Thursday, April 05, 2007
OptiMystic about the future...  

Mystic Pizza
Originally uploaded by TheJerseyTomato.
This week, we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. To celebrate, Lucky took the day off from work and we went to Mystic, CT Sunday and Monday (That way, we didn't have to do the 2 day minimum for weekend stays... plus you save money on the rate). It wasn't that far and because we went up Rt. 95 during off-hours, it only took 3.5 hrs to get there from Central Jersey. We stayed in the downtown area. It kinda reminded me of more Spring Lake than New Hope with its type of gift shops and restaurants. Things were a bit pricey (average entrees around $15-24)but the food was pretty good. Did I mention the Tim Horton's?! That's how we saved $$ on lunch. Still think that Dunkin Donuts has the best doughy delicacies but Timmy does a fantastic job on soups.

We walked down to the Seaport which was lots of fun. Since it was a bit slow (but not as deserted as I expected), we got to chat with the guides. Can't imagine living for months/years at a time on a whale ship... the stink alone of the whale blubber!

We also visited the Mystic Aquarium. It was a decent sized aquarium, something that is a good size for someone with a kid. We watched the beluga whales being fed, learned that saying "starfish" is politically incorrect (they prefer to be called "seastars"), stayed for the sea lion show, and ended the visit by seeing what Dr. Robert Ballard's done with his deep sea explorations.

Popcorn at the Ground Round

Our anniversary dinner was at the Mystic Ground Round nearby. I remember GR fondly before they disappeared from NJ about 20 years ago... the free popcorn, the flickering old movies on the screen, the yummy fried food. Well, the popcorn is still there, but no movies and the food was worse than a Chili's. So I think I'll stick with the memories from my childhood... the food was better.

Happy Cotton Anniversary, Lucky!

PS: OptiMystic is the name of the eye doctor's office in Mystic... Lots of stores there with punny names.

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