Still a Draft!
Wednesday Kira and I arrived into Boston’s Logan Airport and viola! the sun comes out.
Thursday we set out on our walking tour of the city. Around the Cambridge/Harvard area, down through MIT, past Washington Park, and across the bridge into the Back Bay. We walked past Boston University and then down to Berklee School of Music. Here is where I’d perviously found my ukulele.
Alas, times change, and the Boston music store where Dan and I had previously found our $40 uke’s no longer carried them. Instead we found a Horner brand that was a bit more dough and I opted out. Sadly, we walked out of the store with no ukulele. Purposeless, we wandered down to the Prudential building and sat to watch folks walk by. The sun set and the wind picked up and the concrete beneath our seats became a block of ice. We bought some chocolate covered almonds and then hurried home with sore feet.
Friday the sky was a bit grey and the sun tried, to no avail to peek through. We woke up and scurried downtown to meet Stephanie. Finding her among a crowd of Harvard band members striking up a tune, we walked to Boston Commons, enjoyed a short history from our friendly tour guide, popped into the Boston Library, and finally sought out and found the famous Freedom Trail. A red line that courses through the streets of Boston and leads to a slew of remarkably historical places.
Friday night we came home a bit loosened by some collection of Bostonian elixars and via video chat demand Jon Clark to get on a plane the following morning and fly out here for the weekend. He complies. Saturday, a bit taxed by our engagements the previous night, we accomplished a little more than a brief tour of the Taza chocolate factory. It was unique and delicious chocolate and we picked up a couple of bars, so perhaps if you’re nice we’ll share.
Saturday night we enjoyed the first snow of the winter here. So, naturally, we woke up Sunday morning to run a 10 mi. qualifier for joining the Tufts Team for the Boston Marathon through the fresh wet snow and bitter morning frost. Of ~250 I was able to run with a group that finished ~ top 20. Not bad. Sun is out now and its time for a nice post-snow walk to the bay. Hoorah.
Then what happened….??…
Monday Jon, Kira, and I ventured out on the Orange Line and found the Saumel Adams Brewery. It was informational, but they only served 3 tastes. Boo. From there Jon left for Kansas City and we two remaining returned to the apartment where we waited for Andrew’s plane to arrive.
Tuesday Andrew, Kira, and I ventured out south east to the Harpoon Brewery. It was not very informational, but they had a full hour tasting session that included as many drinks as you could put down, within reason.
Wednesday through Friday we were in Philly!
300 miles of driving straight through NYC. I think I’d like to never make that drive again unless we spent some time enjoying the bright new-spring days that we were driving through. As it was a timed drive and in the beginning of the New England winter, it was just a chore. However, we arrived comfortably and were warmly greeted by Christopher.
The following day we woke up to start our one day tour of the city. Starting with a visit to our favorite chocolate factory, John&Kira’s. However good their chocolate it, it’s very good, their factory was reminiscent of our visit to Dogoba in southern Oregon several years ago, except this time it excluded the illegal invitation in to see the working machines and chocolate lined up. Instead it was an awkward phone call wich led to a representative meeting us outside to hand us a catalogue and illicit an order (at a discounted price). So we took our photo, bought some chocolates, and laughed as we drove away from their brown door in the frigid Philly air.
Then we ventured to the grandiose Philadelphia Art Museum and took refuge for many hours, gawking at the magnificence of the displays. It was fantastic.
Cheese-steak, Home Made Dinner, Sleep, – School, Independence Hall, Drive East.
Saturday put’s us back in Boston again…and it’s really frigid… and thus Sunday is colder and comes with rain.