June 6, 2011

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Where I stayed
Boston/Cape Cod KOA Middleboro
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Plymouth Plantation

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Monday, June 6, 2011

This was our final day in the Boston Area.  Today we had to skip Boston City as originally planned due to the challenges of getting into the city.  The girls have no objection to this since they generally do not like going into cities!  Instead, we will head back to Plymouth to visit the Plymouth Plantation, which was very high on Madison's list of activities.  I also considered Cape Cod again, but it is just too much unnecessary driving.  So, we will have a relaxing day and take it a bit easy before we have a long day on the road tomorrow heading to Maine.

I have not mentioned much about the weather, but so far it has been great, with sun every day!  It has been cooler than expected since we left Philly in the mid-90's, but that is fine as long as there is no rain.  It actually went down to 37 degrees 2 nights ago in Boston, which is well below normal, although it has been going up to about 70 degrees by mid-afternoon.  The forecast is showing some warming over the next week, but as we continue north the temperature should stay about the same for us.  As long as the sun stays with us we will not complain!

Plymouth Plantation was very nice, and the kids certainly liked it.   However we all agreed that it is not at the same level as Williamsburg, VA.  I was particularly impressed with one of the Native Americans, who was a true descendant.  They all really had a great knowledge of the 17th century, and were able to answer any questions that the kids had.  We walked from the Native American site to the Pilgrim site, where there were more actors.  It was good, and the girls enjoyed it.

The plantation closed at 5PM, and we were the last ones out at 5:30!   We drove back to the KOA and I grilled dinner while the girls played.  Having a 1 full time vegetarian (Katelyn) and a second part-time (she is again today) vegetarian (Emma) makes cooking especially challenging on the road.  I can't just grill chicken breast or fish...I need to make sure I have veggie burgers or something similar which will give them their protein.  It is manageable, but a challenge!  We had a good dinner and went to sleep by 10:30 to prepare for an early departure and a long drive tomorrow.

The drive to Maine (Acadia National Park) is over 300 miles and close to 6 hours.  My plan is to leave by 6am so we can pass Boston by 7am.  Otherwise, traffic will be quite bad and it will really delay us.  We plan to make several stops along the way - Nubble Light and Kennebunkport.  My hope is to break the trip up and to still arrive at the Acadia Visitors Center by 6pm when it closes.
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