Wednesday, October 12, 2011

day two: from long island to mystic

 

the blue of it all is what hit me the most, on this bright sunday in october.

i've seen oceans at sunset, with the ambers and crimsons blending with the graying sky. and i've seen oceans at mid-day, crowded with surfers and sailors, tones of flesh speckling the water.

but as our ferry departed long island, headed toward connecticut, in the early hours, i saw the ocean in an entirely new light--that of morning. that of an absolute blue more pure than i've ever seen in my life. an almost blinding reflection of sun and light and a cloudless sunrise.

we ate lunch in bridgeport, stopping to pay homage to the hometown of your friend and mine, mr. john mayer. because room for squares is still on constant replay in my car and i will forever be enamored with the john of old, pretending that this new john, with his awkward interviews and weird jazz solos is simply a mirage.

then we spent a few hours traveling under the trees at yale. with a tour guide who was a theater major and supremely suited for his role. i rubbed the bronze toe of the woosley statue, a yale tradition believed to bring good luck. because school is hard and work is long and i've got plenty of faith, but a little luck never hurt either.

and we traveled onward. the sounds of conor oberst wafting through the speakers. there's nothing that the road cannot heal. we picked apples the size of our head and feasted on cider doughnuts. this was the afternoon we witnessed the dog get hit. for an hour my heart hurt and the twinge of sadness remains.

our last stop was mystic. that old seaport made famous by julia roberts. we sat in a high-backed chairs and ate the best pizza. seriously, the best. with a little snap to the crust. this was day two. plenty more ahead, more behind.

21 comments:

Annika said...

Conor truly is the best fall music. I've had Story in the Soil on repeat for about a week already!

Erin said...

Looked beautiful :)

Amylou said...

The ocean is so beautiful in those photos!
I miss the John of Old too! SO MUCH!

Ana Magdalena said...

I love how the rocks on the last photo get lost in the ocean.

Jennifer Rod said...

beautifully written. you are such a good traveler missy, i will need to ask you for help every time i plan to hit the road. :)

HazelandMare said...

Awww... "Room for Squares"... that takes me back to high school days. You're right, it's better to just preserve John Mayer within the image of that album, when he was a romantic gentleman and not a womanizer. ;) That town sounds so breathtaking. And the pizza sounds breathtaking too. Can pizza be "breathtaking"? I'm not sure, but if any pizza is, I'm sure that is!

mary kate said...

first of all i love that you visited john mayer's hometown, that is so great! secondly the more i read your posts about your trip the more i want to take one, one day with my future husband.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I must have missed you mentioning the dog. I can't imagine, how awful. I have only seen this once and it was one of my own dogs. Still extremely difficult for me. Very sorry you had to see that on your trip (or any time).
I have wanted to eat pizza in Mystic since that movie first came out! Glad to hear it lived up :)

Gentri said...

Oh it all sounds so wonderful!! :) and I love these pictures!

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Gwen Edwards said...

Mystic is my best friend's favorite town. I'd love to visit some day and find out why. Beautiful description of the ocean Courtney.

chambanachik said...

Gosh, lady. I will be very honest and say that when people blog their vacations, I usually skip those posts. I knew I could never skip a post of yours, and I'm so glad I didn't. Pure poetry.

Claire said...

haha the apple. looks like.... a bottom....:)

It seems pretty obvious. said...

Beautiful pictures! I really want to do a road trip like this some day! Maybe next year! :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

You know I've lived in CT for three years now and have never visited mystic even though I must have seen that film like a hundred times. I really need to get my behind there especially if the pizza is seriously the best :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your trip so far!! And I LOVE seaside towns as much as you!! So eager to hear more...

XO,
Jane

Romance In A Glance said...

oh I'm envious! This looks stunning. Hope you have the time of your life!

Suz and Allan said...

This looks amazing! Have a wonderful time!

Justina F. Lee said...

Your writing is excellent. Truly.

Tina said...

the colours are spectacular. i've always though blue was so typical, but i've ever seen that blue before!

Holli said...

Gorgeous... I've always dreamed of seeing New England.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks amazing!!!! Oh my goodness! I want to go to Mystic sooo bad for the pizza!

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