Saturday, October 3, 2015

Liberty Tour Day 3: Lost in Boston and Seeing Salem

Boston morning traffic
   Bumper to bumper traffic at 6am going in to Boston, of course. Remember, I don't need no stinkin' gps, I got maps and instinct! Take Storrow Drive, sure, that sounds right. Charles River, ooh pretty! There's an exit for Fenway, take that! Oh, not Fenway Park...where are we? Wrong way, take a right at the next street, then another right, then a left, just a few more streets. I think. Yes! There she is, what a beauty!
Fenway Park entrance
   I walked straight over and hugged one of the walls. I love the Red Sox. So many reasons. So much history. And I can't stand the Yankees. It's only natural. We parked along Van Ness and walked all the way around the park. You can't do that with many stadiums. Too many of the newer ones are plopped down in the middle of a giant parking lot. No character. Fenway is so beautiful.
   It is still on my "bucket list" to see a game here, but the Sox were out of town and we didn't really have the time anyway on this trip. But I took so many photos of the old gal.
Yawkey Way
Boston Strong
Fenway Park, Yawkey Way
Fenway Park, looking up to Green Monster
Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox
    After getting our fill of Fenway, I had planned to go down Boylston, over to Storrow and catch 1A to 90 towards Logan and head northeast to Salem. It didn't quite work out that way. Got to Boylston, no problem. Saw the Boston Marathon finish line. Got weepy. Turned left, got to Storrow. Now mind you, I "drove" this route on Google Street View just to make sure I got it right, wrote down explicit instructions. Yet somehow the signs and some construction threw us completely off. "Sign for Logan, follow that!" turned out to be wrong. It took us right back into downtown.
   Downtown Boston, now I know why people say to park somewhere else and take the T. Reading the Rand McNally and trying to take in all the wonderfulness around us as we attempted to find the right route was a little stressful. But hey, we ended up going by the Boston Common! Photos came out horrible but I was really too busy trying to help hubby find the right road and avoid all the freaking bicycles darting in and out of traffic.
   "Take this road, it should put us on 93 where we can catch 1A". Nope. Back on the Zakim Bridge. Now where? Exited Mystic River Parkway but we are going the wrong way, no place to turn around! Finally we are heading east, toward Revere, and then onto 107 to Lynn. And I am getting sick. Physically. We stop for gas, hubby buys me a Boston hat. Not an actual BoSox hat, but close enough. A few more miles and we are finally in Salem.
Bewitched Statue, Salem, Mass
   Even though I felt horrible, we parked and walked around quite a bit of the town. Beautiful little town, but my goodness was it crowded. Not like Gatlinburg can get I suppose, but the traffic was more than I expected. Traffic on the streets that is, as the historic sites were not really that busy. I still fell as much in love with the town as I expected. I will be doing a more complete post on Salem after I am done with all the days of the trip(same with many other highlights of the trip). For now, just a few photos.
Friendship of Salem
Salem Witch Trials Memorial
The Burying Point, Salem, Mass
Essex St Pedestrian Mall, Salem, Mass
   After leaving downtown Salem, we went to a few of the filming locations for the Disney movie "Hocus Pocus". More on that in a later post.
Hocus Pocus house, Salem, Mass
   We made our way back to Interstate 95 heading north. Our next destination would be a small town in Maine. First we needed lunch and we were quite perplexed to find that there was almost nothing at any of the exits until we were nearly in New Hampshire. Finally found something in Newburyport.
   Tomorrow, New Hampshire, Maine and maybe a lighthouse, and Vermont. I still love you Boston!
Whittier Bridge, Massachusetts

Friday, October 2, 2015

Liberty Tour Day 2: New York to Boston

    Finally being "in" New York after having stared at it all day was a little unusual. Just seeing the magnificent skyline felt like being immersed in it. I can't remember a time when I have spent so much time staring at another state without actually being in it. New Jersey and New York made states visited #33 and #34 for me, and that number would jump to 40 before the trip was over. I'm hoping to make 50 before I hit that age, but I'm starting to think Alaska will never happen.
   On to the trip!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Liberty Tour Day 2: A Cloudy New York City

Foggy NYC & a jogger at Liberty Park
   It wasn't ideal conditions. That's always my luck. Too hot, too cold, too foggy, raining. I rarely seem to visit somewhere thinking "this is a perfect day for this!" But sometimes that just doesn't matter.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Liberty Tour, Day 2: Anticipation

Fog in Carlisle, PA
  Anticipation. The waiting. When you can not believe you will ever see such a thing in your own lifetime. That is how I have felt about New York City and Boston. This trip was taking me to places I have wanted to visit and never thought I would. And the waiting-as they say-was the hardest part.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Liberty Tour Day 1, the Long Drive

 Like many of our trips, I chart nearly every course. I like knowing roughly where we will go, how long it might take, and what interesting things are in the area to see. It's frustrating to get home and see that you were only a few blocks from some awesome thing and had no idea it was there. I make the routes ahead of time so as to avoid getting lost(though it still happens-wait for the day we went to Boston!). Also I just like maps in general and I refuse to use automated gps's.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Liberty Tour, Summer of 2015

Today I will start with an overview of the trip we took. Each day this week I will discuss more about each individual place we stopped. We called this the "Liberty Tour" because one of our first stops was the Statue of Liberty, and one of the last was the Liberty Bell. We also stopped at Revolutionary War sites along the way. Took in lots of history. This made me very happy!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Yikes, almost a year!

  Maybe I'm not very good at this. Maybe I should stop playing so much World of Warcraft. just hit me that my last post, in November of 2014, was just before the last Warcraft expansion was released. And I tend to get just a little caught in up playing...sorry.