New England

After a couple weekends in Florida, I was back to jetsetting – this time, up to the New England area, for 4 of my favorite things – disc golf, lighthouses, fall foliage and the Tubes!

Sat. Oct. 17

After arriving in Boston Friday night and staying in Brockton, Massachusetts, my first venture of Saturday was out to the pretty town of Scituate and the Scituate lighthouse. It was my first time at this unique-looking light. It was then off to play a few disc golf courses around the Boston area before viewing my next lighthouse in Marblehead, Mass. I had seen this light before from the water when I did a lighthouse cruise out of Boston 5 years ago, but I finally got to see it up close. The same was true for the following lighthouses I visited at Fort Pickering and the Hospital Point light in Beverly. I was able to get some real nice pics of the Ft. Pickering light but since the Hospital Point light was on private Coast Guard grounds, I wasn’t so lucky and my vantage points were rather limited.

Ft Pickering lighthouse

A couple more disc golf courses were on tap, including a brand new 9-hole course in Hampton, New Hampshire at the Smuttynose Brewing Company, where I also had a nice dinner at Hayseed Restaurant. I made my way back into Massachusetts and over to Salisbury Beach to see one of all-time favorite bands, the Tubes. As I walked around the sleepy beach town before the show, I was taken back to my teen years as I checked out a couple arcades that made me feel like it was 1985 all over again – I don’t think they’ve added a new arcade game since the mid-80’s!

The TubesI got lucky to get a front row seat for the concert, where my table was accompanied by 4 locals, who were also big Tubes fans. The show was another stellar performance by the acid rock band celebrating their 40th anniversary, and it was probably the 10th time I’ve now seen them, dating back to 1986. I stayed the night in my third state of the day in southern Maine.

Sun. Oct. 18

Saturday night was chilly but I was not prepared for the Sunday morning temps in the mid-20’s. I was literally shivering as I played a disc golf course in Sanford, Maine, but it did start to warm up as I played my next four courses in New Hampshire. Apparently, my game was still very cold though as I shot some awful scores and even managed to lose 4 discs. The only saving grace was the fall foliage and beauty of the courses.  Another fun and quick weekend was suddenly over as I flew back home Sunday night.

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