adventure, boats, brainstorms, exploring new places, friends, fun, go with the flow, history, Just do it, making memories, perseverance, photography, road trip, sky, weatherThe witches of Salem… May 20, 2021May 20, 2021 naturecoastimagesblog 1692 was not a good year for witches, or people perceived to be witches, in Salem, MA. This is the witch memorial. Each stone slab is engraved with the name and date of death of a person who was hanged for being a witch. We did no homework ahead of time, so if these people have stories we didn’t learn them. There were no crowds at the memorial on Tuesday. Possibly because the main stops were only open Friday-Monday at the moment. As was the Visitor Center, so we were without maps, and wandering on our own. These murals caught my eye. This was an interesting sign, and there were many opportunities to get your fortune read. I’ve always been afraid to do that, I guess I prefer to stumble along in the dark. This shop in particular caught my eye, but we didn’t go in. A chuckle at the front door. The waterfront seemed like a good bet for photos. Loved this figurehead. The shoreline was quiet. The sky was so pretty. This is the home for aged women. I should have asked if they had an opening. I love it when flowers spill over a fence like this. Up one side. Down the other. A passerby told us to look up the oldest candy shop in America. The building wasn’t as old looking as others and I’m not sure that we would have gone in without a heads up. They told us that in 1802 a British woman was shipwrecked off the coast and was brought ashore penniless. But when the villagers learned that she had been a confectioner they bought her a barrel of sugar, and the business was born. Gibralters were the first candy made and sold in America. 200 year old candy remains in the glass jar in the case on the shelf. I liked the cash register. I bought these to share with someone special, provided I can resist them for a few more days.