The search For a sub $800 Canada Goose Jacket Alternative Part 1

A little background:

The McKays and The McElhenny’s came over for an adult gamenight last week.  We played “What Do You Meme” and while here Erin let Kate try on her Canada Goose Jacket.   The same type of  winter parka that our Kim Smith raves about.   Of course Kate fell in love.  After all these ladies have style for days.  Kate said the comfort was indescribable.  aaaaaand the obsession began…

I can appreciate the finer things in life.  Ugg slippers which we talk about on the Podcast are one of life’s luxuries I’d gladly pay double for because they’re so far better than anything else I’ve ever put on my feet so I completely understand why they are priced the way they are.  The Canada Goose Jacket I can only assume is the same thing.  Only we just don’t have over $800 laying around for a jacket.

Now we got away this past weekend to Montreal.  One of my five favorite cities but also one of the coldest.  People in Montreal are very stylish, very polished, very European.  It’s also cold as fuck up there.  Negative digits routinely this time of year.  We stayed downtown and walked everywhere and wouldn’t you know more women than not and a ton of men were rocking Canada Goose Jackets or Canada Goose Jacket look-a-likes.

So while stuck at the airport for a bit I set out to find an alternative to the Canada Goose Jacket for Kate.  Surely there has to be a company out there that A) makes jackets, B) sees how much Canada Goose is charging for their jackets and C) has set out to make an equally as well performing jacket for way less money.  

You can’t tell me that it costs anywhere close to $800 to produce these jackets.  I get that it’s become a total status symbol type thing but there is something to the fad, the comfort and style that can be replicated for far less money.

So I checked around and one alternative is the North Face Arctic Parka II  $298.95 Read the reviews here



Here’s the Canada Goose version which actually gets lower review ratings read the reviews here


(can the patch on the sleeve really be worth $500 more?)

Kate’s going to get the North Face one and we will report back.  Stay tuned!


Rain this past week melted the snow, revealing more destruction from the 2018 Bombcyclone. Stopping at favorite places along the backshore, the storm surge left in its wake damage to T-wharf, the road is completely washed out at Pebble Beach, and Eastern Point marsh and storm drains are clogged with debris.

T-Wharf, Rockport

Pebble Beach and Henry’s Pond. The storm surged pushed the rocks over the bank and into the road. Saltwater found a path and gushed into Henry’s Pond.

Popples strewn across the lawn and seaweed and debris clogged storm drains.

More Local History from Jude Seminara

                                               EDWARD NEWELL

This coming February marks the centennial of the loss of the Navy tug Cherokee off the coast of Delaware with the death of her commander, Gloucester native Edward Dolliver Newell, namesake of Newell Stadium at Gloucester High School.

Newell was born to prominent Gloucester dentist George Newell and his wife Carrie (Rust) on December 2, 1894. The Newell home was at 9 Hovey Street, nearby the field that would one day bear his name.  They were a well-known family; George practiced out of his office at 156 Main Street, and from 1934 to 1936, when he was in his eighties, served as mayor of Gloucester.  It is no surprise, then, that Edward distinguished himself as a master mariner while still in his late teens.

In October 1913, Newell graduated from the Massachusetts Nautical Training School — now Massachusetts Maritime Academy — and entered the merchant marine, serving aboard several civilian vessels.  Within a year, he was the third officer aboard the merchant ship Lexington, having previously served aboard the Rambler and San Juan, the latter making runs from New York to Puerto Rico.  Newell also earned a commission as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and served aboard the USS Sterling.

When war broke out between the United States and the Central Powers, Newell joined the active Navy, and was sent to train in navigation in Boston.  Newell had distinguished himself sufficiently at sea to get a command of the recently commissioned Navy tug Cherokee.

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Stage Fort sunrise

I love this spot for sunrise but I haven’t been back here since the summer mostly because I don’t like to venture through the park in the dark on my own, so my husband humored me yesterday and joined me in the -2 degree windchill.   I thought it was going to be a bust because the wall of clouds to the right were coming in quickly, but we were graced with a peek of sun!BLM_3457_HDR-Edit

Looks Like a Duck, Sounds Like a Duck

**PLEASE NOTE: These pictures were taken well before Mr. Swan got himself frozen in the ice on Niles Pond. The following is in no way related to the current swan situation**

Mr. Swan was in Rockport Harbor recently with a few dozen of his closest friends.  I think he’s getting his ducks in order.


I was watching the ducks and came to realize they are not so different from people after all.  I know GMG has other contributors with greater knowledge of animals and nature, but I think I can offer some less scientific observations.  These ducks seemed to be holding a meeting in the harbor.


Who called this meeting?

Someone always arrives late…..


There’s the fidgety one……


And there’s always the lucky guy that gets to “duck out”……..


Till the next time……..

8th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

Cape Ann Community

Freezin’ for a Reason:
The Rotary Club of Gloucester
Hosts the 8th Annual Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

The Gloucester Rotary Club will again host clubs from Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire) for the 8th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 300 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $120,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a half-million dollars with this event.

Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF…

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