Minuteman National Park, Lexington and Concord

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The Constitution Inn

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world."
                        -Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Concord Hymn"

Another talk by Charlie after breakfast---Chatty Charlie we call him.  Getting a little tired of hearing one person's voice.  Topic: "The Siege of Boston."  Later our field trip was by bus  and we are glad for a day of riding, instead of walking so much. We saw Harvard and other parts of Cambridge en route to Lexington, where we visited the famous Lexington Green.

We had lunch at Bertucci's---soup because we weren't that hungry. It was good and came with the most awesome rolls! We had a nice waitress to whom we remarked that we had enjoyed the New England hospitality. She said she was surprised to hear there was such a thing. We explained that we have been amazed by how nice folks are about helping with directions---sometimes even before you ask! It was more than we had expected.

Next we headed to Concord, Minute Man National Park, and saw a pretty neat multi-media show about the Lexington/Concord battles. 
We then went to the North Bridge which we crossed to the Visitor Center. We got to speak with a lady, possibly a park ranger, who was in costume and waiting to lead a group of 8th graders in an activity, something like "who fired the first shot?"

I felt I was living a dream today since I have taught American history many years and longed to see this "birthplace of liberty"! I used to tell my students that if I won the Lotto I would take us all on a field trip to Lexington and Concord! 

We had some time to relax after our ride back to Charlestown. Dinner was at the Legal Test Kitchen.  Service was a bit more efficient though the food was only so-so. Then came the bill for the wine and the whole table was on one check! What a mess!

Back at the hotel meeting room the farewell program was pretty short.  Ken played "Charlie on the MTA," a great laugh for John and I since we often joke about that old Kingston Trio ditty. I stood up to thank Ken and Cynthia AND to let everyone know if they were interested in Florida, John and I were going to be involved in two Elderhostels (Road Scholar programs) next year. One couple actually got info from us, Art and Nancy from Arizona. They had been thinking about Key West.  We also found out they are staying a couple more days in Boston so we planned to do something with them.  This was our last full day of the program.  Sort of sad but we have plans for things to do on our own for a few days before we fly south. 

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