At Lowell’s GLBT Pride Family Picnic
The Lowell Pride Committee held the second annual Lowell Pride Family Picnic today. In it’s honor, the weather changed from oppressive to perfect. There was live music, fabulous drag queens, and lots of local organizations. And this lady across the canal with her magic bubble fish nets:
The way this thing works is that she dips the big net into a bucket of soapy water, then holds the net up to the breeze. She also had a net that was just one big hole; it made person-sized bubbles that split and joined like magic.
The Lowell Sun ran a story about the bubble lady this morning. She is MJ Bujold, a Lowell artist.
Along the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Downtown Lowell, MA
It only sounds like a CBS crime drama
The Massachusetts State Police have a barracks on Boston Harbor at the Charles River.
Massachusetts State Police Marine Division
It’s probably more interesting working here than doing speed patrols on I-495.
At the end of the Charles River
(As viewed from Lovejoy Wharf)
Somehow, I’ve never been to the North End.
So on the way to North Station tonight, I biked across the street and through the North End for the first time. Although the waterfront parks are delightful, the rest of the neighborhood is filled with rude clueless tourists and unpredictable clueless car drivers. Get me the hell outta here!
Boston’s North End Waterfront.
Hanover Street. The bell tower is St Steven’s Church.
North End neighborhood
No way I’m climbing up there.
The Tall Ships are in Boston for a week.
After work tonight, I rode over to the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the Coast Guard’s ship, the USCG Barque Eagle .
USCG Barque Eagle
Carved Eagle Masthead, USCG Barque Eagle
Flags, USCG Barque Eagle
Charlestown Navy Yard
Out for a family swim on a warm morning
Spotted these guys on the way to work this morning. It’s the first time I’ve seen the goslings in the river this year.
Geese and goslings on the Charles
Next to the Charles River Bike Path
Around town on two wheels
Today’s bike ride around Billerica:
Abandoned mill by the Concord River
Rode through the Billerica State Forest trails just to remind myself that my bike is not a mountain bike.
 Concord River millpoind, off Old Elm Street
 Billerica State Forest entrance gate at Treble Cove Road
In which I did not beat the storm home.
Decided to skip out of work a little early to beat some big orangy-red blobs on the weather radar that were heading this way. Hopped on the bike and got to North Station, only a little wet.
But from the Lowell train station to my house, it was a solid wall of water.
But it was a fun ride!
By coincidence, I picked-up a new waterproof camera today, the brand new Olympus Tough TG-5. It is a very, very, very nice piece of gear.
Safely back in the neighborhood
Only a couple months old.
Got off the bike along the Charles River this evening to get some shots of the Canadian geese chicks. One of the grown-up geese was definitely not happy with me for approaching the chicks. These “little” guys are almost a foot tall now and eating a ton of greens. Like their parents, they just don’t care that there’s hundreds of people around.
Canadian geese chicks
And another Canadian goose chick
Charles River Bike Path
A shady ride on a hot day
At lunchtime, I skipped out for a bike ride along the Charles River in Watertown.
Am I really orange enough?
Charles River Reservation Bike Path
A campus (and a school) designed to make you jealous that you didn’t go there.
Not surprisingly, the College of the Atlantic is a much nicer campus than the state university where I got my degrees, or the Ivy League college where I work.
Even their dumpsters are more hip than yours.
Sculpture, lawns, and formal gardens.
The 1895 Summer Cottage.
One of several book sculptures in one of the gardens.
Nautical stuff and Frenchman’s Bay.
The campus dock on Frenchman’s Bay.
The College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor Maine