Nov 26, 2010 Joseph Spalding Uncategorized
Sue and I are back from our 21-day marine adventure. I’ll mention certain vignettes from time to time about things I saw that piqued my curiosity.
We stopped in Cadiz, Spain and the shore map indicated the Museo del Mar. As you would surmise, I am drawn to this sort of venue like a bear to a honey tree.
We walked off the ship and wharf and hailed a cab. I showed the driver the map, but when we got to the location, it turned out to be a seaside park and a gated area.
The facilities are used for theatrical and musical productions, probably on the weekends.
We walked back toward the dock area and passed through a handsome square with upper income apartments surrounding it. The map indicated that if we followed San Francisco Way, we would reach the main divided boulevard that parallels the waterfront.
It was close to the 2 to 4 pm. siesta time when all Spanish stores and restaurants are closed, reopening from 4 to 8 pm. The street was wide enough for delivery vans and public safety vehicles to snake their way through, but it was primarily a pedestrian passage with lots of coffee shops and small eateries. There was a larger establishment, which was sort of a small supermarket with lots of customers bustling in and out.
A small dog that looked a lot like the “His Master’s Voice” dog “Nipper” on RCA products was sitting right in front of the door opening. This little fellow appeared glued to his spot, but he swung his head from side to side when folks tried to get his attention. I watched him for about five minutes and he stayed at his duty, waiting for his owner and then the return home for siesta time and probably a small snack. I think the dog was mostly a Jack Russell-type terrier.
I recall that there was a man in Skaneateles who walked to the P&C, with two dogs to accompany him. They were both tied to something when he was in the store, but when he came out, he would release the larger dog, who then picked up the small dog’s leash and off went the three of them.
Mr. Lemon has become an excellent walker, probably because of his exercise walks at the Wags Motel and dog camp (near the soccer center on Route 175). He prefers to walk and sniff on the long line, but he will walk close to my left side if asked to do so. However, I’ve not had much luck in getting him to sit down when I stop.
The park I mentioned prior to the dog encounter had two of the strangest trees I’ve ever seen. They were huge, 8′ to 10′ in diameter, with large limbs about 15″ to 16″ each in diameter. The branches were 10′ to 16′ off the ground, spreading out horizontally, and then some of them swooped back down to the ground. They seemed to sit on the ground or close to it. I’m sure they probably rooted where they touched the soil. I have a picture with Sue for a size reference.
When we got back to the wharf, I saw that the Star Clipper was docked just down the Quay. Sue and I were on the Clipper last January in the Caribbean. I tried to visit her, but even though I had a ship’s card that expired on 1/23/10, the gatekeeper told me to take a hike. It was very beautiful sitting there in the setting sun.
Sue and Joe Spalding live onthe western shore of Skaneatatele Lake.