Day 2 Boston

Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 10, 2011

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We woke up early so that we could be to Fenway Park in time for the 9:00 tour. We left around 7:30. This day we found parking in a garage for $10 all day as long as we were in by 10 and out by 7.  We were afraid we were going to miss the first tour of Fenway so we ran the few blocks and were just in time.  The guide was a young college age guy who was very enthusiastic about the Red Sox and very informative too!  We started by sitting in the bleachers on the third base line.  He gave us quite a bit of history about the team.  Then we got to go sit on top of the Green Monster which has ticket price of $160 and they do not have season tickets up there. In fact, you have to put your name in a lottery in Feb. just to have a chance to be drawn to buy up to 4 tickets for one of the games during the season.  Then we walked through the hall of fame and saw lots of recognizable names.   Then we were in the outfield, and saw the red seat which is the furthest home run hit by Ted Williams.  That concluded our tour and we were ready for the next thing.  We tried to stop at the Mapparium but it had guided tours and we did not want to wait, so we went on to the Boston Public Library.  Wow, what a beautiful building on the inside! Then we walked across to Trinity Church which they are doing some work on, but it was still a very beautiful church.  Then we rode the bikes all the way to Long Wharf and picked up our tickets to a lunch harbor cruise.  This was a bonus feature of getting the three day Boston Go Pass.  The tour had a narrator and gave us tons of information about all the things that we were seeing in the inner and outer harbor.  The food was really good too and was more than we had eaten in a meal since we started the trip.  After the 2 hour cruise we  hopped on our bikes and caught the Freedom Trail.  We went to Copp's Burying grounds which had excellently preserved gravestones dating back to the 1600’s.  Then we went to the Bunker Hill Monument which is not quite half the size of the Washington Monument, but looks just like it.  Then we rode down to the USS Constitution which is still a Navy Vessel after all these centuries.  We had to go through security in order to go aboard.  It was very cool being on "Old Ironsides".  After that we rode to the current State Capitol Building and saw the beautiful stained glass rotunda.  We noticed that the Appalacian Hiking Club headquarters was only a couple of blocks away so we went in there for the last five minutes before they closed.  They had lots of maps and books about hiking.  Then we walked our bikes through Boston Commons and the Public Gardens. The swan boats are in this park and we lucked out by hopping onto the last boat which was propelled by a person on a bicycle type thing that churned the water allowing us to go.  We rode to the car via a road called Newbury Street.  Any name brand company was sure to have a storefront on this road.  There was a band playing on a street corner, and there was a festive environment.  The day before we had made a wrong turn on the way to the campground but happened to go down Quincy Shore Dr. which has a nice beach and free public parking all along the way.  We decided to purposefully go there today.  We made sandwiches and ate with our feet in the sand. Then we walked up and down the shore looking for shells with the Boston skyline as a backdrop.  We made our way back to the campground only to find that someone had stolen Miles’ running shoes.  Mine were still sitting there.  I reported it to the camp office, but they said that homeless people sometimes walk through the park???
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