Back in early September I flew to Connecticut to help folks who had been affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Lee formed in the Gulf and was slowly making its way North. Most folks seemed concerned about the impacts of Irene but didn’t seem to give a second thought to Lee’s impending presence. But Lee proved to be as much, if not more, of a menace dumping heavy rainfall on the (already saturated) northeast and causing historic flooding.
I worked in Connecticut 3 weeks and two days before I was scheduled to leave; I got my first day off. The locals had been giving me ideas about where I should go. The two most suggested places were Mystic Seaport and the casinos. So, in the days leading up to that day I mapped out my journey, printed some info, and charged up my camera.
That morning I woke up at 4am determined to be in Mystic for the sunrise. Unfortunately, it was completely overcast and the sun did not make an appearance. (Truth be told, I wouldn’t have made it anyway.) Mystic is a nice coastal town in southeast Connecticut. It’s home to Mystic Pizza, the place that inspired the movie of the same name, and sits on the Mystic River, not the one from the movie of the same name. Mystic Seaport didn’t open til 9am so I walked around town for a few hours taking in the scenery and snapping some pictures. Suddenly, I felt like I was in one of those old TV shows from back in the day. Every person I passed greeted me with a smile and a “Good Morning”. Even folks biking or driving by would wave and yell out a “Good Morning”. Most times you don’t get so much as a grunt out of someone so this was completely foreign to me.
When the Seaport finally opened I spoke to the customer service lady. She gave me pricing and information for what the Seaport had to offer and told me set aside two days to see and do everything. Since my time was limited I opted to take the info and hope I can use it another time. In case you’re wondering what there is to do at the Seaport… tour old ships, take a boat ride up the Mystic River, rent boats, see exhibits, walk through the museum and a re-created 19th-century village, check out the last wooden whaling ship in the world (currently being restored at the Seaport), and browse the shops.
Next, I took a quick drive into Rhode Island for some lunch and then headed to Uncasville to the Mohegan Sun Casino. The Foxwoods Resort and MGM Grand at Foxwoods are located a few miles away in Mashantucket. (FYI, Connecticut has the 3 largest casinos in the world.) I opted for the Mohegan at someone else’s suggestion. The casino is impressive. There were 3 separate casinos inside along with bars, restaurants, shops, and the Mohegan Sun Arena. Beautiful place! I spent most of my time checking out the architecture and the décor. I threw a few bucks in the slots, played some blackjack, and then called it a day.
I took the long route back to my hotel so I could pass through a few other areas I wanted to see. It was a relaxing, leisure drive and I did enjoy myself. The following day I would be back to work to wrap things up. Then a quick stop at home to check things out and on to Pennsylvania.