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By Michelle
August 18, 2006 - 9:19 PM

Hello World!

It's our month for weekend getaways. This upcoming weekend we're going to visit my in-laws in Pennsylvania, and last weekend we went to Mystic, Connecticut, where in lieu of a birthday party, my son wanted to participate in the Mystic Aquarium's Penguin Contact Program. For an hour, we were in a classroom with ten people and two penguins, which walked around, nibbled our shoelaces and let us pet them, then allowed us to listen to their heartbeats and examine their beaks and wings as if we were veterinarians. My son was thrilled and it was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Mystic has a wonderful aquarium, very different from the one in Baltimore which we visit regularly - there are beluga whales and seals in huge outdoor enclosures, a gigantic indoor reef exhibit with anemones, starfish, urchins, various crabs, little fish and sea cucumbers, a big ray tank where people can put their hands in at certain times to touch the animals, a sea lion show and a research institute on deep sea life and underwater archaeology with many exhibits found by Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic and JFK's PT boat.

And Mystic is also home to a historic seaport with tall ships and a recreation of a town from centuries ago, as well as a working wooden ship restoration facility and museums about local nautical history. My in-laws lived in Connecticut for many years, so we had been to Mystic once or twice, and ended the trip with dinner at Old Saybrook's Pizza Works, which has model trains circling both floors of the restaurant while out back one can see actual trains stopping at the Old Saybrook station. The area is not inexpensive but it's a wonderful place to take a day trip.

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