will be in socal when you come so I can give the same stellar treatment! I really enjoyed this city. I liked the calm vibe (at least calmer than NYC) and just the ocean. I’m sure my good experience here was heavily due to Rob.

There’s a saying that goes in New England…if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes. I got to experience the frequent weather fluctuations while I was up here!

Right next to Rob's apartment in New London
Right next to Rob’s apartment in New London
Me, Rob, and Sheldon
Me, Rob, and Sheldon…it was really bright…

Next Sheldon and I headed to Boston and made it just in time for the last scheduled tour through the Samuel Adams Brewery. The cost was only a suggested $2, which goes completely towards local charities. So cool! Not a big fan of IPA, but the Rebel IPA was actually really good.

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Thanks for the free cup Sam!
Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Sampling multiple beers
Learning the brewing process
Learning the brewing process

We then went over to Mike’s Pastry…the cannolis were just ok. However, the lobster rolls at Neptune Oysters…both hot and cold…were PHENOMENAL. While the hot and cold rolls are too different to compare, we still both agreed the hot one was better. It was the best meal I had during my trip. I couldn’t stop grinning as I was trying to eat it as slow as possible in order to savor each bite. The melted butter was dripping down my joke of a “beard” and I didn’t have a care in the world. Yep, it was that good. Their oysters were exceptionally soft and smooth with just the right amount of saltiness.

Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster
Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster

We then drove up to Portland, Maine and called it an early night. The next day we went kayaking from the port out to Fort Gorges. It is an abandoned fort off the coast. Along the way, we saw many seagulls and even an osprey nest! The fort was definitely really cool. The private guided tour was really cheap too! Piper, our guide, was very friendly and she suggested a good trail for us to go on if we were going through New Hampshire…I’ll share details on that later.

Pulled out driftwood from the main pathway for sea vessels. Apparently floating objects can be very dangerous.
Pulled out driftwood from the main pathway for sea vessels. Apparently floating objects can be very dangerous. Piper said these situations can even be lethal. We were heroes!
Arrived at the fort
Arrived at the fort
Inside of Fort Gorges
Inside of Fort Gorges
Chillin at the ledge of one of the windows from Fort Gorges. It might not look it, but it was incredibly relaxing here just watching boats come in and out. Could've just stayed here all day.
Chillin at the ledge of one of the windows from Fort Gorges. It might not look it, but it was incredibly relaxing here just watching boats come in and out. Could’ve just stayed here all day.
Facing Portland from Fort Gorges
Facing Portland from Fort Gorges

Although our hike in New Hampshire is part of New England…I’ll share that in the next entry!

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