Bahstan and Haavahd

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:18 am
By: Doug Lund
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There’s a blue mood in Beantown again. The curse that had been lifted for a couple seasons, has descended and enveloped Boston Red Sox fans (which includes this whole city) as the Sox blew a huge division lead and have been eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs and a shot at another world title. The weather was pretty gloomy too as our group of fall foliage seekers took a day long tour of the city. Low clouds, fog and a little rain..but it was a day filled with history and education.

 

Our group getting an earful about "Old Ironsides" the U.S.S. Constitution.

Our group getting an earful about "Old Ironsides" the U.S.S. Constitution.

A walking tour of old Boston includes a visit to Paul Revere's House.

A walking tour of old Boston includes a visit to Paul Revere's House. The locals surprisingly don't have a real high regard for Paul. They point out that he really didn't get veryfar on his famous ride before being captured and in bragging to his captors a bout his bravado he accidentally gave away the patriot's positions.

Inside Old North Church where they  hung the lanters to warn of the British coming by land or sea (actually by river)

Inside the Old North Church where they hung the lanters to warn of the British coming by land or sea (actually by river)

A lot of Patriots and Puritans rest here in the second oldest burial ground in the country.

A lot of Patriots and Puritans rest here in the second oldest burial ground in the city. They weren't originally lined up in neat rows like this. Some time in the 19th century the tombstones were moved to make for easier maintanence. So now you don't know who you might be stepping on.

Linda tries the clam chawda at Quincy Market and found that it was good.

Linda tries the clam chowda at Quincy Market and found that it was good. I had the traditional New England dinner; chili dog, potato chips and a beer.

We toured the JFK Library and museum on the University of Massachusetts campus right next to Boston Harbor. It was very interesting. This is a shot of JFK's sailboat with the city of Boston in the background.

We toured the JFK Library and museum on the University of Massachusetts campus right next to Boston Harbor. It was very interesting. Lots of memorabilia from his presidency and several of Jackie's fancy dresses. This is a shot of JFK's sailboat with the city of Boston in the background.

 Today our driver points the coach North to New Hampshire..one of the few remaining states I’ve yet to visit. The sun is shining which should provide some spectacular vistas of what we’ve come to see; nature in all her autumn splendor. I’ll have my camera at the ready but I sure wish I’d have consulted with my photographer friend, Greg Latza, for a few pointers on how to best capture our colorful surroundings. I’ll bet the first thing he would suggest would be to shoot with something a little better than my 15 year old 4.0 pixel Kodak. Oh well, as Linda says about me; It’s much bigger than newer models but comfortably familiar and mostly reliable.

Ta Ta for now.

PS  On our lunch break in New Hampsire I discovered that my cell phone was missing. Used Linda’s phone  to call our Boston hotel.  They found it and are sending it home so I won’t have to worry about getting any calls for the next week or so.

8 Comments

  1. jeff says:

    Do not for get to hit the Plymouth Plantation in Mass.
    Great history lesson. An a Mayflower Replica is there too.

  2. PV says:

    Hope you get to see the covered bridge in Jackson, NH – awesome ! You are not going to believe the colors. I didn’t think the colors could be more beautiful and around every corner it gets better ! Hope you can also go up the tram at Canon Mountain ! Great view !

  3. jeff says:

    If you have a way of bringing back items you bought, try picking
    up a New England Lobster trap.

  4. peg says:

    Hope you get to go up Mt Washington..it is really interesting. We liked NH better than VT

  5. Suzan says:

    Sounds like a spectacular trip! When you get to NYC, make sure you get to St. Paul’s Chapel just across the street from where the towers stood. This is a remarkably moving memorial to those whose lives were lost and the responders who came to help in the aftermath. Not only that, it’s an incredible piece of history, being the oldest public building being in continuous use since 1766!

    Love to you both.

  6. grouse says:

    I’m very fearful for your bus trip today. You showed a photo of Linda eating clam chowder with a nice glass of Sam Adams. This is fine. However, how many others on the trip gave into their church potluck urges and while in Boston consumed copious amounts of baked beans. Boston is the mother church for baked bean affectionidous. When you couple this dish with several glasses of beer, the result on the following day is horrendous. It may be sunny and clear outside, but you’ll notice a peculiar haze inside the bus. Reactions will start with a simple fanning of the face, and will grow into gasping for breathable air, and then to seeing illusions such as multi-colored leaves. North eastern states funnel millions into Boston’s baked bean advertising fund to help keep these tourism dollars flowing. Sandi and I hope everyone is have a gas!!

  7. howsitgoinn says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and story, … my unwritten bucket list has a trip similar to that planned for someday

    life is good.

  8. Michael says:

    But I’ll bet no one tried to tell you that Paul Revere was “ringing bells” and “warning the British,” either. Lol

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