Jun 13, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
. After about twenty minutes of this, we decided that we needed another plan and remembered that we had borrowed Madeline's roommate's TomTom. Luckily, 'Mandy' (the name of the voice setting on the TomTom) was able to get us out of Boston and to Phyllis' house in about four hours. She wasn't without her hiccups and after telling her to shut-up for the first couple hours when she dinged (think the airplane- 'you are now free to move about the cabin' noise) for speeding, Madeline started exploring her settings and got that turned off. What really made for the title of this post is when we got to Scranton, Pennsylvania, there was a huge fork in the road and she gave us no instructions and we couldn't tell by the arrow, so we picked the wrong way and took a detour through some really awful road work traffic in downtown Scranton. This is after telling us repeatedly to "keep left" or "keep right" to 'help' us avoid exits on the freeway. Once Mandy got us back on track, she brought us, as our final destination, to a vacant house with no house numbers; luckily we were on the correct road, so after following it for another couple miles, we did eventually find Phyllis' house. Phyllis is an old friend from our church, who moved back to her childhood home in Pennsylvania to take care of her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Hurray for a bed and a home-cooked meal, unfortunately no internet though, so we are desperately behind on our posting. We also got to see Phyllis' cat, Julie, who is the sister of Madeline's cat Cosmic Creepers (a.k.a Cosmo, a.k.a Schmo).
We drove into Boston around 7:30, paying about $3 more in tolls on the way. The road seemed to take us under downtown Boston, so we got off at the first exit and then started following any sign we could find pointing us to downtown, but they kept dead-ending. We drove along the waterfront of what was apparently South Boston and wandered the neighborhood there, noting the rounded and smooshed-together, yet architecturally interesting apartment buildings. We drove past a big park, lots of construction work (of course), and plenty of loonies, of the same variety you would find in downtown Seattle, but with no sights or historical points of interest to be found. We still aren't sure if we made it into downtown and we couldn't find Boston harbor, despite finding a place where we could see a good ways up and down the coast, however seeing as neither one of us are that in to cities or historical stuff, we decided to bag it and move on. The only problem was they didn't have any signage for the interstate either, so we just started heading south on the most major road we could find, assuming it would eventually lead to an interstate onramp