Crossing New York & Salem. Massachusetts

The colors were in peak color as we drove across New York and Massachusetts.  We drove through the Berkshire and Catskill Mountains.  I couldn't help but think of James Taylor's song "Sweet Baby James".  He talks about the Berkshires.  Thankfully there was no snow today but a beautiful show of color.

The first of December was covered with snow

So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting

With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go.

Our first stop in the Boston area was Salem-site of the famous witchcraft trials. But it also the location of the many gabled house which was made famous in Hawthorne's novel The House of the Seven Gables.

The gardens overlooking the ocean at House of the Seven Gables

Hawthorne and I discussing our writing!

Hawthorne's birthplace which was moved to this location

There was a cold, raw wind off the ocean

The House of the Seven Gables tour was a fun time as we looked at the architecture from 1668 when it was first built, its evolution over the years and the connections to the novel.  Hawthorne never saw it when it had 7 gables and he never lived there-just wrote a wonderful story about what could have happened.

We're using TripAdvisor and recommendations from friends to pick our stops.  For dinner we had to have seafood.  We had dinner at the highest rated seafood restaurant in Salem is Turner's Seafood and it deserves its reputation.

Tom had clam chowder and lobster bake.  I enjoyed the best-ever crab cake.  Also macaroni and cheese.  I know it's not seafood but it is a favorite of mine.

Salem was full of tourists who looked liked witches. At this time of year there are many special activities for witches.  There were two lovely witches at the table beside us at dinner.  These sisters have wanted to come to Salem and dress like witches since they were little girls.  They were having a ball

They were happy to pose for me in their black attire.

The trip back from Salem to our motel in Auburn, MA was 32 miles at rush hour.  We are using the app Waze to help us navigate because it gives real-time information on traffic, delays, and accidents.  We also use our GPS on the phone and our stand-alone unit.  This should be the last time we drive into Boston.  The rest of the trip we plan on driving to Union Station in Worcester and taking the train into Boston.  That's the plan anyway.  I'll let you know how it went tomorrow night.  Love!

Traffic on I-90 at 6 pm


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