We are back. What a great 30th anniverary trip! We left cool weather and arrived home at about 11 PM last night. It was much hotter at that hour than we experienced on our trip.
We were in Boston on Monday and Tuesday. We spent a whole day on the Freedom Trail. It was very interesting reliving the history of the Revolution and seeing cemeteries with markers from the 1600s. Especially interesting was North Church -- where the lanterns were placed in the window for Paul Revere. Inside the church, the pews are petitioned so that each family sat by themselves in little cubicles. The more they paid for their seats, the CLOSER to the front. Interesting.
On Wednesday, we went on a whale-watch. A boat took us about 20 miles out into the Atlantic where we saw about 20 humpback whales. It was really cool! That night we stayed in a bed-and-breakfast in Marblehead, Mass. We slept in the same bed as Keith Richards had slept in! And we didn't even get high!
Thursday, we toured the Crane Estate in Ipswitch. It was unbelievable! A summer home used only a couple of weeks a year back in the early 19th century -- but it is incredible! Mrs. Crane didn't like the first mansion they built, so Mr. Crane had it leveled and built this beautiful home. The grounds were absolutely beautiful.
That night we stayed in Kennebunk at a quant b-and-b. It was built in the late 1600s, and had been a hiding place for the underground railroad. We slept with the windows open that night -- no AC necessary.
Friday we drove up the coast of Maine and viewed the gorgeous coastline (a couple of beautiful lighthouses). Then we cut over into New Hampshire and drove through the White Mountains. Wow! Mountain streams. Beautiful trees. It was great. Then,we drove down into the Lakes Region. We drove around the lake where "On Golden Pond" was filmed. We stopped and got an ice cream cone and sat in the twilight looking over the lake.
Saturday we went back to Boston and took in a few more sights and did a little shopping. We drove around Harvard University. ACU has it beat!
Then, Sunday we drove around Fenway Park. Wow! It is a city within a city. And we toured the JFK Presidential Library. Another opportunity to relive some history that we actually did experience (though very young, I might add). The library sits on the Bay looking out into the Atlantic and overlooking the city of Boston. Definitely a Kodak moment.
It's good to be home. But it was a delightful way to spend a 30th anniversary.
Oh, yeah, the seafood was delicious. I had never eaten clam chowder. I think I had it every day on the trip. Delicious!