We drove the RV to a subway station close to the city, and took the subway right to the park from there. The train took about 30 minutes, and was packed with almost all Red Sox fans. The city is pretty sports crazy right now because the Bruins are in the Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver (currently down 2-0). When we arrived at the Fenway stop we could follow the mass of people right to the game.
It is an amazing park in that it is packed right into the city between buildings. We approached the park from left field and can see the Green Monster from the back, which is quite a sight. It is really a party environment, with many restaurants and bars lining the streets around the park - something that is clearly missing in Philadelphia! We made our way into our standing room only location, which was up high, but with a good view of the field and the 'Monster' as long as you are tall enough - which the girls unfortunately are not. However, as the game was about to begin, there were 4 premium seats that included a table that remained open in the sold-out stadium, so we squeezed our way into them and hoped that the ticket holders would not show up for an inning or 2. As luck would have it, they did not show up until the 6th inning, so we had great seats for most of the game.
The Red Sox beat the A's 6-3, and we even saw Adrian Gonzolez hit a home run over the Green Monster, which was quite a sight! I thought it was a thrill, but the girls all thought it was 'boring' and not close to the fun we have in Philadelphia! Some interesting facts and observations - the park is 99 years old (first game was in 1912), and between innings a door in left field still opens like it did 99 years ago with a person running out on the warning track to change the numbers in the scoreboard...quite cool!
After we leave our seats in the 6th, we decide to walk around a bit, and then leave in the 8th inning to beat the rush and so that we can see the city for a few hours. My original plan was to come back to the city again on Monday, but we found out that it would be very difficult get parking for the RV at the subway station during the week, so we will come up with an alternative plan.
We take the subway into the city center and it is 4:30 on a Sunday - getting late! The Visitors Center is still open, and we decide to take a walk toward the pier where there are street performers, shops, and the water. I stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts to get a needed shot of coffee, and got a small box of Munchkins for the girls, since they can never get far past their '4 o'clock snack'. At the first show that we stop to see, I get picked out of the audience to help a juggling dare devil, which was quite an adventure.
We then continue down to the water where the girls find a playground where we stay for about 30 minutes of solid 'play-time'. There was not much else of excitement, except that when we were on the subway back to the RV Katelyn realized that she left her nice GRA jacket on the playground. This is the second jacket that she forgot today! Only because she is so upset because that is a special jacket to her, we go all the way back and retrieve it. It adds 45 minutes to our trip, and by the time we make it back to the RV (at the subway station) it is now 7pm. Since it is so late and the girls were quite well behaved all day, we decide to stop at Friendly's to get dinner.
Overall, we had a good day...on the border of a great day! A few arguments, but overall everyone did quite well.
Today we went into Boston to visit Fenway Park and see the Boston Red Sox.