Winter Gear You Should Buy- LL Bean is Out, Sierra Trading Post Is In

I used to buy stuff at LL Bean and got sucked in to the you can always return stuff there no questions asked policy but what I’ve come to realize is that their stuff is priced at nearly double what you can buy it for elsewhere.  so why pay double when you can get two pairs of basically the same gear for the same price and never have to sweat feeling like a creep for returning 5 year old jeans with holes in them.

This time of year when the temperatures dip and I get caught underdressed for the cold I generally address my winter gear needs.

We went to the Kittery Trading Post last week in search of  Lined Canvas Work pants but they were $80 a pair and there’s just no way I’m paying that kind of dough for work pants to wear down here at the dock so I went home empty handed.

I don’t mind paying a little extra for the right kind of gear but $80 for workpants=no go.

This morning however after refusing to turn on the heat down the dock and not being able to rid myself of this chill, I got online and checked out out LL Bean.  Their Katahdin lined canvas workpants are $79. Strike Two. Not gonna spend that kind of dough on pants that will end up covered in gurry.

LL Bean Katahdin work pants $79-



So I remember this online catalog where I’ve bought stuff in the past-  They carry basically the same stuff LL Bean does only they carry national brands that are either the same or better than LL Bean and almost always they are cheaper.

Sure enough they had Carhartt Washed Duck Dungarees – Flannel-Lined (For Men) for $39.95  Half the cost of LL Beanimage

Not only that, the  base layer mock turtlenecks I get to keep the wind off your neck were on sale for $19.95


Normally I’d get some cotton ones from LL Bean but microfleece does so much of a better job wicking away moisture when you sweat, it’s a hundred times better for cold weather work gear.  So I got two pairs of the flannel lined Carhartt canvas pants and two of the white sierra tongass pullover mock turtlenecks microfleece.  When you spend over $100 they have a deal where they give you 25% off you order. So here’s my total-



$100 and change vs what would have cost $200 at LL Bean and that was with cotton turtlenecks instead of microfleece AND TWO PAIRS of Flannel lined canvas pants instead of one at LL Bean..

So if you consider my judgment from working on the docks all winter long all my life worth listening to, you can check them out and they offer a $10 coupon as a referral from me (full disclosure if you buy anything not only do you get a $10 coupon, they give me one too)

Here’s the link to check out Sierra Trading Post

Did You Know? (Pigeon Cove)

I always thought this was Pigeon Cove, but I have recently become aware that Pigeon Cove is actually a community of Rockport that extends from the granite bridge by Granite Pier all the way to Folly Cove.  I never knew.  It’s amazing how many unique individual parts there are to Cape Ann.  These photos are of Pigeon Cove Harbor.

E.J Lefavour

Marooned on – Eastern Point Island

Eastern Point Light, Perfect Storm, 1991 ©George B. Lenart
On October 31st, 1991, diesel mechanic and photo enthusiast George B. Lenart was caught in a historic storm on Cape Ann’s granite coast. He drove his big Mogul Motors truck out to the end of Eastern Point for a job with the Eastern Point Yacht Club. What George walked into was a hurricane strength tempest with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and gusts up to 98 miles per hour (hurricane devastation occurs at 73+ mph). Unexpectedly, George Lenart was marooned by rising water and monstrous waves. He grabbed his camera  and captured this incredible scene from the 3rd floor of the Eastern Point Yacht Club. It shows Eastern Point Light and Dog Bar Breakwater, which guard the entrance to Gloucester Harbor. Waves built to 70 feet, one of which swept right through Mother Ann Cottage, seen on the left, and completely destroyed a house high atop Sherman Point by Good Harbor Beach. George’s only option was to camp out overnight at the yacht club.
I didn’t photograph the Halloween Storm. I was busy helping a Bearskin Neck artist move his paintings to safety, aided a neighbor on Rocky Neck save what she could after storm surge took most of her personal belongings out to sea, and salvaged the 150 framed photos that were damaged in my gallery on Tuna Wharf. The phrase perfect storm has become part of the English language, being synonymous with “worst-case scenario.”
Photographed on 35mm color negative film by George B. Lenart. Scanned and printed digitally. Image #GBL-001c
And yes, we do sell this photograph in the gallery. Thank you George.
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


blue lobster… from Father Matthew Green

Father Green Writes-

Good evening, Joey!
I know you like to show photos of unusual lobsters on the blog.  If blue lobsters are rare, bue origami lobsters are probably even rarer. Here’s one I folded from a design by the great origami designer John Montroll.


Check out John Montroll’s wikipedia page here