To continue Alex's birthday week I had booked a trip to Mystic, CT and planned loads of fun stuff. Dad was working so it was just a boy and his mom for an overnight trip. We set out early in the morning for the 45 minute drive to the ferry out of Orient Point which is the end of Long Island on the north side for those of you who don't know where we live. You can check out the map, we live in Shirley and we drove all the way to the end of the island so all the way to the right. :) It was a great drive and Alex enjoyed watching the sun rising. It was very foggy as we got into Greenport and the visibility was pretty bad but I slowed down and we made it just fine and got on the ferry for the hour ride over to Connecticut.
It took a while for the fog to lift and there wasn't much to see on the ride over so I was a bit disappointed since it was Alex's first time riding on a ferry but he seemed to be enjoying just being out there and watching the water all the same.
The fog lifted when we got over to the other side and it was really a lovely day and we watched the sights as we docked into New London.
We arrived at our hotel and dropped our stuff and walked across the street (yes I planned that out so that we were across the street!!) to the Mystic Aquarium and spent the afternoon enjoying the exhibits and some lunch.
I would have to say that the highlight of the day was our time in the bird exhibit...Alex absolutely loved the fact that he could feed and even sometimes pet a bird!!! I loved taking a million pictures, of course!
We finished off our day with dinner at Mystic Pizza and if you aren't familiar with the movie, check it out. Aside from the fact that a movie was filmed here, the pizza is out of this world!!!
Alex enjoyed the indoor pool until 10:00 that night once we got back to our hotel and then promptly passed out cold and allowed me some quiet time to read my book before I drifted off after a long and full day. I thought about the fact that I was spending a lot of time making memories for him this summer because our circumstances didn't allow us to do very much last summer and yet at the same time I feel that we were all so very blessed to have the time that we did to spend with mom last summer while she was living with us.
The next morning we got up and had a delicious breakfast buffet and checked out of our room and Alex wanted to just swim and I allowed him the freedom on this trip to do whatever he wanted, this was his birthday vacation and although I told him we could go to Mystic Seaport he didn't want to go, he just wanted to play in the indoor pool and I said that would be fine and so for 4 hours he did just that...swim, swim and swim some more! I literally read 10 scrapbooking magazines that I had brought with me while he was in the pool.
I had wanted us to visit the Mystic Seaport but Alex didn't want to so that was fine with me...he changed his mind at the last minute and it was kind of late so we just checked out the store and looked around a bit and decided that we would go back next summer for sure.
We headed back to the ferry and the ride home was lovely, the sun was setting and the colors of the sky is something we will not soon forget.