Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Old Friends and Ladies Day in Boston

We are reconnecting with friends and family we haven't see for a long time. Rob and Tom have been the best of friends since third grade and when they get together it's like they were never apart. 
Tom and his wife Beth, came to the Little RV for a visit Friday evening. We had a great visit. I can't even imagine the trouble these two caused growing up.

Saturday Rob's oldest daughter Meghan, her mother-in-law Judy and I went to Boston for the day. 
I had never been to Boston except the airport. It's only about an hour and a half drive from Meg's house depending on traffic. 

This area of Boston was incredibly busy. There were multiple events that day including a bike race, Oktoberfest, and a Dance Mile which is a large group of dancing people following a pick-up truck loaded with speakers and three very loud women attempting to add to the dancing mob. The Mob dances a mile long route. Not my thing but my companions were nearly sucked in. 

There were also people in period dress who were involved in tours and other activities. Police were directing traffic at many of the intersections and parking was very hard to come by. 

Be prepared when visiting this area. We paid $36 to park the car or "pahk the cah" in Boston speak, for four hours. Other than lunch that was the only cost for the day's entertainment. 

Being the quirky kind of tourist I am, I wanted to see some unusual things. The first and most important was this six foot tall Lob-stah Mickey. 
 We did some walking and looking for him but sadly we discovered he is no longer in Boston at least in the public arena or I'd be in this photo with Mickey. Onward!

Next up, The Union Oyster House

The New England Clam Chowder (chow-dah in Boston speak) was some of the best I've ever had. This is the America's oldest restaurant and has been serving food since 1826. 

The area we visited was very old and full of history. 
They call it the Freedom Trail and there is a brick stripe in the old cobblestone sidewalks you can follow to keep you on the trail.

 As we followed the trail Faneuil Hall was next. 

Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 and was an open market and meeting house for local government. 

The Old State House was next on the trail. This building is over 300 years old and is dwarfed by the tall buildings surrounding it. 

Check out the beautiful details on the building .

The Old South Meeting Hall was next on the trail. This is a Puritan church dating back to 1729. 
Moving right along we arrived at Granary Burial Ground. This cemetery was established in 1660 and is the final resting place for many notable figures including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin's parents and Mary Goose, said to be the original Mother Goose. 
Some of the headstones were so eroded we couldn't read them. I suppose being out in the weather 24/7 for as long as 356 years would erode anything. 

Park Street Church, built in 1809, was our next stop. There had just been a wedding and the bride and groom were just exiting the church as we arrived. 

Our last stop on the trail was Boston Common where we were greeted by the overwhelming scent of marijuana in the air. 
Boston Common is a central park in downtown Boston. It dates back to 1634. We only visited a small corner of the parks huge 50 acre footprint. 
Had I know about these guys, we'd have been all over the place looking for them. I have to say I'd like to go back sometime and visit the park more thoroughly. 

Six days from today we move to Rhode Island for a quick visit to Rob's childhood hometown. 


  1. I loved your post on Boston. Pete and I were there in 2010 and it brought back fond memories for me as well as some interesting facts I wasn't aware of. I wish we'd gone to the Union Oyster House. I guess we'll have to go back. Enjoy your travels and keep posting. ��

    1. You should go back! That's what it's all about, right? Where are you two these days? Maybe our paths will cross again soon.
      Take care!