at a playground in Boston Common
Trip #1 of Summer 2007 is complete, and it was a success. It ended up being longer than I expected because I couldn't get a flight out. That was okay because of where I was, but if I continue to have to stay in every city I go to for an entire week that will put a dent in my plans. Anyway, yeah. Boston = awesome. It doesn't feel so much like a vacation as it does hanging out. So for your sake and mine I won't recap every minute of it. I will however list the highlights.On Wednesday we went to the Aquarium and that was alright, although I am still rather disturbed that it costs like $20 per person to get in. Inside we saw a jellyfish display which was really amazing. Jellyfish are really majestic creatures, every time I see them I feel like music should be playing in the background.
the stairs between Government Center and Quincy Market
Beautiful but deadly, kind of like a snowstorm. I see people getting stung by them on Discovery networks all the time, and that never looks majestic, it looks painful. The next day we took a ferry to Spectacle Island, which is one of like 30 islands in the Boston Harbor which make up a National Park, and were sitting there minding our own business on the beach when dead jellyfish started washing up on the shore. At first it was pretty cool. How awesome is it to yell out "Let's go jellyfishing!" and make other various SpongeBob references. Then, after awhile it was not just dead jellyfish but pieces of dead jellyfish, it became gross and we left to hike up the hill and back down again before the ferry came to collect it's humans from the island. The island itself was incredible and I will definitely go back to see some of the other islands, and not just because I bought an open ended ticket that no one took from me either! (Although that helps me out.
Our favorite thing to eat on vacation is ice cream!
) I also got scammed because before I got on the boat, I asked the people there if it was cold on the island and they said yes, you will probably want to bring a jacket, especially for the boat because it was an hour trip. Since it was like a spur of the moment thing and we had shorts and short sleeves, I ended up buying these stupid tourist sweatshirts for $42 from some booth on Long Wharf. As it turned out, it was not cold. All I got was an expensive hoodie that my sister eventually stoled from me.
As we have exhausted all the "new adventures" we can have in the city of Boston, on Friday we took a bus to Hyannis. You could tell that was a town where rich people go because instead of finding pennies laying around all over the sidewalk they way you do in Boston, you found quarters.
This appears to be a helicopter in the sky
We walked around the streets and ate at Ben and Jerry's (which was sort of new, we had never eaten in a Ben and Jerry's, however you can buy it at the grocery store, which we have), and then went to the beach. No jellyfish there, just lots of snails or "freaky black rocks" as Trinity first called them. On the beach we got caught in a rainstorm. It really didn't make a difference since we were on the beach, and were there to get wet after all, but at one point it got really windy and we were freezing. After it rained there was the most beautiful rainbow. We could see the entire rainbow, which is something you can never do when you live in the city. Another thing you can't do in the city is see weather coming. You see the sky get dark and the rain come down, and you see trees blowing around in the wind.
Jellyfish with lights shining on them at the New England Aquarium
Since I have always lived in the city, I am not accustomed to seeing the entire picture. In Hyannis, when they had a SECOND thundershower, it most certainly looked like a hurricane. The sweatshirts we got scammed into buying the day before came in handy when it was pouring rain and we had to walk a mile back to the town from the beach. We were soaked when we got back, and I very nearly scammed myself into buying another set of tourist sweatshirts in Hyannis. But we toughed it out and dried off on our own. On the bus ride back I thought I was going to puke. I have never gotten motion sickness in a vehicle before, but this bus was going so fast, it was a miracle we even survived. I have never seen anything like it, and I have been on a lot of buses. I didn't puke, though.
fountain in Boston Common
I save that for whale watches, and elevators in Las Vegas.
Quote of the trip....
Trinity (age 6 at the time): Why is this red line painted on the sidewalk?
Tina: It's called the Freedom Trail. You can follow it through the city, and it goes to all these different places around Boston that have stories about history.
Trinity: Well, that sounds boring. I'd rather walk on the Line of Pain.
Tina: What's the Line of Pain?
Trinity: It's this gray line on the sidewalk, and you follow it down into the subway, and it leads onto the tracks. Then the train comes and it runs over you and you die.