While stopping for gas en route to the Cross Sound Ferry in Orient, Tory Germann bought a Lotto ticket.
A resident of Westford, Mass., Germann is hoping to hit the big one, intending to get a summer house of her own in the area with her winnings.
“I love the North Fork,” Germann said.
During her stay on the East End with her husband Mark, Germann visited with family, made a trip to the beach and went on a fishing boat where her two sons -- Chet, 13, and Tom, 11 -- caught striped bass and bluefish.
On the way back to the ferry, the Germanns stopped at the Cider Mill farm stand to get food for the boat ride to New London, Conn.
Back home, Germann works as a photographer for the Lowell Sun. While driving through the bucolic town of Orient, she picked out a picturesque hamburger restaurant and ice cream parlor for her family to eat at during their visit next summer. With a little bit of luck, however, the Germanns could be returning sooner than expected.
Above: On a trip from their home in Westford, Mass., Tory Germann, her husband Mark and their two sons Tom, left, 11, and Chet, 13, travel homeward on the Cross Sound Ferry out of Orient. (July 31, 2012)