Archive for the ‘Weekend Road Trip’ Category

PostHeaderIcon What Happens In Monterey…Shows Up Here!


Last weekend Denene was a featured presenter at a conference for medical doctors in Monterey, Ca. I tagged along and played tourist for the day while Denene was on stage lecturing about the latest on meningitis.

I love Monterey, Ca. We’ve been numerous times over the years and each time I’m there I see something new, and fun. This time, though, I was there just a few days after the Writers’ Police Academy and I was still in “wind-down” mode. So I took advantage of the situation and set out on a walk. And I walked, and walked, and walked, and walked… And this is what I saw.












Steinbeck. I gave him an earring.






We enjoy Louis Linguini’s. Their calamari, by the way, is really good.


Finally, this young lady gave me the cold shoulder. It was time to move on…




PostHeaderIcon Castle Hill, Lobster, And Cher

Ipswich, Massachusetts is home to a sprawling 2100 acre estate known as Castle Hill (est. 1634). The property is the former summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crane, Jr. (Crane Brass and Bell Foundry). The estate consists of a fifty-nine room mansion, twenty-one outbuildings, a casino, a saltwater swimming pool, bath houses, cabanas, guest houses, a sunken garden, a huge grass mall, and an indoor ballroom.

In 1987, the movie The Witches of Eastwick starring Jack Nicholson and Cher was filmed on location at the Crane Estate. The film Flowers in the Attic also featured the Crane mansion.

Not so long ago, Denene and I attended a New England clam bake at the mansion. We also took a stroll along Crane Beach at the rear of the estate, a half mile from the main house.

The Crane mansion

Terrace overlooking the waterfront.

The food was absolutely delicious. We started off with a bowl of authentic New England clam chowder and then worked our way through a variety of mussels, barbecued chicken, lobster, and strawberry shortcake.

The path to Crane Beach

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