Trip Start Jun 16, 2009
11Trip End Jul 01, 2009
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Marriott at Airport
We began our Boston adventure with lots of rain and high winds. The Templin's met us at the hotel (our group is now complete) and we headed off to downtown Boston. Fortunately, our Duck Boat Tour was mostly enclosed. (A few adventurous souls decided to sit in the back - rain ponchos were a must). Our tour brought us all around Boston and into the Charles River. Thirteen of our kids got a chance to drive the boat (Sammy slept through most of the ride).
Once off the boat we took the subway out to the Miele/Esbenshade house in Newton (a childhood friend of Michael's). They were extremely gracious and offered to host us all for dinner
The next two days we went in a variety of directions as we explored Boston. Most of us caught most of the "Freedom Trail". The red line throughout the town helped keep us from getting lost and allowed for the study of many historic sites. It was kind of funny how in a town the size of Boston, we still managed to "run into each other" through out the days at various locations and subway stops.
John Klein's highlight was his debut as a street performer outside Fanueil Hall. He joined the act of two jugglers/acrobats. I'm not sure whether he enjoyed the attentions of the crowd cheering for him or the $6 he made from the performers for his time the most!!
I really liked going out to Lexington and Concord to see the area where the American Revolution began. We spent a little time on the bridge where the first battle began.
The food has been fun ... wonderful clam chowder ... fun pubs ... great Italian deli/pizza place ... and more.
Today we left Boston for Bar Harbor via Salem, Mass. We threw a frisbee at the "park" outside the visitor center ... amazing how our crew can turn a patch of grass into a play area! Then headed for either the pier or the Salem Witch Museum.
We're now somewhere on the highways of Maine ... enjoying (?) beautiful blue skies ... heading for colder weather and more rain!