Boston 2009 Adventure

We took a lobster weekend trip to Boston, flying out Thursday morning, 9/24/09, and returning Sunday afternoon. This was my first trip through a magnetometer since my hip-replacement surgery in May. I made new friends at TSA in Minneapolis and Boston. The carbon-steel ball in my new hip joint sets off every alarm, so I got the full wanding and pat-down. I brought a copy of my x-ray. They were thorough and courteous.

This was probably the lowest-cost trip we have ever made. I used my frequent flier miles. We took the Silver line and connected to the Red line. If you get a Boston transit Charlie Card you can get to Braintree for $1.70. If you use cash, the cost is $2. Boston gets an A+ for reasonable public transit costs. The Charlie Card is named after the character in the ballad Charlie on the M.T.A.

We stayed in a Motel 6 in Braintree, about a block from the Red line station. The motel was $83 a night versus $300 a night downtown. However, there was a lot of noise from 9pm until midnight, and Friday night, some guy tried really hard to get into our room, until the manager helped him find his own room.

Friday, the weather was great, sunny, and not too hot. We rented a car from Enterprise for $42 + $27 for gas. We drove all the way to Provincetown, at the end of Cape Cod. Near the end, there are no trees and 40 foot sand dunes, and in some places, the sand blows on the road. Coming back, we had a 1 hour construction delay at the Sagamore Bridge. I've made the trip before. If I ever do it again, I'll take the ferry back from Provincetown.

We continued on to Salem. Ann is an exceptional navigator, but does a lot of non-verbal communication and clutching at the dashboard, when we are in fast, heavy traffic. Sometimes, she just closes her eyes, and thanks me for driving. We took the Salem Trolley tour. Afterward, we ate at Rockafellas, before returning. That worked well. We missed most of the evening rush hour. It is also possible to take the ferry to Salem from Boston.

Saturday was another great, sunny day. Our plan was to walk the Freedom Trail and eat some seafood. After returning the rental car as soon as they opened, we took the Red line into Boston, and transferred to the Orange line, to the Community College stop. After a breakfast at Friendly's, we walked up the hill to the Bunker Hill Monument. The actual name of the hill is Breed's Hill, and it marks the northernmost part of the Freedom Trail. The Monument is a square obelisk, and is open to the public. The inside is round and there are 294 spiral steps to the top. I took a few pictures at the top. I took pictures all day. Some are below.

Maps are available and helpful, but Boston has marked the Freedom Trail with a red brick line, or a painted red line. It is easy to follow.

We stopped for lunch at Quincy Market. I had Peel & Eat Shrimp. Ann had a lobster roll.

When we finished the Freedom Trail at the Massachusetts State House, we followed the Black Heritage Trail to the Charles River. We found the pedestrian overpasses across the uncrossable Mugar Way, to the green way along the river.

After watching the sailboats and other activities for an hour, we walked around the Public Gardens to the visitor center in Boston Common. We got directions to Legal Sea Foods. My first experience with Legal Sea Foods was in 1996. There are many more locations now, including several terminals of the airport. We enjoyed another delightful meal.

I may be ready for my annual walk down Lake Street!

The Angry Tomato is on Cape Cod. It didn't look busy. The Angry Tomato on Cape Cod
Salem tour trolley. Cost is $13 for a 1 hour narrated tour. Salem tour trolley
Freedom Trail Marker. Freedom Trail Marker
Bunker Hill Monument on Breed's Hill. Bunker Hill Monument on Breed's Hill
USS Constitution
'Old Ironsides'.
USS Constitution, 'Old Ironsides'
The Freedom Trail is marked with a red brick trail, or a painted red line. The Freedom Trail is marked with a red brick trail, or a painted red line.
The Old North Church, with a statue in silhouette of Paul Revere astride his horse. The Old North Church, with a statue in silhouette of Paul Revere astride his horse
The Paul Revere Plaque on the Old North Church. The Paul Revere Plaque on the Old North Church
The Original Oyster House.
Boston has old buildings and old graveyards and skyscrapers. I'm sure many B&Bs claim "Paul Revere slept here!"
The Original Oyster House
Dome detail, Quincy Market. Dome detail, Quincy Market
Quincy Market dome, corner brick support. Also notice the large stone block pushing out. Quincy Market dome, corner brick support
Familiar Boston names: Cheers and Samuel Adams. Familiar Boston names: Cheers and Samuel Adams
Red line subway, crossing over the Charles River. Red line subway, crossing over the Charles River
Boston has many monuments. This must be the Sharpened Pencil Monument. Sharpened Pencil Monument.

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