Gloucester and the beautiful Hammond Castle

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Hammond Castle.

     Today we decided we wanted to head north towards Gloucester for some whale watching. I was very excited because I have always wanted to go on a whale watching tour. We also decided that we wanted to see Hammond Castle because it looked pretty cool on the website and we are castle fanatics. So we set out and got about 10 minutes into the trip when...yes you guessed it standstill traffic on every Mass roadway we were on. At this point in the trip we just busted out laughing because it had actually become commical the amount of traffic and it doesn't seem to matter what time of the day or what day of the week. I reiterate that if I lived in this area I would DEFINITELY be in jail for road rage. lol.

     We got to Hammond Castle a little before it opened and walked around the grounds before we even went inside.

Hammond Castle.
I was not sure what to expect of the castle; I 've been some amazing castles in my lifetime and honestly I thought this one would be okay but I didn't have high hopes for it. I was absolutely wrong! Even from the outside the place was amazing. The doors finally opened and we headed inside. Now I'm used to the castles that are hundereds of years old that you are not allowed to touch anything or take pictures but this place you could take as many pictures as you wanted which made my day. If you are ever in the area you have to see this place, now obviously it's not an old authentic castle but the inside is just beautiful. Mr. Hammond put so much detail into every aspect of this place. There is even an area that is meant to look like the outside of a village which even includes signs hanging outside to announce this.
The drawbridge.
For example, there is a sign hanging outside the dining room that says bakery. It is a beautiful, beautiful place. I truely felt for a couple of hours that I was back in Ireland or Scotland.

     After we left Hammond we headed into Gloucester to book our whale watching tour. Now it had been overcast all day and had been spitting here and there but nothing like it had been and I had layers on so I was ready. Of course as my luck would have it the whatle watching tours were all cancelled for the day because there were 7 foot swells on the ocean. I must have looked devastated or pissed becuase the bearer of bad news, stated that she had just got a call from a fishing boat that was coming home early becasue the seas were so bad.

The drawbridge.
So I was dissapointed, then I started thinking about The Perfect Storm and decided I was hungry so we went to eat instead.

     Since we had more time than we thought thanks to the stupid swelling seas, we headed up to Halibut Point State Park to have a look around. Of course by this time it was pretty much raining steady, but we were not about to have the weather ruin anything else we wanted to see so we got out and spent the next 2-3 hours hiking around the point....in the rain. I loved it, another beautiful place with really cool trails and things for me to climb down, over and up.

     Then we headed back to Milford and I packed the rest of my things and got prepared for the 13 hour ride home the next morning.

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Hammond Castle.
Hammond Castle.
Hammond Castle.
Hammond Castle.
The drawbridge.
The drawbridge.
The drawbridge.
The drawbridge.
A gargoyle.
A gargoyle.
Another gargoyle.
Another gargoyle.
The walkway to the back of the cas…
The walkway to the back of the ca…
The back of the castle.
The back of the castle.
Woops guess we should have looked …
Woops guess we should have looked…
The view from the back of the cast…
The view from the back of the cas…
Scottish and Welsh flags flying.
Scottish and Welsh flags flying.
A tapestry inside.
A tapestry inside.
My knight in shining armor.
My knight in shining armor.
The great hall.
The great hall.
A crushed skull???
A crushed skull???
The steps to the courtyard.
The steps to the courtyard.
The dining room.
The dining room.
Hammond china.
Hammond china.
A really cool dragon.
A really cool dragon.
The cool courtyard.
The cool courtyard.
More courtyard.
More courtyard.
Another cute dragon.
Another cute dragon.
The walk back to the car.
The walk back to the car.
Gloucester.
Gloucester.
Gloucester.
Gloucester.
Divers in Cloucester.
Divers in Cloucester.
The path at Halibut Point State Pa…
The path at Halibut Point State P…
Me being where I have no business …
Me being where I have no business…
I got down now I got to get back u…
I got down now I got to get back …
One of the paths at Halibut Point …
One of the paths at Halibut Point…
Following directions as usual.
Following directions as usual.
Gloucester
photo by: euphemy