Jun 17, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
The seal exhibit was nice and their happened to be a show going on, so we got to watch the training. After the aquarium we got our whale watch tickets then were going to go to Faneiul Market but part of the way there we realized that we did not have the camera. After being frantic for about 20 minutes, luckily someone turned it in to the info desk at the aquarium. We got in line to board the whale watch trip. They informed us that it could be as much as a 4 hour trip (we thought it was 2). It took quite a while to travel out to the feeding area. Apparently the depth here goes from 100 ft. to 300 ft. and there is upwelling which bring the small fish that the whales eat more towards the surface. Unfortunately after much searching we only saw a could of Minke whales. Because they are small and a bit illusive they gave us a rain check which never expires to come back and try to see whales again. After getting off the boat we went to the Paul Revere House (only some of the furniture was original, but it was informative. Then we went to the Old North Church where the two lanterns were hung to let Paul Revere know that the British were coming by sea. Next we toured the Old State House. They had some exhibits which were pretty interesting. At Faneuil Market Miles got some authentic clam chowder, which I got some Chinese food. Then we started the slow drive to the campground. We set up camp, ran, and called it a day.
We packed up camp and left Shame-Crowell by 6:45ish. We went to Plymouth first. We saw Mayflower 2 which is an exact replica of the Mayflower. Then we saw Plymouth Rock, which I must say goes on the list of disappointments! It was pretty tiny. I am going to have to read more about exactly what the roll of this 4 foot wide 3 foot tall rock is. Then we saw some statues, and the oldest street in the US and the oldest house in the US. I think this is the best time to visit Plymouth before people start to visit. Then we headed towards Boston and experienced our first really bad urban driving. We found a place to park for $15 using an App on Miles' phone. We took off on our bikes and went to the Old State House to pick up our Boston Go Pass. Pretty much everything we would do the next three days would come from this pass. They gave us a nice little book to go along with our pass. We next rode to the New England Aquarium. I guess with diving we have developed high expectations so many of the fish we had seen in the wild.