This past weekend was a three-day weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day. I picked up an old friend who is doing an internship in New Hampshire and we spent the weekend in the New London area. Although New London is not always viewed as the most interesting of cities, we had a blast. When people email me asking about what there is to do at the Academy I often give the standard list of shopping, sponsor parents, movies, and eating, but for those of you with a more adventurous spirit (as well as the help of a car) there are a lot of things to do.
My friend and I covered a lot of ground this weekend starting with Mystic Seaport (an outdoor museum with buildings and ships to explore the past of seaports in New England) and then the center of Mystic stopping at the Pita Stop for lunch. We then went to a coffee shop to chat away a few hours and then drove over to Niantic which has the Book Barn. For those of you who are book lovers, we spent a few great hours browsing through books. It's made up of three separate locations, one of which is a collection of buildings full of books. While she was here we also visited Clyde’s Cider Mill in Stonington. They have demonstrations on how they make their cider, which was really interesting to watch. Some of the gears and mechanisms they use I have studied in Mechanical Engineering so it was fun to see them in action. The cider was delicious as was the kettle corn. We ate a multiple venues including the Black Sheep Pub, which I highly recommend if you’re ever in Niantic.
There are many things to do in the local area, although a car is very helpful, I know of many cadets who are able to branch out and have a blast without one. Then again, half the fun is the people you’re with anyway.
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