JFK, Zoo, Sam Adams, Harvard, MIT

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

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Boston Day 3

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We woke up early, folded up camp and were off early again for another busy day. The traffic wasn't too bad and our starting point for the day was the closest yet to the campground. We arrived at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum about 30 minutes before it opened and had time to rest, and take pictures of the outside.  We went in right as it opened and it was VERY interesting.  It started with his campaign, through the presidency, things about his life, his family’s life, and his wife.  It also talked about his brothers.  I thought that they handled the assassination in a very interesting way. There was a dark blue wall with the date, then the opposing wall had news footage of the anchorman giving the news, and then a part of the funeral.  That was it.  There was so much information in the rest of the museum but they decided to leave this simple.  The next room had places all over the world that had been named for Kennedy.  After this we drove to Franklin Park where the zoo is.  Luckily we had the Go pass, because it would have been $16 for admission which would have been the most overpriced zoo I had ever been to.  There really weren’t that many animals, and several of the animals were all alone by themselves.  There were zebra, gorillas, a lion, a couple tigers, and some giraffes that you could not see because they were working in the area so they had them away.  Besides that the animals were smaller and rather ordinary.  After the zoo we ate a PBJ sandwich at the car before riding our bikes to the Samuel Adams Brewery.  We only had to wait about 15 minutes until the next tour.  They showed us the barley, and ever let us eat the different types of barley.  Then they passed around hopps and had us crush it in our hands then smell our hands.  Besides that part there was only one other room that they showed us, and it is actually a very small brewery.  Most of the beer is bottled in on of their other places either Cincinnati or somewhere in Pennsylvania.  A smaller amount is bottled here, and some types are only served in Boston.  Then they let us do a tasting.  I don’t like the taste of beer, so they offered root beer to the non beer drinkers.  They let us keep our tasting glasses, and with the Boston Go pass we each got a "Perfect Pint glass" which was designed at Harvard.  Next we rode up a big hill back to the car and drove to MIT in Cambridge across the river.  We went to the MIT Museum with had really cool robots, holograms, machines, and other information.   Many of the things made me feel really stupid.  Then we drove up the road to Harvard.  We went to the Harvard Musuem of Natural History.  They had lots of specimens in a pretty small space maximizing what you got to see which we both really liked.  We took some pictures of Memorial Hall and the gate leading into Harvard then we started the slow trek north.  We stopped for the night at Salisbury Beach State Park located right on the Atlantic Ocean.  We are only a couple miles from New Hampshire and will be able to make good time into Maine tomorrow
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